Open Streets on Sunday!

It’s time for Uptown Waterloo Open Streets for August!   

There’s always lots to see and do at Open Streets.  Check out their website for more details

Drop by the WRGreens booth at the Waterloo Square Marketplace and pick up a free Parks Canada Discovery Pass!  (On a first come, first served basis.)

 

Congratulations Mike Schreiner! #GPO

Members of the Guelph Constituency Association for the Green Party of Ontario elected Mike Schreiner to be the Guelph Green Party Candidate for the next election at the (Green) Party in the park.  The rest of us were just there to have fun.

The (Green) Party in the Park was a big success.

We got to meet Adam Olsen, one of the newly minted BC Greens MLA who came out to support Mike Schreiner.

Adam gave us all a boost with his inspirational keynote speech.

Mike talked about what we’ve already accomplished as well as the things we need if we’re to bring about that green future we all need.

The fabulous Joni NehRita played a solo set to welcome us all to the park at the beginning of the picnic, and the awesome Andrew Craig Trio entertained us after the speeches.

The event was catered by The Schmuck Truck with cold deserts from Bluewater Creamery.

Folks from Barrie, Brantford and Kitchener and more from all over Ontario came to join the Guelph Greens in the party that accompanied Guelph’s candidate selection.

There were lots of things for kids to do but Mother Nature provides the best playground.

Mike’s got a clear vision of a Green future for the province of Ontario.  Won’t you join us to help bring it about?


You’ll find these and more photos from the (Green) Party In The Park in the Flickr Album

Potluck Picnic In The Park with the @WR_Greens

Will it rain? If it does, we have a Rain Date: Thursday, 31 August 2017, same time, same place (7:00pm, Picnic Shelter at Victoria Park). Keep an eye on this web page for up-to-date updates!

But for now we’re still on for Wednesday, 23 August. It will be cool on Wednesday evening, though, so bring a sweater or light jacket.

Picnic table with foodThe Waterloo Region Greens are having a Summertime Get Together! Join us for a Potluck Picnic In The Park under the picnic shelter in Kitchener’s Victoria Park.

Bring a dish to share, and bring your own beverage (non-alcoholic; this is a public venue). To accommodate dietary preferences, please label your food if it has nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat.

Although the listed time is from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, you’re very welcome to start earlier and stay later!

What: Waterloo Region Greens Summer Get Together: Potluck Picnic in the Park
When: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Picnic shelter, Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario Map

And since the rain is no stranger to Kitchener, we’ll have an alternate rain date on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Keep an eye on the WRGreens blog and @WR_Greens for rain postponement announcements.

Join the WR Greens Discussion mailing list to keep up-to-date on Waterloo Region Green Party events.

August Get Together for Waterloo Region Greens (and friends!)

Hi everyone! The Waterloo Region Greens would like to get together for a summer barbeque party, either a bonfire at Laurel Creek Conservation Area ($6.50 per person) or a picnic at Victoria Park (no cost).

Let us know when you’re available by completing the poll:

https://polls.wrgreens.ca/nzdYgeSuDVduESLr

Leave a comment on the poll to let us know where you’d prefer to hold it (Laurel Creek or Victoria Park).

We’ll make the choice of date and location next Friday, 11 August. In the meantime, the Discussion Mailing List is open for discussion. Let us know what you think!

–Bob.

2017 (Green) Party in The Park!

Whether you’re an official Green Party of Ontario member, a GPO supporter, or even if you’re just a thinker green thoughts, you’re invited to Riverside Park in Guelph for a (Green) Party In The Park.

Anyone is welcome, even if you’re just curious about the Party that convinced the Government of Ontario to bump up the rates (from $3.71 per million litres to $53.71 per million litres) commercial watertakers like Nestlé pay for our municipal water.  That’s still too little — it’s still only about a third of what we pay, but it’s a pretty impressive achievement for a party without a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.  If Ontario wants better, we’ll need to start actually voting Green.

The official reason for the party is a Guelph Green Party of Ontario nomination meeting which will launch Mike Schreiner‘s bid to become the first Green Party member in Queen’s Park!

Come on out and meet Mike!  Join the free fun with an RSVP:

RSVP  ~  (Green) Party In The Park  ~  2017

Fun

connect with the green community

Food

from Schmuck Truck and Bluewater Creamery

Keynote

from newly elected BCGreens MLA Adam Olsen

Kidzone

with bubbles and facepaint!

Live Music

from the awesome Joni Nehrita

and the Andrew Craig Trio

Spread the word in your own neighbourhood!  
Print a poster or two and post them on Grocery Store & other Community Bulletin Boards
[If you’ve never used Flickr, here are some handy instructions for downloading]

Discover the Fun at Open Streets Sunday!

 

There’s always lots to see and do at Open Streets Uptown Waterloo.

Look For the Waterloo Greens booth at the Open Streets Marketplace in Waterloo Public Square!

Drop by the WRGreens Booth chat about green issues, find out more about the local green goings on, or just to say “hi.”

Draw!!!  We’ll be drawing for free Parks Canada Discovery Passes throughout the afternoon.  The Discovery Pass is good for free admission to these Parks Canada Sites throughout this year.

