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2016 AGM & Charlie Angus Does Scarborough

Charlie Angus Does Scarborough

to be followed by the
Scarborough Southwest NDP
Annual General Meeting

Meet our NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay!

Variety Village 
3701 Danforth Avenue
November 24 at 6:30PM
(in the LINKS room)
LAST CHANCE TO RSVP
OR COPY/PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER WINDOW: 

http://www.ndp.ca/event-rsvp/4jwgh

All are welcome to listen to Charlie and remain for the AGM. Only those members in good standing or who renew their membership in the NDP will have voting privileges or be eligible for candidacy for a position on either the provincial or federal executives.

Please contact President Dave Harris if you have any questions or would like to seek a position on either executive:  leftdave@yahoo.com OR 416-421-9979

Have questions about your membership status? Call or email Ontario’s NDP:
416-591-8637 OR ashiwprasad@on.ndp.ca

 Click HERE for the Facebook event page

CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED WEBSITE!
Click HERE to be taken to sswndp.ca

Bulletin: July 20th, 2016

1.  Canada Post Review – Please Submit!
2.  Scarborough Town Hall on Climate Change – Tentative Date
3.  Lac-Mégantic and Line 9 Petitions
4.  Notice of Public Meeting – Pickering Nuclear Station
5.  People’s Climate Plan – MP Consultations in Toronto

1.  Canada Post Review – Please Submit!

At the July 12th meeting of the SSW Executive, Policy and Education Committee Chair Coline Gardhouse moved the following motion in support of Canada Post:

Be it resolved that the SSW Exec strongly supports the postal workers in their present dispute and strongly support pay equity for all of their members and a decent pension for all.

The motion was passed unanimously.

We ask that you please visit the Government of Canada’s Canada Post Reviewwebsite to submit your comments in support of Canada Post.  There are many methods by which you can submit your comments – they can be found HERE.  Of course, it would be most appreciated if you would consider using our own postal system to submit your comments.  The mailing address is:

Canada Post Review
CP 2200
Matane, QC  G4W 0K8
The SSW NDP EDA is also strongly in favour of exploring a system of postal banking for so many reasons.  Please check out the Canadian Union of Postal Workers website for more information on this worthwhile endeavour.

2.  Scarborough Town Hall on Climate Change – Tentative Date

Wednesday, August 17
6pm – 8pm
Scarborough Civic Centre (likely in the Rotunda).
Please mark this on your calendar, plan to attend if at all possible, and spread the word.

The Trudeau Government  is planning to issue a National Climate Strategy by the end of 2016. The SSW NDP has taken a stand in favour of the Leap Manifesto which includes the key principles  of the People’s Climate Plan. Toronto MPs have been hearing this message from participants at their Town Halls. We need our Scarborough MPs to hear it loud and clear as well.

3.  Lac-Mégantic and Line 9 Petitions

Our Policy and Education Committee also recommends that our members, supporters and friends strongly consider signing the below two petitions regarding very important matters:

Lac-Mégantic:

Tell Canada’s Justice Ministry to stop scapegoating railroad workers for the 2013 Lac-Mégantic tragedy, and drop the charges against Tom Harding and Richard Labrie.
http://hardingdefense.org/sign-the-petition/
The Canadian Transportation Safety Board investigated the Lac-Mégantic disaster and found 18 factors at fault led by unsafe management policies. The Montreal, Main & Atlantic Railway are responsible for the direct causes of the disaster!

Line 9:

The tar sands are Canada’s largest single contribution to planetary climate change. Please sign this online petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline, Line 9. Sign online by July 14; presentation to parliament will follow shortly after.
http://tinyurl.com/zyhkdsz

4.  Public Meeting re: Pickering Nuclear Station

Monday, July 25 @ 7PM
Scarborough Civic Centre (at McCowan and Ellesmere), Committee Room 1
TTC and GO station: Scarborough Town Centre
Free Car Parking at the Upper-Level Employee parking lot off Borough Dr.

The Pickering Nuclear Station is just 5 km east of Scarborough. Designed to last 30 years, it’s now 45, and OPG is seeking a licence to run it until it’s 57. One of the world’s oldest and largest nuclear stations, it is surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 kms).

