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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

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

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
415 Broadview Ave (at Simpson) Continue reading Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “DISRUPTION” on Feb. 27

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!

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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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!

Cinema Politica Presents “Poor No More” in Phin Park

Thursday, September 18, 2014
8 – 10 PM
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– 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
rabble.ca
Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Cinema Politica
IMDb

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.