Welcome

Welcome to the Green Party in Toronto-Danforth, the area between the Don River and Coxwell Avenue.

We’re thrilled to announce that our candidate for the 2021 federal election is Maryem Tollar (read her bio here). Please help with donations and by volunteering.

Pledge for environmental rights

Maryem Tollar with signed Pledge for Environmental Rights.

Please vote on Monday, September 20th and make your voice heard! Today I signed a pledge for environmental rights — As a Member of Parliament, I will support the recognition in law of the right to a healthy environment for all people in Canada.

Help us spread the Green message

Igabaran Eilamurugan and Maryem Tollar at the bank.Igabaran Eilamurugan (my official agent) and I are at the bank — again.

We now have an account and you can now donate directly to my campaign by sending an Interac e-transfer to
votemaryem@gmail.com. It’s set up for auto-deposit, so no need for making up a security question.

A tax receipt will be issued by the Green Party of Canada. If you pay income taxes, up to $400 gets you 75% back. So a $200 donation only costs you $50.

Thank you in advance for donating! More information and donation options are available on the donation page.

Sun Sep 12: Bicycle parade and music in the park

Please join Maryem Tollar on Sunday, September 12 for a bicycle parade. Meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Broadview and Danforth to organize, Parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes from Broadview to Coxwell. Then cycle back along Dundas to Greenwood Park.

11 a.m. Enjoy the morning with music making and dancing at Greenwood Park. Bring your family, have a picnic and come and talk to Maryem, our Toronto-Danforth federal candidate.

Come to the parade or come to the park or come to both!

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

Sun Sep 12: All-candidates meeting

All-candidates meeting (via Zoom)
Sunday, 2021 September 12, 2:30 pm – 4 pm
To attend, please register in advance at this Zoom link.

Danforth Multifaith Commons

The candidates who will be attending are as follows:

  • Julie Dabrusin, Liberal Party of Canada.
  • Clare Hacksel, New Democratic Party.
  • Elizabeth Rowley, Communist Party of Canada.
  • Wayne Simmons, People’s Party of Canada.
  • Maryem Tollar, Green Party of Canada.
  • Liz White, Animal Protection Party of Canada.

The meeting will be hosted by both East End United Regional Ministry and Danforth Jewish Circle — both partners in the Danforth Multifaith Commons at Eastminster on the Danforth.     Read more »

Debate on the environment

Update: The video of the debate is here:

Toronto-Danforth Virtual Debate on the Environment
Wednesday, 2021 September 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Maryem will participate in an all-candidates virtual debate on the environment, one of 100 Debates on the Environment.

Register here to attend     Read more »

Maryem’s three reasons

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar in front of a pink wallHere are three reasons why I’m running, and three reasons why I’m asking you to vote Green on September 20th:

  1. The climate crisis
  2. Guaranteed livable income
  3. Affordable housing

Follow the links to learn more about these reasons to vote Green. And explore this site to learn about other reasons — such as human rights, reconciliation with First Nations, ending fossil-fuel subsidies, and expanding health care.

A vote for Green Party is a vote for climate action and real change. Our future depends on it.

The climate crisis

In 2019, a report by Navius Research showed that neither the Liberals nor the NDP nor the Conservatives had a plan that came close to meeting the international goal of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. The Green Party was the sole exception. Today, the plans of the other parties still fall far short. While they promise to significantly reduce carbon emissions, all three parties support new pipelines. Worse, the Liberals continue to subsidize fossil fuels: $23 billion to oil and gas companies since 2018. Not surprisingly, Canada is the only G7 country whose emissions continue to rise each year.

How bad do the wildfires have to get before we vote for a livable future for our children?

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar outdoors in front of a plain white brick wall.

Guaranteed livable income

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar outdoors in front of a colorful floral painted wall.A basic income would provide all adults with the financial security to upgrade their education, retrain for new jobs or start new businesses. In a 2017 pilot program, 4,000 Ontarians did just that. Before the pandemic, millions of Canadians already faced precarious work. After the pandemic, a guaranteed livable income will be needed more than ever to combat rising inequality.

Affordable housing

We have a housing crisis in Toronto — too many people cannot afford to have a place to live. We need to work to have 30% of all units in each building be affordable and accessible to people with special needs, fixed income and/or low income. We need inclusionary zoning — the City of Toronto adopted a 10% version — this is not enough! And we need to insist that developers allot 30% in every building.

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar in front of a banner reading "Community is forever".

More photos, more better

Additional photos by Rebecca Wood.

Sat Aug 28: A walk in the park

Saturday, 2021 August 28, 10 am to noon
Withrow Park, starting near the unfenced playground

Maryem and friends will be visiting Withrow Park on Saturday.

Wed Aug 25: Collecting signatures at Carrot Common

Maryem needs 100 Toronto-Danforth voters to request that she appear on the ballot. We’ll be collecting 150 just to be sure.

Come out and say hello! Come out and sign! Come out and help collect signatures!

Update: The core team has 179 signatures, and several satellite volunteers will be adding more. Signature collecting is done!

68 signatures and counting

Maryem and volunteers (not all pictured) collected signatures of electors today so that she can appear on the ballot.

2021 Candidate: Maryem Tollar

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar head and shoulders smiling

Maryem Tollar, Toronto-Danforth candidate, 2021 election. Photo credit: Cathy Ord.

Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. She has been a public school teacher with the TDSB since 2012. Her music and work have always coincided with her politics. Many projects she is involved with explore different aspects of society. She uses her music as a vehicle for her activism and she has set many poems by Ehab Lotayef to music. Ehab’s poems have many themes including: the Iraq war, issues in Israel/Palestine, human rights issues and freedom and dignity for the oppressed. Maryem believes that there is intersectionality between climate issues and human rights issues. Maryem is a community organizer in the arts and she has used her platform to shine a light on a variety of social justice concerns. In her artistic career, she has received several Juno and Dora nominations and awards for musical projects and theatre productions. In 2019 she won the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Award for Performing Arts. Maryem is married to woodwind player Ernie Tollar and they have 3 children.