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  • The Vietnam Project: 50 years of striving for peace and justice

    Democrats Abroad Toronto is bringing together DA members who moved to Canada during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The meeting will be an opportunity to talk about developing a people’s history of that era.

    Many Democrats Abroad members first came Canada in the late 1960s or early 1970s. At that time, Americans’ moves to Canada were often motivated by a need to resist participation in the Vietnam War. Many Americans who came to Canada put down roots in the country and became permanent residents. At the same time, they remained loyal to their identities as Americans and never lost their hope that the U.S. would fully realize the belief of its founders that “all men are created equal.”

    Half a century after the eruption of the Vietnam War as major conflict, members of Democrats Abroad want to talk about ways to gather some of the stories of those who came to Canada during that period. We want to do the gathering in a way that reveals events and motives, but at the same time protects the privacy of the story tellers. Several ways of sharing are being considered-posting written stories and interviews , creating videos, and sharing stories in person. 

    There are two purposes for this initiative: to develop a record of our personal and political lives, and to discover the contemporary relevance of resistance to the Vietnam War and other wars.

    Democrats Abroad Toronto members will be contacted via email about plans for a meeting of members and other ways to participate in the project. The agenda and time of the meeting will be decided by he members who respond to the email.

    If you would like to participate in this history making, please contact Virginia Smith at


  • Views from Canada ~ Apocalypse then: Looking back at the Vietnam War after half a century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           by: Virginia Smith

    Many members of Democrats Abroad Canada arrived in Canada during the Vietnam War era, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. A number of them, including Ken Sherman, were involved in efforts to stop the conflict.

    Ken Sherman is the chair of DA Canada’s Hamilton – Burlington chapter and a member of the Democratic National Committee. He has also served as the global chair of Democrats Abroad and the chair of Democrats Abroad Canada.

    Ken first became involved in anti-war efforts as a member of Clergy Concerned About Vietnam. He was a founder of the Draft Counselling Centre in Buffalo, New York, and was jailed at least seven times for his resistance activities. He was landed in Canada in 1996 and became a dual citizen soon after.

    Ken started spending time in Canada in the early 1970s when his wife, a French national, started living in Ontario. At that time, he helped many Americans to find a place in Canada. After President Jimmy Carter’s amnesty for draft resisters was enacted, Ken drove a friend back to the U.S. The border crossing was publicized on national television as the first return home of an American after the amnesty.

    DA Canada recently asked Ken to share some of his reflections about that tumultuous era.

    ● Tell us about a couple of the ways the Vietnam War changed your life.

    The war made me a political activist. I and others began using the electoral system to raise issues to end the Vietnam War and redirect its resources to the urban infrastructure. I ran as a peace candidate for Buffalo City Council in 1969. I worked to support peace candidates in the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Federal elections. In the end, it was Congress that ended the war by not funding it.

    The war also made me aware of the role of globalization. My wife to be was a French citizen who moved to Canada. She was looking for progressive politics that matched her views for world peace. We worked out an interpersonal relationship across borders and cultures to raise three children. I think about 90% of the Americans who came to Canada did so for similar reasons of love.

    The movement of so many Americans at that time into Canada also changed the Canadian cultural environment and Canadian society.

    How did the war affect your commitment to your responsibilities as an American?

    The global context of the Vietnam War woke me up to the situation in the Americas. I learned of the realities of U.S. imperialism in Central America / Nicaragua, for instance, and later in Afghanistan. I did coffee picking in Nicaragua in 1984 as part of a peace delegation. I realized then that the U.S. economic engine must have a war to feed its military machine.

    Before he left office, President Carter warned that the battles of the future would be focused on the petroleum economy. I organized an energy coop in 1976 as energy conservation was becoming the new political framework. I supervised a staff of ten insulating inner city homes.

    At the time of the first Iraq war in 1990, there was a movement to boycott the use of gasoline. I joined a peace demonstration to oppose the invasion. After, I turned to riding my bicycle where I could. My bicycle slipped on ice when returning from church one Sunday, and I broke my hip. I had to have three pins put into my hip. They remind me of the futility of that war.

    What has been the ongoing impact of the Vietnam War on U.S. political life?

    The war taught me the key role that grassroots political organizing has on social change. Those who have come through the anti-war experience make up much of the progressive base of the Democratic Party today. They form a bloc that has been mobilized by the progressive wing of the party in response to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    There is now a permanent anti-war movement. The church-based and other political groups that came together in a movement continue to be funded and have support.

