I’ve been following the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa from right here in Riverdale. This will be a long, rambling omnibus post on my thoughts and concerns. Read more »
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I’ve been following the “Occupy Toronto” movement that’s powered by youth and hope in a world of corruption and decadence. I hope that it will prove to be the catalyst for the new ideas we need to take us forward.
This movement is occurring in a context. Though many of the participants may be unaware of it, there is a fairly obvious underlying reason for the rising levels of anger. Read more »
2011 Sep 26: Televised debate on Rogers
I previously wrote about Patricia Warwick, one of the “Fabulous 45″ – so named because although they came to Washington expecting to face a $100 “post and forfeit” for defying the rules of the park in front of the White House, they discovered that those arrested the previous day were to be held for 3 days. The 45 risked arrest anyway.
The actions against the Keystone XL pipeline (which would enable a vast expansion in the capacity for oil production from the tar sands) at the White House continued for another 12 days after Patricia’s arrest, with over 1200 arrests in total, including east Toronto residents Sharon Howarth, the Green Party of Canada candidate in Toronto-Danforth in the 2008 federal election and David Wilson, an oil industry retiree. Tar Sands Action, which organized this demonstration, vows to continue working to oppose the pipeline
The action against the Keystone XL Pipeline is now moving to Canada, where activists are planning a sit-in on September 26. You can find out more and join here.
Tim Whalley has been chosen by the local riding association to represent the Green Party of Ontario in the 2011 provincial elections. Voting day is October 6.
Tim is the executive director of Scarborough Arts and actively works with a broad range of organizations, stakeholders and residents to enrich the community and make it more liveable. He holds a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and has taught at the university level and served on a number of boards of directors. Tim lives in the Greenwood / Gerrard neighbourhood with his teacher wife and their infant child. He is a member of local organizations such as the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Toronto Cyclists Union. Read more »
Toronto-Danforth Greens extend their sympathy to Jack Layton’s family and to his NDP family and supporters. Jack will always be remembered in this community as a tireless fighter, a passionate spokesperson, a man who loved Canada and inspired everyday heroes.
Update: Read Patricia’s first-hand report.
Toronto-Danforth resident and climate activist Patricia Warwick was just arrested in Washington D.C. while opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which is to allow for the expansion of tar sands operations in Canada. President Obama is to reject or approve the plan later this year.
The “mug shot” photo was taken by the group Tar Sands Action. And here she is at the protest, in the red behind the sign, in a big sun hat:
Annika Tabovaradan addresses Toronto City Council members at 2am and makes a tearful plea to keep area libraries open. She already has to wait 30 minutes for computer time.