Did you know…week of December 3, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week BC Greens Weekly Update  If you’re not a member of the BC Green Party you’re not getting these weekly updates.  I really like their format.  In fact, the format of these Must Reads is somewhat similar.  The weekly update that came out on Sunday leads with Site C.  If you’ve been wondering exactly what the BC Greens’ position is on Site C, read this. There’s much more in this weekly update, including Sonia Furstenau on salmon farms and the blood and effluent being pumped into the water in Clayoquot. Site C There are lots of options to let the government know you want them to cancel Site C (if that is, in fact, what you want). CHEK News is doing a poll.  Cast your vote here.  When last I checked, it was 78% in favour of cancelling and 22% in favour of going ahead with it.  It’s a quick, easy way to weigh in on this decision. Tiny House Warriors If you don’t know about these folks, they are AMAZING.  There is a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build tiny homes along the proposed Kinder Morgan route, to show Indigenous presence and claim. Check out their Facebook page.  Here is an update I got this week: Project Update: Tiny House Warriors - W’sanec Territory Build Posted by li kellerWe are so thrilled to announce that we’ve surpassed our $10,000 goal and this tiny house is now complete! Last week, together with a group of Secwepemc Nation Tiny House Warriors, the tiny house left the build site making important stops on its way to blocking...

Green Storming Workshop

Federal GP EDA Get-Together After the BC Green Party AGM in Sidney, on Sunday morning, August 20, 2017, we had a gathering of Federal Green Party EDAs whose members were also attending the AGM.  Wally Kunz, CEO of Vancouver East EDA, had the foresight to ask why not get together, since many of us will already be in Sidney.  So Wally organized this 3-hour Sunday morning Green storming session (like brainstorming only about Green issues).   Below is one of our members’ summary, which I think covers it very well: The Green storming session that followed the Convention introduced us to a way of conducting meetings — particularly those in which the sharing of ideas and vision is the purpose — that allows everyone present to have an equal opportunity to be heard, in which all views and ideas are welcome and not censured, and in which no one person or group gets to dominate the conversation. There is the perception that such meetings are unplanned, unstructured, and therefore potentially a recipe for chaos. In fact, such a meeting takes careful planning, but it’s done in such a way as to be almost invisible. What we experienced was a meeting that ran almost seamlessly, in which the agenda was driven by the ideas of the attendees, and everyone was heard. Miraculously, the meeting ended when we all ran out of things to say, right on time! This approach generated lots of rich ideas, many of which will no doubt bear fruit in the months ahead in the work of the various EDAs present.     The big bonus was...

Tribal Journeys in K’omoks, August 3, 2017

The Green Party is represented at a second location on Tribal Journeys.  It was a great experience to be part of the volunteer group in K’omoks.  Just for washing grapes alone, we had 6 or 7 people.  And then there were the people making mountains of spaghetti sauce and cooking pasta, or the people putting together the food bags for the paddlers as they landed.  Let me tell you, those food bags were heavy!  K’omoks was not the final location and not all the canoes stopped here, but still there was a huge number of people involved to make it happen.  Being part of a huge effort like that was inspiring.

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