Blair Cusack Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR

Blair Cusack Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR Much of what I am comes from my parents. My mother was a hard working prairie farm girl who married a soldier and raised four children while moving from city to city, Canada to Europe to Canada. She was often alone for months at a time while her husband was on maneuvers hundreds or even thousands of miles away. My father lived in London during “the Blitz”, fought his war in the convoys, and chose to settle in Canada after the fighting stopped. I like to believe that my parents’ hard work, fortitude and resilience has found some expression in me. My family’s last ‘posting’ was in Calgary where I graduated with a BA in Economics (Natural Resources and Econometrics) and a BEd (Social Studies and Biochemistry). I was born in Montreal and lived in Germany, Quebec City, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Revelstoke and Ottawa. I dug ditches, picked apples, worked as a deck hand, taught high school in three provinces and was a technical analyst in the Petroleum and the Hydro-electric industries. And then I fell in love with Vancouver Island! I dropped everything (except my sweetheart) and moved to the Victoria area, where I found employment at BC Systems Corporation as a programmer/analyst. Before moving to Comox a few years ago, I chaired the Juan de Fuca Economic Development Commission, co-chaired my community land use committee and was president of my community association. Whether leading small groups on the West Coast Trail, or curling for British Columbia at national competitions, my focus has been upon building...

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...

Did You Know … Week of February 16, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   Comox Valley - The last meet-and-greet with NIPR candidate nominees DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 6pmLOCATION:  Room B, Comox Recreation Centre Go to NIPR’s website and read about the nominees. (On the homepage, just scroll down a bit.) Also read the article in the Powell River Peak from February 8. 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). Kwispaa/Steelhead LNG pipeline: Protesters address pipeline proponents in Powell River PIPELINE PROTEST: Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht representatives were at Tla’amin Nation government house for a presentation on a proposed pipeline. David Brindle photo This meeting with Steelhead was apparently meant to be only with the local Tla’amin citizens, not the broader community. The fact that more protesters than Tla’amin citizens showed up seems to have resulted in some tensions in the community. “The protestors, a group of Tla’amin citizens and people from Powell River, are opposed to the pipeline going through Tla’amin traditional territory and criticize the lack of transparency by leadership over discussions with Steelhead. “They’ve kept us in the dark,” said protestor and Tla’amin citizen Koosen Pielle. ‘I think that is where most of the outrage is coming from. How can you have been talking to these people...

Meet your NIPR Green Party candidate nominees on February 20th

Join other Green Party supporters in the Powell River area in welcoming and getting to know Blair Cusack and Mark de Bruijn to the nomination contest for this year’s Federal election. The public is welcome – bring your friends and family.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Room B, Comox Recreation Centre, 1855 Noel Ave., Comox, BC.

PS: Scroll down to view the bios of both nominees.

Did You Know … Week of February 10, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   Powell River - Meet-and-greet with NIPR candidate nominees DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 10, 2 pmLOCATION:  Powell River Library Go to NIPR’s website and read about the nominees. (On the homepage, just scroll down a bit.) Also read the article in the Powell River Peak from February 8. Kwispaa LNG pipeline Steelhead made a presentation to the Comox Valley Regional District on February 5. LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7-9 pmLOCATION: Florence Filberg Centre, Conference HallConfirm attendance on Watershed Sentinel’s Facebook page Coldest Night of the Year walk The NIPR Greens have a team in this year’s CNOY. Go to the website and find Team Green. You can donate, sign up to walk with the team, or just pass on words of encouragement. NIPR Greens have also persuaded St. George’s Church to use compostable cups for the coffee and chili. Greens will be monitoring the recycling to make sure things end up in the right bin. The CVRD is donating recycling bins and a ticket for the compostables to be taken to the composting depot afterwaards.  Also see Campbell River and Powell River. In each community, the funds raised go to different organizations but with the theme of helping the homeless. Provincially   Sign the petition to ban fracking in BC Read more. The herring roe fishery will go ahead This blog previously told you about the issues around the herring fishery. Now the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has decided it’s fine to fish one of the last viable stocks of herring. Iain McKechnie, a BC...

Meet your NIPR Green Party candidate nominees

Join other Green Party supporters in the Powell River area in welcoming and getting to know Blair Cusack and Mark de Bruijn to the nomination contest for this year’s Federal election. The public is welcome – bring your friends and family.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Powell River Public Library,

PS: Scroll down to view the bios of both nominees.