    This movement is much more diverse now though. Such was noticeable recently in the assembly at the Washington Women’s March the day after the inauguration of President Trump. Everyone’s cause was on display at this march with great joy. The march was so full of love and respect. The movement to end the Vietnam War was composed largely of liberals and the college left.

    I was so proud to be a Canadian and an American at the Women’s March.

    Are there similarities between the activism of the 1960s and today’s activism?

    It is still true that social change comes through grassroots and political organizing. There is no social change without grassroots organizing.

    Is U.S. society as polarized now as it was then?

    Yes, the country is as polarized now as it was in the 1960s. The war was wound down when the most people realized that there was no redemption in continued fighting and no victory to be won. Right now, Middle America is propping up Donald Trump. Political activism is again needed to mobilize the grassroots citizenry.

    What action is needed right now?

    The progressive sector of the Democratic Party needs to focus on getting out the vote for the 2018 mid-term elections. We need to turn back the Republican Party from any more gains accomplished by gerrymandering districts in advance of the next U.S. census.


  • published Calling All Democrats Abroad in News 2018-01-07 03:48:51 -0500

    Calling All Democrats Abroad

    This January we need everyone to join the effort! We need you to go here and request your ballot. AND we need you to help the Toronto Chapter reach out to our thousands of members who haven’t heard from for us in a while. We need to update their updated information to send them voting information! Our goal is to do this January 31st!

    This event has passed, but phoning Democrats will be happening all year long! 

    What: Phoning Democrats in Toronto and Canada

    When: Sunday, January 14 - 10 am - 1 pm

    Where: Artscape Youngplace
    180 Shaw Street,
    Suite 314 the Office of Inspirit Foundation
    Toronto M6J2W5

    We  had  coffee, tea and light snacks,  brought our laptops and even got occupy an office or two for easy phoning. 

    Danielle Stampley was there to walk us  through the  steps. Brooke Scott organized the event and Kate Leuschen Millar arranged for the space. What a great teamwork.  Here are some pictures of the days heroes.

    You can phone from your from the comfort of your own place!

    If you are new to phonebanking or just need a refresher, you can find sign-up instructions and training materials on our website at: Join the campaign for DACA Membership. 

    Phone campaigns, run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Democrats Abroad strictly uses CallHub program to make calls.

    If you are already a phonebanking volunteer, just go to to login to your CallHub account and join the campaign for DACA Membership. You can check out the script here: Script DACA Membership Verification

    Brooke Scott,
    Volunteer Co-ordinator, Toronto Chapter

    RSVP here - Event has passed!


  • Women's Caucus Event January 20th- Women March On

    WOMEN MARCH ON - Defining Our Future - Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Two hours before the Toronto Women’s March 1/20/18 the Women’s Caucus organized a meet up at the Richtree Natural Market in the Eaton Centre for conversation. The excitement and determination from last year’s March was undiminished, evidenced in our turnout. The common cause of empowerment and creating community for progress united new friends and set the table for future Caucus events. ~ Brooke Scott, Co-Chair DA Women's Caucus Toronto

    We keep the  RSVPs for the event Here.


  • Larry Cohen, Chair of Our Revolution, in Toronto - Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Democrats Abroad and Our Revolution are hosting an event with Larry Cohen following  the Women March On event. A highly respected Union Leader in the US and Canada, Cohen was head of the 700,000 member Communications Workers of America. Cohen is a member of the DNC and joined the Sanders campaign in 2015. Our Revolution hopes to leverage the success of the Sanders campaign to transform America and advance a progressive agenda.

    When: 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Jack Astor's Bar and Grill, 133 John St - note this is  venue change  from original post

    An informal gathering is planned to follow the presentation.  RSVP soon!


  • Women's March Canada Info for January 20th 2018

    Check back here as we add photos from this historical day!


  • Giving thanks for the gifts of resistance and change

    by Virginia Smith

    Over 50 DA members and their families gathered at Toronto's Globe Bistro on Thanksgiving to express their gratitude for both their capacity to resist and their firm resolve to change the U.S.'s political direction next year. They also had fun together as they enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner. London-based members Gena Brummit, the chair of the London Chapter, and Marnelle Dragila, an officer of DA Canada, drove to Toronto to bring greetings and join the celebration.

    The evening was hosted by Toronto vice-chair Nathan Lujan, who welcomed diners to the annual dinner. Various DA members took the microphone to voice their thoughts about the significance of the day and about upcoming DA projects. Toronto member Virginia Smith talked about the Vietnam Project, which will reflect on the ongoing relevance of the experiences of Americans who came to Canada in the early 1970s.

