April 2020 Newsletter

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 race.  There 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 PaulTwitter I Facebook I Instagram I Website David MernerTwitter I Facebook I Instagram I Website Alex TyrrellFacebook I Instagram I Website Amita KuttnerTwitter I Facebook I Instagram I Website Dimitri LascarisTwitter I Facebook I Website Judy N GreenTwitter 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...

Green Party of Canada Federal Council Election

2020 Federal Council Election This is an exciting year of renewal for the Green Party of Canada – a new Leader, a new Executive Director, and a new Federal Council.   We hope to make it even more interesting for you through a series of online events.  The election for representatives to the Green Party of Canada (GPC) Federal Council is taking place in April. The voting period is April 1 to May 1. You can see the names of the candidates running this year here. There are also a number of Young Greens running for Federal Council, and you can see all those listed here. But, you might want to hold off on voting early because … A group of GPC members are inviting all the candidates to attend a series of Zoom town hall-style meetings. These town halls will provide an opportunity for GPC members to meet the candidates in a virtual meeting room. Every candidate will be given equal time in these meetings to introduce themselves and to answer questions. Meetings will be organized to showcase candidates from each region across Canada. (The Quebec wing of the Green Party will be organizing their own Zoom sessions.) Go to our Facebook event page as well. You can indicate your intention to attend there, or RSVP here. These town hall meetings will be recorded.  The format of the Zoom calls will be as follows: All contestants will have 3 minutes at the beginning to introduce themselves. Then, the moderator will present questions. (See next paragraph re questions.) There will also be someone monitoring the chat for questions that...

March 2020 Newsletter

What’s happening with NIPR? The Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA) Executive have been working hard for you.  Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Strategic Plan The NIPR Electoral District Association (EDA) Executive doesn’t plan to fail, so we decided to come up with a strategic plan. We spent an entire day together in January, learning what a strategic plan is and why it’s important to have one. After much mental sweat equity, we came up with six strategic objectives. They are: Develop all available resources to hand over to the campaign team at election time. Work with urgency to build safer, more sustainable and resilient communities for present and future generations. Increase understanding of Green Party values and policies and their relevance to our local communities. Work with BC Greens to elect Green MLAs in the next provincial election. Strengthen connection with Federal Greens, including Green Party headquarters and other EDAs. Find the perfect candidate for the next Federal election. Then we took the show on the road, so to speak, and we held the … Powell River strategic planning event On February 23, we held an event in Powell River with a very engaged group of Greens in the wonderful Cranberry Hall.   The three-hour event could have gone on longer. We presented the six strategic objectives the NIPR EDA had devised. The goal was to get people in Powell River talking about activities they could do locally that would fit into those strategic objectives. We focused on four of the objectives and divided into four groups. After spending about 15 minutes on...

Winter 2020 Newsletter

Winter 2020 Newsletter Message from the CEO The Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA) Executive have been hard at work since the election.  The campaign team worked incredibly hard during the election. Mark de Bruijn, as candidate, probably worked harder than anyone, but right beside him all the way was Mark Tapper, the campaign manager. The campaign had four offices: A pop-up office in Port McNeill, an office in Campbell River, one in Powell River, and another in Comox. That in itself is a phenomenal achievement. Throughout the riding, over 150 volunteers came out to help to varying degrees and in varying capacities. But the campaign is behind us and the Executive is looking forward to how to keep that momentum going. We’ve been working on strategic objectives during January, and we’re ready to take those objectives to Powell River on February 23. If you live on Texada Island or in the Powell River area and you’d like to attend, please RSVP here. Sometime in March and/or April, we hope to do the same workshop in Campbell River, Comox, and perhaps Port McNeill/Port Hardy. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project. Megan ArdycheCEO The BC NDP are fundraising like crazy, and so there are suspicions that an election might be called before October 2021. Within the NIPR riding, the BC Greens are starting to organize. Powell River-Sunshine Coast Riding Association Annual General Meeting - Powell River Location WHEN: February 29, 3-5 pmWHERE: Powell River Public Library, Meeting Room B, Unit 100 - 6975 Alberni Street.RSVP here. Courtenay-Comox Riding Association Formation Meeting WHEN: March 1,...

NIPR Greens Stand with Wet’suwet’en

Media Release January 23, 2020 For Immediate Release   NIPR GREENS STAND WITH WET’SUWET’EN Hereditary Chiefs Continue to Protect Territory in Defiance of Court Decision by Tim Larsen, Powell River Members of the North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Greens are united with all Green Party of Canada (GPC) and BC Green members in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in the assertion of their hereditary rights. The chiefs oppose the building of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline, designed to move fracked gas to Kitimat in northern BC, through Wet’suwet’en territory. Paul Manly, the Green MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith who visited the camp last weekend, says this dispute is a fight for Indigenous rights and climate justice. “We know that this pipeline and the LNG project in Kitimat that it serves are a climate disaster in the making,” he said. “The hereditary chiefs not only need to be consulted, they need to be heard. I stand with these chiefs who have peacefully protested to protect their land and call on the provincial and federal governments to respect the stand they have taken.”  Paul Manly on his visit in support of Wet’suwet’en land protectors  Although he was in the area and visited the LNG site in Kitimat, Premier Horgan did not meet as requested by the Wet’suwet’en. Horgan is quoted in this CBC article that, “I’m not going to drop everything I’m doing to come running when someone is saying they need to speak with me…I’m not being disrespectful, I’m just saying be realistic here.” “If you’re going to have decent communication with anybody, it’s best to be looking eye to eye,” said...

Mark de Bruijn Campaign Office Announcement

We’re excited to announce that our office has officially opened! We are located on the upper floor of 276 Anderton Road in Comox, B.C. (map) We’re very excited to begin volunteer training and canvassing, among other inspiring events as we enter the election campaign. Join us as we continue to grow in strength and numbers, gaining momentum toward success on October 21st. Office hours will be posted once they’re settled. If you are interested in staffing the office or otherwise volunteering with us, please contact Carol Thatcher at niprgreenvolunteers@gmail.com. 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ If you are interested in foot canvassing, please contact Megan Ardyche at megan.ardyche@greenparty.ca. Training will be provided at the...

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