Did You Know … Week of February 2, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   Powell River - Climate Law in Our Hands: Conversations on local climate action and climate law DATE/TIME:  February 8, 2019, 6-9 pmLOCATION:  Trinity Hall, United ChurchPotluck: 5:45Public is welcome.Speakers: Andrew Gage, CaroleAnn Leishman, Andrea Hedley DATE/TIME: February 9, 2019, 2-3:30 pmLOCATION: Elm Room, Recreation CentreSpeaker: Andrew Gage: “Legal implications of large-scale emitters and climate change” Campbell River - Meet-and-greet with NIPR candidate nominees DATE/TIME: Monday, February 4, 6 pmLOCATION:  Rm 2., Campbell River Community Centre Go to NIPR’s website and read about the nominees. (On the homepage, just scroll down a bit.) Courtenay - Defend old growth forests letter delivery DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 6, 10-11 a.m.LOCATION:  Ronna-Rae Leonard’s office, 437-5th Street, Courtenay “We’ll be delivering letters to MLA offices across the province to send a message to the BC government: immediate, decisive action must be taken to enact a moratorium on old-growth logging in critical hotspots like the Central Walbran. Protection for Vancouver Island’s last ancient rainforests must be combined with strong support for First Nations and good long term forestry jobs.” Events are also happening in Langford, Vancouver, and Nanaimo. Go here for more information. Comox Valley Land Trust protects 27 acres of Father Charles Brandt hermitage Father Charles Brandt has lived in his hermitage on the 27-acres bordering the Oyster River since 1970. Photo submitted This blog has reported on Father Charles Brandt before. Now, “The Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT) is pleased to announce the establishment of a conservation covenant over 27-acres of wild land on the banks of the Oyster River. The land is currently home to spiritual...

NIPR Nominations for the 2019 Election are Closed

Left to right: Blair Cusack, Sandra Milligan, Mark de Bruijn North Island-Powell River Greens announce candidate nominees Nominations have closed! After a thorough search for a suitable candidate, the North Island-Powell River (NIPR) riding of the Green Party of Canada (GPC) has not one, not two, but three candidates seeking the riding’s nomination in the 2019 federal election. The three candidate nominees are Blair Cusack and Mark de Bruijn of Comox and Sandra Milligan of Campbell River. Cusack has worked as a technical analyst in the petroleum, hydro-electric and IT industries, while de Bruijn is a retired teacher and college instructor, fish biologist and community builder. Milligan is a biology instructor at North Island College and president of Greenways Land Trust. Don’t know the candidates? You can ask them anything at three Meet the Candidate Nominees events during the month of February. The three meet-and-greets are open to the public. The first one is on Monday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m., at the Campbell River Community Centre Room 2, located at 401-11th Ave, in Campbell River, with subsequent events in Powell River and the Comox Valley. Watch for updates  or consult NIPR’s Facebook page. Following the three meet-and-greets, GPC members will choose their riding candidate at NIPR’s nomination meeting, set for March 10 at 2 p.m. Green Party of Canada leader, Elizabeth May, is scheduled to address the crowd at the successful candidate’s campaign launch, set for March 23. In the meantime, don’t forget that you need to be a GPC member 30 days prior to the nomination meeting in order to vote (i.e. by February 8, 2019). Go to...

Did You Know … Week of January 26, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   World Community Film Festival The World Community Film Festival is back again, February 1-2, 2019. This is BC’s longest running social justice documentary film festival, and is presented annually in Courtenay. Global Warming: The time has come for a personal carbon cap, overlooking the full costs of alternatives to wood heat, and the feasibility of the woody biomass industry as a climate change solution This week these three issues came together in the Comox Valley Record. A letter to the editor from Fred Fern of Merville spoke eloquently about the need for a personal carbon cap. “Every person on the planet has a carbon footprint and can make that footprint smaller. We are going to have to ration carbon….” In another letter to the editor from Harold Macy, also from Merville, he writes about the carbon footprint problems of alternatives to burning wood for heating. Then, there’s an article announcing the film “Burned,” which was shown at North Island College on January 23. “Burned” is “an unflinching, critical look at the woody biomass industry as a climate change solution.” Reading these three items brings to mind David Brooks, a New York Times writer and PBS commentator, who says that in terms of the catastrophic climate effects of global warming, only technology will save us. But he’s missing the component of restraint that Fern suggests in his letter, while Macy points out that changing one technology for another isn’t carbon footprint-free. So, perhaps, a personal carbon cap needs to underpin any technological measures we try - serious restraint on an individual level. In...

Did You Know … Week of January 19, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   Opportunity to mentor new Valley farmers The New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program is ready to support more Comox Valley farmers in 2019. This is an opportunity to directly invest in local food security. They are looking for mentors AND lenders, so if you have farming skills to share, great. If you have a bit of money to invest, great. Read more.  If you are interested in being a mentor or lender for the 2019 season, please contact Don Munroe at donm203@gmail.com. The New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program was developed as an offshoot of the Comox Valley Responsible Investing Club. Plastic bag ban proposal presented to Comox Council “Two Comox Valley nurses are hoping the area will follow the lead of other Island municipalities and ban single-use plastic bags. Betty Tate and Helen Boyd asked Comox council Wednesday at its committee of the whole meeting to consider the ban and in its place use reusable bags at a variety of retailers and businesses.” Tate and Boyd are part of the Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment. Read more. Pacific herring: Small fish – Big problem: The importance of the herring   The annual herring spawn in the Strait of Georgia around Hornby and Denman Islands is the last of six major herring spawns on the west coast of Canada - the rest were overfished. It’s called a roe fishery, but 90% of the herring biomass caught is ground up into fish food – often for salmon farms. Only 10% of the herring biomass caught actually consists of roe. “If we...

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