    A humorous quiz about the first year of the Trump administration was circulated by DA Canada vice-chair Ed Ungar, who led diners through a list of questions that seemed to have no right answers. Isn't that what the last year has been like for most of us? A book was the prize for the winner in this apparently no-win situation.

    Two of the quiz questions were (answers below, no cheating!):

    1. What Fox headline crawl represented the network's greatest hope for development?

    a. Obama admits that he can't match Trump's eloquence.

    b. Trump: eventually, we will get something done.

    c. Early returns look like GOP Virginia sweep.

    d. Kelly's praise of Trump sincere!

    2. According to Trump, what can you not be?

    a. too rich

    b. too thin

    c. too humble

    d. too greedy

    The evening closed with good will to all and a renewe sense of purpose to work for change in the U.S. Congress by Thanksgiving day 2018. Summing up the evening, Toronto chair Julie Buchanan expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the occasion, including David Markham, who donated the portable sound system that enabled speakers to communicate with the big group as a whole. It was a great evening spent with friends old and new. There was good food and good service. The annual Thanksgiving event creates a sense of family among Democrats Abroad members.

    Quiz answers: 1. b, 2. d


  • published Toronto greets Bernie with Standing Ovations in News 2017-11-08 21:38:04 -0500

    Toronto greets Bernie with Standing Ovations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                by Virginia Smith

    Bernie Sanders’s late October speech at the University of Toronto advocating a single payer health care system in the U.S. was greeted enthusiastically by Democrats Abroad Toronto members. DA members gathered in two groups to respond to Sanders’s presentation – one group at Convocation Hall and one group at a nearby pub, where the event was watched on livestream.

    Sanders’s Toronto weekend visit to Toronto included visits to three Toronto hospitals, where he discovered that it is not fair to say “that the system here is not a strong system and innovative system.” He said that the neonatal intensive care unit at Sinai’s health system was one facility that particularly impressed him. His speech about the necessity of health care for all was punctuated by standing ovations.

    The DA members (who are officers of DA Canada and/or Toronto) who were able to attend the packed event were Christine Odunlami, Ed Ungar, Marnelle Dragila, Sue Alksnis, Carol Donahue, and Mari Rutka. The tickets were made available through DA Global to DA leaders and volunteers active in the DA health care stories campaign. Sue provided a petition calling on U.S. senators to cosponsor the Medicare for All Act brought forward by Sanders. Americans attending the event were invited to sign the petition, which was then sent to the national office of Health Care NOW.

    These are a few of the responses to the speech by DA members in Convocation Hall:

    Sue Alksnis: “When Dr. Danielle Martin of Women’s College Hospital asked how we will achieve the change we need, Bernie said the fight of this moment is to unify and take on the oligarchs. He said: ‘ I will tell you with 100% certainty there are people who are enormously powerful, with more wealth than you can dream of, who couldn’t care less about your lives, your children, about your parents. They want it all economically. They want it all politically. And we in the United States, in Canada, all over this world, we’ve got to stand together and tell these oligarchs that this planet belongs to all of us.’
    ….. Bernie also said the U.S. health care debate needs people in Canada and around the world to share their health care stories so that Americans cannot say that it isn’t possible to provide health care for all. Toward that end, DA has collected almost 400 health care stories from DA members. The stories are being printed in a book to be presented to Congress and Senator Sanders’s office. Stories can still be submitted at

    Christine Odunlami: “Ever since Senator Sanders first put in his bid to run in the 2016 presidential election, to his current continuing activism, I knew something was indescribably extraordinary about him. Witnessing his speech solidified my expectations and more. It is my deepest hope that our fellow American citizens and politicians take full recognition of what Bernie’s speech communicates; single-payer healthcare is needed now. The passion and warmth displayed by Dr. Danielle Martin at Women’s College Hospital and at the other hospitals the senator toured show that patient-centred care as a human right is doable…”

    Ed Ungar: “Every Senate term, Bernie introduces a single payer health care bill and, until this time, hardly anyone else signs on. But, this time, 16 of the most high profile Democratic senators are co-sponsors. The bill is basically modelled on Canada’s medical system. But as Ed Broadbent, former leader of the NDP, noted, Bernie’s bill improves on Canada’s system. Bernie thinks dental care, full psychological services, and dental services should be a basic right. If Bernie’s bill passes, and the odds are improving, then Canada may decide to catch up to the U.S. We shall see.”

    DA members who watched the livestream at a nearby pub were greeted by Toronto Chapter Chair and Canada IT manager Julie Buchanan and Women’s Caucus Toronto Chair Karin Lippert, who worked as a team to set up the event.

