Volunteer in the Leadership Contest

The leadership race has started. In support of the efforts to host a professional and accessible contest, we are once again reaching out to our members and asking them to share their talents, skills and time to make this the most transparent and inclusive race of any national party. For a full list of volunteer needs please visit Volunteer in the Leadership Contest ....

The Green Party is looking for new leadership

As the planet ventures further into the climate crisis unfolding before us, we need someone to bring Canadians together and lead the charge for substantial and positive change in the ways we govern ourselves. Potential candidates are encouraged to apply now. The application period will remain open until August 5. For more information: Green Party is looking for new leadership Leadership Contest Announcement and...

Help with the NIPR booth at Courtenay Canada Day festivities

Come and join in the Canada Day festivities in Courtenay! NIPR will be hosting a booth at the Canada Day fair in Simms Park, along with our Green friends from the Courtenay-Alberni riding next door. This will be a great place for people from all over the Comox Valley to meet Greens, ask us questions, and share their concerns. If you would like to help greet folks in our booth any time between 10:00-3:00, please contact Mark de Bruijn at mark.debruijn@greenparty.ca. Whether you can come for a half hour or a half day, it would be wonderful to have you as part of the fun! See you...

What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?

The CBC News “What on Earth?” newsletter discusses “What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?”. “On June 3, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which tracks global carbon emissions, made another dire announcement. The American agency said that atmospheric carbon dioxide peaked in May at an average of more than 420 parts per million, ‘pushing the atmosphere further into territory not seen for millions of years.’” Read the full article at What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?...

The Continuing Saga of BC’s Salmon Farms

The Struggle to Save our Wild Fish Salmon researcher Jody displays a sample of juvenile wild salmon virtually free of lice. The fish were collected from a location near a former fish farm, just one season after it was phased out of operation. (Barnes Bay, Discovery Islands, May 29, 2022) In January of this year, the three main salmon farming companies in BC, Mowi Canada West, Cermaq Canada and Grieg Seafood (all Norwegian owned), sought a judicial review of former Fisheries Minister Bernadette’s decision to terminate the licences of 79 open-pen salmon farms in BC waters when they become due for renewal on June 30. The companies argued that her decision ignored several DFO reports that found the farms posed “minimal risk” to wild fish, and the decision didn’t reflect “an appreciation of the facts.” Not mentioned was the fact that these reports are likely flawed, given that for 10 years DFO and their provincial counterparts suppressed knowledge of the presence of an important and serious non-native viral pathogen, piscean reovirus (PRV) in wild salmon population. Most likely brought to BC waters by Atlantic salmon tranferred from Norway to populate the farms, PRV causes massive organ failure especially in chinook salmon, the main food source of endangered southern resident orcas (and many other species). The judge presiding over the review decided for industry, and Minister Bernadette’s order was suspended. As I have written before, “the intransigence and arrogance of this industry seems to know no bounds…. The writing has been on the wall for a long time that sooner or later industry was going to have to change. For them...

Saratoga Speedway Opinion Piece Evokes Criticism

In the recent (revived) NIPR newsletter I posted an opinion piece on the Saratoga Speedway proposal for a new campground in the Black Creek community. As noted in the article, the proponents of the project ultimately chose to withdraw their rezoning application, and the project now seems dead. Some readers were critical of what they perceived to be a lack of decisiveness on the part of the North Island-Powell River federal Greens in opposing the Speedway project. As the author of this piece, I would like here to respond to these concerns and criticisms. Most Canadians continue to see Greens as the party for whom protection of the environment is their core DNA, so it seems natural for us to automatically take the pro-environment side whenever such issues arise. As Greens we know that without a healthy, thriving natural world the human world cannot persist, a situation we are very close to experiencing these days. However, as a major political party with a vision representing more and more Canadians in government, Greens strive to be balanced and respectful of all Canadians. We seek to collaborate, build coalitions, and find agreement that is wise, long-lasting, and brings cohesion rather than divisiveness. It is therefore incumbent upon us to always listen and learn; to be sensitive to the complex nuances often inherent in issues of competing values; and where possible to build coalitions and consensus that leads to wise, balanced and durable decisions. When first approached for support in opposing Saratoga, none of us in the NIPR EDA were  familiar with the details of the proposed campground. Before jumping in with...

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