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Proportional Representation for Action on Climate Change

Upcoming events: 

A town hall you cannot miss...

 
 

Jointly present

Proportional Representation for Action on Climate Change
Thursday, May 1, 2014 7 – 9pm
Location: Metro Hall, Rm 308-309, 55 John St., Toronto
(between King St. W & Wellington St. W – closest to St. Andrew TTC subway station) 

FREE ADMISSION

  • How much do you care about climate change? 
  • Are your voices properly represented by our current government? 
  • Do you know that countries with proportional representation adopt better environmental protection laws and use energy more efficiently?

Panel Speakers
Joyce Murray, MP Liberal Party
Joyce Murray is the Liberal MP for Vancouver Quadra and critic for National Defence. She did an MBA on global warming, has run a reforestation business and served as B.C. Environment Minister.  In 2012 she ran second for the Liberal leadership, featuring democratic reform and sustainability in her campaign.
Bruce Hyer, MP Green Party
Bruce Hyer, the MP for Thunder Bay - Superior North and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, is an experienced bush pilot, wilderness guide, ecologist and consultant who has served the environmental cause in the United States (creating the first Environmental Protection Department in Connecticut) as well as Canada. Bruce has sponsored a number of motions and a private member's bill on climate change, Bill C-311, The Climate Change Accountability Act.
Linda McQuaig, former candidate, New Democratic Party
Linda McQuaig is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet, and (with Neil Brooks) The Trouble with Billionaires: How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World and How We Can Take it Back.
Moderator:
Reg Stackhouse, PhD,
former Conservative MP, principal emeritus, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

There will be a Question and Answer session.
Are you a university/college student?
We are calling for university/college students to be part of the Question & Answer panel.  Email contact@electoralalliance.ca if you or someone you know are interested

Join the event on Facebook
 

Come and meet our Co-sponsors this evening:

Council of Canadians, Toronto Chapter;

Fair Vote Toronto;

For Our Grandchildren;

Greenspiration;

Toronto Climate Action Network;

Unlock Democracy;

Youth Vote Canada;

Why Should I Care

What's new: 

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

is a groundbreaking SHOWTIME® documentary event series exploring the human impacts of climate change on Americans and others around the world.  The series combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with the investigative skills of 60 Minutes veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber and a team of leading national news journalists and scientists. Watch the episode and details

Solving Climate Change is Doable and Affordable But Needs Action Now

April 13/2014 Climate Action Network Canada welcomes the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report in Berlin today which shows that avoiding catastrophic climate change is still possible, but only with rapid and sustained cuts to carbon pollution.

The report points to the benefits of increasing the use of pollution-free renewable power and phasing out dirty fossil fuels in the long term. In addition to highlighting the need to transform the energy system, the IPCC says other solutions to the climate crisis include using energy more efficiently, and investing in better transport and building technologies. Read more

First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes for Good

By Brian Merchant
The day has finally come, and a critical landmark in the saga of global climate change is occurring as we speak—and hardly anyone has noticed. The Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea have become the world's first entire community to be displaced by climate change. They're the first official refugees of global warming--and they're packing up their lives to move out of the way of ever-rising waters that threaten to overtake their homes and crops. The island they call home will be completely underwater by 2015. This story first broke a couple years ago, when it was first suggested that these islanders could become climate change refugees. But now that it's actually happening--seems no one's paying attention. And though the scenario isn't as apocalyptic as some might imagine, life for the islanders has indeed all but become impossible on the Cartarets: Read more

Lickspittle Harper government helps Big Oil sabotage climate action

By Linda McQuaig
At first, it sounded like the smartest guy in the room had just made an awesomely smart observation.
Social psychologist Sheldon Solomon, on a panel this week discussing the world's failure to tackle climate change on CBC Radio's The Current, noted that humans are deeply in denial about death, and that they express this denial with distractions like consumerism or obsessively following their favourite sports team.
So that's why we're standing on the edge of the climate change cliff, about to collectively jump -- we're in death denial, too busy shopping or fixating over the Leafs' latest blow-out. Read more

What are the Opportunities in the Green Economy?

