Mark de Bruijn Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR

Mark de Bruijn Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR Much of my passion for the natural world and it’s wonders comes from leaving my urbanized European homeland at the age of 3, and moving to a country with nothing but wilderness everywhere. My father was smitten by it, and our family spent countless weekends and summers exploring the wilds, from our home in the Calgary foothills to the California Sierras. I grew up hiking, canoeing, trail riding and rock climbing my summers away in the glorious Rockies, much of it as a counsellor with a YMCA wilderness camp near Banff. Upon graduating from the University of Calgary with a 1st class honours B.Sc. in zoology, I worked as a fish biologist in the Arctic on Canada’s first major environmental assessment for a pipeline destined to bring Alaskan natural gas to Edmonton. Our work ultimately contributed to the Canadian government’s decision to decline the development application – the huge pipe was never built. Gradually I discovered my real interest lay in helping others appreciate and treasure the wonders of nature. I became a college biology instructor at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Later I completed the training to teach high school chemistry, biology and math, including a stint as school principal. As economics, interests and lifestyles changed, I gathered an eclectic range of skills working as general contractor, sporting goods buyer, healing program coordinator, and employability teacher and coach. But always I returned to education and the natural world as my primary passion. Along the way I discovered an interest in exploring the potential of creative...

September 2020 Newsletter

The North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA)   Mark your calendars for November 14, 2-4 pm.  The North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA) is holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the Executive Committee for the next year. Due to the BC Provincial election being called by Premier Horgan, we are moving our AGM from Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, November 14, 2-4 p.m. This AGM will be a virtual (meaning a Zoom video call) meeting. But the good news about having it on Zoom is that people from all over the riding will be able to attend. We’re very excited about that, so we’ve decided to open up the Zoom call at 1:30 for those members who would like to meet other people from around the EDA – bring your tea or coffee and come visit with old friends and meet some new ones. This half-hour meet-and-greet will be hosted by Mark de Bruijn, our 2019 candidate. At 2 o’clock, we will start the business portion of the meeting (register here). The business meeting is restricted to members only as it involves voting. At 3 o’clock, we will go into a second Zoom meeting (register here) as there is a lot to talk about. For example, the Green Party of Canada has a new leader who is already running in a by-election in Toronto Centre. The BC Green Party also has a new leader and BC has had a snap election called. Register now for the AGM (members only) AND also register for the discussion session (members and non-members). As soon as you...

A Wisp of a Woman; A Monumental Feminist

by Pat Carl            I’m not one to pray. So, let’s call it hoping against hope. Yes, I’d been hoping against hope that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that brave, brave Supreme Court Justice, might hang on until after the US presidential election. Even Bader Ginsburg thought she might be on the Court “for at least 5 more years,” as she said in August of 2018. But hope can be a dangerous thing, especially when it’s dashed on the rocks of reality. Then a person is apt to cry. I did. I admit I immediately worried about the probable aftermath of Bader Ginsburg’s death, what it will mean as the Republican Senators, who hold the majority in the upper House of Congress, move quickly to affirm whichever stalwart, backward-thinking conservative The Donald nominates for Bader Ginsburg’s vacated seat.  The wrangling will be fierce, I fear, just another car-wreck-in-motion careening the Republic toward its agonizing, though no doubt lengthy death throes as Senate Democrats attempt to put off the push that Republicans and The Donald will orchestrate to move the Court further to the far, far right. But, between my worry about our southern neighbour, I also cried because a truly exceptional, brilliant, driven, generous feminist completed the final moment in herstory as she took leave of life. A year earlier, Bader Ginsburg said she wanted to be remembered “as someone who did the best she could, made things better for the less well-off and moved society along a democratic path.” She did that and more. She was born and matured at just the right time to muscle...

Asset Library Working Group

HAVE WE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! Do you like to read? Do you enjoy research? Do you like writing? Do you want to improve as a writer? Are you able to offer suggestions to writers on how they may improve their skills? Are you detail orientated and can you edit for spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure errors? Well, the North Island Powell River Electoral District Association (EDA) needs you. As part of the EDA’s strategic plan, a comprehensive communications initiative has emerged that combines staying in touch with members digitally (i.e. Facebook, tweets, Instagram, videos) and through traditional communication formats that include complete sentences and standard punctuation. 😊  No matter which format you prefer to use in receiving communication from the EDA, each requires background information that is carefully researched from reliable sources, as well as presented in an effective and efficient manner. That’s where you come in.  The EDA wants to build an Asset Library, a source from which the communication group and the EDA can safely present the Green position on a variety of issues. Examples could include articles relating to the Green Core Principles; materials on different aspects of the 2019 Campaign Platform; a talking points memo about the Green position on the Guaranteed Liveable Income, for example. To be most effective, all of these should be linked to issues that impact the North Island Powell River Electoral District. The information in the Asset Library may be used in newspaper articles, letters to the editor, press releases, and the EDA’s newsletter and contact emails. The same information may provide accurate background for a Facebook...

