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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.

DA Toronto Leadership:

Ed Ungar
| Canada Vice Chair / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / DPCA Voting Rep
Danielle Stampley
| Canada Legal Counsel / Toronto Chapter Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Kathleen Leuschen
| Member-at-Large
Virginia Smith
| Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large
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    DEMOCRATS ABROAD TORONTO - February 25, 2020 AGM - Minutes

    Annual General Meeting - February 25, 2020

    Board Meeting Minutes – Draft

    Attendance: Danielle Stampley, Karin Lippert, Mari Rutka, Virginia Smith, Brooke Scott, Stephanie Perry, Steve Nardi, Liam Keating, Kaitlyn Min, Yusuf Nakhooda, Mandy Moore, Carey Singer, Joann Sochor, Paulette Kelly, Jeanette McCabe, Reg Charney, Diana English, Tim Ellis, Tomas Bribriesco, Liz Olin, Dawn Lambert

    Meeting called to order by Danielle at 6:05 p.m. Danielle asks folks to review 2019 AGM minutes. Steve reminds us that only those at the previous meeting can vote to approve.

    Approval of the Agenda: 

    Danielle asks to add discussion of Global Convention under other business. Mari moves approval, Karin seconds. Approved.

    Vote for Co-Vice Chair: 

    On-line ballot and paper ballot process closed as of Feb. 25th. Some paper ballots passed out at meeting to those who didn't vote. Mari held the ballots until Reg could take them and tally them at the end of the meeting.

    Minutes and Business Arising from the Minutes:

    Approval of March 17, 2019 AGM Minutes

    Danielle asks for additions or corrections. None suggested. Stephanie moves approval of the minutes, Virginia seconds. Approved.

    Treasurer’s Report: tabled for later in the meeting (see below).

    Report on 2019 Events:

    Karin speaks to events done last year, which included:

    • Toronto Women's March in January, 2019
    • Women's Caucus Movie Night
    • US Tax Seminars
    • Panel with Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry
    • Rally to Release the Mueller Report
    • Women's Caucus Potluck at Mari Rutka's Home
    • Women's Caucus at Second City Toronto 
    • Global Climate Strike Rally at Queen's Park
    • Lights for Liberty Rally to Keep Families Together
    • Meet & Greet with Julia Bryan
    • "No One is Above the Law" Rally
    • Thanksgiving Dinner
    • Debate Watches

    Karin reminds us to check our e-mails for upcoming events. Copy of list to be attached to minutes.

    Future Scheduled Events:

    GPP Voting Center, March 3, 7 & 8

    Danielle speaks to the excitement of coming events. We have a debate watch after the AGM. She explains about the global presidential primary voting centers. Can vote on-line, but can also come to a voting center. There will be 4 centers. On March 3rd, one at East of Brunswick pub, one at Square One. She asks everyone to volunteer, especially in Mississauga. One on 7th at East of Brunswick and one in Mississauga on the 8th. Democrats Abroad get 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  They are allocated according to percentage of votes for those candidates getting over 15% of votes.  Have gotten many new members over the past few months.

    Global Convention for Democrats Abroad, May 15-17

    In May, there will be up to 300 people from chapters all around the world in Toronto for the Global Convention.  This is where delegates will be elected. The more voters in the Canada in the GPP, the more delegates Canada could send.  There will be training as well on get out the vote activities at the convention. Toronto was chosen because of proximity to the US. Some folks may come up from the DNC and possibly even candidates.  Details on how to become a delegate are online.  

    Liam says he gets questions he can’t answer. Steve points him to

    We will be using Zoom for remote access to the convention. Steve says we’re all welcome to attend. A call-out went out for volunteers and home stays. There are dorm rooms at Univ. of Toronto and rooms at the Chelsea. Contact Danielle if you want more information on this.

    Pride, June 26-28 

    This is one of the largest community outreach opportunities. There are a lot of Americans that attend. We have a booth on Church Street. Hoping to march in the parade this year. Would like to get 100 people to march. Danielle gives examples of elections in Florida and Kentucky where the number of Democrats Abroad can make a difference in election outcomes.

    There will also be other events to help get out the vote. Intend to set up on campuses. Would like to set up in Guelph because there are lots of Americans at the school because of their veterinary program. Liam says he’s met someone at Guelph who is interested. Steve says we need to connect them to local chapter. Danielle says please speak to her if you are interested in helping organize get out the vote events.

    Danielle explains that most Democrats Abroad Toronto meetings are the second Tuesday of each month and everyone is welcome to come and help out.

    Announcement of Election Results:

    Reg says there were 76 votes for chapter co-vice chair.

    Tim Ellis wins with 39 votes.

    Carey Singer 28

    David Green 9

    No spoiled ballots.

