Toronto-Danforth prepares for Provincial Convention

by David Orenstein, Federal Policy Co-Chair

On Sunday, September 14, our Toronto-Danforth NDP met for the second time in less than a week at S.T.E.P., on Euston Avenue. This time we were preparing for the November 14-16, 2014, Ontario NDP Convention to be held at the Metro Convention Centre.

We selected most of our 39 delegates, in addition to our ex-officio delegates (seven Provincial Councillors and our elected parliamentarians). We also thoroughly debated many resolutions, passing most of them, that covered a wide range of policy issues and matters of internal party affairs.

The format we used was to deal with everyone’s first priority among the resolutions they had submitted and then continue with any second priorities if we had time. As it was, we dealt with all nine first priority resolutions and only one second priority before we ran out of time.

Regarding environmental policy, we supported Peter Tabuns’ resolution for a moratorium on any further development of the Deep Geologic Repository for radioactive waste, on Lake Huron, until after a through, competent evaluation. We also decided that a carbon tax was not the way to go to deal with climate change. Socialists should find something better than the wishful thinking of market-based solutions.

One member’s innovative and thoroughly researched proposal for privacy protection in the electronic age will be a major advance for NDP policy if we can succeed in getting it adopted in November. It extends such protections into the workplace.

Another had us supporting the NDP Caucus, both at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill in their determined efforts to push for the establishment of a “National Inquiry into the 1,186 missing and murdered women and girls.”

The last policy resolution on education: to restore and enhance the high school math and science curriculum by bring back many fine courses slashed by the Harris Conservative axe, such as a three-year sequence of Environmental Studies courses or the Science and Society course. Innovations included a new Mathematics and Society course and including a Labour perspective in Math and Science.

The next meeting of the policy committee meets tonight to prepare the resolutions for the Ontario NDP Convention in November. To join future policy meetings for lively debate of NDP policies, contact exec@tdndp.ca

 

Join the fun at Peter Tabuns Toronto-Danforth NDP Chinese fundraising banquet

We re-elected Peter, and what better way to celebrate than to join him at his annual fundraising banquet? Have you gotten your tickets yet? You still can get yours by phoning directly to our reservation hotline at 647-457-1272.

DIM SUM KING RESTAURANT
421 Dundas Street West (East of Spadina Avenue)
Friday evening, Sept 19, 2014
Reception at 6pm;  Dinner at 7pm
Entertainment, Special Guests – Live and Silent Auction

The banquet has become an increasingly popular local highlight, bringing together supporters and campaigners from all across Toronto and from all parts of Ontario. 

It helps nurture our progressive community and provides a valuable opportunity for all of us to renew acquaintances with colleagues and friends, old and new, and to review the politics and issues of the day.

Enjoy a traditional, multi-course Chinese banquet featuring musical entertainment as well as a live and silent auction of interesting and unique local items that you can bid on.

There’ll be notable special guests including MP Craig Scott, federal critic for democratic and parliamentary reform, and Toronto Centre NDP by-election candidate Linda McQuaig.

Tickets are $130. Call 647-457-1272 today to reserve your ticket!

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Cinema Politica Presents “Poor No More” in Phin Park

Thursday, September 18, 2014
8 – 10 PM
Join the Facebook event

- Exposes why times are so tough and searches for a way out

Followed by a discussion with:
Linda McQuaig, Journalist and best-selling co-author of The Trouble with Billionaires
Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition
Chaired by: David Langille, Executive Producer, Poor No More

Phin Park – 115 Condor Ave., Riverdale, Toronto
from Donlands subway station head south (two blocks) – take Euston Ave. then follow the path past Eastern Collegiate.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join Cinema Politica Toronto-Danforth for a thought-provoking movie.

Sponsored by:
THE ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION
THE POCKET COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
CINEMA POLITICA DANFORTH

Admission this outdoor screening is FREE but donations will be solicited for the Ontario Health Coalition.

About the Film
We were always told, “If you work hard, things will get better.” But many hard-working Canadians have only seen things get worse. Corporate profits soared, but only the rich got richer. The recession took away more jobs and piled up more debt, leaving more people poor or insecure.

