Canada


Credit: Michael Muraz

Welcome to the official page for Democrats living in Canada!

Volunteer: We need chapter leaders and local committees! Our chapters in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Niagara Region, London, Hamilton, Toronto, National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau), Montreal and Atlantic Region are waiting for YOU! Volunteers are planning fun and informative events where they live. They are helping voters to register, phoning voters, and helping bring together some of the one million Americans in Canada!
For more information, contact chair@democratsabroad.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 416-916-2022

DA Canada Leadership:

Julia Buchanan
| Canada Executive Vice Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Lissette Wright
| Global Treasurer, Democrats Abroad | Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Canada
Steve Nardi
| Canada Country Chair / DPCA Voting Rep / Canada LGBT Caucus Lead
David Schellenberg
| Canada's Capital Region Chapter Chair
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  • News

    Voting our issues! By Karin Lippert, Chair, Women’s Caucus, Toronto Chapter

    The issues matter. Getting out the VOTE matters. It all matters because we can’t afford to lose. So much has already been lost, trashed and discredited. The Toronto and Canada Women’s Caucus Groups have an opportunity to have a big impact in 2020. It is also a big job. Sometimes the news and noise from across the border is deafening, but we intend to power on. Our goal is to break some records with the numbers of women registered and voting in the upcoming election.

    Most important, we are going to vote our issues and those that impact every American. We know from our Women’s Marches, potluck dinners, actions like #WeBelieveWomen in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, debate-watch events, and fun nights like the Second City all-women show we attended together in Toronto that we have women voters who care. We have to continue to engage them.

    These are some of the issues we are fighting for (sadly some many decades old!):

    · ERA -- #ERANOW – We’re hopeful the ERA finally passes before the election. We are not yet in the U.S. Constitution and won’t rest until we are.

    · ABORTION – Our support of #STOPTHEBANS – is unwavering and consistent with our goals as activists and feminists. Women’s reproductive rights impact all of us. With the wave of legislation criminalizing abortion being passed we need to keep pushing that issue:

    #My BodyMyChoice.

    · VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – Earlier this month we honoured the 14 young women killed in the Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal in 1989. Those women – killed by a young man because they were women and feminists – are a stark reminder of the danger women face in our culture and in cultures around the world.

    · CLIMATE CHANGE -- This is the crisis that is everyone’s issue. Many of us are participating in the #ClimateStrike events in solidarity with youth. We need to protect our children and our children’s children.

    These issues and many more require that our GOTV efforts be doubled and tripled this year. The impeachment in the House will not solve it. Trump has the biggest pulpit in the world. But WE have the numbers to win. That’s our Trump card.

    For more on how to join or start a Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus in your chapter email: womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org


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    Chapter Spotlight: Canada’s Capital Region chapter brings in the voters

    The geography covered by Canada’s Capital Region chapter is best marked by the rivers: the Gatineau, St. Lawrence and the Ottawa. “It’s a huge territory,” explains Rachel Eugster, the chapter’s vice-chair, “reaching all the way east to southwestern Quebec, then stretching west to Kingston. We’re trying to hold debate watches in these different areas.” At the hub, of course, is Ottawa and environs, where nearly 80 percent of the chapter’s 860 members live. It’s a challenge, admits David Schellenberg, chapter chair, to organize over such a large area. “We have endless discussions about how much we need to find and bring in more Americans. They’re out there.”

    While Eugster was a member of an earlier incarnation of the CCR chapter – organizing events such as inauguration balls after Obama was elected and re-elected – Schellenberg was spurred to join Dems Abroad as Trump’s candidacy was heating up. “I remember sitting on the couch watching TV and realizing he might just win. I knew I had to do something.” Five people, including Lissette Wright, treasury chair for DA Canada, as well as treasurer for DA Global, came together in 2015. “We were all thinking the same thing,” says Schellenberg.

    A sign of that collective energy was election night 2016, when the chapter organized an event at the Heart & Crown, an Irish pub in Byward Market. “It became the place in Ottawa to watch the returns,” says Schellenberg. “The entire bar was watching CNN. Both CBC and CTV hosted national shows that night and used our event, with reporters doing live hits back to both networks. It grew from just being a Democrats Abroad thing to being a big, non-partisan thing.”

    Media is something Schellenberg, who also serves as communications chair for DA Canada, understands well. As co-host of the Morning Start-Up show on Live 88.5 FM, an alternative-rock radio station, for the past 11 years, he knows how important exposure is and how challenging it can be to get that exposure. Another challenge: how to juggle it all. Like Schellenberg, Eugster works more than full time as a theatre director, musician, actor, writer, choir director and editor. “My professional life is multi-streamed,” she says. “DA got added in as an extra layer.” “We’re all people with full-time jobs already,” Schellenberg says of the chapter’s board. “We don’t have enough hours in the day for all the ideas we have.”

    Those ideas will carry the chapter into 2020. “I just want people to vote, to be involved in the political process,” says Schellenberg, a goal he shares with his co-chair. “Canada has this unique challenge, with so many ‘hidden’ Americans,” says Eugster, “but how do we find those people? Most would vote if they knew they could.” Globally, she’s hopeful “we’ll flip the Senate, change presidents and pass the ERA.” 

    It'll be accomplished through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers across Canada educating Americans on their right to vote. If you're interested in volunteering in 2020 please contact the DemsAbroad Canada Volunteer Manager through this email.

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 CAD · 34 rsvps
    Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, BC, Canada

    DAVI TAX AND INVESTMENT UPDATE FOR 2020!

    DAVI invites you to attend the Tax & Investment Update for 2020! Get informed about changes to tax laws affecting US citizens living abroad.

    Our tax seminars are always well-attended by our members and seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. To register, please click "RSVP" button below.

    SUGGESTED DONATION: 

     $15 per person--OR--bring a friend $25 for two
     Collected the door

    DATE:

     Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    TIME:

     6 – 8 PM

    PLACE: 

     Royal Victoria Yacht Club

     3475 Ripon Road, Victoria 

    PARKING: 

     Free parking available on-site

    MAP: 

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    Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.

    All donations are used for our Get Out the Vote initiatives.
    Please Note: DAVI may only accept cash donations from US citizens

    The goal of our Annual Tax Seminar is to help answer your questions so that you are able to make your own decisions concerning these important matters. DAVI does not provide tax advice.

    We will also be providing assistance for anyone needing help filling out the form to register to vote or to request their ballot for 2020! Please let us know when you email to RSVP or inquire when you check in.

    We hope you can attend our seminar and bring a fellow U.S. citizen with you -- regardless of political affiliation.

    Democratically yours,
    DAVI Chapter

    Heidi Burch, Chair
    Jim Ham, Vice-Chair
    Jon Scheer, Treasurer
    Jena Magnus, Secretary
    Patricia Kostek, Member-at-Large
    Penny Hocking, Member-at-Large
    Giles Hogya, Member-at-Large
    Sandi Jones, Communications/Social Media Coordinator

    Friday, January 31, 2020 at 06:00 PM · 18 rsvps
    O'Grady's on Church in Toronto, ON, Canada

    LGBTQ+ Happy Hour

    Join DA Toronto for an LGBTQ+ Caucus reboot!

    Come out, be proud, and meet other Dems Abroad for this casual meetup social event. We will be meeting up at O'Grady's on Church, in the heart of the Village. Folks of all identities, allies, friends, and partners welcome.