    Danielle thanks all who participated.

    Treasurer’s Report (held from earlier):

    Reg reports to the fiscal year end which is Dec. 31, 2019.

    Reg submits details, which will be attached to the minutes for the AGM.

    Motion to approve the report by Dianna, seconded by Danielle. Approved.

    Next Meeting: 

    Future scheduled Board meetings:

    • March 10, 2020
    • April 14, 2020
    • May 12, 2020
    • June 9, 2020
    • July 7, 2020

    Adjournment moved by Mari at 6:46 pm.

    Minutes respectfully submitted by Mari Rutka

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    DA Toronto Co-Vice Chair Candidate Nomination Statements - 2020 AGM


    The DA Toronto 2020 Annual General Meeting ("AGM") is February 25th at 6 pm. We will be circulating ballots for the Co-Vice Chair elections on February 11, 2020 by email to members. Alternatively, members can vote in person at the meeting. The candidate who is elected will serve until the 2021 AGM.

    Electronic ballots must be submitted by 12:00 am EST on February 25, 2020.



    I have just recently re-joined Democrats Abroad Canada. I was the treasurer several years ago. I am a CPA from Chicago. I have been practicing US Taxation for Americans in Canada for 30 years. I have Board Experience from DemCan in the past. I also was on the Board of the Reelworld Film Festival. I would be glad to provide more information and provide references at your request.

    Other Background: Married with 2 children. My wife is Canadian. My kids, ages 18 and 21, are dual citizens. I am passionate about the cause. I believe that my past experience with Boards, as well as my business experience would help make me very qualified for the position. Thank you for your consideration.


    I am Visiting Professor of History at Cornell University, where I have taught a Summer Session course in American political communication four times since 1991 and will be teaching it again this summer. The course is entitled "Words as Weapons: Political Vocabulary, Mass Media, and the Evolution of Political Consciousness." I taught the same course at York University here in Toronto during the summer of 2006. The course is an outgrowth of my book, The Language of Politics in America: Shaping Political Consciousness From McKinley to Reagan, published by Cornell University Press in 1991.

    Since 2012, I have also been a contributor to The American Interest, a bi-monthly political journal based in Washington, D.C. My most recent article, entitled "Is the Mainstream Left, Right, or Center?", was published on June 19, 2019, and can be found at If you go to their website and search my name, it will bring up five articles which I have published since 2012, beginning with "A Call to Linguistic Disobedience," which appeared on June 10, 2012. Alternatively, just email me and I can provide pdf copies of all five articles. 

    My educational background is as follows: B.A. Cornell 1962; M.A. Stanford 1963; Ph.D. Cornell 1967. I was also an American Council of Learned Societies Post-doctoral Fellow in 1971-1972 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition to Cornell and York, I have taught at Ohio State and given guest lectures at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    In the real world, since 1998 I have been President & CEO of Berenson Green Financial Services, Inc., an independent financial consulting firm. I am married to Arlene Gehring, Cornell 1964, and we have four children and six grandchildren (so far). Finally, I am a lifelong registered Democrat and vote by absentee ballot in Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell is located.


    I'm proud to nominate Timothy Ellis for Co-Vice Chair of the DA Toronto Chapter. He has been active with our chapter attending events, actions and bringing in new members for several years. He is an organizer with a long list of experience, including at as a community organizer.

    Also he's been a campaign manager and worked for candidates (ex. Bernie Sanders), worked as a union community organizer and event coordinator. His political knowledge and people skills - bringing people out and getting them energized - will invaluable during this election year. I can't think of any other young adult with more experience, intelligence, enthusiasm and talent that we could elect.

    He was a speaker - along with Danielle Stampley, Chair of the chapter and others - at our recent IMPEACH/REMOVE rally in Toronto. He got everyone's attention with his enthusiasm, positivity and confidence about what we can accomplish TOGETHER! He is from Eden, New York and attended Jr. and High School there.

    -- nominated by Karin Lippert, Co-Vice Chair Toronto Board, Co-Lead Women's Caucus Toronto Chapter

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, May 15, 2020 at 08:00 AM through May 18, 2020
    MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, ON, Canada

    DPCA 2020 Global Convention

    DA Canada is looking forward to welcoming the world to Toronto for the DPCA 2020 Global Convention, May 15th – 17th.

    While details are falling into place, we wanted to share some information to help with your travel planning. We’ve also worked to secure discounts or low-cost options to make attending more affordable.