    Julie and Karin had these comments: “We're always happy to see our members at DemsAbroadTO events! We don't sponsor many brunches, but Brunch with Bernie at the Duke of York was a great opportunity to get together and hear his message on single payer health care. It was impressive that he had toured hospitals in Toronto the previous day and displayed detailed knowledge of the history of health care in both England and Canada. As Bernie said, change regarding health care came from ‘the bottom up’ in both countries. This has been true throughout history for change that benefits the general public. So it is up us to make sure we create the momentum and demand for single payer health care in U.S. elections going forward! The best moment of a Livestream event is when the tech works and we sign-up new volunteers. For those at the live event in Convocation Hall, Ed Ungar's sign summed-up what would be true for many of our members who benefit from Canadian health care: ‘ I'd be DEAD if I had stayed in the U.S.A.’"


  • published In Person US Tax Seminars in News 2017-10-23 00:26:25 -0400

    In Person US Tax Seminars

    DA Toronto - U.S. Tax Seminar

    Thursday, October 26 and Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Democrats Abroad Toronto is pleased to offer a new seminar on reporting requirements for U.S. citizens living in Canada.

    U.S. citizens living abroad are required to file U.S. federal income tax returns annually, reporting their worldwide income. Are you uncertain about whether you’ve met the U.S. federal filing requirements? Have you filed your U.S. tax returns, but are concerned that what you reported may be incomplete or incorrect? Come get some answers to your questions and find out about potential relief from IRS penalties.

    This live presentation will address both the technical and practical considerations associated with:

    • The impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on filing requirements and IRS detection risk;

    • Submission of overdue or amended tax filings under the IRS’ Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP); and

    • Alternate means for submission of overdue or amended IRS filings.

    You can choose to attend either of two sessions at Metro Hall in Toronto:

    7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Room 308 or

    7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Room 310

    This is an in-person event, and registration is required.


    Jason Ubeika, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), the U.S. Personal Tax Practice Leader for BDO Canada LLP (BDO), has generously offered his time and expertise to host these sessions. Since 2003, he has specialized in Canada – U.S. cross-border taxation issues. Learn more about Jason and his practice at BDO here.

    All funds raised by these seminars will be used to get out the vote in 2018 and 2020 and put Democrats back in charge!


  • Hillary’s Visit to Toronto: A Time for Celebration of Our Resistance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by  Virginia Smith

    Democrats Abroad members celebrated Hillary Clinton’s September appearance in Toronto with drama, discussion, and a show of commitment. DA member Sue Alksnis, who attended the event costumed as Lady Liberty, was one of a group of DA volunteers who talked with the ticket holders, mostly women, as they stood in line for hours, about the importance of voting in the 2018 midterms if they are Americans. Ken Sherman, attired as Uncle Sam, also canvassed the lines. “I was overwhelmed by the numbers of Canadian women in attendance. I estimated at least 5,000,” he told Democrats Abroad.

    The members of the group that engaged with people in line about voting were Melinda Medley, Gail Littlejohn, Kim Stone, Annie Parry, Shannon Parry, and Erin Campeau. The group was coordinated by Brooke Scott, who reported after the event that there “was such a positive feeling, some sadness and frustration, but actually a nice change.” The organizing team for the event included Danielle Stampley, Karin Lippert, and Julie Buchanan as well as Brooke. Both the volunteers and organizing team communicated the hope and energy that Democrats need to fuel their activities, now and in 2018.

    A life-size cardboard cutout of Clinton also contributed to the drama of the event. Globe and Mail columnist Elizabeth Renzetti described how delighted her mother was to be photographed with the cutout. “This was her Woodstock.” DA member Tracy Hudson enthusiastically photographed ticket holders who wanted to be shown with the Hillary cutout and many others too. Over 100 photos were taken under the watchful scrutiny of the Secret Service officers who were there to protect the former First Lady.

     The event also featured serious discussion of the election and its outcome. The processes of talking about  and understanding the Democratic loss are vital to ensuring success in the 2018 elections. Sue Alksnis told an interviewer at CP24 about the importance of talking honestly about the 2017 result. After the election, “we were talking nonstop about it all the time, at home, at Democrats Abroad, and at work.” Hillary herself started the discussion with her book What Happened, and she made it clear that she is not afraid to tackle the facts.