It has a troubled safety record. It already has 14,000 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste on site. It’s time to close Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires in 2018. Learn more with the Ontario Clean Air Alliance at this free public meeting.

5.  People’s Climate Plan – Events in Toronto

In Summer 2016, Members of Parliament across the country will hold public climate consultations.  The People’s Climate Plan has handily mapped venues for these locations across Toronto to make it easy to participate.  Click HERE to check out the website for more information.

Bulletin: June 27th, 2016

1. Canada Post Review – Please Submit
2. PRIDE 2016 with the NDP!
3. Second Notice of AGM

The Executive of the Scarborough Southwest Electoral District Association met on the 21st of June, 2016 in the party room of the condominium located at 757 Victoria Park. We were visited by guest speaker Derek Richmond of CUPW regarding Delivering Community Power: How Canada Post can be the Hub of our Next Economy.

If you would like to attend these meetings and benefit from future guest speakers, please send us a message using the contact form on the right-side panel.

1. Canada Post Review

The federal government has appointed an independent task force to identify options for the future of our postal service. It says that everything but postal privatization is on the table. To this effect, the following motion was passed at the most recent meeting of the SSW Executive:

Be it resolved that the SSWNDP strongly supports the re-establishment of Postal Banking in Canada as well as the maintenance of five day door-to-door mail delivery. Be it further resolved that we will make a submission to the Postal Review to that effect and encourage our membership to make individual submissions by the July 31st deadline.  

Thanks to Coline Gardhouse, Chair of the Policy and Education Committee, for having submitted comments on behalf of our organization.

The SSWNDP encourages everyone to visit Canada.ca/CanadaPostReview (http://www.canada.ca/canadapostreview) to learn about the review and submit their own comments. Click “Share Your Views” to submit a comment. We would prefer, of course, if you would consider using our very own postal service to send in your comments. The mailing address is:

Canada Post Review
CP 2200
Matane, QC G4W 0K8

2. Celebrate PRIDE with the NDP!

It is always important for us in the NDP to show our PRIDE, but in light of recent and terrible events, this year our collective presence will be even more significant.

The NDP will have a PRIDE BOOTH where folks are able to stop by and chat with our LGBTQ* members, supporters and allies. We need folks to hang out at the booth for a few hours over PRIDE weekend – can you spend some time with us?

CLICK HERE to sign up for the SATURDAY BOOTH.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the SUNDAY BOOTH

The Pride Parades are one of the best and most fun parts of Pride in Toronto. On Friday, July 1st the PRIDE TRANS MARCH will be taking place. On Saturday, July 2nd the PRIDE DYKE MARCH will be taking place. Of course, on Sunday, July 3rd the PRIDE TORONTO MARCH will be taking place.

Please click any of the above-highlighted links to tell the NDP you’ll be celebrating with us! Many members of our own SSW Executive will be there in solidarity. Join us!

3. AGM: Second Notice

The SSWNDP EDA Executive has chosen October 1st as the date for our Annual General Meeting. The venue and guest speakers are presently TBA – keep in touch for more information.

Do you have an idea for a guest speaker you’d like to see at a SSWNDP event? Get in touch!

Bulletin: June 7th, 2016

1. Motion to SSW NDP Membership re: Pickering Nuclear Plant
2. NDP at Pride 2016
3. Preliminary Notice of Annual General Meeting
4. Membership Renewal
5. Open Executive Positions
6. Equal Voice Daughters of the Vote Initiative

Our most recent Executive Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 24th at the 757 Victoria Park condominium party room.

If you would like to attend these meetings and become more involved with your local EDA, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form on the right-hand panel.

1. Motion to Executive re: Closure of the Pickering Nuclear Plant

The SSW NDP EDA’s own Policy and Education Committee invited Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, as a guest speaker at the May 24th meeting. Subsequently, a motion was passed unanimously that reads as follows:

The Scarborough Southwest NDP Executive strongly urges our ONDP leader, Andrea Horwath, to call for the immediate closing of the Pickering Nuclear Plant.

Please have a look at the following link for more information. http://www.close-pickering.ca/ (http://www.cleanairalliance.org/close-pickering/)

Do you have questions about this motion? Are you interested in becoming involved with the Policy and Education Committee? If so, please contactus using the form on the right-hand panel.

