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 February 23, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Locally   NIPR Green Party candidate nomination meeting The nomination meeting at which Green Party members in the North Island-Powell River riding will choose their 2019 Federal election candidate is coming up! The NIPR Greens have never had more than one candidate nominee - this is history being made in 2019, folks! Everyone can attend, though only GPC members can vote. DATE/TIME:   March 10, 2019, 2-4 pmLOCATIONS: Black Creek Community Centre and Powell River Library (simultaneously). Climate Law in our Hands: Courtenay Council decides to send climate accountability letter “We’re not specifically interested in signing a letter that is adversarial, and so what we’re looking to do is actually draft a letter that is more designed to create dialogue and discussion, it’s not going to be as adversarial as the one that was presented to us,” said [Mayor Bob] Wells.” Read more. Kwispaa LNG pipeline It seems this project may be on hold. Read this in My Comox Valley Now and this from energeticcity.ca. “In a letter posted to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations website, the First Nation says they’ve received notification that Steelhead LNG has stopped work on the Kwispaa LNG Project.” The Huu-ay-aht Nation released an open letter to its citizens on this development. However, here’s one perspective that suggests it was never a serious project in the first place. The upcoming meeting on February 27 should be VERY interesting.   LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7-9 pmLOCATIONS: Florence Filberg Centre, Conference Hall Confirm attendance on Watershed Sentinel’s Facebook page Featuring four speakers and a question...

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Must Reads from Last Week OPINION Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’ PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing. By Andrew Nikiforuk 23 Nov 2017 | TheTyee.ca Excerpt:  What does a status quo politician do when he wants to hide his aversion to real change?  “Deliverology is an information-oriented approach to politics. It’s something that wouldn’t be out of place in Orwell’s ‘Minitrue.’ Fundamentally this ‘deliverology’ looks like manipulating constraints on the public by the powerful (to keep them in power) through the medium of information.” And that’s what Trudeau is now doing. He refused to deliver on electoral reform and won’t be able to deliver on climate change. Read more Keystone XL and petition of our Federal Government: Excerpt:  State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over. If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source. Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights. The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and,...

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