And Then There Were 10: New Brunswick Grows Greener

When I think back to the 2008 Election when the Federal Greens earned nearly 1 million votes but won no seats at all, it is really pretty amazing.  Elizabeth May only became the first elected Canadian Green in 2011.  She was followed by Andrew Weaver, elected in the 2013 provincial election as the first Green Party MLA in British Columbia’s history. In 2014, David Coon made history with a seat for the New Brunswick Green Party.  Next PEI Green Party Leader Peter Bevan Baker was tenth time lucky when he won his seat in 2015.  In 2017 when BC’s Andrew Weaver was re-elected, he was accompanied by two new Green MLAs, Adam Olsen, Saanich North and the Islands MLA and Sonia Furstenau, Cowichan Valley MLA.  Then, near the end of 2017, the PEI Greens Caucus was formed by Hannah Bell’s stunning by-election win.  And of course this year our own awesome Green Party of Ontario leader, Mike Schreiner, won his seat in Guelph.

Meanwhile, the PEI Greens were polling ridiculously well in January, of this year, and then even better in August.  Must have something to do with the way Greens do politics differently.

Last Night New Brunswick re-elected Green Party Leader David Coon, as well as two new Green Members of the Legislative Assembly. The new MLAs are Megan Mitton, who won her riding of Memramcook-Tantramar by 11 votes, and Kevin Arseneau elected in the riding of Kent North.

 

Congratulations @DavidCCoon@meganmitton and @kevinarseneau.

One thing I can promise: it’s not over yet.

Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere

Note that this is not a Green Party event, although Green Party members are encouraged to attend

Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere | list of panelists and event date/time/venue

Earth is in crisis, but there is much we can and should do. How can we work with nature to heal the wounds we’ve inflicted?

A handful of leading-edge thinkers will be presenting their solutions at a public forum. All speakers have been involved in research and practices that contribute to the reversal of greenhouse gas emissions through natural agricultural approaches and tree-planting to restore land, and from environmental activists who see the need to encourage any and all methods to draw down existing carbon that will complement the technological methods of preventing future emissions.

This event will honour Michael Purves-Smith, who initiated the project, but did not live to see it take place. Michael’s goal was to raise awareness in Waterloo Region of the urgency for a holistic solution to the crisis of the biosphere.


Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere

  • Welcome and Introduction
    John Jackson
  • Start
    Susan Bryant and Shannon Purves-Smith
  • 4 per 1000 Initiative
    Jodi Koberinski
  • Climate Smart Food
    Lloyd Helferty
  • Soil, Organic Matter, Decomposition
    Dr. Paul Voroney, University of Guelph
  • Q & A
    with panel
  • Population, Importance of Educating Women
    Shannon Purves-Smith
  • Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves
    Martin Tamlyn, Ignatius Centre
  • Nature Bonds and Transforming Taxation
    Niara van Gaalen
  • Q & A
    with panel

When: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library Theatre
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Map
Register: Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere Tickets | Eventbrite

This event is being brought to you by Shannon Purves-Smith with support from the Grand River Environmental Network.

Mirrored from: Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere Tickets, Tue, 16 Oct 2018 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

Join us for the RISE for CLIMATE rally at Waterloo Square this Saturday, September 8th 2018, 4:30pm

Note that this is not a Green Party event, although Green Party members are encouraged to attend

Sept 8 | Rise For Climate
This Saturday, as part of the international Rise for Climate movement, thousands of rallies and other events will be held in cities and towns around the world. Our local rally will be held in Waterloo Square, this Saturday, 8 September 2018 at 4:30pm. Join us for art creation and some pre-rally street theatre starting at 3:00pm.

There’s an important new message in these events — “a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all”, holding together themes of climate, jobs and justice.

Progress toward a more stable climate requires justice for all people – those impacted by the damages of climate chaos, and those who’s communities and jobs will have to change in the shift from fossil fuels.

The Rise for Climate rally is an excellent opportunity to learn more about strategies for a “just transition,” to connect with an increasingly diverse coalition of climate activists, and to voice your call for our region, province and country to move quickly in addressing the climate crisis.

RSVP at Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Waterloo Region for more event details.

Partnering with

See you there!

Divest Waterloo

Thank you for your ongoing support for Divest Waterloo and for your part in our collective action to raise awareness and engage our community on issues related to climate change, our pursuit of a low carbon economy, and our movement towards a just and sustainable future.

