Davenport Neighbourhood
<davenport4peace AT gmail DOT com>
Mission Statement

DN4P at Don't Attack Syria Rally, September 7 2013

A neighbourhood antiwar and social justice group organizing in west Toronto since 2002.

We hold frequent public forums, participate in city-wide antiwar mobilizations and demonstrations, and lobby local politicians and representatives.

We are members of the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and the Canadian Peace Alliance. You're welcome to join us.

See below for details of our next planning meeting.

TORONTO STOP THE CUTS! For the latest news and updates on campaign events, go to http://www.torontostopthecuts.com/


TBA @ 8:00 pm: Our planning meetings are held at the Nova Era Bakery & Cafe, Bloor St W & Dovercourt Rd (northwest corner). Please join us. For more info, email us: .

Wed, May 30th, 8 pm: Manif Casseroles at Dufferin Grove

We wanted to share an event in the neighbourhood: Manif Casseroles Toronto - a Quebec style anti-austerity demonstration. Bring pots and pans! Let's get our neighbours out in to the streets to make some noise against austerity and to show solidarity with the 'Maple Spring' in Quebec.

If you are heading down, grab your family, roommates, neighbours and make noise on your way and draw people in!

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/391104920936260/

For those of you who haven't seen these incredible demonstrations that have taken over the streets of Montreal, here are some inspiring links:


See you on Wednesday!!!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00PM

WHERE: Dufferin Grove Park, near Dufferin and Bloor W (http://goo.gl/maps/v53L)

Bring your pots, pans, casserole dishes, wooden spoons!

In solidarity with the Quebec uprising and against austerity.

Meet at the clanging pots and pans in Dufferin Grove Park.

Wear your red squares, red shirts, red shorts. Extra points if you have a panda suit.


Mon Mar 19th: WAR MADE EASY: Fundraising dinner and movie for War Resisters Support Campaign

MONDAY MARCH 19, 2012 Steelworkers Hall 25 Cecil Street, Toronto (1 block south of College, between Spadina and Beverley St.)

6:00 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Campaign Update and Film Screening

As the campaign to win asylum for US Iraq War resisters enters its 8th year, join us for dinner, a campaign update and a screening of the film WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, narrated by Sean Penn.

Watch the film trailer: http://youtu.be/H5CF5pfVzLI

$20 suggested donation • refreshments

Organized by the War Resisters Support Campaign • http://www.resisters.ca

Some Past DN4P Activities:

Forum and "Meet & Greet" with NDP Federal Leadership Candidates: Today March 1, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 6:30 pm Trinity-St. Paul United Church 427 Bloor St. West (1 block west of Spadina/ Spadina Subway station )

Endorsed by:

Ontario Federation of Labour

Canadian Peace Alliance

Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Toronto Young New Democrats

United Jewish People's Order

ITaxiworkers Union

Davenport Neighbours for Peace

6:30 Coffee, tea and meet & greet with the candidates 7:30 Moderated Q&A period on a broad range of topics; vision statements by the candidates 9:00 More "meeting and greeting".

Join Toronto Stop the Cuts and allies Saturday Oct 22 as Occupy Toronto marches to City Hall!

Solidarity Against Austerity, Stop City Cuts! 2pm Saturday, October 22 St.James Park (Jarvis and Adelaide) *Meet at the 'Fight Rob Ford, Stop City Cuts!' Banner *Bring your flags, banners, megaphones and noise makers!

Organize with Toronto Stop the Cuts Network in the fight-back against city cuts! ***

Message from Occupy Toronto:

To our Brothers and Sisters of the 99% From the #OccupyToronto General Assembly in st. James Park,

We invite you to join us in solidarity against the attacks and austerity measures being inflicted against the 99% in the City of Toronto. On Saturday October 22nd, at 2:00pm there will be a rally held at St. James Park, followed by a march to Toronto City Hall.

Please come out and show your support and make your voices heard.

In Solidarity, #OccupyToronto

Occupy Bay Street, not Afghanistan! Join the anti-war contingent. Mark the 10th anniversary of the war.

Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street Facebook: http://on.fb.me/qakDmD

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War invites you to join its anti-war contingent: Occupy Bay Street, not Afghanistan! The contingent is part of an anti-war weekend in Toronto that will mark the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Please join us for anti-war events throughout the weekend, including the bi-annual convention of the Canadian Peace Alliance.

