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...

Sounding the alarm about clearcutting old-growth forests in the Comox Valley

Local resident and member of the NIPR Green Party electoral district association executive, Jay Van Oostdam, offers this opinion piece in the Comox Valley Record. He raises the alarm about logging of old growth forest in the Ramparts Creek area beside the Mount Washington road and notes the many impacts that this will have, including putting Comox Valley water security at risk. Comox Valley Record - Sounding the alarm about clearcutting old-growth forests in the Comox...

After the Mill Coalition

A number of qathet region organizations* have come together to address the issues that arise from the recent closure of the Catalyst Paper Tis’kwat pulp and paper mill in Powell River. The issues are grouped under the three main objectives adopted by the Coalition: To ensure that Paper Excellence (owners of the mill) will fulfill their legal obligation to remediate the site. There are multiple outstanding issues in the mill area and surrounding communities. To ensure that the community benefits from the hydroelectric power generated at the site. A subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable wants to sell the electricity to the US with no benefit flowing to the community or whomever assumes ownership of the mill site. To support the Tla’amin Nation in the restoration of wild fish habitats that were damaged or destroyed by the building of the dams. The Powell River salmon run was once second only to the Fraser River for significance on the BC coast. The Coalition has recently released a brochure that they wish to distribute as widely as possible. The brochure provides more detail about the group objectives, lists actions that we all can take to help and describes the makeup of the Coalition. After the Mill Brochure The group recently published an opinion piece in the Peak and on Oct 4 group member John Chan presented to the Powell River committee of the whole meeting. The current council accepted John’s presentation and approved a recommendation to send the issue to the new city council for discussion early in its mandate. *The After the Mill Coalition seeks to be a non-partisan group representing all...

Former Green Party Candidate wants to bring the Global Green Principles to Campbell River City Hall

Sue Moen is a Campbell River resident who is a long-time friend, supporter and member of the Green Party of Canada. She was instrumental in founding the North Island-Powell River Greens in 2014 and served on its board for a number of years. Her values are firmly rooted in the six core Green Principles. If elected she would bring these in to Campbell River Council at a time when they are sorely needed, as the city struggles with housing, homelessness, climate change, a struggling economy and 1st Nations reconciliation. It is candidates like Sue who give hope for the kind of bold and progressive local governance communities all across BC need.   This is a letter she wrote to NIPR as a way of introducing herself and her candidacy for council person in the upcoming municipal election. Mark de Bruijn North Island - Powell River EDA CEO My name is Sue Moen and I am running for Council in Campbell River.  I previously ran both federally and provincially for the Green Party so wanted to let folks know they have an opportunity to have those principles and values reflected at City Hall this October. My core values are equity, diversity and inclusion and my biggest priorities include housing, climate change, reconciliation and revitalizing the local economy on a human scale.   We are living within multiple crises. The effects of climate breakdown are already being felt and we are not demanding development and city operations meet the highest standards for efficiency, mitigation and resiliency.  The number of people un- or precariously housed is growing.  Folks are struggling to meet...

The Leadership Race Officially Opens Campaign Round One

On November 19, Green Party of Canada members will elect our new Leader. Over the next 80 days there will be a variety of events designed to allow members to get to know each candidate. We are very honored and excited to announce that the 2022 Green Party of Canada Leadership Candidates are: Simon Gnocchini-Messier Chad Walcott Elizabeth May Anna Keenan Jonathan Pedneault Sarah Gabrielle Baron For more information about the race and the candidates visit The Amazing Canadian Leadership Race - Green Party of Canada / Parti Vert du Canada Decidons...

Comox Nautical Days Volunteer Team

Want to make an impact while having fun? Join our Comox Nautical Days Volunteer Team and help make sure the compost, recycling, and garbage is placed in the correct bins during the July 30th to August 1st weekend. If you are interested, please send an email to Councillor Jonathan Kerr at jkerr@comox.ca. For more information about Nautical Days go to https://www.comoxnauticaldays.com Healthy Community, Healthy People, Healthy...

Volunteer in the Leadership Contest

The leadership race has started. In support of the efforts to host a professional and accessible contest, we are once again reaching out to our members and asking them to share their talents, skills and time to make this the most transparent and inclusive race of any national party. For a full list of volunteer needs please visit Volunteer in the Leadership Contest ....

The Green Party is looking for new leadership

As the planet ventures further into the climate crisis unfolding before us, we need someone to bring Canadians together and lead the charge for substantial and positive change in the ways we govern ourselves. Potential candidates are encouraged to apply now. The application period will remain open until August 5. For more information: Green Party is looking for new leadership Leadership Contest Announcement and...

Help with the NIPR booth at Courtenay Canada Day festivities

Come and join in the Canada Day festivities in Courtenay! NIPR will be hosting a booth at the Canada Day fair in Simms Park, along with our Green friends from the Courtenay-Alberni riding next door. This will be a great place for people from all over the Comox Valley to meet Greens, ask us questions, and share their concerns. If you would like to help greet folks in our booth any time between 10:00-3:00, please contact Mark de Bruijn at mark.debruijn@greenparty.ca. Whether you can come for a half hour or a half day, it would be wonderful to have you as part of the fun! See you...

What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?

The CBC News “What on Earth?” newsletter discusses “What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?”. “On June 3, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which tracks global carbon emissions, made another dire announcement. The American agency said that atmospheric carbon dioxide peaked in May at an average of more than 420 parts per million, ‘pushing the atmosphere further into territory not seen for millions of years.’” Read the full article at What is the Keeling Curve and what does it tell us about the health of the planet?...

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