Scarborough Southwest NDP

Federal and Provincial Constituency Association – News and Information

Category: News Bulletins

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.

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