Mirrored from: Join us for the RISE for CLIMATE rally at Waterloo Square this Saturday, September 8th, 4:30pm | Mailchimp

Kitchener AGM and a new Cambridge CA Inaugural Meeting — Tue, 7 Aug 2018

On Tuesday, 7 August 2018 there will be two meetings for the WR Greens:

Kitchener Centre

Kitchener Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting for both the provincial Constituents Association (CA) and the federal Electoral District Association (EDA).

Matt Piggott writes:

Dear Green Party Members and Supporters,

We made history! But it doesn’t stop here!

If you’re like me you’re still on a roll after the the election of Mike Schreiner in Guelph only one month ago. In order to keep the momentum going I would like to invite you to an important meeting take place in your local Kitchener Centre riding. At this meeting we will elect your executive representatives for 2018, share food and social time together, and make our plans for 2019 and beyond.

The evening will consist of:

  1. Annual Report from the CEO and Financial Agent
  2. Elections of the 2018 executive committee
  3. Open time for discussion and sharing
  4. Casual gathering with light refreshments
  5. Waterloo Region Greens, what it is, and how it connects to Kitchener Centre

This event will be held on Tuesday August 7th at 6:00 pm in Victoria Park (in the covered picnic area behind the new play structure). Parking is available by accessing the park off of Dill St. or Schneider Ave. The area is wheel chair accessible, and is convenient to access by major GRT routes at Charles St. Terminal. Come enjoy some refreshments in the company of the friendly, hardworking folks that keep the heartbeat of Kitchener-Centre Greens healthy and strong.

Please RSVP to Matthew Piggott, at kitchener_centre@greenparty.ca so that we can be sure to have enough refreshments! If there is a food item you can bring, please include that information as well.

Please note that in order to vote at the AGM or to hold an official position you are required to have kept your membership up to date. Please get in touch if you need to review your membership status, to get instructions on how to renew your membership or to become a member. If you recently became involved during the provincial election but have not yet become a member, you can sign up ASAP for the federal party and provincial party.

I look forward to seeing your there and to the many successes yet to come.

Matthew Piggott
CEO-Kitchener Centre GPC and GPO

What: Kitchener Centre GPC EDA and GPO CA Annual General Meeting
When: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Picnic Shelter at Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario Map
RSVP: to Matthew Piggott <kitchener_centre@greenparty.ca>


Cambridge

Cambridge will be holding its inaugural meeting of the Cambridge Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association. Ingrid Douglas writes:

Hi All,
Just a reminder of our founding meeting taking place tomorrow at:

7:00 PM, Tues., August 7th at Coffee Cultures, Main St., Cambridge (Galt).

I have attached our Agenda and Constitution for you to look over. We are trying to be as paperless as possible (of course!).

You will also have an opportunity to join the Green Party of Ontario to become a member at the meeting. The cost is only $10.00 and payable by cheque. We have membership forms or this can also be done online at GPO.ca. There will be WiFi available.

We shall be in the lounge area at Coffee Cultures which is at the far side at the back. It is still open to the public, but it should be a quiet time for the venue. Please support Coffee Cultures by purchasing your own beverage and/or snack, if desired. Come a little early if you plan to make a purchase. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Ingrid Douglas

CAMBRIDGE RIDING

GPO Constituency Association Founding Meeting Agenda

AUGUST 7, 2018 – 7:00 pm
Coffee Cultures, Cambridge

7:00 PM – Opening and Call to Order

7:10 PM – Constituency Association Overview

7:20 PM – Review of Executive Positions

7:30 PM – Nominations for Executive Positions

7:45 PM – Voting and Counting of Ballots

8:00 PM – Adoption of Constitution

8:10 PM – Michele Braniff

8:15 PM – Feedback from Members

8:30 PM – Meeting Adjourned

Everyone is welcome to observe the meeting, but you need to be a paid-up member of the party 14 days prior to the meeting and a resident of the constituency to run for a position or to vote. If you’re a lapsed member, you’re welcome to renew that night to reacquire voting privileges.
If you have never been a member but you’re interested in helping to build the CA, you’re someone we want on board! You can sign up tonight or online at gpo.ca/join or by phoning 1-888 647-3366.