    Below you’ll find details on:

    • A discount code for flights available from 195 countries via Air Canada
    • Info for the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto $189 CAD per nt
    • Info and booking link for the University of Toronto Residences for $50 CAD / $70 CAD per nt
    • Link to form requesting a home-stay if available
    • Links to various ground transportation options available


    Options for planning travel to the DPCA
    2020 Global Convention in Toronto, Canada May 15th – 17th

    Air Canada is the Official Canadian Airline for the global convention and is offering a discount for convention attendees on Air Canada and code-share flights on the Star Alliance

    Air Canada is Canada's largest airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada.

    Air Canada’s extensive global network provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 53 in the United States and 101 in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its Air Canada Express regional partners operate on average 1,550 scheduled flights each day. Together with its Star Alliance™ partner airlines, Air Canada offers service to 1,300 airports in 195 countries and provides reciprocal top tier frequent flyer benefits.

    There are two international airports served by Air Canada in Toronto. If you're travelling from the Northeastern US consider the Billy Bishop Airport. It's located on an island off downtown Toronto providing a much shorter transit to either housing option.

    DA Canada has secured a Promotion Code for attendees to receive a discount on Air Canada and Air Canada codeshare flights.

    • Make your reservation at
    • The Promotion Code is FFNUEDZ1
    • The travel period begins Friday, May 08, 2020 and ends Sunday, May 24, 2020.
    • Discounts apply to Air Canada 4-digit flights operated by Air Canada's regional partners and Star Alliance carriers (e.g. AC* operated by Lufthansa)
    • Discounts applicable to one-way or roundtrip itineraries only. Open-jaw, circle trip, multi-city, and interline itineraries are not eligible.


    There are two lodging options available to book. The hotel option is the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto offering a rate of $189 CAD single/double, and is an 8-minute walk to the MaRS Discovery District [meeting venue]. There is also a dorm room option located on two floors at the University of Toronto, with rates of $50 CAD single / $70 CAD double. The 45 Willcocks Residences are approximately a 15-minute walk to the MaRS Discovery District, with transit options available.

    Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
    33 Gerrard St West, Toronto, ON

    As Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 guest rooms, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is centrally located and just steps from the city's best shopping districts, world-class theatres, vibrant nightlife and exciting attractions. A full-service urban resort, the Chelsea Hotel has room types to suit everyone and the hotel offers 3 restaurants and lounges, separate adult and family recreation areas and pools – including the "Corkscrew" - downtown Toronto's only indoor waterslide. As a premier family destination, the hotel offers a full range of services including the Family Fun Zone with Camp Chelsea, Kid Centre and Club 33 Teen Lounge.

    DPCA has negotiated a nightly rate of $189 CAD single/double, plus taxes, currently at 13%. The Chelsea Hotel is an 8-minute walk to the MaRS Discovery District. 

    The link to book these rooms will be made available shortly.

    University of Toronto New College Residence
    45 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON

    A number of rooms are currently on hold for participants of the Democrats Abroad Global Convention 2020 at the New College Residence in 45 Willcocks Residence – a great dormitory residence at the University of Toronto on the St. George campus in downtown Toronto.

    Conference Rate: $50/night for single rooms and $70/night in double rooms. Included is linen and pillow, a small towel, wired and wifi access (bring your own Ethernet chord for wired internet access). Common rooms and washrooms are down the hall from the rooms. Double rooms have two single beds in them. Taxes are currently 13%.

    Reservations can be made by going to and filling out a Reservation Form.
    - Click on Book A Room
    - Fill out the 2020 Summer Residence Reservation Form for Short Term Stays (between 1 to 28 nights) and e-mail or fax it.
    - Be sure to enter Special Rate Code “DAGC2020” on your Reservation Form.

    Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.

    We are also recruiting home-stay opportunities. If you’re interested in a home-stay please complete the form at this link.

    Ground Transportation

    • UP Express – Direct rail link service between Pearson Intl Airport to Union Station; purchase tickets online
    • Airport Express – Offers bus service between Pearson Intl Airport and several downtown hotels, including the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; purchase tickets online
    • Toronto Transit Commission [TTC] – Offers subway, bus, and streetcar transit throughout Toronto, including Union Station. Access a route planning map if you’re staying elsewhere from the two official lodging locations.
    • Toronto Bike Share – Offers access to 5,000 bikes at 465 stations across 100 sq km of the city. Purchase 1 day/3 day passes online.
    • Both Uber and Lyft operate share-rides in Toronto
    Friday, May 15, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    TBD in Toronto, ON, Canada

    Global Women's Caucus Dinner & Conversation

    Please join us for a dinner with conversation and action!


    Meet Women's Caucus members from across the globe including Ann Hesse the Global Women's Caucus chair.

    Learn about and have the opportunity to join our ACTION TEAMS for reproductive rights, climate action and much more!


    This event will be a collaborative celebration of what we have been up to and what we are doing to WIN IN 2020.


    All Women's Caucus events are open to all.