Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament - Toronto Rally Info

NO to prorogation! YES to democracy!

Canadians against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto) has organized a rally and march for Saturday, January 23 at 1:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. And we urgently need your help to promote it. Here’s how you can help spread the word:

Download promotional materials. Everything is available online - posters, leaflets, stickers, petitions, Facebook profile pics, etc.: http://groups.google.com/group/capp-outreach/files. Let us know where you can distribute them.  

Provide free photocopying or printing. Do you have access to a photocopier or heavy-duty printer? Can you do any free photocopying or printing (no amount is too small or too large)? Also let us know if your workplace, community group, local library, trade union or student union, place of worship, etc. can be a pick-up location for printed materials. If yes, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com to let us know your address and dates/times when materials may be picked up.

Join us for city-wide poster runs. On the following dates/times, meet us at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Suite 207, 2nd floor to pick up posters and postering materials (paste, staplers and/or tape) and to spread out across Toronto to put up posters everywhere we can. Bring your friends! 
  • Wednesday, January 13 at 6:00pm
  • Sunday, January 17 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00pm
Join us for city-wide leafleting sessions. On the following dates/times/locations, meet us to distribute leaflets as a large group to passers-by. We’ll bring all the printed materials, including display tables; you just have to bring yourself (and friends).
  • Saturday, January 16 at 8:00am at the main entrance to St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front Street East (TTC: Union)
  • Saturday, January 16 at 1:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square (TTC: Dundas)
Put up posters/distribute leaflets on your own time. All printed materials are available at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Suite 207, 2nd floor, seven days a week from 8:00am to 10:00pm. Distribute materials on busy street corners, at TTC entrances/exits, and in large apartment buildings. Just let us know where you’ve distributed materials so we know what parts of Toronto have been covered. Email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com. 

Donate funds. Canadians against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto) is a grassroots, non-partisan movement of ordinary Canadians. We urgently need your financial support to build and organize an effective rally that engages the public and gets its message across to MPs. Donate online at http://noprorogue.ca/. Look for the “Donate Now” box. Cheques and/or money orders should be made payable to “Shilo Davis” or “Justin Arjoon” (CAPP in memo area) and mailed to CAPP Toronto, 67 Griffiths Drive, Ajax ON L1T 3J8.    

Attend upcoming organizing meetings. We need as many volunteers as possible to promote the rally ahead of time, and to support the rally itself on January 23. If you’d like to volunteer, please join us. We meet on Fridays (January 15 and 22) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the University of Toronto downtown campus. For exact location, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com. All are welcome! 

Promote the event online. Feel free to forward this email to family, friends, co-workers and/or anyone who cares about democracy in Canada. You can also join our Facebook group, where this movement got started: http://bit.ly/findusonfacebook. Or follow us on Twitter to get regular updates on your cell phone or online: http://twitter.com/NoProrogueTO.   Thank you in advance for whatever support you can offer. We look forward to seeing you on January 23, if not sooner!   For more information, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com.

The Toronto rally is organized by Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto), a grassroots, non-partisan movement of ordinary Canadians that emerged in response to Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. All are welcome to join us.

http://noprorogue.ca/ | noproroguetoronto@gmail.com

(H/T, Scott's DiaTribes)

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    I Endorse Jim Curran - VP Organization, LPC(O)

    I had the opportunity to meet Jim in Vancouver -- unknowingly sitting nearly right behind him on the WestJet flight from Toronto too -- during the Liberal convention, and he is full of spirit, passion, and unbridled enthusiasm for what the Liberal Party is capable of doing and for where the Liberal Party should be going and I think he'd make a tremendous asset as VP Organization.

    Join Jim's Facebook group here.

    Make plans to attend Jim's reception, "ONTARIO! Ours to Recover".

    Saturday, January 09, 2010

    No Taxation without Representation!


    January 23rd, join Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and protest the undemocratic move to "suspend democracy and Parliament".

    Keep an eye on the official event details for updates.

    Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament - Rally!
    Let's stand up together and make our voices heard-Parliament should resume on January 25th 2010 with or without Harper!

    Specific details for each city to follow soon, we are just coordinating details at the moment with various volunteers across the country. Generally speaking protests in major cities will be held at government legislative buildings, in smaller cities locations will be announced well in advance of the protest. Protests are peaceful demonstrations, generally with guest speakers, music and entertainment. These events are family friendly.

    At this time we are most definitely holding protests in:

    Halifax, NS
    RALLY LOCATION: Province House (1726 Hollis Street)
    DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time.
    HALIFAX RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Wednesday, January 13 @ 630pm. Location TBA-email NoProrogueHFX@gmail.com (please put PLANNING in the subject).
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=232710139093&ref=nf

    Fredericton, NB
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=234542215868

    St John's, NL
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=254088136128

    Charlottetown, PEI
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=238766311734

    Toronto, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Dundas Square. Rally March to the Square: TBA
    RALLY DATE: Saturday January 23rd 2010, 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/specialshi?ref=name#/group.php?gid=267871867124&ref=nf
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222828077823&ref=nf
    Contact: Justin - jpeg.Arjoon@gmail.com
    RALLY PLANNING MEETING 2:
    Friday Jan 15th at 5:15 pm at Hart House
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274247710020&ref=nf

    Ottawa, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240574036819
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233886494638&index=1
    OTTAWA RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Friday, January 8, 2010, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Ottawa University UNI Centre

    Kingston, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Market Square (behind City Hall)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237399244708&index=1

    Sudbury, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240530574180&%3Bref=mf

    Barrie, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Fred Grant Memorial Square (on Dunlop St)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=237914414270&ref=mf

