Why is the Green Party Important?

Why is the Green Party Important in 2019?   On March 23rd Elizabeth May and Mark de Bruijn launched the campaign for North Island - Powell River at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River. Click to watch the video or continue and check out the highlights. Why is the Green Party Important in 2019 Highlights   Introductions   Elizabeth May: My happy task is to introduce your candidate. But, before I do that, I want to say that this is a contested nomination as most of you will know. Green Members of the North-Island, Powel-River riding had to vote to figure out who would be the nominee. This is happening more often and all the time now as we become more credible, and successful. Right now, the campaign to win the nomination in Guelph, Ontario is going to be fought out between six candidates; you had three. A contested nomination says a lot about where we are as Greens. And the winner of the contested nomination – to have the role, the challenge, and the fun of being a candidate for the North-Island Powel-River area, is the person I am introducing today: Mark de Bruijn. It is terrific to have someone who is such a dedicated Green, committed to building this - what we used to call a riding association but is now an electoral district association. Yet, what you may not know a lot about, is his background, so I will tell you. He has a first-class honours degree in Bachelors of Science from the University of Calgary, he worked as an educator, a principal, a high-school...

NIPR Spring 2019 Newsletter

Message from the candidate by Mark de Bruijn We’re Off! The word is out! On March 10, I was honoured to be chosen the North Island-Powell River Green candidate for the coming federal election. Thank you for your confidence. Though we brought different skills and perspectives to the contest, the other nominee, Blair Cusack, was equally qualified, and we are thrilled to now work together on my campaign to win our riding. An excellent team is rapidly forming around this quest, and campaigning will start in earnest in the next few weeks. One of my initial activities will be door-to-door canvassing to meet the people of NIPR, listening closely to their issues and concerns. I want to engage with every voter to discover how together our ideas can advance a progressive vision for Canada, and inspire them to become part of the Green wave. My goal is ambitious – to visit every NIPR home over the next 7 months! And, to raise the funds for a topnotch campaign. In a big riding like ours, travel, lots of signs, and setting up Green offices in several of our major communities all require solid funding. It’s all about connecting and listening, and expanding the compelling Green vision. Climate emergency will make this the campaign of our lives! What an opportunity to build a mighty Green wave, and then bring that to Ottawa. We need your help! Above all, it’s going to be fun. That’s the Green way. Join with me! You can reach me at mark.debruijn@greenparty.ca. 2019 Campaign Launch Election Readiness Committee by Mark Tapper Great news: North Island-Powell River Green...

Did You Know … Week of March 10, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week The Must Reads will not be publishing again until April 14, 2019. Locally   NIPR Green Party candidate nomination meeting The nomination meeting at which Green Party members in the North Island-Powell River riding will choose their 2019 Federal election candidate is coming up! The NIPR Greens have never had more than one candidate nominee - this is history being made in 2019, folks! Everyone can attend, though only GPC members can vote. TODAY: March 10, 2019, 2-4 pmLOCATIONS: Black Creek Community Centre and Powell River Library (simultaneously). NIPR CAMPAIGN LAUNCH with Elizabeth May DATE/TIME: March 23, 2019, 3:30-5:30 pmLOCATION: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Hwy., Campbell River (map) This is the official launch of the 2019 Federal election campaign for the Greens of North Island-Powell River. Elizabeth May has been deemed the Party leader who is the most ethical. She’s also one of the most dynamic speakers. Her events are always well worth attending. Greens and Green-curious are all welcome! Provincially   Herring fishery shut down on BC’s coast in 2018, so why not this year? Traditional food is created when a spruce branch is placed in a ball of spawning herring. Photo Gerry KahrmannGERRY KAHRMANN / PROVINCE The February 10 edition of the Must Reads told you that the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was going to let the herring fishery in the Salish Sea go ahead, despite it being one of the last viable herring spawning areas. Well, on March 3, 2018, DFO shut down that fishery, citing reconciliation and First Nations’ concerns. The Heiltsuk Nation said, ““It’s the first time...

Did You Know … Week of March 2, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   NIPR Green Party candidate nomination meeting The nomination meeting at which Green Party members in the North Island-Powell River riding will choose their 2019 Federal election candidate is coming up! The NIPR Greens have never had more than one candidate nominee - this is history being made in 2019, folks! Everyone can attend, though only GPC members can vote. DATE/TIME: March 10, 2019, 2-4 pmLOCATIONS: Black Creek Community Centre and Powell River Library (simultaneously). Climate Law in our Hands: Courtenay Council decides to send climate accountability letter “We’re not specifically interested in signing a letter that is adversarial, and so what we’re looking to do is actually draft a letter that is more designed to create dialogue and discussion, it’s not going to be as adversarial as the one that was presented to us,” said [Mayor Bob] Wells.” Read more. Now, Courtenay Council is not bringing a lawsuit against the fossil fuel companies, but some jurisdictions are. So, lest you think this is a bit part in the play of global warming action, read this article on the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is going to bat for “Big Oil…Those suits, according to NAM, are a result of a coordinated campaign by activists “to disparage U.S. manufacturers with a focus on America’s largest energy manufacturers.” Never mind that it is the taxpayers will have to foot the bills for global warming-related climate consequences. Read more. How a town dies: Port Alice pulp mill closes Neucel Specialty Cellulose has been dormant since 2015, though had about 20 employees still working. The other day,...

Did You Know … Week of February 23, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   NIPR Green Party candidate nomination meeting The nomination meeting at which Green Party members in the North Island-Powell River riding will choose their 2019 Federal election candidate is coming up! The NIPR Greens have never had more than one candidate nominee - this is history being made in 2019, folks! Everyone can attend, though only GPC members can vote. DATE/TIME:   March 10, 2019, 2-4 pmLOCATIONS: Black Creek Community Centre and Powell River Library (simultaneously). Climate Law in our Hands: Courtenay Council decides to send climate accountability letter “We’re not specifically interested in signing a letter that is adversarial, and so what we’re looking to do is actually draft a letter that is more designed to create dialogue and discussion, it’s not going to be as adversarial as the one that was presented to us,” said [Mayor Bob] Wells.” Read more. Kwispaa LNG pipeline It seems this project may be on hold. Read this in My Comox Valley Now and this from energeticcity.ca. “In a letter posted to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations website, the First Nation says they’ve received notification that Steelhead LNG has stopped work on the Kwispaa LNG Project.” The Huu-ay-aht Nation released an open letter to its citizens on this development. However, here’s one perspective that suggests it was never a serious project in the first place. The upcoming meeting on February 27 should be VERY interesting.   LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7-9 pmLOCATIONS: Florence Filberg Centre, Conference Hall Confirm attendance on Watershed Sentinel’s Facebook page Featuring four speakers and a question...

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