April 28, 2014 7-9pm| Free event by Why Should I Care? Recently the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report titled: “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013″, the results of which showed Canada as 7th in the G-20 rankings, with $6.5BN worth of green investment in 2013, a 45% increase from 2012 and the second-highest among all G-20 nations.  But is this good enough?  Electricity, heating and transportation are fundamental to Canadians’ high standard of living.  These resources depend on our ability to convert energy sources into usable forms, but at the risk of changing our climate as well as causing localized areas of pollution.

The ongoing green debate is massive in size and form.  As citizens, we must ask: what is the government’s role in finding solutions to issues surrounding energy and our quality of life? What role can we as individuals play in this process? And how can businesses contribute to a green economy while sustaining economic growth and job creation?

Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environment Commissioner, and Deborah De Lange, a professor in International Business, will discuss some of the opportunities for companies to help Ontarians reduce energy consumption and their individual carbon footprint, all while generating a profit.   They will address the legislative frameworks that Ontario entrepreneurs need to be aware of before taking substantial risks in this type of new economy.  Who can take advantage of these opportunities and how can policy makers best support them?

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Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

If you haven't already done so, sign our open letter to three party leaders at http://www.electoralalliance.ca

Mark your calendar for May 1, 2014

Upcoming events: 

Proportional Representation for Action on Climate Change

Thursday May 1, 2014 7-9pm
Metro Hall, Rm 308/309, 55 John St., Toronto
Free admission
  • How much do you care about climate change?  
  • Are your voices properly represented by our current government?  
  • Do you know that countries with proportional representation adopt better environmental protection laws and use energy more efficiently?
Panel Speakers:
Bruce Hyer, MP Green Party 
Bruce Hyer, the MP for Thunder Bay - Superior North and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, is an experienced bush pilot, wilderness guide, ecologist and consultant who has served the environmental cause in the United States (creating the first Environmental Protection Department in Connecticut) as well as Canada. He has been an adjudicator for Ontario's Environmental Appeal Board and served on the Boreal West Round Table. Bruce has sponsored a number of motions and a private member's bill on climate change, Bill C-311, The Climate Change Accountability Act.
 
Linda McQuaig, former candidate, New Democratic Party 
Linda McQuaig is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet, and (with Neil Brooks) The Trouble with Billionaires: How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World and How We Can Take it Back.
 
Joyce Murray, MP Liberal Party 
Joyce Murray is the Liberal MP for Vancouver Quadra and critic for National Defence. She did an MBA on global warming, has run a reforestation business and served as B.C. Environment Minister. In 2012 she ran second for the Liberal leadership, featuring democratic reform and sustainability in her campaign.
 
Moderator:
Reg Stackhouse, PhD, former Conservative MP, principal emeritus, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
 
 
 
 
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What's new: 

Electoral Alliance tackles Climate Change

By Wing Ki Wo
Part 2 of It’s About Time! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform town hall will take place on May 1, 2014 at 7pm at Metro Hall.  Read more The Bulletin April 2014 issue
 

Lickspittle Harper government helps Big Oil sabotage climate action

By Linda McQuaig
At first, it sounded like the smartest guy in the room had just made an awesomely smart observation.
Social psychologist Sheldon Solomon, on a panel this week discussing the world's failure to tackle climate change on CBC Radio's The Current, noted that humans are deeply in denial about death, and that they express this denial with distractions like consumerism or obsessively following their favourite sports team.
So that's why we're standing on the edge of the climate change cliff, about to collectively jump -- we're in death denial, too busy shopping or fixating over the Leafs' latest blow-out.  Read more Rabble.ca April 3,2014
 

First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes for Good

By Brian Merchant

The day has finally come, and a critical landmark in the saga of global climate change is occurring as we speak—and hardly anyone has noticed. The Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea have become the world's first entire community to be displaced by climate change. They're the first official refugees of global warming--and they're packing up their lives to move out of the way of ever-rising waters that threaten to overtake their homes and crops. The island they call home will be completely underwater by 2015. This story first broke a couple years ago, when it was first suggested that these islanders could become climate change refugees. But now that it's actually happening--seems no one's paying attention. And though the scenario isn't as apocalyptic as some might imagine, life for the islanders has indeed all but become impossible on the Cartarets:Read more

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

Events in April and May 2014

Upcoming events: 

Lots for April and check out What's New for MAY 1 town hall!! 

