Toronto

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Toronto!

DA Toronto is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Toronto, please contact us.

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    Statement from House Representative D. Ciciline, D-RI regarding the passage of the AHCA

    As you know, House Republicans introduced their “repeal and replace” health care bill, entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), in March of 2017.  The AHCA would allow insurers to charge older customers up to five times more than younger customers, while also charging a 30% penalty to any person who has a lapse in health coverage, including people with preexisting conditions. It will also shorten the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by three years and eliminates the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits that millions of Americans depend on to pay for health coverage.
     
    The AHCA also greatly reduces funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, reducing resources for some of our society’s most vulnerable members.  President Obama’s health care law expanded Medicaid and allowed more than 14.5 million people to get health insurance.  The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimate that “in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law” increasing to 21 million uninsured in 2020 and then to 24 million uninsured in 2026.
     
    Like you, I believe that healthcare is a vital human right.  This bill benefits the rich while making it more difficult for seniors and low-income Americans to get the quality healthcare they need.  It gives huge tax cuts to insurance companies and the super-rich, while neglecting those members of society who require the most assistance.  As if these issues were not enough, the AHCA also cuts funding for Planned Parenthood without offering a replacement for the vital services Planned Parenthood provides, which would cause millions of women to go without cancer screenings, prenatal services, and family planning options.  Subsequently, healthcare premiums will go up and millions of Americans will lose coverage.  This is completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, this legislation was passed by the House of Representatives by a margin of 217-213 on May 4, 2017 with no Democratic support.  Trumpcare is currently being considered by the Senate.  Please know I will continue to fight against this irresponsible, dangerous legislation should it be passed by the Senate and comeback to the House of Representatives for consideration.
     
    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about access to healthcare.  Your thoughts and opinions on this issue are of great value.  Please be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter so we can stay in touch about the issues most important to you.  Just visit my website at www.cicilline.house.gov and sign up today.
     
     
        Warm regards,
     
    David N. Cicilline
    Member of Congress
       
             

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    2017-19 Chapter Election Results, AGM Minutes & Contact List

    The DA Canada Toronto Chapter Nominations & Elections Committee are pleased to announce the results of the chapter board for the 2017-19 term, as reported by the Teller of Elections at the AGM of April 9, 2017.

     Following the election results are links to the draft AGM minutes and the contact list for the new board.

     Chair: Julie Buchanan

     Vice-Chair: Nathan Lujan

     Vice-Chair: Danielle Stampley

     Secretary: Mari Rutka

     Treasurer: Dewitt Lee

     Member-at-Large: Alyssa Ages

     Member-at-Large: Dylan Clark

     Member-at-Large: Paulette Kelly

     Member-at-Large: J. David Markham

     Member-at-Large: Kathleen Leuschen Millar

     Member-at-Large: Derrick Raphael

     Member-at-Large: Virginia Smith

     Member-at-Large (Peel Region): Susan Alksnis

     Member-at-Large (York Region): Brooke Scott

     Subsequent to the election results, the newly elected Chapter Chair designated both candidates for Secretary as Co-Secretaries, with their consent.

     Respectfully submitted,

     

    DACanada–Toronto Chapter Nominations & Elections Committee

     

    Star Goggins, Chair
    Chris Eggers
    David Letteney
    Steve Nardi (Teller)

     

     -NEC Toronto Teller Elections Results of 2017-2019 Toronto Chapter Board may be viewed at this link

     

      -Draft of AGM Minutes to be approved at next Chapter AGM may be viewed at this link

     

      -DA Canada Toronto 2017-2019 Board contact list may be viewed at this link

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM through June 26, 2017

    Pride Toronto 2017

     

    Democrats Abroad Booth at the Street Fair

    The Street Fair encompasses Church and Wellesley Village
    Church Street, Wellesley Street and Alexander Street

    Our exact booth location will be known about a week in advance

    Sign up for a 2-3 hour shift of your choice! We will be distributing tee shirts to Marchers, greeting hundreds of Americans who find our booth yearly and encouraging them to join Democrats Abroad so we can help and encourage them to register (required yearly) & vote in 2018. As we know now, we don’t know who will be President by then!



    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    10:30 – Set Up Volunteers meet at Church and Charles

    Our Street Fair Booth is Open from 12:00pm – 8:00 pm

    Take Down Volunteers arrive/already on site – 7:00 pm

     

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    10:30 – Set Up Volunteers meet at Church and Charles

    Our Street Fair Booth is Open from 12:00pm – 8:00 pm

    Take Down Volunteers arrive/already on site – 7:00 pm

     

    Marching in Solidarity

    Pride Parade

    Sunday June 25 - 2 pm

    Bring your own sign! whether it be "Go Comey" or "DumP Trump"

    We ask you to wear a Democrats Abroad Tshirt you already have or purchase one for $20 at our booth before the parade. Give us your shirt size when you sign up by sending an email toinfo-toronto@democratsabroad.ca.

     

     

    Standing in Solidarity

    Trans March-Friday June 23rd

    5:30 pm – Meet up at the Corner of Church and Charles and head over to

    Church and Hayden Streets

    6:30PM Rally | 7:00PM March

     

    Standing in Solidarity

    Dyke March- Saturday June 24th

    12:00-12:30 pm- Meet Up at the Democrats Abroad Booth (location information will be announced as soon as we have it!) and head over to

    St at Hayden St
    1pm March Rally & Staging
    2pm The march steps off

     Send an email to info-toronto@democratsaborad.ca and let us know which activities you'd like to a part of! Join the Party!

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    West End, GTA in Mississauga, ON, Canada

    Resistance Summer Picnic in West End of Greater Toronto Area

    Picnic, politics, and postcards to promote progressive policies!