Archive for 2007 February

2007 Feb 12: David Suzuki & Stephen Lewis

From the David Suzuki Foundation website:

Join two of Canada’s leading thinkers, Dr. David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis, in an intimate conversation on the links between the environment, health and Canadian values…

Feeling the Pulse of the Planet:
A conversation with David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis
Monday, 2007 February 12, 7:30 pm
Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street

Tickets are $20, $15 for students, from ticketmaster.ca (416-872-5555) or at the theatre box office (Mon – Sat, 11 am – 5 pm).  Sold out.

2007 Feb 13: Protest trade in dog & cat fur

Merlin Andrew, who may be our most senior supporter at 92 years of age, invites others to join her at the following event:

Protest trade in dog and cat fur
Tuesday, 2007 February 13, noon – 1 pm
Chinese Consulate, 240 St George St

(north of St George subway between Lowther & Bernard)

From the flyer:

Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, and the United States have slammed the door on the gruesome trade. In November 2006, the European Commission proposed a ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur in the European Union.

Unless Canada wants to become an appalling dumping ground for dog- and cat-fur products, Canadians must join the effort to halt the cruel trade here.

2007 Feb 14: The question of direction

From Mike Nickerson:

Why, when today’s greatest problems result from the scale of human activity, do business and government aim to perpetuate expansion?

The short answer to the opening question is that governments and businesses have always aimed for expansion.

Given that we are disrupting the Earth’s ability to support the next generation, however, custom and tradition are not good enough reasons for continuing in that direction.

Expansion may have been good in the past, but it will end civilization if we do not alter course and aim for sustainability.

You are invited to help deliver the wake up call, and to find out how much we have to gain from looking to living for satisfaction, rather than to accumulation and consumption.

Life, Money & Illusion and the Question of Direction
A Discussion about Reclaiming the Future
Saturday, 2007 February 14,  4 – 6 pm
Transformative Learning Centre
The Peace Lounge at OISE
252 Bloor Street West

If you can’t make this event, it will be repeated the next day.

2007 Feb 15: The question of direction

In case you can’t make the previous day’s discussion, there’s this one:

Life, Money & Illusion and the Question of Direction
A Discussion about Reclaiming the Future
2007 February 15,  7 – 9 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
2nd floor

Hosted by the University of Toronto Alumni Greens.

2007 Mar 3: Everything you always wanted to know about how to win an election*

*but were afraid to ask.

Mary Ann Grainger has organized a day of great workshops. Here’s the printable PDF invitation, which I have transcribed below…

You’re invited to join Elizabeth May and follow Green supporters for a unique seminar created to provide you with the tools you need to win seats in the next election.

Hosted by Toronto-Danforth Greens, this groundbreaking event has been broken down into three workshops — each one specifically designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups — Green Party supporters, candidates, and key campaign volunteers.     Read more »

2007 Mar 3: Candidate school 101

If you are planning on being a candidate in the next (or any future) election, this workshop’s for you!

This three-hour workshop will teach you how to reach out to your constituency and convince them you’re the person most deserving of their vote.  Learn how to deal with the media, how to provide answers during all-candidates meetings, how to make sure your message is being heard.

This is just one workshop in a whole day of workshops.  For more details and registration information, see Everything you always wanted to know about how to win an election*.

2007 Mar 3: How to run a successful campaign

If you are interested in being a key campaign volunteer in the next (or any future) election, this workshop’s for you!

This three-hour workshop will teach you what kind of a campaign to craft based on different potential budgets, what personnel are needed for different budgeted campaigns, how to put together a great sign team, and where to obtain the tools from Green Party Headquarters that will help you run a successful campaign.

This is just one workshop in a whole day of workshops.  For more details and registration information, see Everything you always wanted to know about how to win an election*.

2007 Mar 3: Identify & get out the vote

If you want the Green Party to win seats in the next election, this workshop’s for you!

This three-hour workshop is designed for any Green Party supporter — whether you are an active card-carrying member of the Green Party or not!  All that is required is a desire to see the Green Party win seats in the next election.

In this workshop you will learn the simple things that win seats and how you can apply them to your riding.  You will learn step-by-step how to easily identity potential Green Party voters, build and grow your riding’s own Green Party voter’s list, how to use the list effectively before and during an election, and most importantly, how to convert the list into votes during an election.

This is just one workshop in a whole day of workshops.  For more details and registration information, see Everything you always wanted to know about how to win an election*.

2007 Mar 3: Elizabeth May — our not so secret weapon

Elizabeth May will be the special guest at Workshop C — Identify and get out the vote

Next to you, the volunteers, the most important tool we have to win an election is our amazing new leader.  Come meet Elizabeth May and hear first hand how she and her team used the tools being taught in this seminar to make Green Party history with never-before achieved election results in the recent by-eleciton.  Come prepared with your questions for the Q&A session which will follow.

Workshop C is just one workshop in a whole day of workshops.  For more details and registration information, see Everything you always wanted to know about how to win an election*.

Toronto-Danforth candidate chosen

Charles Battershill has been nominated to be the Green Party of Canada candidate in the next federal election.