Top five posts on the UnFair Elections Act

http://rabble.ca/news/2014/03/top-five-posts-on-unfair-elections-act

You can send a letter here calling for key changes to make the Fair Elections Act Actually Fair. Click here

On Fossil Fools Day… Only Fossil Fools invest in the Carbon Bubble

Tuesday April 1, noon

Dundas Square (Yonge and Dundas)

Join us on April 1st as we let the people of Toronto know just how foolish the fuel-pushers have become! Don’t be a Fossil Fool. Send fossil fuels the way of the dodo. Details

Green 13 presents a free talk and discussion with Mary Ambrose a Climate Reality Leader

Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm

Swansea Town Hall - 95 Lavina Ave ( 2 block south of Bloor & 1 block east of Windermere Ave), 2nd floor, Council Chamber

Join Green 13  & Swansea Town Hall for a presentation by special guest speaker Mary Ambrose communication specialist at Green Peace and trained on climate change by Al Gore. Mary will share the latest on what is happening on the climate front, followed by lively Q&A and discussion on how to engage in helping solve the climate crisis. Details

Maytree Get Out the Vote Conference

Tuesday, April 1, 9 - 5 p.m.

YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

Are you interested in supporting community efforts to increase voter turnout in diverse, low-income communities? Join other community-based leaders and activists who are committed to participating in get-out-the-vote efforts for a day of learning and sharing ideas. The workshops will focus on:

               • Understanding the challenges and the system

               • Learning from good ideas about what works

               • Learning new practical, hands-on skills and tools for canvassing and pulling voters to the polls

Register online here

Homelessness, Housing and Hope in Toronto

Wed. April 2, 7:30 pm.

St. Joseph Chapel, Regis College

Free. All welcome.

A panel discussion with Regis College Professor John Berkman, Hamilton Health Sciences Physician Dr. Sharon Russell, and Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Sloly will follow the presentation. Together with Dr. Hwang, they will explore the spiritual dimensions of accompanying those in recovery from homelessness. Dr. Hwang's research focuses on improving the health of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and deepening understanding of housing as a social determinant of health. He is a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto. Details

Benefits of the Urban Forest

Thursday, April 3, 2 - 3 p.m.

Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. (Keele & Wilson)

What is the urban forest and why does it matter? Join us to learn about Toronto’s urban forest and the benefits it provides our city. Find out how you can help it thrive by getting involved in LEAF’s planting, education and stewardship programs.Details

Walking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis - by Tom Rand

Thur. Apr. 3, 6 - 8 pm.

MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium) 101 College Street

Tom will speak about the underlying reasons that keep us from acting with effort to solve the climate change problem, from the psychology of denial to a deep and inherent conservatism in the business community. A hard-hitting blend of psychology, economics, finance and technology. Details

Environment & Politics: Bridging the Gap

Thur. April 3, 7:30 - 10 pm

Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, 10 Dundas St. E. #632-  [When entering the AMC at Dundas and Yonge, take the elevator just in front of the Starbucks to the 6th Floor]

Pay what you can, 2$ minimum

This is an event surrounding political awareness, with a theme of environmentalism within it.  Our key speakers will be Jeanne Maurer, our very own Ryerson Professor, Franz Hartmann, the Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance, and David Crombie, the former Mayor of Toronto. It is our hope to inspire and inform environmentally aware and curious individuals on the importance of political awareness and action. Too many individuals, especially students, do not make the connection between political happenings and the field in which they study and are interested in. We will be hosting a range of environmentalists and look forward to being able to connect them with other like-minded individuals, companies and organizations around Toronto. A silent auction from businesses all over Toronto will be held and complimentary snacks and light refreshments will be available. details

Facebook event here 

Respecting our responsibilities

with MPs Craig Scott and Romeo Saganash

Fri. April 4, 7 p.m.

Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome

Join NDP MPs Romeo Saganash and Craig Scott for a discussion on harmonizing Canadian laws with UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) Details

Honouring Our Waters

Traditional Indigenous Teachings focusing on our relationship to water.