2. NDP at Pride 2016

Every year New Democrats participate in Toronto Pride in a big way and this year will be no different. In fact, we need an ever bigger presence this year – with Justin Trudeau being the first PM to march in the parade, there will be a lot of extra focus on the Liberals. It’s great that a Prime Minister is participating in Pride, but we also want to make sure our NDP presence is vibrant and exciting, too!

CLICK HERE for a link to all of the events. There are still opportunities open to help out at the NDP’s own Pride Booth – great fun for a few hours and an amazing excuse to check out other PRIDE festivities! There is more information available at the ONDP’s LGBTQ Committee’s Facebook Page HERE. See you there!

3. Preliminary Notice of Annual General Meeting

A motion was passed unanimously at the May 24th Executive Meeting calling for an Annual General Meeting of the Scarborough Southwest NDP to be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. The start time and location are still TBA. Please save the date for this meeting – we are in the process of recruiting very interesting guest speakers and we look forward to seeing you!

4. Membership Renewal

Please note that, in order to vote at the upcoming AGM, you will need to have been a member in good standing for at least 30 days prior to October 1st. To renew your membership quickly online, please CLICK HERE. Do you have questions about membership in the NDP? Please contact the ONDP’s Ashley Shiwprasad at 416-591-8637 or by emailing ashiwprasad@on.ndp.ca.

5. Open Executive Positions

Positions to the Provincial and Federal Executive will need to be filled at the upcoming AGM. There are many exciting opportunities on the SSW NDP EDA Executive. Are you interested in learning more about these positions? Please get in touch!

6. Equal Voice Daughters of the Vote Initiative

Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada. Equal Voice is inviting young women in Canada, ages 18-23, to apply to participate in a unique national leadership initiative, Daughters of the Vote.The application deadline is Thursday, June 30th. Young women wishing to participate in the program are required to complete an online application form.

Aspiring young women (self-identified) who have strong relationships to their communities, and a clear vision for how they can make change as emerging/existing young women leaders, are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with formal political institutions is not required in order to apply.

Young women from historically under-represented groups are invited to share relevant self-identifying information on the application form.

Post Ontario Election 2014

This letter was posted on Jessie’s Facebook page. Personally, I think that Ontario lost by not having Jessie in the legislature.  With permission, here is the entire letter.

Hello, friends and supporters! Apologies for the delay in posting this quick note. I hope you have all been well since our celebrations on Thursday night.

I must first thank all those volunteers who knocked on doors with me, phone canvassed, stuffed envelopes, answered phones, dropped flyers, put up [and are now taking down] signs, and generally made our efforts that much easier. Your time and commitment is so very much appreciated. Seeing new volunteers in the office made my day. It was that much more fun to get out and meet people knowing we had a fantastic and capable group in the office and out in the community.

To the office staff – Ian Roberts [data whiz and expert on everything SSW], Ryan Hurley [who is on it and will handle it!], Cindy Kraakman [office whiz and expert at remembering where we parked!], Chris Mockler, Hijal De Sarkar, and everyone else who came in to make sure e-day went smoothly, my deepest thanks.

To the executive and members of the SSW ONDP, I am profoundly grateful for your trust and faith in me and the whole team. Thanks especially to our fabulous Scarborough Southwest MP, Dan Harris, for the hours he lent out of his busy schedule to assist. I began my volunteering in SSW with Dan’s office and his continually brilliant staff and I am honoured to have had his [and their] support.

Thanks also to those in other political parties who were so kind as to believe in a young person wanting to make a difference that they contributed in various ways.

Thank you to our brilliant campaign manager, Andrea Moffatt, whose humour and determination inspired all of us to work our hardest. Andrea [and Khel!] are now working for the equally fantastic federal candidate Elizabeth Wong in the Scarborough-Agincourt federal by-election. I encourage all of my friends and fellow Scarborough NDPers to get out there to volunteer! I will certainly be keeping my canvassing skills fresh over in Trinity-Spadina, as well, where Joe Cressy and his talented team are working hard to keep the riding orange.

Thanks also to those other Scarborough ONDP candidates, especially Alexander Wilson [and family!], Carol Baker, Neethan Shan. We are Scarborough United!