Waterloo Region sites include WoodsideWoodside National Historic Site and Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower.  Some of the other Ontario sites include  HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site,  Queenston Heights National Historic Site, and my own favourite, Bruce Peninsula National Park.  And there are other National Parks spread across Canada. 

Because of the ongoing LRT construction disruption, Open Streets has taken to the trails for this year.  Here’s the map:

Hope to see you there!

[reblogged from Kitchener—Conestoga Greens]

WR Greens at the Nonviolence Day In The Park

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceGreen Parties the world over share the same core values. The Green Party of Canada lists them as:

  • Non-Violence
  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Ecological Wisdom
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Respect for Diversity

Join the Waterloo Region Greens as we celebrate the first of these, Nonviolence, at the WR Nonviolence Day In The Park, this Sunday, 9 July from noon to 5:00pm at Roos Island in Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario Map.

Green Party at Nonviolence Festival Day In The Park 2012
Nonviolence Day In The Park 2012

BREAKING: The BC Election is Settled #bcpoli

“During the election, we ran on a promise to bring British Columbians change they can count on,” Weaver said. “A confidence motion is fundamentally a question of trust – can we count on the B.C. Liberal government to deliver this change? Our B.C. Green caucus has determined that we cannot.

“With no party receiving a majority in our recent election, we conducted extensive negotiations with both parties, and ultimately came to an agreement to support the B.C. NDP in supply and confidence matters. Under this agreement, an NDP government has the confidence of a majority of members in the House. We have everything we need to work together to advance good public policy that will make a difference in the lives of British Columbians.

“We are encouraged that the B.C. Liberals have indicated their support for many of the policy priorities outlined in our agreement with the B.C. NDP. This is an historic opportunity for all 87 MLAs to work together to address the most pressing issues facing our province. Our caucus looks forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the house in a productive and collaborative new government.”

Following the above two Green Party MLA’s maiden speeches in support of NDP Leader John Horgan’s motion “the present government does not have the confidence of this House,” Christy Clark’s B.C. Liberal government loses confidence vote 44-42, sparking either NDP government or election

B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has asked BC NDP leader John Horgan to form Government with support of the B.C. Greens. Woo hoo!

Pharmacare Town Hall Wednesday!

Of all the countries that provides citizens with Universal Health Care, did you know Canada is the only country that doesn’t also have Universal Pharmacare?

In 2014, Dr. Eric Hoskins ~ Ontario’s Liberal Minister of Health and Long-Term Care ~ wrote an OpEd for the Globe and Mail explaining Why Canada needs a national pharmacare program

It has been estimated that Universal public drug coverage would:

  • reduce total spending on prescription drugs in Canada by $7.3 billion
  • save the Private Sector $8.2 billion
  • increase costs to government $1.0 billion

A Mowat Centre study published by  in in 2015 goes even further:

“Overall, it estimates a universal pharmacare plan would save up to $11.4 billion a year, with $1 billion of that saved just by no longer duplicating administrative costs in the current “patchwork” system.”

However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal Government have more important things to worry about than the health of its citizens, so the Ontario Liberals Government has stepped up to the plate with an intention to add publicly funded pharmacare coverage for children and youth ~ adding to the patchwork system.

“Because Ontario is adding universal, comprehensive pharmacare coverage to the age group that uses medicines least often. Many working-age Ontarians, who are far more likely to require medicines than children, will still be uninsured.”

Why a universal pharmacare plan makes sense — now

Town Hall Meeting

This Wednesday, June 28th, the new KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians is hosting a Pharmacare Town Hall Meeting from 7 – 9pm at First United Church in Waterloo (map).  Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini (a pharmacist before going into politics) will be representing the Liberal Party,  Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife will be representing the NDP, and our own Stacey Danckert will be there speaking for the Greens.

With a provincial election in the offing, this should be a lively event.  We hope to see you there!

Sign The Petition

Until July 13th you can sign Steve Morgan’s ePetition E-959 (HEALTH CARE SERVICES)

which calls upon the Government of Canada to:

1. Implement through a Federal law, a Pan-Canadian Universal Pharmacare Plan, in this 42nd Parliament; and
2. Implement a National Formulary for medically necessary drugs including a drug monitoring agency providing regulations and oversight to protect Canadians.
Even though the Trudeau government has demonstrated its unwillingness to do what Canadians ask in such petitions, it doesn’t hurt to try.

For more information download the PDFs of the Pharmacare studies:

CMAJ:  Estimated cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada

Mowat Centre: Unfilled Prescriptions: the Drug Coverage Gap in Canada’s Health Care Systems



Postscript

I’ve just learned Kitchener—Centre Liberal MP Raj Saini has backed out.

Dr. Sherilyn Houle (UW School of Pharmacy) will also be joining the panel.

50th Annual K-W Multicultural Festival

This weekend join WRGreens at the amazing K-W Multicultural Festival!

SATURDAY June 24th, 2017
11:30am — 8pm

SUNDAY June 25th, 2017
11:30am — 8pm

As always, you’ll find the festival at the lovely Victoria Park.

You never know who you’ll meet at the K-W Multicultural Festival!

Hope to see you there!