    Ken Sherman told DA that, in her talk, Hillary told the audience about how she emerged from her many walks in the woods, not only to reflect on her loss, but also to empower more women to seek elective office. She also said that “she believes that the Russian involvement in the election directly impacted her loss, but not as much as FBI Director James Comey’s announcements concerning her email investigations.” 

    Read more

  • posted about Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit Thurs Aug 10th on Facebook 2017-08-09 18:28:53 -0400
    Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit Thurs Aug 10th

    Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit Thurs Aug 10th

    Join the Toronto Chapter Women's Caucus and Come check out some feminist fiber art from around the world at Craft Ontario! Feminist Fiber Art (FFA) is a is an international woman-directed artist collective and educational organization that is headquartered in New York. We organize exhibits, craft fairs, community craft nights, classes, and benefit concerts for women's shelters and feminist charities. We feature the work of fiber artists from around the world and are building a tight-knit global craftivist community.

    FFA is a DIY, multidisciplinary, intersectional, arts community focusing primarily on the versatile medium of fiber art. We illustrate how feminists have been using the medium to subvert its history as "women's work" in colorful, fun, thought-provoking, and sexually liberated ways.

    Curated by Iris Nectar and Michelle Gauthier Art. Flyer by Aburrideitor.


  • Pop up Resistance Event in Solidarity with Women's March #NRA2DOJ July 15th

    Some back ground information:

    From the WMW website:

    "On Friday, July 14, Women’s March and partners will set out from the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to demand justice for Philando Castile and send a bold message that united we are stronger than hate.

    We know that we are not safe.

    But we will not be intimidated into silence.

    Please join us and spread the word about the Women’s March from #NRA2DOJ on July 14 and 15."

    Read the Open Letter to NRA with three demands:

    Warning! Prepare to be offended and outraged by the NRA's recent recruitment video. You can see and read about it here in the Huffington Post.

    On Saturday, July 15, 10 am, as they gather again in DC, at the Department of Justice, we will hold a vigil in solidarity at

    Withrow Park
    725 Logan Ave
    Near the playground
    10 am to noon

    What can we do as US citizens in Canada? Let your members of Congress know how you feel! Do your members take money from the NRA? Where do they stand on gun control? Find out and write them a postcard. We will have fact sheets, postcards and postage for your act of resistance on Saturday!

    Our chapter thanks Brooke Scott and Kate Leuschen for their work pulling this event together so quickly.

    RSVP here!

  • posted about AGMS and Elections Explained on Facebook 2017-03-30 00:44:29 -0400
    AGMS and Elections Explained

    AGMS and Elections Explained

    As of this posting on March 29th 2017, you’ve receive (and will receive more) a myriad of emails about AGMs and Elections in this organization. And I receive a myriad of questions. Totally understandable.

     So let me try to explain the DA world.

    The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) is the international governing body of Democrats Abroad

    Democrats Abroad is organized by regions

    • Americas
    • EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa)
    • Asia Pacific

    Regions are made up of Country Committees–

    • There are around 60 Country Committees-but let’s just concentrate on Canada- a member of the Americas Region

    Country Committees are made up of Chapters –

    • There are around 15 Chapters across Canada that make up the Country Committee-but let’s concentrate on Toronto

    You receive emails from these three different levels of the organizations. All these participating groups of Democrats Abroad are required to have an AGM and elections and we’re required by various charters and by-laws to inform you, ergo a lot of emails you may not be interested in. 

    Your vote is important to the future of this organization. Very few people vote in internal Democrats Abroad elections. It's usually just been us folks who are willing to take on the work of Getting Out the Vote that ran for office. The fact that we had to be elected was just a formality.

    But this year it's different with in the Canada elections. It is the first time we have contested positions and we need participation by our members to make a fair selection.

    I ask you to take a few moments and participate in the democratic process for the election of the leaders of this hardworking organization.

    Canada’s information

     Registration for Toronto In-Person Gathering for Canada’s AGM above Webex Registration also required)

     Toronto’s Information

     Please note, as I am running for Chair of Toronto, uncontested, I have already asked all of the nominees to stay on the Toronto board as part of a committee no matter who “wins”! But I ask you still to participate.

    The Global AGM is in May-and the America’s AGM is as well. There will be emails yet to come, but again, please participate, and most important…please don’t unsubscribe from receiving our emails.

     I will do my best to update this article with news about about other AGMS as I get them.


    Thank you,

    Julie Buchanan

    Acting Chair – Toronto



  • published US Tax Seminar in Toronto in News 2017-03-06 21:09:24 -0500

    US Tax Seminar in Toronto






    Americans in Canada and around the world are wondering how to cope with the many U.S. tax issues.  This seminar is hosted by U.S. accounting firm Charmaine Lawrence Professional Corporation and Lorne Dubros CFP of Investors Group who have graciously offered their expertise gratis to our members to help demystify and educate Americans on their tax reporting obligations to the U.S.


