2011 Aug 22: Ontario Green Party candidate nomination meeting

Monday, 2011 August 22, 7pm
Pape Library, 701 Pape Ave, upstairs meeting room

All candidates to be Toronto-Danforth candidate

On Monday, 2011 August 22, the Green Party of Ontario’s Toronto-Danforth Constituency Association selects its candidate for the upcoming Ontario general election on 6 October.

We have two nominees as of today, but nominations are still open. In order to seek nomination you must be a Canadian citizen of voting age and hold current membership in the Green Party of Ontario. If you are interested in being a candidate, please contact Charlie Halpern-Hamu or Andrew James as soon as possible.  Information regarding the candidates will be posted on the danforthgreens.ca website next week.

Only members of the Constituency Association who have been members for at least 14 days prior to the date of the nomination meeting may vote at the nomination meeting, but all may attend and ask questions. Please note that this protocol does not include provision for nominations from the floor.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bios

There are three contestants. In alphabetical order, they are:

David Langer

David is a licensed paralegal in Toronto. Previously he worked as a licensed private investigator, specializing in health care claims fraud and corporate investigations, and has been involved with municipal policy review on local crime issues. David is committed to the modernization of the Ontario judicial system, in particular the Small Claims Courts. He has consulted with Ministry officials to streamline administrative policies with respect to document filing procedures and service wait times. David resides in the riding with his wife and four children in Leslieville (Queen and Greenwood area).

David’s policy priorities are:

  • Health care: Make government accountable for health care spending, while initiating local healthy lifestyle programs.
  • Small business: Establish rewarding incentive programs, which will motivate Ontario’s small businesses to succeed.
  • Education: Ensure affordable access to higher education, freeing students from the burdens of debt.

Naoshad Pochkhanawala

Naoshad is an insurance agent specializing in employee benefits. He believes equally strongly in entrepreneurialism and in pursuing the broader public welfare. Naoshad is proudof his past involvement with various charities, including the Terry Fox Runcampaign, and is currently consulting with the Canadian National Institute forthe Blind (CNIB) regarding new fundraising strategies. He lives and works in Toronto with his partner, a social worker.

Naoshad’s policy priorities are:

  • Health care: It’s time to put more emphasis both on preventative approaches, providing care in the community and ensuringthat people are able to access the facilities already in place.
  • Energy costs: We must make and utilise technologies to reduce energy usage — and especially costs — and these should be made available to those who need the savings the most.
  • Ban on shark fin soup in Ontario: It’s time for Canada to stand up for what’s right, as a small but necessary step to ending the world’s unconscionable exploitation of the sea.

Tim Whalley

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.

Tim’s priorities include:

  • Transportation: promoting a sustainable and effective transit system with incentives to reduce gridlock and pollution, including ride-sharing and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
  • Energy: encouraging home energy savings plans, micro-generation and clean and renewable energy that reduce pollution, carbon emissions and promote green technology and jobs.
  • Food: investing in school and community meal programs that promote access to healthy food and community gardens.

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