Archive for 2009 July

Four strong green women

Four Strong Green Women posterHear about the Green Party’s future from the women who’ll help shape it!

There will be an opportunity to mix and meet our honoured guests and you’ll have the opportunity to choose and own one of the books by our distinguished authors.

You will also have the chance to schmooze with other well-known personalities and enjoy a buffet reception.

Alanna Mitchell, Adriane Carr, Elizabeth May, Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu

Speakers and host     Read more »

2009 Jul 28: Meet Adriana over a glass of beer

A foamy glass of beerDanforth Greens Pub Night
last Tuesday of every month
7 – 9 pm at Gabby’s

in the “Library Room”
729 Danforth, just east of Pape

Come raise a glass of cheer, meet, chat, get informed and have some fun!

An idea for waste

I get asked a lot about the garbage strike.  While there’s not a lot I can do to settle a municipal labour dispute as an aspiring MP, and people recognize this, as a Green MP I could do rather a lot to help Toronto achieve its stated goal of zero waste, which would make a garbage strike a lot less unpleasant.     Read more »

Monbiot: Stop building tanks

In a recent post, George Monbiot suggests diverting military spending to addressing the much more serious threats facing the world.  One area in which we could redirect the energy of our armed forces could be to retrofit existing housing stock which is incapable of keeping us warm without fossil fuels from which we should be weaning ourselves.     Read more »

Farmers’ markets 2009 — with map

Here are some farmers’ markets, arranged from west to east.  Two are in our Toronto-Danforth riding (that is to say between the Don River and Coxwell).  The others are just outside — but one actually has a free shuttle from within the riding.     Read more »

Public health care threatened again

The Canadian Health Coalition is concerned about new threats to our universal public health care system.  They are concerned that the new head of the Canadian Medical Association, who owns private clinics himself, is promoting a mixed model of health care delivery.

I applaud the goals of the Canadian Health Coalition, which has just launched a website to address this new threat, and urge everyone to sign the pledge online, which I appear to have signed twice in my enthusiasm.     Read more »

Update on Honduras

Here’s today’s press release from the Green Party of Canada regarding the coup in Honduras:     Read more »

Green Party policy on disabilities

I’ve had a couple of people ask what Green Party policy was on disabilities.  One concern was that some of the policies towards greening the economy were fairly hostile to people who had a difficult time already dealing with life’s challenges.  This is something I’ve pledged to address on Shadow Cabinet.

In the meantime, I’m proud also to say that the Green Party has a very robust and human-scale policy towards people with disabilities centred on two policy points which I find incredibly important.     Read more »

Green Party’s new population policy

The stresses we put on the planet are a product of individual demands on resources multiplied by the number of us there are.  Ecologists are well aware of this and used to discuss it when I was a child.  One of the reasons these concerns were dropped politically is because population control can be used as an excuse for a lot of nasty policy — racist immigration reforms, draconian meddling in personal fertility and tax structures that punish children who are in no way to blame for being alive.

Still, plenty of sensible voices lament silencing of the issue, which is serious.  And many of these have been unhappy about the Green Party’s refusal to address this issue.  I’ve heard this concern expressed at the door at least four times while canvassing – and I’ve been proud to say that at the last Green Party of Canada AGM, we adopted a sensible population policy that recognizes the problem, yet proposes to address it in ways that are non-intrusive and which enable rather than punish the most disadvantaged people on the planet.     Read more »

Canada dead last on climate change

With the election of Barrack Obama in the United States, they have slightly improved their climate change policy, enough for Canada to beat them out for last place among the G8 countries in a joint evaluation by the World Wildlife Fund and the Insurance giant Allianz.     Read more »