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April 27: 2nd annual LGBT Outreach Awards

On April 27, 2018, Doc Von Lichtenberg, Board Member of University-Rosedale Federal Conservative EDA, and President/Founder of LGBTory presented the 2nd Annual LGBT Outreach Award to Michelle Rempel, MP, at the Albany Club.

Pictured from right to left, Eric Lorenzen, Michelle Rempel, and University-Rosedale Board members Doc Von Lichtenberg, John Mcfadyen, Nancy Mcfadyen, and EDA President Keith Tuomi.

West Toronto Policy Meeting February 24, 2018

Several University-Rosedale board members actively participated at the February 24 West Toronto Policy Meeting sponsored by CPC Etobicoke Centre EDA and CPC Etobicoke-Lakeshore EDA. Over 80 members from numerous Toronto EDA’s met at 8:30 a.m. and discussed policy amendments until noon at the Canadiana Restaurant near Kipling subway station.

The meeting opened with brief remarks by PC Ontario Leadership Candidate Doug Ford and former federal CPC Toronto area MPs, Ted Opitz and Bernard Trottier, both of whom actively participated in the discussions.

Eight break-out sessions of approx. ten people each discussed policy topics as diverse as the Economy & Infrastructure, Defence & Security, Immigration & Social Policy, Transportation & Communication to mention a few. Later, close to 30  policies were were put to a full plenary session vote.

Thank you to the organizers from Etobicoke Centre and Etobicoke-Lakershore who did such an amazing job putting together this meeting.   Many of the policies discussed today will find their way to Ideas-Lab, which can be viewed online by anyone.  In May-June 2018,  ridings from across Canada, represented by their Riding President or Policy Chair, will have a chance to vote for 10 policies, and the most selected policies from across Canada will be discussed and considered for formal adoption as CPC policy at the 2018 Policy Convention in Halifax.


University-Rosedale John Fitzmaurice (left) and fellow CPC policy enthusiasts at today’s meeting

Getting ready for 2018 – Halifax National Convention

Preparations for 2018 Conservative Party of Canada National Convention  are  full-steam ahead.   The Convention web site is .  Go there to find out everything you need to know about registration, hotels,  and other things to do in Halifax.

Meanwhile, back in Toronto, we have selected a full slate of delegates and alternates to travel to this meeting and bring the University-Rosedale perspective to the CPC Constitution and Policy convention, as well as the selection of National Council.

Thank you all who attended this busy evening, and thanks again to the Miles Nadal JCC for use of their excellent facilities.




NOTICE: January 15, 2018 – Delegate Selection Meeting

When and Where?

Monday, January 15, 2018 , 7 – 8:30 PM
Miles Nadal JCC
2nd floor Conference Room, Room 218
750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2


On August 23-25 , 2018 the Conservative Party of Canada will be holding a National Policy Convention in  Halifax, NS.  At this meeting, delegates will be:

  • amending the Constitution
  • adopting and amending party policy
  • selecting National Council members

In preparation for this August 2018 National Policy Convention, the University Rosedale Conservative EDA must select delegates to send to Halifax.  If you wish to be eligible to vote for a delegate candidate, and/or wish to be a delegate candidate yourself, you must be a member in good standing of the CPC, registered in the University-Rosedale  electoral district,  as of 21 days prior to the vote, i.e.  December 25, 2017  (pending clarification of impact of holidays on cutoff date).

If selected to represent University-Rosedale, Delegates will be expected to travel to Halifax and attend the meeting at their own expense (the cost of registration remains to be determined but was about $700-800 for the 2016 convention, less for youth delegates, with most of this cost eligible for a tax receipt).    Up to 10 delegates, and 5 alternates, will be selected on January 15th.  They will include a youth candidate (under age 23 with the highest number of votes) as one of the 10 delegates.


If you wish to stand as a Delegate nominee, you must complete this Delegate Nomination form, and submit it to the Delegate Selection Meeting chair prior to the start of the meeting.  For the purposes of accrediting members at the Delegate Selection Meeting, members will be required to provide two (2) pieces of official identification, at least one of which must contain a photo of the member and one must indicate residence.

Details of the Delegate Selection Meeting rules are found on the web site

Refreshments will be served. To help ensure we have sufficient refreshments, please RSVP by January 12th. You do not have to RSVP to attend.

To RSVP, or with any questions, e-mail us at or go to our website at




An evening with the Hon. Maxime Bernier, MP

On a perfect  September 14th Thursday afternoon,  in the backyard of EDA Vice- President  and former President Ghina al-Sewaidi, with organizational help from Rebecca Jones, University-Rosedale conservatives were honoured to have Maxime Bernier, CPC MP for Beauce and opposition critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development,  for a barbeque and EDA fundraising event.  Mr. Bernier is well known to our group, having visited here last year in the course of his oh-so-close-to-winning leadership race.

