Campaign to elect Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu in Toronto-Danforth

March 29, 2011 15:36 ET

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu is Green Party candidate in Toronto-Danforth

Mother of five entered politics to protect her children's future

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) - Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, of Toronto, announces her candidacy for Toronto-Danforth, representing the Green Party of Canada.

Until 2005, Ms Mugnatto-Hamu was a full-time mother to five children with a strong commitment to human rights and a growing concern about the lack of appropriate policy to address the looming crises of climate change and energy scarcity. Then she realized that what her children most needed was a liveable world to inherit.

Ms Mugnatto-Hamu joined the Green Party of Canada, revitalized the electoral district association as the CEO from 2005-2007 and started doing outreach. Since the 2006 election, she has been reaching out to the community, raising awareness of the climate crisis and promoting the policies necessary to address it.

In response to Ontario's plan to build a power plant on the waterfront in Toronto-Danforth, Ms Mugnatto-Hamu spearheaded the project to write A Realistic Energy Plan for Toronto, the only energy plan that eliminated the need for any new generation from fossil fuels. She was a founding member of the Toronto Energy Coalition, which fought the Portlands Energy Centre.

Ms Mugnatto-Hamu is interested in and increasingly informed on the transformations required in the areas of energy, transportation and buildings. She initiated and played a central organizing role in events including Power to Choose in 2007 and Climate Change Conference 2010. She was also a key organizer for rallies such as Canadians for Kyoto in 2007 and the December 2007 and 2008 rallies that coincided with the international negotiations on climate change. Ms Mugnatto-Hamu walked from Toronto to Ottawa in 2008 for The Sunshine Walk for climate justice.

From 2006 to 2010, Ms Mugnatto-Hamu chaired the Cabbagetown-Riverdale Amnesty International group. She is an executive member of Post Carbon Toronto, and has been active with a number of other local Toronto groups, notably JustEarth, the Toronto Climate Campaign and The Next Generation. She participated in the fight against big box development that threatened the thriving business district on Queen St East.

Ms Mugnatto-Hamu has given talks on carbon pricing, global warming and human rights, and has frequently participated in public consultations and lobbying. Most of her work is non-partisan and she strongly believes that all parties will have to work together to meet the challenges we face. If elected, Ms Mugnatto-Hamu will focus her work in Parliament on greater inter-party cooperation.

Born in Brazil to a Ukrainian refugee mother and a Brazilian/Italian father, Ms Mugnatto-Hamu speaks fluent Ukrainian, Portuguese and English. Before becoming a mother, she studied Anthropology at the University of Toronto, including a year of study with native Kaingang and Guaraní in Brazil. Ms Mugnatto-Hamu has lived in Riverdale since 2002. She and her husband, Charlie Halpern-Hamu, share their home with two children still at home. Her children attend local French language public schools and speak Portuguese at home.

Ms Mugnatto-Hamu shares the Green Party's vision that looks beyond the carbon economy, placing value instead on economic stability, health, community, knowledge and personal time."We will have troubling times ahead no matter which party is elected. All other parties approach challenges such as climate change and resource depletion with more of the same - an industrial treadmill that rapidly turns tomorrow's resources into junk and wealth into debt," says Ms Mugnatto-Hamu. "Speeding up the treadmill is hailed as progress and measured as GDP."

She believes strongly in the Green Party's six founding principles of ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability, and respect for diversity, and believes the Green Party has the best policies to create green jobs, transition to a sustainable economy and support local businesses."I will continue to work closely with Toronto-Danforth neighbourhoods to help build a strong, resilient local economy that can sustain us through the changing times ahead," says Ms Mugnatto-Hamu. "I will work cooperatively in Parliament to make Canada a proud international leader again." /For further information: For more information on Ms Mugnatto-Hamu’s commitment to the Toronto-Danforth community, visit danforthgreens.ca. For more information, or to request an interview with Ms Mugnatto-Hamu, contact her campaign at 416-273-8247 or adriana@danforthgreens.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Charlie Halpern-Hamu, Campaign Manager
    Primary Phone: 416-427-2177
    Secondary Phone: 416-273-8247
    E-mail: charlie@danforthgreens.ca