Cinema Politica Presents “The Great Canadian Tax Dodge”

Join us for a free screening of THE GREAT CANADIAN TAX DODGE, which examines tax avoidance and the birth of the Canadian Tax Fairness movement.

Followed by a discussion with:

  • Robin Benger, the film’s director
  • Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness
  • Kelly Bowden of Oxfam Canada
  • Craig Scott, MP for Toronto–Danforth
  • Moderated by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.
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Public Meeting on Disability Services and Law

Are you and your family concerned about legal resources for Ontarians with Disabilities?

Peter Tabuns, MPP, is hosting a public meeting along with guest speaker Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer ARCH Disability Law Centre.

Get information and learn about your rights on:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Capacity
  • Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Education Law
  • Attendant Services

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WoodGreen Health & Wellness Centre
721 Broadview Ave., Lower Level (south of Danforth Ave.)

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Mobile Community Office: Meet with Peter Tabuns, MPP

Peter will be holding mobile offices in addition to regular office hours so that he has more opportunities to speak to you individually. Please come and discuss any concerns you may have regarding provincial programs and services. Meeting with constituents in the community and talking about your issues is important to Peter.

PeterTabunsSpeakingMeeting_20140914MOBILE COMMUNITY OFFICE hours on Saturday, April 11, 2015:

  • 10 am – 12 noon at S. Walter Stewart Library, Meeting Room 170 Memorial Park Avenue
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Gerrard Square, 2nd Floor 1000 Gerrard St. East
HIGHWAY of TEARS

Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “Highway of Tears” on March 27

Highway of Tears chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along British Columbia’s Highway 16.

The film explores how this systemic violence is linked to the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, and high unemployment rates on First Nations reserves.

Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the “Highway of Tears,” victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers.

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Highway of Tears not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

March 27, 2015
7:30 pm

Metropolitian Community Church of Toronto
115 Simpson Ave
In Riverdale, one block north of Gerrard, one block west of Logan

Followed by a discussion with:

Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, formerly Women’s Affairs Critic

Darlene King, Literacy Coordinator,The Native Women’’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Matt Smiley, Director of Highway of Tears

Hosted and Moderated by

Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth

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Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “DISRUPTION” on Feb. 27

“When it comes to climate change,
why do we do so little when we know so much?”

Join us for a free screening of the doc DISRUPTION, an unflinching look at the consequences of our inaction on climate change. Followed by a discussion with Vanessa Gray—an Anishinaabe kwe land defender—and MPP Peter Tabuns, moderated by MP Craig Scott.

February 27, 2015
7:30pm

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Annual General Meeting 2015

The Toronto-Danforth NDP Riding Association invites you to our Annual General Meeting:

Sunday, February 22, 2014
1:45 to 4pm
(Registration at 1:30pm)

Ralph Thornton Centre (Auditorium, 2nd Floor)
765 Queen Street East (East of Broadview Avenue)
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Cinema Politica Presents “Defensora” on Jan. 31

Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice.
– Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians

Followed by a discussion with: Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the Mayan Plaintiffs and Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth.

Saturday, January 31 – 7:30pm
Walter Stewart Public Library
170 Memorial Park Avenue
Directions: (1 block north of Mortimer Ave., 2 blocks west of Coxwell Ave)
Closest major intersection Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave.
Public Transit – TTC O’Connor bus northbound from Coxwell subway station.

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

About the Filmdefensora-300w

Director Keendersen
Production Company 6kidsProductions and Girl Edge Films
USA | Guatemala | Canada / 2013

DEFENSORA documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.

Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women. Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.

Official Site

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Toronto-Danforth Federal Nomination Meeting

Toronto-Danforth Federal Nomination Meeting (and party)

Please join NDP members in Toronto-Danforth to nominate our candidate on January 17th. A federal election is scheduled for October 19th, 2015, but there is a growing feeling that Harper may ignore this date and trigger an election as early as this spring. With that in mind, we hope to make this nomination meeting a kick-off to what will be challenging campaign here in Toronto-Danforth.

Bring your friends and family out to hear from our MP Craig Scott and our special guest speaker: Libby Davies, Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and NDP MP for Vancouver East since 1997. We will welcome several other guests as well to both enlighten and entertain us!

Where: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Avenue
Northeast corner of Simpson Avenue and Broadview Avenue
and one block north of Gerrard Street).

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015,
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.
Please come early if you need to renew your membership.

RSVP on Facebook, and remember to bring a friend!

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Cinema Politica Presents “Cowspiracy” on Dec. 5

COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.
­ — Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”

Followed by a discussion with: Dr. Tushar Mehta — Physician and environmental activist.

Friday, Dec 5 – 7:30pm
Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen St East, Toronto

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

About the Film

Director Keegan Kuhn & Kip Andersen
Production Company A.U.M. Films and First Spark Media – US / 2014 / 85 minutes

COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET is a groundbreaking feature-length
environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers
the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s
leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution,
is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a
primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion,
ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost
entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet
humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Links & Reviews

Official Site
The Examiner
Chic Vegan
Chris Hedges – Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time

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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