    Thursday, March 16th at 7:15pm presented by Las Whilby of Charmaine Lawrence Professional Corporation.


    To help our Toronto chapter, which includes the whole GTA plus outlying cities from Oshawa to Oakville, raise much-needed funds to pay for Get Out The Vote expenses, so we take back congress in 2018, we ask that you donate $20 (per person) to attend, payable with your registration.




    To Register for the Toronto tax seminar please click here



    Metro Hall

    Room 308-309

    55 John St, Toronto ON

    M5V 3C6


    This seminar is to provide our members a general overview of US income tax compliance issues as well as changes to US regulations.  FBAR, PFIC, and the US-Canada agreement will be discussed as well.  Although there will be time at the end for questions, this is not a venue for individual tax issues.  Please refer all personal case studies to your qualified US tax accountant. 

    If there is enough interest there will be additional seminars in Toronto in the coming weeks.  We will advertise them one at a time until demand peters out.


    Note: These seminars are not showcases for any product.  Democrats Abroad Toronto may contact you to thank you for your donation and to provide useful links covered by the seminars.


  • published US Tax Seminars in Mississauga and Hamilton in News 2017-03-06 20:48:36 -0500

    US Tax Seminar in Mississauga

    U.S. Taxes due April 15th-Filing Deadline For U.S. Citizens abroad is June 15th

    U.S. Tax Seminar -Mississauga

    Peel-Oakville organizers within the Toronto Chapter invite you to our first U.S. Tax Seminar in Mississauga.

    This is an opportunity to

    • Learn about changes in US tax obligations - see detailed agenda below
    • Meet Mississauga and Oakville Democrats
    • Support local efforts to resist the current White House agenda, Get Out the Vote in 2017 special electioins and take back Congress in the 2018 midterm election.

    Click here to register now!

    Tuesday, March 28th, 7-9 pmSouth Common Community Centre2233 South Millwayin Mississauga near Erin Mill Pkwy / Burnhamthorpe Rd West

    Presenters:John Grummett and Adrienne BarclayTaylor Leibow LLP Accountants & Advisors

    Topics Include:

    • Do I need to file a US tax Return?
    • What’s new for 2016 tax filings
    • US Foreign Reporting Forms 
    • Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures
    • Implications of Renouncing US citizenship
    • Comparison of the US & Canadian tax system including:

      • Taxation

      • TFSA/RESP

    • Tax on death/gift tax
    • Mutual funds
    • Principal residence 
    • FATCA update
    • What income tax changes to expect with the Trump administration.

    To help raise funds to Get Out the Vote for the special elections in 2017 and mid-term elections in 2018, we ask a donation of $15 at the seminar. 

    Note: There will be time for questions. Please refer individual tax issues to your qualified US tax accountant.These seminars are not showcases for any product.  Democrats Abroad will not share your contact information with the presenters. 

    For further information:  Susan Alksnis at




  • posted about Announcement: Joseph G. Green (1934 - 2017) on Facebook 2017-02-05 11:39:18 -0500
    Announcement: Joseph G. Green (1934 - 2017)

    Announcement: Joseph G. Green (1934 - 2017)

    From the family:

    It is with heavy hearts our family announces that on Friday, February 3, at Kensington Hospice, Joseph Green passed away after a year of fighting renal and bladder cancer.

    Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rhoda Green, and his sons, Michael Neil and Marc Steven.  Joe also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Arlene Hazzan Green, and three grandchildren, Stephanie Rachel Green, Renee Jordan Green, and Doran Sergei Hazzan Green; his sister- and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Paul Friedman; brother Harry Green; nieces Debbie, Leslie and nephew Don Green, and nephews Steven and David Friedman.

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, Joe received his Ph.D in Dramatic Theory and Rhetoric from Indiana University in 1964 and his BA in Theatre from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1956.  Joe taught at The University of Louisville, Indiana University South Bend, and Hunter College, before coming to Toronto’s York University in 1968. Subsequently, he became a proud Canadian citizen.  He served as Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, from 1973 until 1980, working to establish the departments of Visual Art, Dance, Film, Music and Theatre, as well as The York Winds Ensemble and the York Theatre Review.