To the elected MPP for the fourth straight time, Lorenzo Berardinetti: congratulations. Until now I have only been involved with campaigns as a volunteer; it has been an eye-opener to realize how much time and effort it takes to be the face of one, much less to continually represent a riding so diverse. To Nita Kang and David Del Grande, congratulations on a hard-fought campaign. Though we may each have different approaches, we are all committed to the goal of a better Scarborough Southwest and a better Ontario.

Thank you to all of the supporters, those who took a lawn sign, those who donated, and those who voted. Thanks, of course, to those who voted for the SSW ONDP, but thanks also to those who considered their options and took the time to vote, generally. I encourage you to continue to discuss the issues you hear about on the news with your friends and colleagues and to encourage those who do not normally vote to vote in any upcoming elections. It pained me [and my mother, who was out and about with me in Scarborough every day!] to hear about all those who felt that there was no place for them in politics, that they were completely unrepresented, that all politicians are crooks and so would not vote. I ran for the ONDP because I felt that, by getting involved, I might be able to demonstrate why it need not be this way.

Thanks to all those I met at the Fu Yaos, the No Frills, the coffee shops, the grocery stores. Thanks to all those who saw me running down the street to your doorsteps in my bright orange sneakers and scarf and greeted me with such enthusiasm and support, or running down Birchmount at 8 15pm on the night of the election as I tried to get people to vote at the last moment and shouted to me, “we just voted for you, Jessie!!”. My heart swells so that it nearly explodes when I remember these parts of the campaign.

Thanks also to those whose doors I knocked on and whose afternoon coffees I interrupted who challenged me. Who asked me why no one was accountable, why nothing was getting done, why we as politicians [or prospective politicians] couldn’t get our collective acts together and make some change, already. I am a different person from having met many of you, and I am honoured that you took the time to remind me of why I am never giving up.

Robert Frost said that “a champion of the working man has never yet been known to die of overwork.” This quote has never resonated with me so much as now.

Onward we go!

Jessie

Provincial Nomination Meeting

Saturday May 10, 2014 1:30 Pm Registration starts at 12:30 PM

Plumbers Hall
936 Warden Ave
Toronto, ON

All the important information is on our Provincial Nominations page

Pints and Politics April 23, 2014

Pints and Politics
The format will be similar to last time. We will be having a few speakers, including Jessie Macaulay, Alex Wilson, and Brenda Thompson (not confirmed). AND there is a possibility that Brian Topp will also be attending.

Town Hall Meeting on Cuts to Canada Post

Wednesday April 16, 2014   @ 7:00 p/m

150 Borough Dr.

Scarborough, ON

Let’s send Stephen Harper a message!

Pints and Politics Mar 19, 2014

6:30 PM March 19th, 2014

The Old Stone Cottage

3750 Kingston Road (Kingston & Scarborough Golf Club Rd.)

Do you want to get rid of Rob Ford, Stephen Harper and the winter blahs? Well we do too! Join fellow SSW New Democrats as we ponder and plot how to advance the leftist agenda at our 3rd Pints and Politics night. This is where all of the thinking (and maybe some drinking) happens. If you want to get to know other NDP members from the riding, and like minded individuals, this is a good chance to make those connections.

There will be different sort of format where we hope to have speakers regularly who will be signing up to talk about an issue of their choice for 5-10 minutes.
Tonight our speakers are: Boris Rosalak, Paul Bocking, Joy Taylor and Barry Wiselater.
Hope to see you out!

Celebrate International Women’s Day in Scarborough Southwest

IWD


You’re invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with special guest & keynote speaker Shirley Douglas (Canadian actress, advocate for public healthcare and social justice activist)

WHERE: Access Point on Danforth (3079 Danforth Avenue, south east corner of Victoria Park and Danforth)

WHEN: Saturday March 8, 2014 — 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Doors open 12:00 p.m., Program begins 12:30 p.m.,  Keynote address 1:00 p.m.)
 This FREE event will also feature: 

local, cultural entertainment; a short film on IWD celebrations around the world; information on local services for women; sharing of stories from local women and their experiences; yoga and stress management information; light refreshments will be served

This family-friendly event is a collaboration with many community members and the following organizations:

Dan Harris MP for Scarborough Southwest, Shwasti, West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, Action for Neighbourhood Change, Neighbourhood Centre, Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services, Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, AccessPoint on Danforth, Access Alliance, City of Toronto, Bangladesh Centre and Community Services

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