What’s happening with NIPR?

The Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA) Executive have been working hard. Megan Ardyche started organizing a series of cross-Canada Zoom sessions with all the candidates for the Green Party of Canada’s Federal Council election. All the videos are available on NIPR’s YouTube page. You might especially want to watch the BC candidates and the Non-Regional candidates.

The NIPR Executive is also continuing to work on our Communications strategy and our Strategic Plan, and more information will be coming on that.


Green Party of Canada (GPC) Leadership Race

There are currently two approved candidates: Annamie Paul and David Merner. Have a look at the GPC website for information on leadership raceThere are also other contestants who have put their name forward but who are not yet approved. There is a round-table discussion scheduled for April 18. All the leadership contestants have been invited. It should be very interesting.

Online voting will open from September 26, 2020 to October 3, 2020 and will be available to all eligible voting members.

Here are all the candidates we are aware of at this point:

Annamie Paul
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David Merner
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Alex Tyrrell
Facebook I Instagram I Website

Amita Kuttner
Twitter I Facebook I Instagram I Website

Dimitri Lascaris
Twitter I Facebook I Website

Judy N Green
Twitter I Facebook I Instagram I Website

Federal Council and Young Greens Council Elections

We at NIPR believe the current Federal Council elections are extremely important. 
We know that many of our Green friends don’t vote in council elections because they don’t really have enough information to make informed choices. More information is available on the GPC site here and on this site. The second site includes the majority of the candidates, candidates who are committed “to better represent the members of the GPC in governing the operations of the party, and to ensure that all the operations of the party are solidly based on our Green values.”
See the latest update on voting and information on the BC candidates specifically here. Videos of the Zoom sessions that NIPR organized are being uploaded to NIPR’s YouTube channel. Check there to see the session with the BC Rep contestants. The Non-Regional session was also recorded and is available there. That included John Kidder and Darcie Lanthier for VP-English, and Dave Bagler and Kate Storey for Fund Rep. All GPC members across Canada get to vote for both the non-regional positions.
NOTE: There is a second Zoom session scheduled with the Non-Regional candidates. Check it out in the Events section below.

The following positions are the ones we in BC can vote for (two year terms):

  • Vice President - English
  • Fund Representative
  • British Columbia Representative

First Nations

If you want to know more about what is happening in legal challenges to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, join RAVEN Trust and the Council of Canadians for a three-part webinar series focused on national resistance to LNG – aka fracked gas.  Webinars 1 and 2 have been completed and recorded.  They are available at the links below.  Webinar 3 is scheduled for April 28th at 4:00PM PDT.  Register at the web site listed for Webinar 3.

Webinar 1  VIDEO: We Are Un-Frackable  – With Adam Gagnon and Mike Sawyer (https://raventrust.com/2020/04/06/video-we-are-un-frackable-webinar-1-with-adam-gagnon-and-mike-sawyer/)

Webinar 2   VIDEO: Creativity, Tenacity and Community: The Key Ingredients Behind Legal Challenges for Climate Justice (https://raventrust.com/2020/04/15/creativity-tenacity-and-community-the-key-ingredients-behind-legal-challenges-for-climate-justice/)

Webinar 3, April 28, 4 pm Pacific: We are Un-Frackable with Robin Tress of Council of Canadians & special guests TBA (https://mailchi.mp/raventrust/webinar)

In Profiles in Green, we will showcase individuals (or businesses) who are leaders in the personal or economic changes needed to ensure a livable future for the next seven generations. If you know of individuals (or businesses) who may be candidates for Profiles in Green, write to us at northislandgreens@gmail.com. We’d love to profile individuals and businesses from throughout the riding.


Government of B.C.

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

We at the NIPR Executive hope you are all doing well. Here is a link to information and resources in BC, including everything from symptoms to help with housing to help for businesses, and much more.


Check out NIPR’s calendar of events on a regular basis. You may see upcoming events there before a newsletter goes out.

We’re always looking for events happening in our riding of interest to Greens wherever they live. They don’t have to be Green events. As you’ll see from the calendar, many of the events showcased here have to do with issues that matter to us as citizens, no matter what our political party of choice. And many are events being put on my groups whose work we as Greens support. If you know of events in your community that you think might interest Green supporters, write to the NIPR Greens and let us know. Please provide as much information as possible, with links to the relevant Facebook or event page.

Of course, the coronavirus, COVID-19,  is wreaking havoc with so many plans. All in-person events are cancelled for the time being. But that doesn’t mean your local Greens are going to be slacking off. And check out the Green Party of Canada’s Events calendar for GPC webinars that are coming up


April 19, 3 pm Pacific time
Encore Zoom session with Non-Regional candidates for Federal Council
If you’re not on Facebook, the link is https://zoom.us/j/97974521770?pwd=UHdLdGJ4SXRlcW9XVjFHVUJsV3JBZz09. 

April 22, 5 pm Pacific time
50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Linda Solomon Wood In Conversation 

1. Tzeporah Berman: Is a green economy possible?
Tuesday April 21, 4 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Register Here.

2. Noam Chomsky: Is a new economy possible?
Thursday April 23, 4 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Register Here.

April 28, 4 pm Pacific time
RAVEN Trust Webinar 3  Coast to Coast, We are UnFrackable with Robin Tress of Council of Canadians & special guests TBA

Greens are defined by a personal responsibility to the community, the quality of decisions we make, and our ability to defend those decisions. We are not responsible for the success or failure of other political entities, and Greens are committed to earning the respect of voters.

Official NIPR email:

Your NPR Executive:
Megan Ardyche, Comox

Doug Cowell, Courtenay
Elizabeth Crum, Campbell River
Blair Cusack, Courtenay
Mark de Bruijn, Courtenay
Susan Holvenstot, Courtenay
Heather Jones, Port Hardy
Susan Short, Powell River
Carol Thatcher, Courtenay
Chris Tithecott, Campbell River
Jay Van Oostdam, Comox
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