Afghanistan: Ten years of war and resistance Opening meeting of the Canadian Peace Alliance convention Friday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street

Featuring: Judith Leblanc: Leading US anti-war activist; field director of Peace Action, the largest grassroots anti-war network in the US; former national co-chair, United for Peace and Justice; and a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Suraia Sahar: Founding member, Afghans for Peace, and Toronto anti-war activist

Derrick O'Keefe: Co-chair, Canadian Peace Alliance, and co-author of Afghan MP Malalai Joya's political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.

Full info on the CPA weekend conference: http://on.fb.me/CPA11

Conference: Looking Back, Moving Forward. War Resisters in North America.

Friday, September 23rd, 7:00-10:00PM Saturday, September 24th, 9:00AM - 8:00PM Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, Ontario

A gathering that will address issues of war and peace from the vantage point of those who are struggling against militarism in North America. This conference will feature veterans, war resisters, activists, academics, labour organizers, and lawyers.

Sign up on Facebook or visit http://www.warresistersconference.activehistory.ca


Historians Against the War; OPIRG-Toronto; Canadian Peace Alliance; War Resisters Support Campaign; The Canadian Auto Workers; Toronto Coalition to Stop the War; United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council; Afghans for Peace; activehistory.ca; No One Is Illegal–Toronto; OPIRG-York; Christian Peacemaker Teams–Canada; WPIRG; Davenport Neighbours for Peace; and more....

Budget 2011: Warfare or Welfare?

Thursday, March 17, 2011 @7:00pm - 8:30pm Davenport-Perth Community Centre: 1900 Davenport Road (west of Symington)

The 2011 budget threatens to cut more funding from social services, in order to pay for fighter jets and the endless war in Afghanistan. New fighter jets are estimated to cost $30 billion, which could provide $1000 to every person in Canada, or cover the entire annual federal health care budget. Meanwhile there is growing poverty and hunger in our community and across the country. Join a community forum to discuss what the budget priorities could be.

Speakers: Sid Lacombe, Canadian Peace Alliance; Jen Danch, Community Advocacy Coordinator, The Stop Community Food Centre

Sponsored by Bread&Bricks Social Justice Group and Davenport Neighbours for Peace ([email protected])

Community forum: Davenport supports US Iraq war resisters

February 13, 2001 @3-4:30pm Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor Street West (near Dufferin Station)

Canada has a proud tradition of welcoming conscientious objectors, notably during the Vietnam War. Today, majority of Canadians support US Iraq War resisters—but they are still threatened with deportation. Join us for a community forum to show your support for US Iraq War resisters in Davenport and across Canada. Special guests: Christian Kjar, Davenport war resister Ana Bailão, Davenport Councillor Mario Silva, Davenport MP

Bread & Bricks Movie Night presents: "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train."

December 8, 2010 @6:30 pm Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre: 1900 Davenport Rd. (west of Symington)

A film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, narrated by Matt Damon

This 78-minute film shows the life and times of American historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), author of "The People's History of the United States." This classic work has sold more than two million copies since first published in 1980. Zinn, a socialist, was active in the civil rights movement from its beginning, and actively opposed both the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

Special guest: Andrew Cash, NDP candidate in Davenport

FEB 22ND FORUM: John Dillon of KAIROS speaks on Financial Crisis and Opportunity: Forging a New Global Order of Peace and Justice.

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 2010 @7 pm Dovercourt Baptist Church 1140 Bloor W (at Dufferin) (NW corner, beside Dufferin subway station) Parking available in rear, off Russet St. (buzz to enter lot)

Suggested donation to cover costs: $5-10.

KAIROS (http://www.kairoscanada.org) is a social justice and human rights project jointly sponsored by the national offices of 11 Canadian church denominations and organizations. It was formed in 2001, uniting the work of 10 ecumenical coalitions which had been working on various justice issues since the late 60’s. KAIROS’ national office is at 310 Dupont St (at Spadina) in Toronto. It has 21 staff plus 80 local grassroots groups across Canada, three of which are in Toronto. KAIROS also works with 21 partner agencies in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

CIDA recently terminated government matching grants for KAIROS projects, thereby ending a 35-year funding relationship. The Minister for International Development said that the work of KAIROS no longer corresponded to CIDA’s priorities. But the Minister of Immigration implied that KAIROS support for Palestinian projects was anti-Semitic.