Friday, April 4 @ 6:30 pm  - Beit Zatoun- 612 Markham Ave.

Water Struggles Across the Americas - Creative workshops and panel discussions

Saturday, April 5 @ 10 am - Sidney Smith- 100 St George St

Water is increasingly becoming commodified, corporations seek to privatize water, extractive industries exploit water in their pursuit of profit, and governments actively sell the rights to water. Communities are seeing the devastating effects of the commodification of water. As we see these effects, we recognize the need to organize ourselves, to vision an alternative communal way of life.

Facebook even here

Take part in developing your environmental community with a free EcoMentors training session

Saturday April 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 309, 55 John Street

Join Earth Day Canada’s EcoMentors program and get trained as an environmental leader in your community! Gain the skills you need to educate your peers and younger students about environmental issues that matter most to you. EcoMentors sessions are free, fun-filled days of interactive activities that will inspire you to take action. You can earn volunteer hours, meet other environmentally engaged youth and take home resources to help facilitate workshops! Plus – lunch and refreshments are provided!

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Here

Democracy and Climate Action - with Elizabeth May and many others

Sun. April 6, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

OISE, 252 Bloor W, Rm. 5250, U of T

Action on climate change is being undermined by increasing threats to key democratic institutions. Come out and learn about the connections between democracy and climate change in Canada and how you can take local action.  Become inspired by presentations from Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, as well as local organizations such as Toronto350, the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Occupy Gardens, Green Majority Media, Friends of the Reform Act and No Line 9. Pledge to take the first step in addressing this important issue by joining us. Free.

Facebook event here

Sustainability: The World in Seven Years

Sun. April 6, 4 p.m.

Isabel Bader Theatre, U of T

A solutions-oriented look at the issues surrounding environmental policy, with scientist Tim Flannery andBarry Smit, professor emeritus in Global Environmental Change at the University of Guelph. Moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host and producer of CBC's Ideas.

$15 / $10 students Details

What's new: 

Proportional Representation for Action on Climate Change

Part 2 - It's About TIme! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform - is coming!

Thursday May 1, 2014 7pm at Metro Hall, Rm 308/309 55 John St., Toronto.

Explore how Proportional Representation is the way to get action on Climate Change.

Free admission - all are welcomed

Panel Speakers:
Joyce Murray, MP Liberal Party
Bruce Hyer, MP Green Party
To be announced, NDP Party

http://www.electoralalliance.ca/proportional-representation-action-climate-change

https://m.facebook.com/events/1411209449139336

 

We need volunteers to help make this a success - give us a hand for the following: email contact@electoralalliance.ca

media release, setting up for the evening,  notes takers, camera man for video recording, photographer, editor for video

 

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

Let's meet Tue March 25

Upcoming events: 

Join us Tue March 25 Democracy Salon

Location: The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St (just north of Wellesney), Toronto

TIme: 6-8pm

Agenda

  1. Review Connect event
  2. May 1 town hall details & planning - confirmed speakers Joyce Murray (Liberals) & Bruce Hyer (Green); NDP and Conservatives speakers to be confirmed
  3. Other updates 

Save Your Vote: A Townhall on the Unfair Elections Act

Date: March 19, 2014  Time: 7:00 pm

Location: OISE - 252 Bloor St West, Toronto

NDP MPs Craig Scott and David Christopherson are hosting an important town hall in Toronto tonight -- and Linda McQuaig will be joining to discuss elections and inequality.

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are radically changing Canada’s election laws without any consultation. They even shut down debate in Parliament to ram their Unfair Elections Act through.

That’s why New Democrats are hosting public town halls across the country to make sure your voice is heard.

Facebook event

What's new: 

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system.  A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.  More

“The Earth is the Lord’s” and Climate Change

St James’ Cathedral, Toronto, sponsored a Lenten symposium “The Earth is the Lord's’” held March 8. Some 70 people came for the event, talks and break-out sessions in the fine new hall the cathedral has, closing with Evensong in the cathedral.

Fifty-plus people at the Lenten symposium signed a letter on climate change to President Barack Obama, focusing on pipeline issues, raising the broader concerns. The letter was then sent electronically to all Canadian MPs.

