Archive for 2006 October

Have a spooky Hallowe’en

I feel terrible for missing Eid and Divali, and now Hallowe’en is upon us.  I’ve been so busy getting the AGM notices out to members by the deadline, but they are now finally gone.  You should all be receiving them Thursday or Friday.

Have a fun and safe Hallowe’en.  I’m going to get my witch costume on and go frighten some children, then appease them with candy.

November 2006 Toronto volunteers

Fellow Green GTArs,

We have a great opportunity to have our first elected Green Party MP. We need to rally behind Elizabeth May and her team in London to make this happen. Greens across the country are looking to us right now to carry the flag into parliament. As GTArs we can and should mobilize teams to drive out to London and canvas the town. The goal is to hit every resident at least 3 times. Other areas of Ontario are working on this as we speak, so lets show the rest of Ontario and Canada that GTArs mean business and we’ll be there when it counts.

Here’s the plan:     Read more »

2006 Nov 1: Peter Tabuns’s energy forum

Peter Tabuns has organized a panel, consisting of Ralph Torrie and Keith Stewart to talk about why we don’t need the Portlands power plant.

Peter Tabuns’s energy forum
Wednesday, 2006 November 1, 7 pm
Ralph Thornton Centre
765 Queen St East
(east of Broadview)

See Peter’s flyer for more info.     Read more »

Elizabeth’s campaign donors

I’ll be maintaining a list of Elizabeth May’s campaign supporters from Toronto-Danforth here.


Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu – $400
Jim Harris – $400

Volunteers in London

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu – November 25-26
Andrew James – November 19, 26
Jim Harris – October 24 – November 2

Telephone canvassing from Toronto

Charlie Halpern-Hamu
Mary Ann Grainger
Sharon Howarth

2006 Nov 24: Toronto-Danforth canvassing team for Elizabeth

May4LondonLet’s get a Toronto-Danforth team out to campaign for Elizabeth.  Jim Harris, in his blog, laid down a challenge to get people to donate to Elizabeth’s campaign, to help with her campaign or even to move to London for 6 weeks to help in any way.

My reaction to this was to actually pause and contemplate the idea of moving to London for 6 weeks.  But I can’t.  We’re in the midst of a municipal election, I’ve got daily commitments for the next 3 weeks or so, and I’ve got five kids that need me from time to time, and in my experience, the times between when they’ve needed me have never lasted 6 weeks.  They’ve never lasted more than about 6 minutes, truth be told. Since I joined the Green Party a year ago, I’ve stopped micromanaging our household and, as Charlie says, we’ve just been allowing our children to grow organically.  Still, not so organically that I could completely absent myself for 6 weeks.

If anybody in Toronto-Danforth is available to go to London for the duration, though, that would be so great that I will do what I can to make it work out.  For those of you who need to stay in Toronto because you have a job here, some of the money you make could be thrown Elizabeth’s way, ’cause she’ll need money too.  I want giant Elizabeth faces smiling from billboards all across London Centre.

What I want to do as a group, is get a team to go out to London on the last weekend before the election – that’s Friday, November 24 to Sunday November 26.  I’m going and I’m bringing paperclips. Who’s coming with me?

2006 Oct 28: Yes, in my back yard!

Don’t miss the YIMBY Festival this Saturday.

YIMBY Festival
Saturday, 2006 October 28, 11 am – 5 pm
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor
1214 Queen Street West
Family-friendly event

Elizabeth May is running in London Centre North

Elizabeth MayLondon Centre North will be having a byelection on November 27, and the Green Party candidate will be – our leader, Elizabeth May.  Former Green Party leader and Toronto-Danforth local Jim Harris just announced it in his blog, and explained why we very well may get our first elected Green.

You can wish Elizabeth luck or pledge to donate to her campaign at

Pledge TO Green photos

The Pledge TO Green event on October 14th was well-attended, particularly by candidates, more than 60 of whom pledged to implement the City’s existing Environmental Plan (the count today has reached 74).  Both Andrew James and Ed Chin were among the signers on the day of the event.  Elizabeth May gave a stirring keynote speech and our local MPP Peter Tabuns opened the presentations.
Elizabeth May and Ed ChinElizabeth May and Andrew James

2006 Nov 11: Bad Dog Green Sessions

Bad Dog Sessions broken dog collarThe Bad Dog Theatre is a popular local improv theatre.  Since everything is improvised, the composition of the audience has an enormous effect on where the show goes.  So, it’s often funniest when you go as a group.  When your friends get involved or the ideas you have in common get picked up, you all laugh together.  A number of us experienced this during the election when the Bad Dog hosted a “Mock the Vote” show and half the audience were Green Party supporters.

So I’ve been wanting to have a Green Party outing to the Bad Dog for several months, and finally I’ve just decided to pick a date.  The Bad Dog Sessions builds on a single audience suggestion so you won’t be hauled up on stage to participate.  That makes it somewhat less hilarious for a group, but means you won’t be put on the spot.  Bad Dog Sessions also has some of the best improv in the city and is a pay-what-you-can event.  So let’s get a crowd to go out and laugh together.

Bad Dog Sessions
Saturday, 2006 November 11, 10-11 pm
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth Ave
(just east of Broadview)

Green paperclip

Charlie has just very cleverly added the green paperclip symbol into the editing options on this site.  From now on, if you see this symbol next to an event or action, it means that all Green Party supporters from Toronto-Danforth will receive the Green Order of Danforth for their participation.

The Green Order of Danforth is, uh, well, a paperclip.  Frequently clipped to a collar or a breast pocket.  But it is a highly symbolic paperclip.  It reflects commitment above and beyond the mediocre, and contributions above the barely adequate.  It is given so rarely that it should take several weeks for you to collect enough to make a decent necklace.  It is an interesting conversation piece.

Follow the link to a history of the origins of the Green Order of Danforth.