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Andrew Trotter

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Andy Trotter owns an Architectural Design Firm in downtown Toronto, is a hockey dad, and son of former Liberal MPP James Trotter from the previous riding of Parkdale. Andy began canvassing with his father at the age of 4 and although he has been a strong Liberal all his life he now believes the Green Party offers the best solutions for many of the economic, social, energy based, and climate problems we face today.

Andy is a member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario with a BCIN. Through his firms he has extensive experience with the Toronto Building dpt. City Planning, Transportation, Urban Forestry, and the Toronto Ravine and Conservation Authority.

Small business, child care, affordable housing, and education are four of his main priorities. Andy has been a small business owner for the past 25 yrs and understands the difficulties of raising children in downtown Toronto and trying to keep a roof over their heads. This city can’t become a haven for the most fortunate. We need to do some serious work enforcing affordable units in all new building development and we need to get serious about rent control. Everyone keeps saying they are going to do something about this and nothing happens we need candidates that won’t back down. Education is the best way to help people achieve better incomes and get ahead. We need to help people of all ages get education, which means we need better day care.     Read more »

2015 Oct 7: Campaign office pops up

Update: See the CBC’s photo slideshow.

A shipping container + solar panels + Queen Street =
Canada’s first off-grid, solar powered, urban shipping container-chic Campaign Pop-up Office

Chris Tolley, Green Party candidate for Toronto-Danforth, launches the first ever off-grid, solar powered campaign pop-up office. Join us:

Wednesday, 2015 October 7, 1:30pm
899 Queen St E
(south side of Queen, just east of Logan)

Chris Tolley pop-up office

This office, fashioned out of a shipping container, is located on Queen Street East in trendy Leslieville. Campaign staff plan and coordinate Tolley’s campaign from this location.

“My opponents are running multi-story, huge offices with lights blazing. We want to show that you can do things differently. By repurposing a shipping container and adding solar power, we are proving, that with a bit of imagination, you can think outside of the box while working inside of it,” says Tolley.

Toronto-Danforth Green Party office

The launch will include a ‘turning on the switch’ moment where the solar panels come alive and power the space, as well as a short talk from the candidate, Chris Tolley.     Read more »

Demo at the debate: Support democracy

Monday, 2015 September 28, 6pm – 7pm
Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St

Constantine Kritsonis created this event to protest Elizabeth May’s exclusion from the leaders’ debates:     Read more »

2015 Sep 15: Toronto-Danforth all-candidates meeting

Tuesday, 2015 September 15, 7pm – 9pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd floor auditorium
765 Queen St E

All registered candidates have been invited to participate — confirmed candidates to date are:

  • Elizabeth Abbot, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party.
  • Julie Dabrusin, Liberal Party.
  • Craig Scott, New Democratic Party.
  • Chris Tolley, Green Party.

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Discovering the identity of our 2015 Conservative candidate

Tim Dutaud, the UniCallerTim Dutaud, the Conservative ex-candidate, dropped out shortly after people figured out who he was. The important take-away here is this: If you are concerned about stopping Harper, there has never been a danger in this riding of electing a Conservative.

This continues a long tradition of the Conservative candidate being a non-issue in Toronto-Danforth. Katarina von Koenig, for example, remained a woman of mystery throughout the 2011 election. Andrew Keyes, to his credit, took being a candidate seriously in 2012, at least until Conservative HQ apparently told him to stop participating in debates.