Leadnow needs your help

Rally the country by hosting a petition delivery in your community on Tuesday, March 26th

Click here to sign up to host an event in your community: 

These are the 4 main steps involved in hosting a delivery: Do outreach. Invite your friends, family and networks to participate.

Do outreach. Invite your friends, family and networks to participate.

Plan your action. Print the petition, make a banner, and contact your MP's office.

Advise the media. We want the entire country to see that people are standing up against the Unfair Elections Act.

Deliver the petition. On March 25th at 12:00pm, go to your MP’s office and deliver the petition. The Let People Vote! national day of action is organized by the Council of Canadians, Canadian Federation of Students and Leadnow.ca with a growing number of volunteer leaders and partner organizations.

 

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

The Churchill Debate on Parliamentary Democracy

Upcoming events: 

The Churchill Debate on Parliamentary Democracy with a keynote by the Hon. Michael Chong, MP

Tues., March 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Free
Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
 
Michael Chong has put forward the Reform Act, which is expected to go to second reading in either May or June. This is a very important act, supported by Elizabeth May of the Green Party and many other members from every federal party. This act will be debated by four of Canada’s top university debaters. Should Parliament pass the Reform Act, a bill that would strengthen the power of backbench MPs, weaken the power of party leaders, and empower local riding associations? The debate will be followed by a keynote speech by the Hon. Michael Chong, MP for Wellington—Halton Hills and author of the proposed Reform Act. More
 
 
What's new: 

Harper's "Hail Mary"

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the decision to appoint Jim Prentice to sell Northern Gateway to BC First Nations is too little too late.

“If they would have been sincere in engaging in dialogue, that should have happened several years ago when this project was at its earliest stages of conception. And of course, the Harper government did not do that, rather they were very arrogant and just proceeded with their plans, completely ignored and dismissed Aboriginal title and rights issues of First Nations people, completely dismissed the concerns of the environmental movement.” First Nations and those working in the environmental movement have been engaged on this issue for years, but have been constantly vilified by the federal government, he added.  More

https://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/bc-grand-chief-phillip-stewart-de...

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

Connect is happening everywhere in Canada

Upcoming events: 

Connect - it is happening in Toronto 

It is now happening!  
People across the country are participating in Leadnow's Connect.  
For Toronto residents, here is the event close to home: 

Tue March 4, 2014

Room 304, The 519 Community Centre,

519 Church St (just north of Wellesley) Toronto, Ontario

If we start working together now, we’ll be able to help hold the Harper Conservatives accountable at the ballot box and elect people with a strong mandate to cooperate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. 

Add your power to People Powered Change 
 

Join Canadian Electoral Alliance Tue March 4th Connect!

Join this event on Facebook!

 

 

What's new: 

Climate Central shares the news 

Play It Again: January Continues Globe’s Warm Trend

It is not really news to many people. It is more of a confirmation many know for fact. It is a matter of what action we as human race are going to take. 

Here is the story....
Last month was the fourth-warmest January since recordkeeping began in 1880. It was also the 347th consecutive month with above-average temperatures compared to the 20th century average, which has been fueled in large part by climate change. That streak is one month shy of 29 straight years.
 
Global average temperatures were also among their top 10 warmest for the ninth straight month, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
 
Global average temperatures over land and sea in January checked in 1.17°F above the 20th century average. This is the 38th consecutive January with above-normal temperatures and the warmest since 2007. The last January cooler than the 20th century average was in 1976, the month the Concorde took its inaugural flight and Jimmy Carter won the Iowa caucus.

 

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

Connect and Leadnow's 53,000+ signatures

Upcoming events: 

What is Connect?

Tue March 4, 2014

The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St (just north of Wellesley) Toronto, Ontario

If we start working together now, we’ll be able to help hold the Harper Conservatives accountable at the ballot box and elect people with a strong mandate to cooperate for action on democracy, climate, and inequalityy.

More than that, by working together in communities across the country, we’ll be able to build a movement strong enough to push for real changes after the election.

During Connect events, we’ll share this people-powered plan for the 2015 election and beyond, ask for your input, and introduce practical next steps to start having an impact in our communities. 

Add your power to People Powered Change 
 
We know that no single election can create an open democracy, build a fair economy and achieve climate justice - that will take a generation.
 
