Archive for Social justice & diversity

2012 Mar 17: IFAW’s Day of Action

I experienced my most aggressive interviewer today. It was kind of funny.     Read more »

Eastview all-candidates meeting on supports to families

Above, Adriana’s closing remarks — cut from David Langer’s full video, below:     Read more »

Join women on the bridge

for International Women’s Day
Thursday, 2012 March 8, 5pm
East end of Bloor Street viaduct
(west of Broadview subway station,
north side parkette at Danforth and Cambridge)

Join Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Green Party of Canada candidate in the current by-election for Toronto-Danforth for a march in solidarity with people everywhere who seek equality for women, especially as elected representatives in government.  In Canada, only 25% of our elected representatives in the House of Commons are women.  Adriana is the only woman in a field of 11 candidates in the Toronto-Danforth by-election.     Read more »

Please help release President Nasheed of the Maldives

President Mohammed Nasheed has been ousted by a military coup and is under house arrest.  I’m taking a bit of time out of my campaign to urge everyone to help him.  Please sign this petition and then write to Prime Minister Harper, urging him to use his influence to secure the release of Mr Nasheed.

President Nasheed was the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives.  Hear why we need his voice to be free:

Happy Hanukkah 2011

Our family just celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with menorah, latkes, dreidels and other games.  May your holidays be filled with light and happiness.

Conference Board recommends considering a guaranteed income

The Green Party has for many years been promoting a guaranteed annual income (GAI).  It should be more economical than the hodgepodge of existing income support programmes, it will capture people who aren’t served by the current system (such as caregivers for family members who need round-the-clock support), and it addresses the dignity that every Canadian deserves.     Read more »

Durban climate negotiations update

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 »

Global uprisings are all about the end of growth

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 »

From the grandparents

The Toronto-based group For Our Grandchildren has produced this wonderful video:

For Our Grandchildren – Something Must Be Done from Stephen Best on Vimeo.

If the video stutters, click on the HD in the lower-right-hand corner.  Even in “low-def”, it’s quite high-definition.

2011 Sep 20: Tim Whalley to speak at Toronto-Danforth Education Debate

Tuesday, 2011 September 20, 7 pm
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute

(800 Greenwood Ave north of Danforth Ave)

Toronto-Danforth Trustee Cathy Dandy is holding a debate on Education and Tim Whalley, Green Party of Ontario candidate for Toronto-Danforth, will be one of the featured speakers. Come show your support for Tim and for education in Ontario!

Toronto-Danforth candidates at education debate

Thanks, Chris, for these beautiful photos.     Read more »