August 2020 Newsletter

The North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Electoral District Association (EDA) Message from the (Acting) CEO, Jay Van Oostdam This is an interesting time to be organizing as a Green in North Island-Powell River. The Green Party of Canada (GPC) has a new Executive Director, a new Federal Green Council, and we are in the middle of a leadership race for a federal leader. Added to that, the provincial party is also electing a new leader. Our GPC EDA (Electoral District Association) executive team has been meeting regularly by Zoom. Our Communications Director and her team have been busy organizing Zoom events for the GPC Council election and leadership candidates, and now more Zoom events for the Federal leadership candidates. Your North Island-Powell River Executive are working to keep the Green Party relevant in our community during these challenging times.  We will likely be having a virtual EDA AGM (Zoom) in late October and we are looking for more new members on the Executive. We need a new Membership Director, a Volunteer Director and a new CEO (Chief Executive Officer). If you are interested in any of these positions or just participating in the EDA Executive, please let me know and I would be happy to provide you with more information. (jvanoostdam@gmail.com, 250-650-5859). Jay Van OostdamActing CEO We need your help Last year, Mark de Bruijn’s campaign was so blessed by the many friends who gave what they could - whether that was small amounts or large amounts.  The donations you gave us helped us run a campaign that got over 14% of the vote in our riding. That was almost...

Old-Growth Forest Defenders Ramp It Up!

This photo is from the August 8 protest held in Nanaimo on August 8. It was called by Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo.  At the time there was a hunger strike going on in an effort to focus the BC NDP’s attention on citizen opposition to their continued logging of old-growth forests. In response to that hunger strike, Doug Routley, the BC NDP member for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said, “…the province’s anticipated strategic review of old-growth forest management is coming by late summer or early fall, and will include “immediate actions.” Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation   On August 12, there was a protest in Campbell River in front of BC NDP MLA Claire Trevena’s office. The Campbell River Mirror actually sent a reporter to cover it, which was wonderful. Again the trope about the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel report coming out in “late summer or early fall” was trotted out, this time by Forest Minister Doug Donaldson. Dozens participate in old-growth logging protest in Courtenay On August 20, more people gathered in Courtenay, in front of BC NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard’s office. A couple of people even washed Ms. Leonard’s office window in an effort to help her see more clearly since she so obviously has not been heeding the increasing urgency felt by her constituents.    Wildlife were represented , as were salmon. And, just in case Ms. Leonard still had trouble seeing through her now-clean office windows, this was the over-riding message. …and then there’s Fairy Creek in Port Renfrew by Mandy Vaughan If you follow the issue of old-growth logging in...

July 2020 Newsletter

Green Party of Canada (GPC) Leadership Race BREAKING NEWS: The NIPR EDA is going to be hosting one-on-one Zoom sessions with the leadership contestants in September! Some dates have been confirmed; others have yet to be. Stay tuned to the NIPR website or Facebook page for updates. Mark Your Calendars for this debate coming up in September The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is pleased to announce they and @rabbleca are co-hosting a @CanadianGreens leadership debate on foreign policy. Moderated by journalist @judyrebick. Join them for “Canada’s Place in the World.” Thursday, September 10 at 4 PM PDT. Register now! https://bit.ly/3fpzXND There are nine approved candidates. Have a look at the GPC website for information on leadership race.   You must be a GPC member by September 3, 2010, in order to vote for your leadership choice. Online voting will be open from September 26, 2020 to October 3, 2020 and will be available to all eligible voting members. Dave Hunter, from the North Vancouver EDA, has created a very useful document to help you with all kinds of information about the leadership contestants and their campaigns. Dave has made a commitment to keep the information as up-to-date as he can. If you like one-stop shopping, check it out. PORTAL to GPC Leadership Information July 15, 2020 You can also follow the contestants directly by signing up to their mailing lists. It’s the best way to follow their campaigns and get the info you need to cast your vote this fall.   SIGN ME UP FOR THEIR MAILING LISTS! Want to directly support your favourite contestant’s campaign? You can make a donation to the...

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