And that’s why we want to make this campaign different. Together, we can build a network of small teams in communities around the country who will make a difference in the next election, and lay a strong foundation to push for real changes after the election.

Join Canadian Electoral Alliance Tue March 4th Connect!

Join this event on Facebook!

 

Learn more at http://www.leadnow.ca/connect  Connect is a people-powered event. Please help us make it a success by inviting your friend to our event.

What's new: 

Leadnow delivered 53,000+ petitions to parliament!!

Leadnow delivered 53,000+ Stop Voters Suppression signatures to the NDP, Liberal and Green Party!  See who represented each party to receive this and witnessed what 53,000+ petitions look like HERE
 
How great! It shows Canadians care! We can do even more!

 

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Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

Agenda for Connect Tue March 4, 2014 6-8pm

Upcoming events: 

Connect! Tue March 4, 2014 6-8pm

The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St (just north of Wellesley) Toronto, Ontari

WATCH VIDEO Leadnow presents People Forward Change 

It may not feel like it yet, but the 2015 federal election is just around the corner. If we start working together now, we can help hold this government accountable at the ballot box, and elect people with a strong mandate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. More than that - we can help build a movement strong enough to push for real changes after the election.

AGENDA

Introduction

What is Happening to our Democracy? Presentation and discussion on the current democratic crisis and how it impacts on us

Leadnow and our Plan for 2015: Overview and opportunity to provide feedback on Leadnow’s plan to mobilize thou- sands of people to organize around climate, democracy and inequality.

Input on the Community Platform: Visioning for longer-term change in Leadnow’s 3 issue areas - climate justice, open democracy and fair economy - so that we can stay grounded in organizing beyond the election.

Next Steps and Celebration: Overview of concrete next steps in the campaign and how we will follow-up with participants after Connect.

 

Join Canadian Electoral Alliance Tue March 4th Connect!

Join this event on Facebook!

 

Learn more at http://www.leadnow.ca/connect  Connect is a people-powered event. Please help us make it a success by inviting your friend to our event.

What's new: 

Leadnow petition reached 50,000

Stop US-style voter suppression becoming Canadian Law
Leadnow is organizing a creative petition delivery targeting Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative Minister responsible for this act. Keep getting more signature. Share with your friends!
 
Remove the parts of the new elections law that would suppress voting by young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people. Replace those parts by giving election fraud investigators the power they need to compel testimony from political operatives

Please sign this urgent petition to stop US-style voter suppression tactics from becoming the law of the land in Canada, and call for our elections watchdog to have the power it needs to compel political operatives to testify.

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Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

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Connect! Tue March 4, 2014 6-8pm

Upcoming events: 

Connect! Tue March 4, 2014 6-8pm

The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St (just north of Wellesley) Toronto, Ontario

 

It may not feel like it yet, but the 2015 federal election is just around the corner. If we start working together now, we can help hold this government accountable at the ballot box, and elect people with a strong mandate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. More than that - we can help build a movement strong enough to push for real changes after the election.

 

Between February 27th and March 9th, people are going to gather in communities across the country to talk about a plan to organize for and beyond the 2015 election.

 

Join Canadian Electoral Alliance March 4th for Connect!

 

Join this event on Facebook!

 

Learn more at http://www.leadnow.ca/connect  Connect is a people-powered event. Please help us make it a success by inviting your friend to our event.

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Stop US-style voter suppression becoming Canadian Law
 
 
Remove the parts of the new elections law that would suppress voting by young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people. Replace those parts by giving election fraud investigators the power they need to compel testimony from political operatives.
 

Why is this important?

 

The Harper Conservatives are trying to rush their 242-page election law through Parliament with minimal debate and no expert testimony, despite major flaws that would have lasting consequences for our democracy.

 

It boils down to this: instead of giving the people who investigate election fraud the power to compel testimony - the key power Elections Canada has needed to get to the bottom of the robocall scandal - this new election law would make it harder for young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people to vote.

 

Incredibly, the misleadingly named “Fair Election Law” would even make it illegal for Elections Canada to promote voting.

