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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 »

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.

Click to expand all-candidates debate poster image

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.

Democracy in action

From the Toronto Star:

Tory candidates told to avoid debates, media during campaign

Conservatives running in the federal election have been advised not to attend all-candidates’ meetings or speak to reporters during the campaign, a party source says.

Redesigned lawn sign

Chris Tolley lawn sign

Contact Chris for a beautiful Green Party lawn. Visit Chris’s campaign site at vote2015.ca.

Danforth Greens Pub Night: sustainable architect Paul Dowsett

Sustainable architect Paul DowsettJoin us for our first Danforth Greens Pub Night of the year featuring a presentation by Paul Dowsett, award-winning sustainable architect.

Toronto-Danforth’s Pub Nights are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and talk about the upcoming campaign and issues that are important to you. It is also a chance to meet your candidate and hear from dynamic and high profile speakers on topics covering politics, the environment and democracy.     Read more »

Who will be our next candidate?

Come help us choose our next candidate. We’ve got three great options: Chris Tolley, Constantine Kritsonis.

Thursday, 2014 December 11, 6:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Riverdale Branch
370 Broadview Ave – Broadview and Gerrard

Scroll down for three amazing contenders for your support!

Update: Chris Tolley was chosen to be the 2015 Green Party candidate of Canada candidate for Toronto-Danforth. See his bio, his thank-you, and his site.

Constantine Kritsonis, nomination contestant

2015 update: Constantine Kritsonis is the 2015 Green Party candidate for his home riding of York Centre. You can find Constantine on Facebook here and contact him directly at constantine.kritsonis@greenparty.ca. (This page is from when he contested the nomination in Toronto-Danforth.)

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Constantine Kritsonis, 57, being concerned about the environment since his teens, joined the Green Party in 1993 to effect positive change. The green message had struck a chord.     Read more »

Please put yourself forward

We can’t choose a candidate if we don’t have choices. Please offer yourself as a nomination contestant.     Read more »

2014 Dec 11: Choose our candidate

We look forward to having all of you join us in choosing who will represent the Toronto-Danforth Green Party     Read more »

Choose our local executive

Our AGM will precede our nomination meeting.     Read more »

Proposal: Allow notice by email, phone

At this year’s AGM, we’ll vote on any changes to our local constitution. I propose the following two amendments:

Proposed amendment 2014-1: Amend ¶11 of the constitution as follows:

11. The Executive must set the date for the nomination meeting. The Executive shall provide notice to all members of the EDA by regular mail, postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the nomination meeting.

Proposed amendment 2014-2: Amend ¶15 of the constitution as follows:

15. This constitution may be amended by a 75% vote of approval with at least 10% of the members present at a general meeting, except that no change may be considered by the meeting unless notice of the change proposed has been given to the members by regular mail postmarked at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the general meeting.

Walk the Don

“Walk the Don” is a free 2km guided tour of the rain gardens of Riverdale.     Read more »

Mike Schreiner congratulates Greens

Mike Schreiner, photographed by Jason Hendriks

Mike Schreiner, photographed by Jason Hendriks

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, issued the following statement about the 41st general election:

I’m thrilled that the Green Party earned 5% of the vote across the province, and proud of our strong showings in Guelph, Dufferin–Caledon, and Parry Sound–Muskoka. In Guelph we tripled our results from 2011, and province-wide we doubled our fundraising. In riding after riding, second-time Green candidates saw big gains in their vote totals.

I’m grateful to all the hardworking candidates and their teams. I’m humbled by the amazing support I’ve had in Guelph, and want to thank everyone who contributed to my campaign there.

The Green Party stood up and faced issues that no one else wanted to talk about. We called on the government to fix the school system and stop allowing discrimination and waste. We pushed for home retrofits instead of re-tooled nuclear power. We demanded that the province take action now to protect prime farmland and drinking water at source.

These are not fringe issues or unbaked ideas. They are issues that affect most Ontarians every day. They are questions on which the majority of Ontarians agree with our positions and proposals. But good ideas have a tough time in this electoral system, dominated as it is by fear of what might happen rather than confidence in what could be.     Read more »