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...

Public Townhall March 2 with Elizabeth and Jonathan

Tired of being pulled apart? – LET’S COME TOGETHER! What a time we’re in! There is so much at stake as we head toward another Federal Election (before the end of 2025), where The Green Party of Canada seizes the opportunity to reinforce the impact and counter-balancing presence of our current Green MP’s — Party Leader, Elizabeth May and Kitchener-Waterloo MP, Mike Morrice. Instead of being ‘pulled apart’ by the dysfunction in Ottawa, let’s ‘come together’ in support of what’s already working! Let’s boldly bring our Green values into Parliament! Let’s magnify the qualities we long to see in our politics! We are thrilled to have the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, and Deputy Leader Jonathan Pednault, coming to North Island-Powell River for a public TOWNHALL. Join us at 3:30 pm, Saturday, March 2nd at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Hwy. Bring your questions and concerns, and help build a bright future for Canada. SAVE THE DATE! …and join us for what’s sure to be an invigorating and inspiring conversation!  Feel free to bring your neighbors and your kin–all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you...

2023 Year End Donation Support

 December 21, 2023 Greetings, The wild and wacky days of winter are upon us, high winds, rain/frost/snow or all of the above in one day. Bring out the boots, coats and mittens and enjoy the cold air! Our Green NIPR (North Island-Powell River) Executive team is preparing for our Strategic Planning retreat in early 2024 and we are asking for your support. We also put out our quarterly newsletter this month: see the December Newsletter here! We are very thankful for the support that you have given in the past. It does take all of us working together to create the positive changes we are looking for, and we appreciate and value the contributions that you are able to make. There is a new Green Party initiative, the Campaign School, that is another activity you could assist us with. The first two modules were presented this past month and the next modules will begin in the spring. Your donation for this unique project can have a real impact. Our NIPR EDA has committed funding and personnel to participate in this new initiative designed to build a winning campaign culture and team as we prepare for the next election. This training series will blend the approach of Community Organizing & Leadership championed by Marshall Ganz, with the demonstrated best practices within the Green Party of Canada that have helped get Greens elected and our issues debated in Parliament. Recently, Green Party MP Mike Morrice introduced a motion to apply a windfall tax on oil and gas profits that would generate $4.2 billion to be directed towards proven climate solutions and affordability measures for Canadians. If...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol II – Issue 3) Dec 2023

December already? Hi Friends! It’s hard to believe that it’s December already, but here we are – another year is almost over, and we are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities a new year brings. Please check out our December newsletter. NIPR Newsletter (Vol II - Issue 3) Dec...

Once You Know

Sierra Quadra is presenting Emmanuel Cappellin’s latest documentary “ONCE YOU KNOW” on December 16 at the Quadra Community Centre. Doors open 7 pm, film begins 7:30. Admission by donation. Hot beverages and desserts. Internationally renowned French cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Cappellin meets with the world’s leading climatologists for an exploration of what it means to wake up to the truth about the climate crisis and its ensuing impacts. We may have thought of climate change as an event from a science fiction novel, but the reality is that the human race is sleepwalking into a climate change induced collapse which has to be accepted and confronted and which has already arrived. Cappellin’s gripping documentary asks how do you continue living a normal life with meaning once you know that the world is on the brink of catastrophe? And can you? Connected to the natural world at an early age, Cappellin’s worldview is shaken while traveling aboard a giant container ship to Asia, leaving him obsessed with how to best respond personally and collectively to the planet’s existential crisis. Trapped at sea with 18,000 containers, his mind spins as he calculates the millions of goods and billions of economic transactions that will take place across the planet just from this one vessel, a cornerstone of the global growth machine responsible for altering the world’s climate. Panic attacks take hold of him, and visions of apocalypse flash before his eyes. This visceral experience becomes a turning point in Cappellin’s life as he ponders how climate and energy scientists manage to face similar visions on a daily basis. His quest takes...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol II – Issue 2) Sept 2023

Hi Friends! Whew - it’s been a while since our last issue! Apologies for that. A lot has happened since March, and we are looking forward to sharing the highlights with you here. We hope that, in these pages, you find stories that challenge, motivate, and inspire. And we want you to know that we are here, we are working, and we are listening. NIPR Newsletter (Vol II - Issue 2) Sept...