JOHN DILLON is a native of Sarnia, Ont., and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1970. He began work in Toronto in 1973 as a researcher with GATT-Fly (later Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice), an economic justice coalition sponsored by several Christian denominations.

John has continued to work based in Toronto for the past 37 years as an economic researcher and educator. In addition to numerous background studies and other publications, he is the principal author of two books, “Power to Choose” (1981) on Canada’s energy policy, and “Turning the Tide: Confronting the Money Traders” (1997). Since the presidency of Richard Nixon, he has extensively analyzed the Breton Woods financial institutions, the IMF and the World Bank.

Over the years John has frequently worked as a resource for various international justice initiatives in the NGO sector, notably the Common Frontiers project (with Mexico), the Hemispheric Social Alliance, the Jubilee (Millennium) Debt Initiative, and networks concerned with climate change, amongst many others. He has also participated in numerous international conferences and meetings.

Among John’s recent KAIROS briefing papers are “Financial Crisis an Opportunity for a New Global Order”, which appeared in November 2009, (http://www.kairoscanada.org/fileadmin/fe/files/PDF/Publications/PBP19-NewFinancialOrder.pdf); “Pricing Carbon: a Primer”, also in November 2009. http://www.kairoscanada.org/fileadmin/fe/files/PDF/Publications/PBP20-CarbonPricing.pdf); and “Why We Must Cancel Haiti’s Debt”, January 2010. http://www.kairoscanada.org/fileadmin/fe/files/PDF/Get__involved/Haiti-WhyWeMustCancelDebt.pdf

Sponsored by Davenport Neighbours for Peace

Co-sponsored by: KAIROS Central Toronto group Canadian Peace Alliance Toronto Coalition to Stop the War.

Nov 30th Public Forum: “A Pipeline Through Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game” with JOHN FOSTER, Energy Economist

Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 7:00 pm Steelworkers Hall - 25 Cecil Street (1 block south of College, 2 blocks east of Spadina)

Energy economist John Foster will present a rarely told story about Afghanistan – plans for a natural gas pipeline to link Central and South Asia via Kandahar. There is a rivalry for control of Central Asia’s oil and gas - how does Afghanistan fit in? Over the past year, he has presented this topic in talks across Canada, and in a Toronto Star op-ed. A report on this subject published last year by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives made front-page banner headlines in the Globe and Mail. He has contributed to a new anthology published by Black Rose Books: Afghanistan and Canada: Is there an alternative to war? (for sale at the event).

John Foster is an energy economist and an expert on the world oil scene. He has a unique combination of work experience - with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and two oil companies (BP and Petro-Canada). He has worked in more than thirty countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Born in London England, he graduated from Cambridge University in economics and law. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Sponsored by: Davenport Neighbours for Peace http://www.davenport4peace.ca Toronto Coalition to Stop the War http://www.nowar.ca Canadian Peace Alliance http://www.acp-cpa.ca

PUBLIC FORUM AUG 24, 2009: "Good War" Gone Bad: Why the West's "Good War" is Failing in Afghanistan and Destabilizing Pakistan.

Mon Aug 24, 2009 @ 6:30PM Bloor/Gladstone Library

SPEAKERS: Sid Lacombe, Canadian Peace Alliance Salmann Khan, Contributor, Ryerson Free Press

As the death toll of Canadian soldiers deployed to Afghanistan mounts, so falls public support for the Afghan War. In 2008, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper and the Liberals under Stéphane Dion joined forces to extend Canada’s role in Afghanistan for an additional two years. Had the Liberals not backed the Conservatives, Canadian soldiers would already be coming home. From August 1 of this year onward, the blood of every additional Canadian soldier and every additional Afghan civilian killed, is on the hands and consciences of the Conservative-Liberal Alliance.

In the meantime, the continued civilian bombings and NATO encroachments into Pakistan are breeding resentment among the local population, building support for Taliban resistance. According to David Cullender, counter-insurgency advisory to US General Petraeus, drone (robotic planes) strikes have killed approximately 700 Pakistani civilians so far in 2009.

Join us for a discussion about what is really happening with the War in Afghanistan and why we can’t wait until 2011 for Canadian troops to come home.

WAR CRIMINALS NOT WELCOME HERE! Charge Bush with war crimes!