 

The law contains some good measures to curb fraudulent robocalls. However, it imposes unnecessary new voter ID laws that would make it illegal for people to vote by using a voter identification card or by having someone “vouch” for their identity with a legal statement.

 

Independent reports have confirmed that fraud by individual voters is so rare that it basically doesn’t happen. In turn, 120,000 Canadians voted by being vouched for in the last election, and this change would hurt young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people the most.

 

We’ve seen a similar strategy used by US Republicans to disenfranchise people who they know are less likely to vote for them. 37 state legislature have enacted voter ID laws that mostly hurt the poor, people of colour, and women.

 

Please sign this urgent petition to stop US-style voter suppression tactics from becoming the law of the land in Canada, and call for our elections watchdog to have the power it needs to compel political operatives to testify.

 

If 25,000 people sign this petition we will organize a major petition delivery at the committee meeting. Update: You did it! If 50,000 people sign we'll organize a creative petition delivery targeting Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative Minister responsible for this act.

 

Sign their petition

 

Footer: 

Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

Subscribe to our newsletter www.electoralalliance.ca

Sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

Sign the Community Resolution http://www.electoralalliance.ca/webform/community-resolution

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Upcoming events: 

Location: The 519 Community Centre,  Room 304, 519 Church St, Toronto (just north of Wellesley)

It may not feel like it yet, but the 2015 federal election is just around the corner. If we start working together now, we can help hold this government accountable at the ballot box, and elect people with a strong mandate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. More than that - we can help build a movement strong enough to push for real changes after the election.

Between February 27th and March 9th, people are going to gather in communities across the country to talk about a plan to organize for and beyond the 2015 election.
Join Canadian Electoral Alliance March 4th for Connect!

Join this event on Facebook!
https://m.facebook.com/events/248223452025069
Learn more at http://www.leadnow.ca/connect Connect is a people-powered event. Please help us make it a success by inviting your friend to our event.
 

What's new: 

Stop US-style voter suppression becoming Canadian law

Remove the parts of the new elections law that would suppress voting by young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people. Replace those parts by giving election fraud investigators the power they need to compel testimony from political operatives.

Why is this important?
The Harper Conservatives are trying to rush their 242-page election law through Parliament with minimal debate and no expert testimony, despite major flaws that would have lasting consequences for our democracy.

It boils down to this: instead of giving the people who investigate election fraud the power to compel testimony - the key power Elections Canada has needed to get to the bottom of the robocall scandal - this new election law would make it harder for young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people to vote.
Incredibly, the misleadingly named “Fair Election Law” would even make it illegal for Elections Canada to promote voting.

The law contains some good measures to curb fraudulent robocalls. However, it imposes unnecessary new voter ID laws that would make it illegal for people to vote by using a voter identification card or by having someone “vouch” for their identity with a legal statement.

Independent reports have confirmed that fraud by individual voters is so rare that it basically doesn’t happen. In turn, 120,000 Canadians voted by being vouched for in the last election, and this change would hurt young people, Aboriginal people and low-income people the most.

We’ve seen a similar strategy used by US Republicans to disenfranchise people who they know are less likely to vote for them. 37 state legislature have enacted voter ID laws that mostly hurt the poor, people of colour, and women.

Please sign this urgent petition to stop US-style voter suppression tactics from becoming the law of the land in Canada, and call for our elections watchdog to have the power it needs to compel political operatives to testify.
If 25,000 people sign this petition we will organize a major petition delivery at the committee meeting. Update: You did it! If 50,000 people sign we'll organize a creative petition delivery targeting Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative Minister responsible for this act.

Sign their petition
 

Footer: 

Canadian Electoral Alliance is a volunteer group. The organization sprang from informal discussions after the last federal election resulted in a Harper Conservative majority with less than 40% of the popular vote. The “60% majority” now sees cherished institutions wrecked, environmental measures long in place eliminated, money spent on prison building (although the crime rate is  falling), among them.

Our members include members of three political parties along with many with no party affiliation. People of any political persuasion are welcome. The goal is basic electoral reform, to make every vote count, to revitalize Canadian democracy.

If you haven't already done so, sign our declaration at http://www.electoralalliance.ca/content/electoral-alliance-declaration

sign up our newsletter - www.electoralalliance.ca

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