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Join Tim Whalley’s volunteer team

We’re now less than a month away from provincial election day. We’ve got a big team of volunteers helping Tim Whalley, our Green Party of Ontario candidate. But we always need more. Please let us know if you can help out in any way. There’s lots of fun, easy ways to help, either with a group of people together or on your own time at home. Here’s your first volunteer task: request a sign.

Toronto-Danforth candidate Tim Whalley at volunteer BBQ

Enkutatash! Melkam Addis Amet

Happy new year to all Ethiopian Canadians.  May the year now beginning be blessed with peace, justice, health and prosperity.

I was honoured to address Ethiopian Canadians yesterday at their festival in Christie Pits park.  Wonderful food, music and dancing were on offer and I stayed most of the afternoon.

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Toronto-Danforth candidate, at Ethiopian New Year celebration
Crowd celebrating Ethiopian New Year at Christie Pits Park

የካናዳ ግሪን ፓርቲ መመሪያዎች በስድስት መርሆዎች ላይ የተመሠረቱ ናቸው፤ …

East York Soccer Club winds up season

Yesterday, I represented the Green Party in Toronto-Danforth for the trophy distribution ceremony for the East York Soccer Club.  Many hundreds of children participate in this wonderfully inclusive and supportive organization.  I personally sponsored a team there this year, and the Green Party of Canada riding association sponsored another.  It’s easy to get involved.  Go here.

Here I am talking to the team I sponsored, waiting our turn:

Last day for 2011 Vegetarian food fair today

I went on to the Vegetarian Food Fair on Friday night.

There are films, good music and great food in almost obscene quantities.

Find out more here.

Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair
Fri – Sun, 2011 September 9 – 11
Harbourfront Centre,
235 Queen’s Quay West

More action against Keystone XL pipeline

I previously wrote about Patricia Warwick, one of the “Fabulous 45” – so named because although they came to Washington expecting to face a $100 “post and forfeit” for defying the rules of the park in front of the White House, they discovered that those arrested the previous day were to be held for 3 days.  The 45 risked arrest anyway.

The actions against the Keystone XL pipeline (which would enable a vast expansion in the capacity for oil production from the tar sands) at the White House continued for another 12 days after Patricia’s arrest, with over 1200 arrests in total, including east Toronto residents Sharon Howarth, the Green Party of Canada candidate in Toronto-Danforth in the 2008 federal election and David Wilson, an oil industry retiree.  Tar Sands Action, which organized this demonstration, vows to continue working to oppose the pipeline

Sharon Howarth arrested protesting Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

David Wilson arrested protesting Keywtone XL tar sands pipeline

The action against the Keystone XL Pipeline is now moving to Canada, where activists are planning a sit-in on September 26. You can find out more and join here.

Support climate activists opposing Keystone XL pipeline for tarsands oil

Update: Read Patricia’s first-hand report.

Patricia Warwick mugshot for Tar Sands ActionToronto-Danforth resident and climate activist Patricia Warwick was just arrested in Washington D.C. while opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which is to allow for the expansion of tar sands operations in Canada.  President Obama is to reject or approve the plan later this year.

The “mug shot” photo was taken by the group Tar Sands Action.  And here she is at the protest, in the red behind the sign, in a big sun hat:

A dozen of the the nearly fifty people arrested that day

Patricia’s arrest was covered in the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen [new link], where she was quoted as saying,     Read more »

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.     Read more »

Toronto-Danforth 2011 all-candidates debate on Rogers TV

Update:  Click here to learn about the provincial debate.

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu at Rogers TV all-candidates debate

If you are a Rogers customer, you can now watch the televised Toronto-Danforth all-candidates debate, moderated by Dale Goldhawk, online.     Read more »

Video of the Toronto-Danforth federal all-candidates debate, 2011

Update:  Click here for the provincial debate.

Candidates at Toronto-Danforth debate

The debate is just ending now, but Chris Tolley is already sending out his photo of his video of the proceedings.  As campaign manager, I get to hold fort at the office, anxious to hear how it went.

Update:Chris Tolley’s raw video is below:


Chris Kitching followed me along canvassing, and then wrote this article for  It uses my experience as a jumping off point to delve into the various motivations for underdog candidates.

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu in TTC station

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, the Green Party's candidate in Toronto-Danforth, speaks to a man while campaigning for votes at Pape Station recently. Mugnatto-Hamu is in a David vs. Goliath-like battle against the riding's incumbent MP, NDP leader Jack Layton. (CP24/Chris Kitching)

Going toe-to-toe with an incumbent is always a challenge. The task is even more daunting when the reigning MP has a star profile that rivals that of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

So, why are these so-called minnows bothering to invest so much time, energy and money in a short-lived campaign when a landslide defeat is likely?

For Mugnatto-Hamu, a Green Party candidate, she relishes the opportunity to push the agenda of an emerging political party and engage voters on the topic that is most important to her — climate change.

“At one stage I realized that the threats to my children were far more serious, so I was compelled to run,” Mugnatto-Hamu told recently as she campaigned for votes at a bustling Pape Station. “I want to change policy and this is one way to change policy.”

Read the whole article on

Power of one

The Xof1 solar car is not allowed to drive on public roads.  So its creator, Marcelo da Luz, pulled it all the way as he walked the distance from Niagara Falls to Toronto.  His ceremonial end point was Queen’s Park.  After arrival, Adriana walked with him and the car back to his home in Toronto-Danforth.

Large is the new medium

We’ve had to revise our sizing chart:

A visit to East Chinatown

Toronto-Danforth candidate in East Chinatown

A group of volunteers — William, Amy, Ron, Jo, Michael and myself — joined Adriana and her son on a visit to East Chinatown.  We started with lunch at Simon’s Wok, and then met with business owners and shoppers while putting up campaign signs and distributing cards.     Read more »

Elizabeth May releases Green platform

News report:

Elizabeth May doesn’t think now is the best time to be shoveling money to the richest corporations on earth.

Full statement:

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TTC posters

Here is one of the posters we want to place in subway stations.

There are three stairway-sized posters:     Read more »