Poor No More offers solutions to Canada’s working poor. The film takes three Canadians to a world where people do not have to beg, where housing is affordable and university education is free. They ask themselves: if other countries can do this, why don’t we?

Hosted by TV and film star Mary Walsh, Poor No More offers an engaging look at Canadians stuck in low paying jobs with no security and no future. Mary then takes us on a journey to
Ireland and Sweden so we can see how these countries have tackled poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope to those who have to work two jobs a day and to those who can’t find work.

Poor No More explains the roots of the economic crisis, its impact on Canadians, and what can be done about it. It is designed to build public support for a real reduction in poverty.

Reviews
Toronto Star – Linda McQuaig
Toronto Star – Carol Goar
CBC News
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Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
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Canvass Blitz on Wednesday!

Help re-elect Peter Tabuns. He’s our MPP.

Join the Toronto-Danforth NDP riding association for a Canvass Blitz this Wednesday (June 4) at 5pm. Meet at the campaign office, 925 Danforth Ave. (at Donlands subway station). We need your help to get out as many canvassers as possible on Wednesday!

Let us know if you can help by phoning the campaign office at 647-350-8400.

*And remember to vote in advance polls–now open!–if you are volunteering on Election Day.

People of a Feather

Cinema Politica Presents “People of a Feather”

Sunday, June 1, 2014
7:30 PM
Facebook event

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.

Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.

Post-film discussion on aboriginal rights and issues in Canada. Guest speakers will be announced closer to the date.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
7:30pm at The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East
(just east of Greenwood)

This film screening is free or pay-what-you-can.
Donations are welcomed to help pay for screening rights, venue and a/v technicians.

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Help re-elect Peter Tabuns this spring

On June 12, we get to show our continued support for Peter by voting for him to continue to represent us here in Toronto-Danforth.

From now until then we need to work to get him re-elected. The campaign office is open and there is coffee and tea. Signs and leaflets are stacked up and waiting. Phones are in and working.

We just need you.

If you do have time to help, now or in the next few weeks, we would really appreciate it. You can drop into the campaign office at 925 Danforth (Donlands) or call 647-350-8400 or email us at PeterTabuns@ontariondp.ca.

If you don’t see Peter in the campaign office, you’ll see him on the streets of Toronto-Danforth.

Many, many thanks for helping re-elect Peter Tabuns. He’s our MPP!

Sean McIntyre
Organizer for Peter Tabuns campaign

Our Neighbours at the Red Door Family Shelter Need Toronto-Danforth’s Help

30 years of Sheltering Homeless Families are now Threatened by Condominium Development

The building that houses the Red Door Family Shelter has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers, leaving this essential community service without a concrete future. Join with your neighbours at an emergency community meeting on Monday evening at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East from 7 – 9 pm.

Find out what you can do to help.

Save the Red Door Family Shelter

 

 

 

 

Like the Save the Red Door campaign on Facebook.

Cinema Politica Presents “The House I Live In”

Sunday, April 6, 2014
07:30 PM

The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East (just east of Greenwood)
Cinema Politica Danforth – A project of the Toronto-Danforth NDP

The House I Llve InSynopsis

As America remains embroiled in overseas conflict, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than twenty states and shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary, The House I Live In captures a definitive and heart-wrenching portrait of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications.

Post-film discussion

Chaired by Steve Solomon, Court Liaison with Drug Treatment Court and Co-Chair of the Toronto-Danforth NDP Policy and Activism Committee.

Discussion panelists will be Dan Werb, a research scientist and policy analyst in drug policy, HIV and addictions, Laura Day, a social worker in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and David Lucas, an addiction therapist for the Toronto Drug Treatment Court at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

This film screening is free or pay-what-you-can.

Stand up for Canadian democracy

Stop the (Un)Fair Elecations ActNew Conservative election laws will make it tougher for Canadians to vote – but easier for well-connected insiders to play money politics.

Learn more and sign the NDP petition to fight back: petition.ndp.ca/stand-up-for-canadian-democracy

For those interested in a longer account of this bill as a direct attack on democracy, Toronto-Danforth MP Craig Scott posted about Bill C-23 on his website.