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...

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Must Reads from Last Week OPINION Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’ PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing. By Andrew Nikiforuk 23 Nov 2017 | TheTyee.ca Excerpt:  What does a status quo politician do when he wants to hide his aversion to real change?  “Deliverology is an information-oriented approach to politics. It’s something that wouldn’t be out of place in Orwell’s ‘Minitrue.’ Fundamentally this ‘deliverology’ looks like manipulating constraints on the public by the powerful (to keep them in power) through the medium of information.” And that’s what Trudeau is now doing. He refused to deliver on electoral reform and won’t be able to deliver on climate change. Read more Keystone XL and petition of our Federal Government: Excerpt:  State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over. If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source. Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights. The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and,...

Newsletter Oct to Dec 2017

Message from the CEO Greens dream of sustainable lifestyle, deep meaningful democracy, and limits to growth in respect for finite resources. Your NIPR executive has the courage and a vision to serve and be visible in our communities. On behalf of NIPR Greens, I thank you for stepping up. The future is pregnant with options. Speak up with confidence, know your voice is heard; you are the agent for change. Inspiration Elizabeth May talks with Baraa Arar of The Watering Hole about why/how she got into politics originally. From their website: “Life is a series of silent awkwardnesses. But we like to fill that silence by talking about youths, education, creative endeavours, and other stuffs. We believe in telling stories, and that’s the approach we take when talking to people or about people. We do what we do because we believe in the power of stubborn optimism.” COP23 Setting the rules of the climate change game:  A webinar This webinar was organized by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in partnership with UN Climate Change. ‘COP23 in Bonn: Setting the Rules of the Climate Game’ explains the milestones and key challenges that participants saw ahead of COP23.  View the webinar here. …AND… Click here to watch live videos of Elizabeth’s first five days in Bonn. Every conference needs some comic relief:  “This is an in-between sort of COP. I have said for years that there are “good cops and bad cops.” This one is a pun waiting to happen, taken from the great Quebecois film “Bon Cop; Bad Cop.” This COP is the first Bonn COP.”  (Elizabeth May) Elizabeth also...

Newsletter Jan to Sept 2017

Message from the CEO Greens dream of sustainable lifestyle, deep meaningful democracy, and limits to growth in respect for finite resources. Your NIPR executive has the courage and a vision to serve and be visible in our communities. On behalf of NIPR Greens, I thank you for stepping up. The future is pregnant with options. Speak up with confidence, know your voice is heard; you are the agent for change. NIPR AGM The April 2017 AGM featured guest speakers Andrew Nikiforuk (Canadian journalist and investigative author), Provincial candidates Ernie Sellentin (Courtenay-Comox) and Sue Moen (North Island). read more  Quadra Beach Clean-up The NIPR EDA joined dozens of Quadra residents for their 20th annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up. This completely volunteer-driven event is hosted by the Sierra Club of Quadra Island and involves hundreds of volunteer hours. read more  Earth Day on Mitlenatch Island NIPR members Mark de Bruijn and Carol Thatcher, with friends Elizabeth Karunaratne and Chris Farah, spent Earth Day on Mitlenatch Island in the the Salish Sea…Every week from April to September small teams of volunteers act as stewards. The only human presence, apart from the volunteer stewards, is the occasional day visitor arriving by boat. To safeguard the plants and breeding birds, most of the island is strictly out of bounds to everyone. read more Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA AGM Greens from Courtenay-Alberni and North Island-Powell River federal EDAs travelled to Sidney in June to attend the AGM of the Saanich-Gulf Islands (SGI) EDA. Shown from left to right: LeRoy McFarlane, Megan Ardyche, Mark de Bruijn, Sue Moen (all from NIPR), Elizabeth May, Don Munroe and Sharon Edwards (both from...

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