Cambridge AGM

What: Inaugural Cambridge GPO CA Meeting!
When: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Coffee Cultures
Location: 138 Main Street, Cambridge, Ontario Map
RSVP: to Ingrid Douglas <i.douglas@rogers.com>

Reminding Liberals

Kitchener—Conestoga Green Bob Jonkman wore his Fair Vote hat to join the Fair Vote Waterloo delegation that met with the Hon. Karina Gould, the current Liberal Minister of Democratic Institutions, at the Hon. Bardish Chagger’s Waterloo Constituency office last week.

Bob Jonkman chats with Electoral Reformers
Electoral Reformers chat with the Hon. Katrina Gould about Electoral Reform
Greens are ready for Electoral Reform to Proportional Representation
Proportional Representation is not going away!

[additional photos are available in my Reminding Liberals Flickr Album]

Saturday is the WR Nonviolence Day In The Park!

It’s the 14th Annual Waterloo Region Nonviolence Day in the Park!

Saturday July 21st, 2018
Noon – 5 pm
Victoria Park Island, Kitchener, Ontario

Visit the WRGreens booth on Roos Island, and make your own button!  

Join us at the Kultrún World Music Festival this weekend!

Visit the WRGreens booth to say hi and chat about green issues, where we’ll have a button making table for kids of all ages!

But of course the real point of it all is the music!  We’re looking forward to hearing indie Juno nominee Alysha Brilla (pictured below with Bob after her performance at the GPO Earth Day Rally.
For a taste of the program check out the promo:

Hope to see you there!

Photos from the Peoples Town Hall

Although the Hon. Bardish Chagger declined to attend (citing not enough notice) Waterloo Region’s 3 backbench Liberals were there.

Naturally Greens were out for this.

Of course there were questions from the audience.

But questions were limited because the MPs time was limited: none of them had real answers, and all three had other places to go.

After they were gone, there was some good discussion about the way forward.


More photos from the event are in the Peoples Town Hall KM Flickr album

#GreenDrinks with @BrantGreens

WRGreens have been invited to join our friends at Brant Greens for their monthly Green Drinks social event.   Apparently Green Drinks is a thing, and WRGreens is considering setting up our own version of events rotating through Waterloo Region.

Friday, July 13th at the Sociable Kitchen + Tavern

Join the conversation this Friday, July 13th,between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Sociable Kitchen + Tavern
(http://www.sociabletavern.ca45 King George Road, Brantford.

Enjoy the wide array of scrumptious foods and craft brews
(www.sociabletavern.ca/eat-drink)!

Brant Greens gather
photo © Brant Greens, used with permission

Enjoy a refreshing beverage and share the latest news on green events in Brantford-Brant.

Meet new friends who care about the environment, neighbours engaged in their communities, and other like minded, hard working folks like yourself, who share a common desire for a sustainable future.

Brant Greens socialize in a local tavern
photo © Brant Greens, used with permission

Brant Green Drinks is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the company of good friends. So bring a friend and look forward to meeting new friends. It’s an engaging evening of green thinking, sharing, and networking at its best!

For more information: www.greendrinks.org/ON/Brant.

Please feel free to extend the invitation to other green minded folks you know!


2018 brant greendrinks Calendar

Monday, August 13th
Tin Cup Sports Grill
61 Lynden Road, Brantford

Thursday, September 13th
Legends Tap House & Grill,
1084 Rest Acres Rd, Paris

Saturday, October 13th
Mash Paddle Brewing Company
111 Sherwood Dr #3A, Brantford

Tuesday, November 13th
Duke on Park,
505 Park Road North, Brantford

Thursday, December 13th
Bell City Brewing51 Woodyatt Drive, Brantford

 

Pipeline Town Hall Wednesday Night!

RSVP http://act.350.org/event/screenings-town-halls-km-buyout/14413/signup/

Community members are invited to discuss the Canadian government’s buyout of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project with local members of Parliament.

Excerpts of the film Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure will be screened.

Following the film, Rev. Rosalyn Kantaht’nta Elm (Oneida Nation, and a priest serving the Anglican parish of Six Nations) will join Chief Myeengun Henry (Chippewas of the Thames) and Dr. Angela Carter (BSIA Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UW) to reflect on the film and lead a discussion.

Doors open at 5:30, plan to arrive by 5:45 to enjoy some snacks and find a seat. This event is free, with donations accepted to help cover the costs of the venue.