Archive for 2006 November

2006 Dec 6: Toronto-Danforth GPO organizing meeting

Green Party of Ontario symbolI have arranged the first meeting for the new GPO next Wednesday at the Pape Danforth Library for 7 pm. Pass the word and let’s see if we can get a turnout like the GPC meeting!

Green Party of Ontario organizing meeting
Wednesday, 2006 December 6, 7 pm
Pape Danforth Library
(east side of Pape, just south of Danforth)

Campaign notes between preparations

I’m spending the day preparing for tonight’s YEP debate on the Portlands Energy Centre, which I’ve now been asked to participate in, even though I’m not an energy professional and I’m certainly not young.

Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in Ontario’s Climate Change and Clean Air Plan consultations on energy, which I’ve yet to prepare for either.

But in between all this preparation, when I take a break, I’d like to blog about Elizabeth’s campaign, which we can all learn from.  All our candidates can’t be former Executive Directors of the Sierra Club, and they can’t all have Elizabeth’s unique blend of knowledge and experience.  But there are still a lot of things to be learned about what made Elizabeth’s campaign so effective.

Elizabeth radiates good feelings and positive messaging.     Read more »

London victory

I have never gotten around to writing about our AGM and that election.  It’s never very interesting to write about one’s own election, but the election of 11 other members onto our executive ought to have inspired me.

But I was busy.

And now, the excitement of London’s byelection has temporarily removed everything else from my mind.  I’ll write tomorrow about how exciting Elizabeth’s campaign was, but I wanted to go to bed only after writing a quick thought.     Read more »

London North Centre results

Well, when the first five polls were in, Elizabeth had the lead.  Now, with a quarter of the results in, she’s in second place, trailing the Liberal candidate.  And now, with 90% of the the polls reporting, she’s still second place, but the Conservatives are close behind.  You can watch the results as they come in on the Elections Canada website.

It’s all over.  And the (rounded) results are:

Glen Pearson Liberal 35%
Elizabeth May Green 26%
Dianne Haskett Conservative 24%
Megan Walker NDP 14%
Steve Hunter PC 0%
Robert Ede Independent 0%
Will Arlow Canadian Action 0%

The rounding makes it easier to conceptualize the numbers, but it exaggerates the spread between the Green Party and the Conservatives.  It was only 1.5% (25.9% – 24.4%), not a full 2%. And of course each of the “other” parties got more than zero percent (though less than half a percent).

2006 Nov 30: Take the Tooker

Hamish Wilson, a candidate in our riding in the last municipal election, is one of the organizers of the Take the Tooker campaign.  The idea is to build an east-west bike lane along the whole length of Bloor-Danforth.  The name is in honour of environmental activist and one-time Toronto mayoral candidate Tooker Gomberg.     Read more »

2006 Nov 29: National GreenBuilding conference

It looks like this is more of an event for builders than consumers:

Following the successful launch of the National GreenBuilding Conference … in Ottawa, the focus on reducing a building’s environmental impact will be continued at the 18th Annual Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, DesignTrends, and Concrete Canada — Canada’s largest and most important design and construction event…

The National GreenBuilding Conference and will focus on all aspects of green design, construction, retrofit, and maintenance leading to high performance buildings, and will examine best practices and project delivery models that result in more efficient methods of designing sustainability into any project.

National GreenBuilding conference
Wed – Fri, 2006 November 29 – December 1
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

2006 Nov 27: Straw bale & sustainable building

This is an event put on by the Toronto Green Community:

Are you concerned about rising energy costs, environmental degradation and the health effects of sick buildings? There are affordable, attainable and local solutions to these problems. Come join us to hear author and teacher Chris Magwood discuss “Straw Bale and Sustainable Building Strategies” and how and why these have been implemented across Ontario.

Straw Bale and Sustainable Building Strategies
Monday, 2006 November 27, 7:00 pm
Northern District Library building
40 Orchard View Blvd, room 224

(west off Yonge, just north of Eglinton)
RSVP: or 416-781-7663

Climate change and the coming energy crisis

The human race is facing twin threats: too much carbon in the air causing global warming and too little carbon in the ground causing the end of cheap oil.

Unfortunately, analysts addressing climate and energy issues are not necessarily the same people, nor do they always priorize solutions in the same way. These conversations will offer several perspectives about both problems.

Science for Peace and Peace Magazine are sponsoring a three-part public forum on the topics of global warming and peak oil at U of T.

Climate Change and the Coming Energy Crisis

For more information, email Metta Spencer or call 416-789-2294.

2006 Dec 1: An Inconvenient Truth

As part of the three-part public forum Climate Change and the Coming Energy Crisis, there will be a free screening of Al Gore’s film:

An Inconvenient Truth
2006 December 1, 1:00-2:45 pm
Medical Sciences Building, room 2172
1 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto

This will be followed by another event, a panel discussion Predicting Looming Threats to Humankind from Climate Change and Energy Shortage.

2006 Dec 1: Predicting looming threats to humankind from climate change and energy shortage

As part of the three-part public forum Climate Change and the Coming Energy Crisis, there will be a panel discussion of how we’re simultaneously running out of carbon in the ground and putting way too much of it in the atmosphere:     Read more »