    Joe brought onto the Faculty numerous Canadian icons, including Mavor Moore (“Mr. Theatre”), while also establishing the York Performance Artists Series at Burton Auditorium, showcasing artists Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe and Henry Moore, to name but a few. Many of Joe’s former students and faculty appointments have gone on to fill important positions in Toronto, across Canada and beyond.

    Green helped found, and served as Director of, York's MBA Program in Arts Administration and later served as Chair of the Board of Directors of CulTech Collaborative Research Centre. He has served as a consultant for the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, the American Theatre Association and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Joe also developed the initial proposals for the York Master of Fine Arts degrees.

    When he took early retirement in 1994, Joe held the rank of full Professor in the Faculties of Fine Arts (Theatre), Arts (Humanities) and Administrative Studies (Policy and Strategy). In addition to his academic career, Joe was producer of many stage and TV productions. Notably, he developed, along with Gordon Hinch, the mini-series Glory Enough for All, which won a record-setting nine Gemini awards.

    As Chair of Democrats Abroad (Canada), and international Voter Registration Chair, Joe worked to bring in the democratic vote to Americans across the globe. For his local community, he served on the boards of the Toronto Garden District Residents’ Association, and the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network.

    Joseph’s last legacy was the CBC interview: Joe Green Speaks of Life, Death andLove ( ).

    Joe inspired many people with the grace, acceptance and openness he displayed while facing life’s final stages. He passed peacefully, with his family at his side.

    We will be eternally grateful for the extraordinary care and compassion of doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers at Kensington Hospice, which allowed Joe to live in comfort for many more months than expected.  

    Funeral service:

    Sunday February 5th, 2017, 11:00 am, at

    Benjamin’s Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West, Toronto.


    Graveside service will follow at

    The Toronto Necropolis, 200 Winchester Street in Riverdale, Toronto.


    Shiva will take place, at the residence of Rhoda Green

    130 Carleton Sreet., suite 509 (please check in with security), on

    Sunday (4pm to 8pm), Monday and Tuesday (2 – 4 and 7 – 9pm), and

    Wednesday (7 – 9pm)


    Details can be found, Saturday evening, on Benjamin’s Joseph Green memorial page:


    Joseph and Rhoda would appreciate donations be made, in lieu of flowers, in Joe’s memory to:


    Kensington Hospice

    38 Major Street, 

    Toronto, ON M5S 2L1 

    416-963-9640 ext. 1400



  • published Chapter Elections- Position Descriptions in News 2017-02-02 00:38:50 -0500

    Chapter Elections- Position Descriptions


     The following are brief descriptions of each position on the Board to be elected:

    Chapter Chair: The Chapter Chair shall be the legal representative of DA Canada-Toronto and the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, and shall preside at all General Meetings and all meetings of the Board. The Chapter Chair shall have Membership responsibility for the day-to-day activities of DA Canada-Toronto and for execution of all activities approved and undertaken by the Board. The Chapter Chair may appoint such ad hoc committees as necessary for the execution of the activities of DA Canada-Toronto. The Chapter Chair shall be a voting member of all Standing Committees and ad hoc committees. The Chapter Chair shall be a member of and attend meetings of Democrats Abroad Canada.

    Co- Vice Chairs: In the absence of the Chapter Chair, either of the Co-Vice Chairs shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Co-Vice Chairs shall have such other duties as chairing one or more committees. The Co-Vice Chairs shall work with the Chair to ensure all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the organization are supervised and executed appropriately. One of the Co-Vice Chairs elected shall be a member who is of the opposite gender to the Chair, as per the by-laws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    Secretary: The Secretary shall attend and produce minutes for all Board and Executive Committee meetings. The Secretary shall maintain all files and administrative records of the organization. All of such records shall be open for inspection by members. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Executive Committee once approved by the Chapter Chair and/or either Co-Vice Chair. The Secretary shall schedule and coordinate participation for all Board meetings.

    Treasurer: The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Canada-Toronto a Statement of Income and Expenses and a Balance Sheet.

    Members-at-Large:  Ten (10) Members-at-Large represent the broader membership and bring to the organization special gifts and talents, which complement those of the other elected officials on the Board. Due to the geographical diversity of the chapter, three (3) positions are dedicated to members residing in Durham,Peel/East Halton and York Regions.

  • published 10 Days In in News 2017-02-02 00:13:48 -0500

    10 Days In

    We're only 10 days into the Trump Administration and every day seems to bring a new crisis or outrage. But the burgeoning resistance in the US and around the world is truly inspiring!

