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...

Our 2021 Coldest Night of the Year Success!

The Green Party team in the Comox Valley raised $3160 for the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY).  The CNOY in the Comox Valley provides funds for Dawn to Dawn and Comox Valley Transition Society.  These are really important social action groups providing support to homeless people and women and children who are in the middle of family disruptions.  It was great to see Greens supporting local social actions both by fundraising and walking in a socially distant...

Are You Our Next Candidate?

Are You Our Next Candidate?   As you may know, we are regularly hearing in the media rumors about a possible election sometime this year. Although it is in Prime Minister Trudeau’s hands to decide the date of a next election, we need to be prepared for this possibility virtually anytime. For that reason, NIPR has begun a search for a candidate who could represent the Green Party for our EDA.   Anyone interested in considering becoming a Green Party candidate should contact mark.debruijn@greenparty.ca. Even if you are just curious and want to know more about what it would mean to be a candidate, feel free to contact us. The best candidates are often ordinary people like you, who care about our communities and our planet and want to serve towards building a healthy future for all. Please consider what you could do! Mark de Bruijn - 2019...

October 2020 Newsletter

Message from the NIPR Greens It’s hard to believe it’s November. We’ve been dealing with COVID-19 for what feels like a very long time, and we’re all weary of it. One of the main effects for groups like ours is the inability to have in-person meetings and events. I think it’s safe to say many of us now know more about Zoom than we ever thought possible. And speaking of Zoom, it’s time for our … This year the AGM has to be virtual. The good news is that this means people can join us electronically who wouldn’t be able to make the journey to attend in person. Our meeting will be in two parts. Well, it will be two Zoom meetings, actually.  The first part will be the business portion of the AGM, which will be open only to voting members of the Green Party of Canada. A voting member is one who has been a member in good standing for 30 days. So, you must have gotten your membership by October 15 in order to attend. Normally our AGMs are open to anyone interested with only members allowed to vote. In an in-person AGM, members have to sign in, so that we can verify they are members, and voting members get voting cards. Because we have to do this on Zoom, we have no way of verifying the people who vote are actually voting members, so we are having to restrict attendance to verified members.  WHEN:    Saturday, November 14, 2-3 pm. (We are going to open the meeting at 1:30 if anyone wants to join us...

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...

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