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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.

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.

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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.

Meet the candidates

The Applegrove Community Complex is hosting the only all-candidates meeting in Toronto-Danforth for the 2018 Ontario election.

Tuesday, 2018 May 29, 7pm – 9pm
Applegrove Community Complex, 60 Woodfield Road

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Electoral reform town hall

Reboot Democracy

Town hall on electoral reform
Tuesday, 2016 October 4 at 6:30 pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St East

It’s been nearly a year since the election, and since we last corresponded.

A lot has happened over that year. One of the most exciting things is the move towards electoral reform and specifically the establishment of the ER parliamentary committee.

In light of this, I wanted to invite you to a town hall we’re organizing.

Canada is considering reforming the way we vote and this town hall is an opportunity to find out more about what might happen, and to have your say.

We will have a guest speaker from Fair Vote Canada and an open mic – all opinions and thoughts will be recorded and submitted to the parliamentary committee.

Hosted by the Toronto-Danforth Federal Green Party.

Info: chris@RebootDemocracy.cawww.RebootDemocracy.ca

All-candidates debate

Hi Everyone.

Thank you for all the great support you have given for the off-grid pop-up office. It’s created a lot of buzz around the riding and we have some media that has confirmed (although anything could change last minute!).

On another note: I’m so sorry to be getting this message out last minute. I’ve been swamped with events and prepping for the office launch.

Applegrove is holding an all candidates event tonight. If you are available it would be great to have some supporters out there cheering on the Green Message.

Toronto-Danforth All-candidates Meeting
Tuesday, 2015 October 6, 7pm – 9pm
Applegrove gymnasium, 60 Woodfield Road

More details are in the poster below.

Thanks again, and if I don’t see you tonight I hope to see you at the office launch tomorrow at 1:30.

Best, Chris
2015 Toronto-Danforth all-candidates-debate at Applegrove
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Danforth Greens Pub Night: Senior Policy Adviser Deborah Coyne

I hope you’ll be able to join us for our next Green Party Pub Night, featuring Deborah Coyne, this Thursday evening.

Thursday, 2015 July 2, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stratengers, 1130 Queen St E, two blocks East of Pape

Our 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 hear from dynamic and high profile speakers on topics covering politics, the environment, and democracy. All are welcome, from across the GTA and beyond.     Read more »

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 »