    At DA Canada, we've seen an unprecedented outpouring of support with many members asking what they can do. Here are some ideas:

    • Call - or keep calling - your Members of Congress! 202-225-3121 or 866-220-0044 

    You don't need to say much - just let them know you are a constituent and that you want your Senator or Representative to vote against repealing the ACA, make all efforts to overrule the Muslim Ban, demand Trump disclose his financial interests, vote against Trump's Cabinet nominees and new Supreme Court nominee, or any of the many issues that confront us.

    If you have Republican representatives, they are the only ones with the power to stand up to Trump's worst excesses. And if you have Democratic representatives, now is the time to stiffen their resolve to obstruct as much of the Republican agenda as possible.

    And keep calling - they need to hear from their constituents often! If you haven't seen it yet, the Indivisible Guide has a very useful overview of the best ways to connect with your Members of Congress.

    • Check DA's Congressional Call Storm website for regularly updated action ideas

    • Participate in the Women's March On Washington 10 ACTIONS FOR THE 1ST 100 DAYS Campaign.

    • Check out websites that provided action reminders
    Possibilities include: or (daily) or (weekly). 
    **Please be aware that these sites are not affiliated with Democrats Abroad and you will need to determine if they are suitable for your needs.

  • American Freedom Manifesto by Reg Charney-Toronto Secretary and Interim Treasurer

    American Freedom Manifesto

    We have to be prepared to clean up the mess that Trump is going to leave behind. Just like Obama had to clean up the mess he was left with by the Bush administration.

    Our Purpose

    To exemplify the best of the American democracy by empowering citizens to exercise their vote, to fight for the rights of all Americans, to combat ignorance, and to bring truth out into the light of day. We need to let the American people know that we are committed to protecting their rights and protections, and improving both their lives and the lives of their loved ones., regardless of the social class, race creed, sexual orientation, or wealth – to all Americans everywhere.

    Our Organization

    We need to become more formally organized, more active, and more constructive, especially now. Temporary defeat just hardens our resolve.

    Our Approach

    1. We need to reach everyone, not just committed Democrats. This means we need to develop positive ways of providing a viable alternative to FOX and the right-wing extremest on radio, TV, and the Web. They preach intolerance, divisiveness, and hate. We need to teach how tolerance strengthens us and how together we are stronger.

    2. We need to be assertive while avoiding violence or threats. Those are the tools of the Trump extremists.

    3. We must always tell and support the unvarnished facts.

    4. We need to organize like a force of nature starting now for the 2018 elections.

    5. We need to be relentless at translating Trump's proposals into their true affects so ALL Americans understand that they will lead to more expensive drugs, more unsafe food, higher medical bills, lower quality of life for everyone, except those at the top, like Trump.

    6. We need to compare what Trump promised and what he has delivered. For example, good jobs.

    7. We need to make it crystal clear to ALL that Trump and his gang are betraying the values and blood on which America was built and that they know nothing about the meaning of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights on which the foundations of the Republic were build.

    It has been suggested that we have a “Constitutional Meter” to measure legislation against clauses in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

    8. We need to highlight how Republicans are trying to silence their critics and deprive everyone of their rights by promoting voter suppression measures. They have used gerrymandering, voter ID laws, early voter booth closing, short absentee ballot submission periods, voter misinformation, closed-source antiquated voter technology.

    9. We need to emphasis the contributions that immigration has made to the U.S. in concrete terms. For example, Steve Jobs father was Syrian.

    10. We need to operate on many different fronts and be prepared for any personal commitment.

    11. We need to protect the vulnerable by being prepared to confront injustice and unfairness.

    12. We need to emphasis civility in all we do. "Please" and "thank you" are not just words, but acknowledgements that we value those with whom we deal. We need to identify ourselves with the America we want for our children to see. We need to be creative in how we deal with the wrongs that Trump's agenda will try to impose.

    13. We need to focus on any weak points in the Trump agenda. These include replacing congressmen and senators whenever they come up for election/reelection.

    14. Trump does not represent true conservative or moderate right-wing values. We need to approach and support Republicans who repudiate everything that Trump and his gang stand for.

    15. Trump is a terrible role model for our children and the American people. We need to emphasis this fact.

    16. We need to show that everyone matters, including many of the Trump supporters who feel left behind by showing that his proposals will only leave them more powerless, impoverished, and isolated.

    In Summary We are the America that welcomes the challenges that changes bring and that our greatness is in the courage with which we overcome these challenges, not how we hid in the impossible past. Version 2.0 Dec 7, 2016 03:55:37 PM P

Serving my country from abroad, I have never felt stronger together with my American Democrat "family" in Canada. I learned the most from the very best : Adrienne Jones