Welcome

Welcome to the Green Party in Toronto-Danforth, the area between the Don River and Coxwell Avenue.

Our Green Party of Canada candidate in the 2015 federal election is Chris Tolley. Our Green Party of Ontario candidate in the 2014 provincial election was Rachel Power.

Democracy in action

From the Toronto Star:

Tory candidates told to avoid debates, media during campaign

Conservatives running in the federal election have been advised not to attend all-candidates’ meetings or speak to reporters during the campaign, a party source says.

It’s Debate Night — tweet and post your support

Here’s a request from Steven, our social media director. He has been tweeting and posting up a storm and getting a lot of attention for the Greens.

Hi Green Supporters,

My name is Steven McInnis I am the social media director for Chris Tolley.

Tonight, as you likely know, is a big night with the debate and we could definitely use all of your help.

Throughout the evening, I will be sending out tweets through Chris Tolley’s Twitter account @christolley (in case you are not already following).

If you could retweet them or add your own spin it would be appreciated. The most important thing is that our message gets out loud and clear.

Also, please like the posts on Chris’s Facebook page to help get the word out.

Thanks, Steven McInnis

As things stand now, this is one of our only chances to support Elizabeth May in a national debate. I hope you are able to help Steven make some noise for Elizabeth tonight.

The debate start at 8 pm, Thursday, August 8.

You can find details on how to watch it on the Maclean’s site.

A cheeky proposal

Harper’s Universal Childcare Benefit increase has just come into effect.  I have heard from several people who are livid that their taxpayer’s dollars are being used to buy their vote.

And the worst thing is, it’s working.

The latest poll has put the Conservatives ahead going into the election.

So, what do you do with the extra $720 a year you’ll be getting?

I have a cheeky proposal.

Imagine the look on Harper’s face if he knew you were giving this money – the money he was hoping would buy your vote – to our local pipeline-hating, democratic-reforming, environmental-protecting Toronto-Danforth Green Party.

Think of his reaction!

Donate now.

While this proposal is cheeky, it’s also serious and urgent.     Read more »

Redesigned lawn sign

Chris Tolley lawn sign

Contact Chris for a beautiful Green Party lawn. Visit Chris’s campaign site at vote2015.ca.

Danforth Greens Pub Night: Senior Policy Adviser Deborah Coyne

I hope you’ll be able to join us for our next Green Party Pub Night, featuring Deborah Coyne, this Thursday evening.

Thursday, 2015 July 2, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stratengers, 1130 Queen St E, two blocks East of Pape

Our Pub Nights are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and talk about the upcoming campaign and issues that are important to you. It is also a chance to hear from dynamic and high profile speakers on topics covering politics, the environment, and democracy. All are welcome, from across the GTA and beyond.     Read more »

Fri Jun 12: Danforth Greens Pub Night: sustainable architect Paul Dowsett

Sustainable architect Paul DowsettJoin us for our first Danforth Greens Pub Night of the year featuring a presentation by Paul Dowsett, award-winning sustainable architect.

Toronto-Danforth’s Pub Nights are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and talk about the upcoming campaign and issues that are important to you. It is also a chance to meet your candidate and hear from dynamic and high profile speakers on topics covering politics, the environment and democracy.     Read more »

Thank you — looking forward to 2015

As many of you may know I’ve been very active in Toronto-Danforth’s Green Party. After a month-long campaign amongst our members, I am pleased to have been chosen by our membership last night to lead our party into the next federal election as the candidate for Toronto-Danforth.

Chris Tolley lawn sign

Toronto-Danforth is a large riding that includes Leslieville, Little India, Broadview’s Chinatown, Greektown and Riverdale. It’s very Green with a large membership, strong voter support, and often sets the agenda in local politics.

I’m looking forward to the election in 2015 and a chance to run for Parliament. It’s an opportunity for us to stand up for democratic reform, social justice and environmental sustainability.

I’m grateful for Laura’s support as I juggle pre-election preparation with the the many exciting projects we are working on at EXPECT.

I’m a also very grateful for Dharini’s support, who really is the greatest wife anyone could ask for.

Stay tuned…

Who will be our next candidate?

Come help us choose our next candidate. We’ve got three great options: Chris Tolley, Constantine Kritsonis, and Ryan Lyndsay.

Thursday, 2014 December 11, 6:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Riverdale Branch
370 Broadview Ave – Broadview and Gerrard

Scroll down for three amazing contenders for your support!

Update: Chris Tolley was chosen to be the 2015 Green Party candidate of Canada candidate for Toronto-Danforth. See his bio, his thank-you, and his site.

Chris Tolley

Chris Tolley

This is an exciting time in Canadian political history. It’s an exciting time for the Toronto-Danforth Greens.

The Green Party of Canada has never had as much momentum as we do now. In this upcoming election we are perfectly positioned to make a historic move and dramatically increase our representation in Parliament.

I hope you will give me an opportunity to build on this momentum, and support my bid to be the next Green candidate in Toronto-Danforth.

Update: Chris was selected by the membership to be the Green Party of Canada candidate for Toronto-Danforth.

Chris Tolley and familyI am a long time resident of Toronto-Danforth, having lived here since 1999. I have been very active in supporting my east end community, from sponsoring local youth soccer teams to supporting the fight against the Toronto Island airport expansion. During this time I have had the opportunity to build close relationships with the residents, something that is essential in running a successful grass-roots campaign.

I have also been an active member of the Toronto-Danforth’s Green Party serving four terms on the Executive, as the riding’s Financial Agent. I have come to know many of the key members in our riding from the most active volunteers to those who donate on a regular bases.

During my tenure I have also been on the campaign teams that fought the 2011 general election, the 2012 by-election to fill Jack Layton’s empty seat, and was actively involved in Jane Farrow’s municipal campaign. Working on these three campaigns in Toronto-Danforth has given me a unique insight into how the Greens can win our local riding in 2015.

My work outside Toronto-Danforth directly supports my political work inside the riding. As a director / producer I have both taught at the university level and have extensive experience in:

  • marketing
  • fundraising
  • media relations
  • volunteer management

All skills essential to running a winning campaign.

I believe in:

  • A smart, modern economy that serves Canadians, and not the other way around. An economy that promotes growth through international trade that is fair to all, creates thousands of jobs through investment in green industries and is based on a revenue-neutral carbon pricing system that reflects the true cost of products.
  • Reforming the voting system by implementing proportional representation and taking steps that move us away from the party system.  Doing so will promote true local representation that is free from external pressures that do not necessarily serve local constituents.
  • Decentralizing the PMO, allowing MPs holding power to vote with their heart, and not vote as they are whipped.
  • Recognizing the injustice done to our First Nation’s peoples, and moving towards implementing the sprit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Immediately taking action to repel the Canada-China FIPA and return Canada’s economic and democratic sovereignty to its citizens.
  • Bringing in aggressive measures required to avoid catastrophic climate impact by implementing an economy-wide strategy to reduce GHG (avoiding global average temperatures reaching 2 degrees C above pre-Industrial revolution levels), while we make the transition to a clean energy economy.
  • And finally, stopping the Energy East, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines from being built.

Chris Tolley lawn signMy website, www.vote2015.ca, offers more information on my background. I hope you will take a moment to visit this site and consider supporting my efforts in turning Toronto-Danforth green in 2015.

Sincerely, Chris Tolley

Constantine Kritsonis, nomination contestant

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Constantine Kritsonis, 57, being concerned about the environment since his teens, joined the Green Party in 1993 to effect positive change. The green message had struck a chord.     Read more »