Archive for Green profiles

2022 Provincial Candidate: Marcelo Levy

Marcelo LevyMarcelo Levy is stepping up to tackle the climate crisis while ensuring economic growth and access to social programs for the residents of Toronto—Danforth.

Born in Argentina, Marcelo immigrated to Canada in 1989. Upon his arrival, he began working as a public servant with the Ministry of Natural Resources, which introduced him to environmental activist efforts and inspired him to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Studies at York University. He currently works as a consultant, specializing in ecological compliance in forestry and natural resources, forest biomass and bio-energy, and carbon sequestration and carbon footprint projects. He regularly engages in multi-stakeholder processes involving public and indigenous consultations.     Read more »

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.

2019 Candidate: Chris Tolley

Chris Tolley

Chris Tolley, Toronto-Danforth candidate, 2019 election

Four years ago I stood on stage during an all-candidates debate as Julie Dabrusin, the Liberal candidate for Toronto-Danforth, promised the audience, “If the Liberals win this election, it will be the last first-past-the-post election in Canadian history!”

They won. And what happened?     Read more »

Nomination contestant: Rebecca Wood

2019 Toronto-Danforth nomination meeting
Sunday, 2019 May 26, 3 pm – 5 pm
Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E
Our contestants are Rebecca Wood and Chris Tolley.

Rebecca Wood

Toronto-Danforth nomination contestant Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood is a fresh and bold voice, fiercely passionate about social justice, the environment and issues of equality. She is a University of Guelph graduate, successful entrepreneur, and mother of two. Wood has called Toronto-Danforth home for fifteen years. She is woven into the community through      Read more »

Andrew Trotter

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Andy Trotter owns an Architectural Design Firm in downtown Toronto, is a hockey dad, and son of former Liberal MPP James Trotter from the previous riding of Parkdale. Andy began canvassing with his father at the age of 4 and although he has been a strong Liberal all his life he now believes the Green Party offers the best solutions for many of the economic, social, energy based, and climate problems we face today.

Andy is a member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario with a BCIN. Through his firms he has extensive experience with the Toronto Building dpt. City Planning, Transportation, Urban Forestry, and the Toronto Ravine and Conservation Authority.

Small business, child care, affordable housing, and education are four of his main priorities. Andy has been a small business owner for the past 25 yrs and understands the difficulties of raising children in downtown Toronto and trying to keep a roof over their heads. This city can’t become a haven for the most fortunate. We need to do some serious work enforcing affordable units in all new building development and we need to get serious about rent control. Everyone keeps saying they are going to do something about this and nothing happens we need candidates that won’t back down. Education is the best way to help people achieve better incomes and get ahead. We need to help people of all ages get education, which means we need better day care.     Read more »