RALLY: OUTSIDE BUSH SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT Friday, May 29 from 3pm to 6pm Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front Street West

More info: http://www.nowar.ca/


Monday, February 23 at 6:30 pm College/Shaw Public Library 766 College Street (corner of Shaw St)

Speakers: Anitta Satkunarajah, CanadianHART Sid Lacombe, Canadian Peace Alliance

In the last few weeks, the Government of Sri Lanka has escalated its attacks on the country’s Tamil population, provoking a humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people. United Nations aid workers have been shelled in actions that some UN spokespersons have declared violate the Geneva Conventions. Please join Davenport Neighbours for Peace for a discussion about what’s happening and what we can do to stop this humanitarian disaster.

Act now: Stop the genocide of Tamils!


Demand that Canadian Members of Parliament, policy-makers, and the media exert pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to immediately: 1. Halt the war and seek a negotiated political solution to the conflict. 2. Allow local and international NGOs and other humanitarian workers to provide much needed assistance to those displaced. 3. Lift the embargo on food, medicine, and other essential items. 4. Stop the indiscriminate bombings and shellings of civilians.

Demand immediate action by the United Nations to immediately: 1. Adopt a United Nations Human Rights Council Emergency Resolution calling for an end to the massive human rights violations against Tamils. 2. Establish a United Nations monitoring mission in Sri Lanka with a mandate to report on all human rights violations and humanitarian issues.

Stop the genocide of Tamils!

For more information, please contact: CanadianHART (Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for the Relief of Tamils) Phone: 416-838-9637 Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.haltgenocide.org and http://www.tamilIDPcrisis.org


Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St W @ Bathurst (Bathurst subway) November 11th, 2008 @ 7PM

Prior to the screening (around 6:30) Rebel Emergency will be playing live music. Following the screening there will be IVAW members speaking and available for questions.

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.

Visit the official Body Of War website for more information: http://www.bodyofwartoronto.com/trailer.html

Watch the official video of Eddie Vedder’s song No More: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=-UR4bS-d9G0

Oct 18 2008: Pan-Canadian Day of Action on Afghanistan

RALLY & MARCH End the war. Bring the troops home now. Saturday, October 18, 1:00pm Queen's Park

A recent Environics poll shows that 56 per cent of Canadians oppose the mission, the highest opposition since the war began. Even more—58 per cent—opposed Harper and Dion's decision to extend the mission to 2011. Join us to tell the federal government that it's time to end the war, and to bring the troops home now. (Photo to the right: Kim Koyama.) http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/OCT18.html


DN4P asks the important questions in this campaign. Print copies for yourself, distribute them to your network and use them to find out where the candidates' stand on the key issues of this election. DN4P Election 2008.pdf

Sun Sept 21, 2008

Peace Yoga in Dufferin Grove Park

In celebration of International Day of Peace, come by our table and join us for a free yoga class in Dufferin Grove Park (south of Dufferin & Bloor Sts.)

2:00 pm - parents and kids can practice together for a fun filled and interactive class 3:00 pm - adult class

No yoga experience necessary, bring a mat or practice on the grass Rain location: The West End YMCA (931 College @ Dovercourt Rd)

For more information please contact: [email protected] Co-sponsored by Davenport Neighbours for Peace PeaceYoga poster.doc

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Peace Reel Film Screening Christie Pits Park (south end of park) (Christie & Bloor; Christie Station)

Sir! No Sir! A documentary about the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam; and Unfair Dealing A documentary about the arrest of the so-called “Toronto 18” terrorist ring. (Charges have already been dropped against seven of the 18 – a youth is currently awaiting a verdict from the trial in which the prosecution’s own witnesses contradicted the crown’s theory. Nevertheless, three men are still in solitary confinement in Toronto’s Don Jail.)

Live Entertainment and Speakers from the Presumption of Innocence Project RAIN OR SHINE $5-10 requested donation presented by:Artists Against War & Davenport Neighbours for Peace


Monday June 23, 2008

Terror Trials and the "Toronto 18" College Shaw Library (766 College Street at Shaw) We are very lucky to be hosting a meeting next Monday (June 23, 2008) on the trial of the so-called 'Toronto 18' that includes a speaker who is a family member of one of the accused. Thomas Walkom wrote an excellent article in today's Toronto Star about recent developments at the trial: http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/445011

Are we losing our civil liberties? Join Saima Mohammad, a family member of one of the accused, and Chantal Sundaram for a discussion about civil liberties in the context of Canada's "War on Terror".