Federal Candidates for the Toronto-Danforth riding are set to debate at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre tonight.
Louis March of the Zero Gun Violence Movement says to fix the gun violence problem the government needs to bring the communities involved into the struggle to save lives.
The VOCA Chorus of Toronto celebrated the season – and Canada’s sesquicentennial – on Dec. 9 with a magical night of song Eastminster United Church.
One issue that was seemed to be important to those attending is recent cuts to government funding for the CBC. Several attendees said that the CBC is the epicentre of Canadian culture and identity, and it deserves to be protected and promoted — not treated like a private broadcaster.
Going into yesterday’s election, one thing seemed certain: NDP incumbent Craig Scott was safe in Toronto-Danforth, the riding that everyone considered a New Democratic fortress in Toronto — the riding of the late, beloved NDP Leader Jack Layton. Julie Dabrusin and the Liberals proved them all wrong.
NDP incumbent Craig Scott has been defeated in Jack Layton’s old riding of Toronto-Danforth by Liberal Julie Dabrusin in an unexpected turn of events. In a close race for the East York riding, Dabrusin was able to edge out Scott by a margin of 1,797 votes – 22,297 votes for Dabrusin to 20,500 for Scott.
At 10 p.m. the CBC announced that Liberals will form the next federal government. With earliest results coming from Atlantic Canada, the CBC said that the so-called “red wave” had swept the Atlantic region, unseating such sitting Conservative cabinet ministers as Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.
How Canadians actually choose their federal government got a full airing at Tuesday night’s all-candidates meeting in the Toronto-Danforth riding. Candidates contesting the riding offered their views about replacing the traditional “first-past-the-post” election with proportional representation. The latter would see percentage divisions in the electorate represented in the House of Commons.
He’s done it municipally. Now Sam Dyson is doing it federally. “Face-to-face interaction with people is by far the most effective way to convey our message,” he said. “Most importantly (we) hear what people are concerned about.” Sam Dyson, 23, is a campaign aide to Liberal candidate Julie Dabrusin (in the Toronto-Danforth riding) in the campaign leading up to the Oct. 19 vote.
“What we’ve had with Stephen Harper is a government that has been unwilling to work with our premiers and our cities,” Toronto-Danforth Liberal candidate Julie Dabrusin told the Observer in an interview. “We need to get people back at the table again.”