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...

Green Party of Canada Names New Executive Director

In a press release on April 22, 2020, the Green Party of Canada (GPC) announced a new Executive Director.  Prateek Awasthi was formerly Director of Policy and Advocacy with Engineers Without Borders Canada and before that he worked for a decade as a specialist on youth participation and leadership at United Nations headquarters in New York. He has a law degree from the University of Pune, India, and a Masters in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. As Executive Director, Prateek will work closely with the Federal Council to provide strategic and operational leadership, formulating goals and annual plans and directing all party operations including administration, fundraising, communications and election planning. Read more. Ten Questions for our new Executive Director In advance of starting his new job next month, Prateek agreed to answer a few questions to help GPC members and supporters get to know our new chief executive. 1. Tell us about your background I was born to a family of political activists, feminists and trade unionists, and have witnessed that change is not only possible, but inevitable, when people organize. I grew up in a tiny village in a forgotten corner of western India. We moved to the nearest city when I started school, and I ended up studying law, economics and public administration so that I could make public institutions work better for the people they’re supposed to represent. I started work at the United Nations in New York, spanning a period that began with the 2008 economic crisis, the emergence of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring,...

Green Party of Canada Federal Council Election

2020 Federal Council Election This is an exciting year of renewal for the Green Party of Canada – a new Leader, a new Executive Director, and a new Federal Council.   We hope to make it even more interesting for you through a series of online events.  The election for representatives to the Green Party of Canada (GPC) Federal Council is taking place in April. The voting period is April 1 to May 1. You can see the names of the candidates running this year here. There are also a number of Young Greens running for Federal Council, and you can see all those listed here. But, you might want to hold off on voting early because … A group of GPC members are inviting all the candidates to attend a series of Zoom town hall-style meetings. These town halls will provide an opportunity for GPC members to meet the candidates in a virtual meeting room. Every candidate will be given equal time in these meetings to introduce themselves and to answer questions. Meetings will be organized to showcase candidates from each region across Canada. (The Quebec wing of the Green Party will be organizing their own Zoom sessions.) Go to our Facebook event page as well. You can indicate your intention to attend there, or RSVP here. These town hall meetings will be recorded.  The format of the Zoom calls will be as follows: All contestants will have 3 minutes at the beginning to introduce themselves. Then, the moderator will present questions. (See next paragraph re questions.) There will also be someone monitoring the chat for questions that...

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