After a brief introduction by EDA President Keith Tuomi, Mr. Bernier engaged the crowd on a variety of topics including the draconian and destructive tax measures the Trudeau government is planning to impose on small businesses, lost opportunities in resource and pipeline sector due to Liberal lack of support for those activities, and the Khadr fiasco. The importance not only criticizing, but coming up with innovative and constructive suggestions for future policies going into the 2019 election came up time and again, not only from Mr. Bernier, but from the engaged crowd.  With the election of Mr. Scheer as our new leader, things are now getting organized so that the CPC can mount an effective opposition, showing Canadians the errors of the Liberals’ way, and providing a confidence-inspiring alternative for 2019.

After more than 30 minutes of talking with the attendees, Mr. Bernier  and all headed for a delicious BBQ and more chatting and planning and exchanging of ideas.

If you weren’t there you missed a great evening, so plan to attend next time.  Thanks again to Becky and Ghina for organizing this.  And if you  are a University-Rosedale conservative and think that the Liberals are doing lasting harm to Canada with their taxation and economic policies, you should know  that the best way to fight back is to join us on the Board of Directors and participate in our activities to get the message out and convince Canadians here and beyond about what needs to happen in 2019.  Oh… we’ll take a donation too 🙂

Mr. Bernier chatted with the attendees as things got rolling
EDA President Keith Tuomi introduces Mr. Bernier

Mr. Bernier spoke at length on various issues, and took all questions from the audience.

Keith and Maxime

Thanks again to Ghina and Becky for organizing this event, and to our excellent cook for the delicious BBQ.

August 23, 2017 – Policy and Constitution Meeting

When and Where?

Wednesday August 23, 6:30 to 8 PM
Miles Nadal JCC, Large Conference Room (Rm 318)
750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2


On August 23 -25 , 2018 the Conservative Party of Canada will be holding a National Policy Convention in  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  At this meeting, delegates will be amending the CPC Constitution and adopting and amending our Policy Declaration.  This is how the party changes and improves with time.  This is how the party creates its platform for the next election, and  plan of action once we are in power.

The process starts locally.  Unlike the Liberals, the CPC is truly a grassroots party, and  this is your opportunity to participate.   You can propose policy and constitution changes that may end up changing our governing documents.  Policies proposed here in the University-Rosedale EDA have be debated and voted upon in previous conventions,  and became part of the current CPC Policy document.


You must be a CPC member.  Read our Constitution and Policy Declaration. You can create an entirely NEW policy, DELETE a policy, or AMEND a policy.Come to the August 23 meeting armed with thoughtful ideas and an open mind, meet other conservatives in the riding,  propose your ideas in writing,  argue for them, and see if the group votes to pass them on to the next level of policy and constitutional work at the regional level.

This form was used for policy submission in the past.  It will help you understand how to make suggestions.

If you have a policy to propose you can email it, and the rationale, to us in advance, and we will add it to the Powerpoint presentation that will be used during this meeting.

Light refreshments will be served.   Please RSVP if possible.  To RSVP, or with any questions, e-mail us at




Our 2017 Annual General Meeting

Many thanks to the members who attended our AGM this year. It was a fun evening meeting at the Miles Nadal JCC, and our thanks to the many EDA Board members who helped organize the event.

We’ve got a new Board of Directors, and Keith Tuomi will continue to lead the Board as President.

With so many new CPC members in the riding after the leadership selection process – we have over 1300 members now, the most in this riding’s history – we look forward to an active year promoting the cause of conservatism in the heart of Toronto, in Canada’s most exciting and diverse  riding, University-Rosedale.


EDA President Keith Tuomi welcomes members to the AGM


This was a great opportunity for socializing with fellow conservatives
Thanks to the many Board members who attended and helped, everthing went smoothly.  Thanks Doc and Philip!
Doc Von Lichtenberg organized a great buffet for the meeting

It’s Andrew Scheer!

Saturday May 27, 2017.         What a day!

After a hard fought year long leadership campaign,  Saskatchewan’s Andrew Scheer has edged out Quebec’s Maxime Bernier and over a dozen other competitors to become the  new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

It was an exciting day and hopefully these photos from members of the University-Rosedale EDA who attended will give you a flavour of the event.  Stay tuned to our upcoming newsletter for more.




Rally to protest LGBT persecution in Chechnya

CPC University-Rosedale EDA Board Members Isaiah von Lichtenberg (“Doc”), Todd Langis and Keith Tuomi attended a rally held Sunday, May 7, 2017 in front of Old City Hall. The purpose of the rally was to protest against the persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya (Russia) and Iran.  We had superb speeches from Doc, CPC leadership contender Chris Alexander, CPC MP Michelle Rempel, and others.

Leadership candidate Chris Alexander spoke to the crowd
University-Rosedale Board member and LGBTory President Doc von Lichtenberg spoke to the crowd