Summertime Is Festival Time!

As usual, the NIPR riding has a number of festivals of various kinds during the summer months. Your EDA executive is taking advantage of these events to get out and meet people, spread the Green message and just have some fun. On Canada Day we manned the recycling station at the Campbell River pancake breakfast and the kids had a chance to “Go Green”. We also had a booth at the Powell River Canada Day festivities. Look for us at the August 18 Blackberry Festival in Powell River and on August 19 at OrcaFest in Port McNeill. Drop by and say hello. If you’d like to volunteer a bit of your time and help us man our booth at either location shoot us a note at...

NIPR EDA Annual General Meeting May 6, 2023

Spring greetings to you all! Spring is such a time of renewal and, as many gardeners agree at this time of year, ‘last year’s season is over and there’s nothing but potential ahead!’ This past year NIPR Greens, along with Greens across the country, have been thoughtfully planting seeds to ensure the Green values we appreciate and uphold in our lives, have increasing representation in Parliament. These values, along with your participation and support, are needed now more than ever! Please join us in person for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. (please arrive 10 minutes early) at the beautiful Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Hwy, Campbell River. The meeting will be chaired by our CEO, Mark de Bruijn.   Our Special Guest Speaker - IN PERSON, following our brief business meeting, is Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. We look forward to greeting you all in person, but for those who can’t make it to the Maritime Heritage Centre, Zoom access will be available online for registrants. The AGM is open to anyone, but only Members are able to vote. Any member can join the Executive team. If you are interested, please contact Mark de Bruijn before April 28. We encourage you to join us! If you are not already a member, this is an excellent opportunity to join or to renew your membership. In order to vote at the AGM, you must be a member for at least 30 days prior, so memberships must be in place before Thursday, April 6, 2023. Buy or renew...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol II – Issue 1) Mar 2023

Your NIPR EDA has been VERY busy and has for you a newsletter that is chock full of news! The lead story is announcement of our Annual General Meeting, planned for May 6, 2023. Elizabeth May will be joining us. Check the details in the newsletter and mark your calendar.  The NIPR EDA has also been proactive by naming the Green Party of Canada candidate for North Island - Powell River in the next federal election, whenever that might be. Check out this and other stories in this version of the newsletter. NIPR Newsletter (Vol II - Issue 1) Mar...

A little walk for a big problem!

It’s cold out there. And on February 25 the Green Party Comox Valley team is going to do something about it. Together with thousands of Canadians across the country, we’re walking and fundraising to support and serve people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger in our community. Please, give generously. We are supporting the Comox Valley Transition Society and Dawn to Dawn. Please support Green Party Comox...

160+ organizations call on BC to follow through on old-growth commitments

Groups announce Feb. 25 rally at provincial legislature, issue declaration calling on the Province to accelerate action for threatened forests. UNCEDED LEKWUNGEN TERRITORIES/VICTORIA – More than 160 organizations across British Columbia have issued a declaration called United We Stand for Old-Growth Forests, calling on Premier David Eby and his government to fulfill their commitments on old-growth. Signatories of the declaration, including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Climate Caucus network of municipal elected leaders, and BC General Employees Union (BCGEU), are urging Eby to follow through on his October 2022 promise to “accelerate” action to protect old-growth forests within 100 days, and implement a paradigm-shift in forest stewardship to safeguard biodiversity. The organizers announced plans for a mass mobilization to hold the province accountable, with a march and rally scheduled for February 25, Eby’s 100th day. “The government’s continued negligence and stonewalling on truly protecting old-growth and elder trees is endemic in its approach to climate change and the stewardship of our environment,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “This feigned ignorance of what is happening to our forests by government and industry will be our downfall, and the impacts of this inaction will prevent us from leaving our future generations with a rich legacy of vibrant, healthy and productive forest lands.” Phillip added. “We must do everything in our power to protect these ancient giants and we cannot stop putting pressure on our governments to do their jobs: to protect us and the environment, not act as timber barons whose only concern is this year’s financial statements.” Despite promising to...

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