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...

June 2020 Newsletter

What’s happening with NIPR? Welcome to the June North Island-Powell River Electoral District Association (NIPR EDA) Newsletter. As the pandemic continues and BC moves into Phase Three of response, politics at the local and federal levels has never been more important.  Our Green MPs continue to press the government to improve social and environmental accountability every day and crowds of people are protesting inequalities with greater zeal. Message from Elizabeth May: We are at a hinge moment in history. They come along rarely. These moments in time – Kairos moments – change everything. This is an end to incrementalism. It is time to sweep away the remnants of an unjust, unsustainable world. It is too early to use the past tense to describe the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is not too soon to begin learning from it. The unprecedented events of the past months have reminded us that we value one another and that we are stronger, united. They have also taught us that: In an emergency, governments can move – fast! In an emergency, we can put aside our differences and work together. In an emergency, our heroes are front-line workers, people who have been earning too little for too long. Women, in particular, perform vital tasks and have been underpaid and undervalued for too long. The globalization of everything allowed the virus to spread. The globalization of supply chains made it harder to access what we need. What we thought was normal and acceptable is no longer acceptable – a world of deep inequality and unacceptable levels of pollution. Billions of people around the world can all...

May 2020 Newsletter

What’s happening with NIPR? The Electoral District Association (EDA) will be holding its AGM sometime this summer or fall. It will, in all likelihood, be an online event and we are in the process of figuring that out. Now is the time to start thinking about whether you want to contribute to your local Green Party by being on the Executive Committee. In fact, we’re looking for new members all the time. Members can join now and be “interim” until whenever the AGM happens. We need help with: Planning events (currently all events have to be virtual) with supporters/volunteers; connecting with new members; creating the newsletter; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; studying the 2019 platform and GPC policies in general; writing press releases/articles/policy statements; and much more. Write to us at northislandgreens@gmail.com and we can explore options. Leadership Race A Green Party EDA must neutral in the leadership race. We are not allowed to endorse any one candidate.* Therefore, NIPR is inviting all the Green Party leadership contestants to an online event. If there is any candidate who is unable to attend our event on June 29, we will make every effort to host that candidate at another time. (See below for details on leadership contestants.) Members and Green-curious are invited to RSVP here. When:     June 29, 5:30-7:30 pm Pacific TimeWhere:    Zoom link to be announced after you RSVPRSVP:    https://vote.greenparty.ca/rsvp/eve_7a4cb8a5d     * Of course, as individuals any of us can endorse the candidate of our choosing. 2019 election data analysis     AFP PHOTO / Don MACKINNON (Photo credit should read Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images) Two NIPR Executive...

Did You Know … Week of May 11, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week The Must Reads will not be publishing again for a while due to all available efforts being put into Mark de Bruijn’s election campaign. The hope is that the campaign will be able to put out a periodic newsletter, which all subscribers will get. Events around the riding   Comox Valley March for Climate Two great stories on the Youth Environmental Action March for Climate on May 3: Comox Valley Students ‘Stand Up, Fight Back’ for climate action and Orca and a dinosaur join Comox Valley youth in climate march. And this piece in the Comox Valley Record, profiling Nalan Goosen, one of the student organizers.. World Community film: What is the electric car? DATE/TIME: May 14, 7 pmLOCATION:  Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay campus This entertaining and educational film looks at some of the myths people have about electric cars (speed, range, etc.) and gives thought-provoking information to consider. Vendors, drivers, and enthusiasts share their views. People who watch this film may soon end up driving their own electric vehicle. Admission is by donation.To watch trailer – www.worldcommunity.ca Comox Valley’s first electric vehicle event DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 18, 10 am to 4 pmLOCATION:  Comox Valley Sports Centre parking lot Come check out everything you need to know about electric transportation in the Comox Valley! Test drive an electric car or ebike, talk to EV owners, see a Tesla up close and find out about incentives for purchasing electric vehicles. Sign-ups for test drives will be first come, first serve. (Hosted by Watershed Sentinel) Consent Culture training DATE/TIME: May 19, 10:30-5:30LOCATION:  TinTown (TBA) From Facebook:...

Did You Know … Week of April 27, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Around the riding   Comox Valley: March for Climate DATE/TIME: May 3, 2019, 1-4 pmLOCATION: Courtenay City Hall “On May 3rd (time TBA), In front of Courtenay City Hall we will protest the climate crisis facing our planet. Join us on our march to bring attention to the urgency of the situation to city hall, local financial institutions and the office of Ronna Rae Leonard and Gord Johns. Help strike for climate!” (Hosted by Youth Environmental Action) Forests + Climate Change: Town hall Meeting, Community Dialogue DATE/TIME:  May 10, 2019; 6:30-9 pmLOCATION:  Native Sons Hall, Lower Level Please join Sierra Club BC, the Wilderness Committee and local Comox Valley activists for an evening of presentations on the climate crisis, the state of old-growth and second-growth forests on Vancouver Island and how these two relate to each other, followed by group discussions about how we can build a just and sustainable future in the Valley and across the Island! Climate change and decades of mismanagement of forests in and around the Comox Valley are and will continue to be major challenges into the future. How can we build interest in meaningful change on both these interconnected issues simultaneously, and with the speed required? How can we do this in a way that benefits everyone and respects the sovereignty of the First Nations in whose territories we live? These are the questions we want to dive into. All perspectives are welcome, and we want to issue a challenge that everyone interested taking part in this conversation: try to bring one other person who may not otherwise...

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