    Belleville, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=416217500077

    Peterborough, ON
    PETERBOROUGH RALLY PLANNING MEETING
    January 8th at 5:30 @ Dreams of Beans Cafe downtown
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=254193200352

    Thunder Bay, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233166837771&ref=mf
    Javier Espinoza ORGANIZING MEETING for Thunder Bay
    Date: Saturday Jan. 9, 2010
    Place:Lakehead University - Agora Cafe
    Time: 2:00 pm

    Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Outside Tony Martin's Office, 369 Queen St. East
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237469588921

    Whitby/Oshawa, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=235987597683

    Hamilton, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Gore Park, by Jackson Square (at the intersection of King and James)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=151408734954

    Mississauga, ON
    MISSISSAUGA RALLY PLANNING MEETING
    Wednesday January 6th 2010
    Location: University of Toronto Mississauga - Student Center - Room 100 (Green Room) - 3359 Mississauga Road North
    Time: 5 - 6:00 p.m.
    Contact: 416-625-7712

    Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Waterloo Public Square (on King Street South, in front of the Waterloo Town Square Mall)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 11am local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=239179835749

    Guelph, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: St George Square
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=236495265747

    London, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=239854508755

    Windsor, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=257142152929&ref=mf

    Montreal, QC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=240931110839
    RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Monday January 11 @ 6:30 at the McGill University Centre (3480 McTavish) room 433A
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243651298149&index=1

    Quebec City, QC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=236838174131

    Winnipeg, MB
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=275343198311

    Saskatoon, SK
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=264977381210

    Regina, SK
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=253266656648

    Calgary, AB
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233912789510

    Edmonton, AB
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=236454117347

    Vancouver, BC
    VANCOUVER RALLY PLANNING SESSION:
    Saturday January 9, Time and location TBA
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=265618470844
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/event.php?eid=252413915768&ref=nf

    Victoria, BC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=247451223296

    Kelowna-Okanagan, BC
    RALLY LOCATION: Corner of Gordon and Hwy 97, Kelowna
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=394885890526

    Whitehorse, YT
    RALLY DETAILS:
    Saturday January 23rd @ 1pm outside the Elijah Smith building (300 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT).
    -Special events include speakers, MPs in attendance, and possibly live music (weather permitting).

    Yellowknife, NWT
    RALLY LOCATION: NTFL Headquarters, Stanton Plaza
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 11am local time
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=241319536066&ref=mf#/event.php?eid=241319536066&ref=mf

    INTERNATIONAL RALLIES
    London, England (and other international locations)
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=238374178935&ref=mf


    If you're interested in helping organize a protest in any major city, including the ones listed, let us know! You can FB message the creator of the group hosting it (Shilo Davis), or you can simply email Shilo at daviss3@mcmaster.ca. ***The amount of emails I've received have crashed my mcmaster email server! Please email me at shiloadavis@gmail.com***

    This is your chance to make your voice heard Canada. Stand up for democracy on January 23rd!

    ***Details on locations and specifics for each protest will be posted at least 10 days in advance!***

    ***Want to get involved in the meantime?***
    1) Write to your local paper(s)
    2) Write to your MP and your MPP
    3) Write to the GG, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (By Email: info@gg.ca By Mail: Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A1 NO POSTAGE REQUIRED By Fax: 613-998-8760)
    4) Write to the Queen about the GG and Harper (Her Majesty The Queen
    Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom)
    5) Spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers! The more Canadians we can get on board, the stronger our voice will be.

    Thursday, January 07, 2010

    Disappointed

    I'm disappointed, but glad that it's finally official.


    John Tory said Thursday that he won't run again to become Toronto's mayor, choosing instead to "pursue a different course with my life and career."

    The former Progressive Conservative leader issued a statement this morning announcing his decision to serve as volunteer chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a position previously held by David Pecaut who died in December.
    John Tory is likely the best mayor the city of Toronto never had.

    Monday, January 04, 2010

    Impolitical | I Prorogue because

    Grab the button!

    TT says he was inspired by the first two answers, "I can" and "You let me." Meaning that while we can certainly and justifiably be disillusioned by the Prime Minister, we bear responsibility as citizens in letting him get away with this: "Apathy is our foe right alongside Harper." Well said.


    Saturday, January 02, 2010

    Ask the Senate to join Liberals

    A great idea. Come on Hugh!
    One key reason Harper prorogued Parliament is to allow the Senate committees to be re-shuffled in his favour. So lets deny him that by convincing the independent, Progressive Conservative and Mulroney and Martin appointed Conservatives to join the Liberal Senators. Here are their email addresses.
    Independent/Progressive Conservative
    Anne C. Cools: coolsa@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Murray Lowell: murral@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Elaine McCoy: mccoye@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Jean-Claude Rivest: jcrivest@sen.parl.gc.ca
    P. Michael Pitfield: lachah@sen.parl.gc.ca

    Conservative
    David Tkachuk: tkachd@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Terry Stratton: stratt@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Gerry St. Germain: stgerg@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Hugh Segal: kfl@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Donald H. Oliver: olived@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Pierre Claude Nolin: nolinp@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Nancy Ruth: mcgeed@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Michael A. Meighen: meighen@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Marjory LeBreton: lebrem@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Noël A. Kinsella: kinsen@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Wilbert Joseph Keon: By phone only.
    Janis G. Johnson: johnsj@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Consiglio Di Nino: dininc@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Gerald J. Comeau: comeag@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Ethel M. Cochrane: cochre@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Andrée Champagne: champa@sen.parl.gc.ca
    W. David Angus: anguswd@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Raynell Andreychuk: andrer@sen.parl.gc.ca

    Ask them how they can continue in good conscience to support a party that no longer believes in democracy.