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...

Shipbreaking in Baynes Sound – Town Hall Meeting

Location:         Union Bay Community Hall - 5401 Island Highway South Date:               Sunday May 29, 2022 Time:               1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Union Bay Industries Ltd. (UBIL) at 5084 Island Highway South was a log sort for over 30 years.  UBIL was sold to foreign owners in 2019.  These new owners then started a pop-up shipbreaking operation with the arrival of multiple vessels. The international community defines shipbreaking as hazardous waste.  These are all known carcinogens.  Our environment, the viability of our community, and public health and safety are all in jeopardy. The CVRD has shown leadership to stop shipbreaking on the Lands in Baynes Sound by initiating legal action against Deep Water Recovery Ltd. and Union Bay Industries Ltd. on or about April 21, 2022. The Province (Forests Lands and Natural Resources) to the contrary has remained silent on this issue.  None of these vessels could be here without the Province consent.  In fact, the original log sort lease only allowed logs to be in the foreshore.  Despite community and First Nations objections and concerns, the Province unilaterally approved a major change of use (from logs to toxic vessels awaiting shipbreaking on the lands) on October 15, 2021.  Numerous vessels were brought to this site long before this October 15, 2021 date.  The Province failed to follow the procedures for approving a major change of use to the foreshore with zero public consultation, and ignored First Nations objections and concerns. This meeting is to communicate the extreme hazards of shipbreaking and our next steps to permanently halt shipbreaking in Baynes Sound.  Canada has a previous experiment with lightly...

Notes from the Reconnection Tour

Our interim leader, Dr. Amita Kuttner, recently undertook a tour of the North Island Powell River riding as part of a larger Reconnection Tour. Here are a couple of articles covering the NIPR tour and Dr. Kuttner’s message. Amita Kuttner delivers Green Party message at qathet stop - Powell River Peak (prpeak.com) Amita Kuttner goes on tour to heal federal Green Party wounds | Canada’s National Observer: News &...

Hug The Mountain

Join together Saturday May 7 (Mother’s Day weekend) to stand against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and protect the planet! Save the date and Sign-up for The Burnaby Mountain Hug! Hug The...

Message from the President of the Green Party of Canada

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children.”- unknown Aaani, Bonjour and Hello Dear Members; Here we are at the time of Mnidoo-giizis, the first moon in the 13 moon Anishinaabe calendar. Mnidoo-Giizis is also known as the Spirit Moon. This is a time for going inwards, getting away from the busy-ness and to rest, reflect and nourish our mind, body and spirit with love, warmth and a calming fire. I hope you had time to do this with your loved ones over the past holiday season. I am writing to report on our activities as Federal Council, since we were elected in late August 2021. Many new Federal Councillors were elected in the midst of the general election which was one of the most difficult elections we have had in 20 years. This is the first time in the past five years that Federal Council elections were delayed as most Federal Council elections are concluded by June. As a result, we are behind in our work schedule and scrambling to catch up. It is an understatement to say that last year’s election was the toughest we have ever been through. Together, we did manage to pull through a very tough situation. I want to say thank you to all the candidates,the EDAs, and volunteers who kept going despite the storms we were in. I know it was difficult, but your hard work and sacrifices did make all the difference and helped keep us above the 2% threshold. Make no mistake, that we were in a precarious position and your monumental efforts...

What’s Happening with Salmon Farms in the Discovery Islands?

In December, 2020 the federal Government finally decided that it was time to get the salmon farms out of the channels of the Discovery Islands near Campbell River. As Greens, we are delighted with this decision; it has long been Green policy to get the farms out and work to restore the health of our ocean. This long-awaited change in policy is largely thanks to the courageous stance taken by Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, who chose to ignore the strongly pro-industry “advice” from her senior advisors and DFO. Minister Jordan chose instead to listen to the voices of the First Nations in whose traditional waters these farms have existed. For decades they have called for an end to these farms, and finally they were heard by Ottawa. Many others played important parts in convincing Minister Jordan to do the right thing, most notably salmon biologist Alexandra Morton. Her tireless 3 decades crusade and research are key to finally overpowering the obfuscation and denial by government and industry scientists and bureaucrats. The Discovery channels are the major migratory route for the vast majority of young salmon of all species from the Fraser River watershed, long one of BC’s largest and most productive salmon systems. As they swim through the waters where the farms are located, the young fish are hammered with lice and viruses that proliferate in the crowded salmon pens. The mortality of these young migrating fish is very likely playing a major role in the disappearance of the once-mighty runs of salmon our coast was known for not many years ago. With this decision government has given industry 18...

Farewell to Will Hatch

It is with mixed emotions that the NIPR executive says goodbye to much loved member of our team, Will Hatch. We are sad to see him go but at the same time we are excited for what his future holds. Will first joined the NIPR Greens during the 2019 federal election campaign, when he enthusiastically spent many hours knocking on doors and waving signs at passing motorists. He then joined our executive team as youth liaison and social media director, helping to bring Green awareness to our wider community. His youthful energy and intelligent enthusiasm, his ability to calmly listen to sometimes very disparate voices, and his indomitable commitment to Green values in both his personal and public life made him a popular and valuable member of our team. He will be missed. Will is leaving to focus on his primary goal of successfully graduating in June from Highland Secondary School. In the way of Greta Thunberg, he understands and deeply feels the consequences of climate change and earth’s threatened natural systems. He plans to go on to university to pursue his interests in creating a healthy world for all. For us at NIPR, getting to know Will has been a great pleasure. It is young leaders like him that inspire and motivate us, and bolster our hope and confidence in the future. Thank you, Will! We wish you all the best and feel excited for your future! The NIPR EDA executive...

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