Our Water Our Future

This is not a Green Party event, but will be interesting for anyone concerned about water protection and the environment. WRGreens will have an information table at this event!

Our Water | Our Future | no Bill 66 Doug Ford’s government for the developers has introduced a new disturbing piece of legislation. Bill 66 would allow developers to bypass important environmental protections and land use controls established under other provincial laws, plans and policies, such as the Clean Water Act and the Greenbelt Act, that protect our environment and our health.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association has said that Bill 66 together with other recent “laws to eliminate or dilute important environmental statutes, regulations and programs … constitutes the biggest and most significant environmental rollback to occur in a generation in Ontario.”

Join us to learn more about the implications of Bill 66 for our water and for our future.

What: Our Water Our Future
When: Thursday, 7 February 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: First United Church
Location:16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 Map

Please REGISTER — admission is free

While we appear to have made important progress on turning back one of the most egregious components of Bill 66, there remain significant problems in this bill, including Schedule 5 repealing the Toxics Reduction Act. Major concerns remain that the Ford ‘government for the developers’ may reduce the support for monitoring and enforcement of legislation that protects our water, land and air quality.

Join us on February 7th at First United Church in Waterloo at 7pm to celebrate our progress on Bill 66 and to engage with experts as they explain other current dangerous proposals and corresponding calls for action.

We have two powerful keynote speakers: Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, former water policy advisor for Ministry of the Environment, and legal representative for citizens in the Walkerton Inquiry; and Bruce Davidson, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of Concerned Walkerton Citizens.

There will be lots of time to have your questions answered, as well as presentations from Susan Bryant of APT Environment on Elmira’s ongoing water contamination; Kevin Thomason of Grand River Environmental Network on countryside protection; and Arlene Slocombe of Waterloo Wellington Water Watchers on source water protection.

Refreshments will be served; please bring along your travel mug or water bottle.

This event is being organized by the following community partners:

Bill 66 Community Group Meeting

This is not a WR Greens event, but may be of interest to environmentally conscientious members.

From Kevin Thomason of GREN:

Happy New Year!

While the holidays have been a wonderful break from Bill 66, we don’t have much time to send a strong, clear message to Premier Ford about our concerns this Bill could have on our community, farmland, green space, and natural resources.

I’d like to remind you of the upcoming meeting this Thursday at the same room at CIGI as our initial community meeting. Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Room A142, CIGI – Centre for International Governance and Innovation – 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo Map
Access: Through main West doors (facing Erb St) near Caroline St. Intersection

A tentative agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • update/status of groups working to book Council delegation appearances at municipal and regional councils
  • update/status of groups working to book MPP meetings in local ridings
  • time for groups to meet in breakout sessions and figure out next steps/activities
  • planning/discussion of January 12th Bill 66 training event/protest in Ajax
  • planning/preparations for January 15th event at Kitchener City Hall with ECO Dianne Saxe and other speakers
  • other business

We had a tremendous turnout at our initial meeting and It will be important to have at least one delegate from each community group at this next meeting to help ensure a strong, co-ordinated response to Bill 66.

Please share any questions or ideas and I hope to see you on Thursday evening.

Cheers,
Kevin.

P.S. There is a draft Citizens Toolkit for Bill 66 that is coming together as groups across the province aggregate their materials and efforts. It is evolving daily and contains some good background and supporting material against Bill 66.

P.P.S Also attached below are some initial social media images and video that are under development provincially:

Bill 66 Social Media Video:


YouTube: Save The Greenbelt – Stop Bill 66

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Kevin Thomason
Vice-Chair, Grand River Environmental Network

Phone: +1–519–888–0519
Mobile Phone/WhatsApp: +1–519–240–1648
Twitter: @kthomason
E-mail: kevinthomason@mac.com

CANCELLED: Post-Holiday Event with @WR_Greens

CANCELLED: Tonight’s Post-Holiday Event

Bad news, our Post-Holiday Event for tonight needs to be cancelled.

An unfortunate combination of last-minute cancellations, car troubles, and unavailability means that expected attendance is down to a handful of people. Rather than having a few people bring potato salad for dozens and having it go to waste, it’s better to cancel now, and have another event later in the spring when more of us can meet each other.

My apologies for the late notice; these things sneak up on you and then explode.

–Bob Jonkman
Event Planning Committee Chair

Christmas decorations, ornaments, and cookies Hello Waterloo Region Greens! Merry Belated Christmas and Happy Upcoming New Year!

The holidays are half over, and in the usual Christmas madness we’ve only now been able to get ourselves coordinated for our Holiday Event. Bryan Izzard has offered to host at his farmhouse in Baden on Saturday, 5 January 2019, starting at 6:00pm. I guess that makes it a Post-Holiday Event!

Join all your friends of the Waterloo Region Greens for a final celebration of the holidays and 2018’s accomplishments — and since it was an election year, there were many accomplishments!

It’s a potluck event, so bring an appetizer, sweet or savoury snacks, salad, fancy beverages, dinner entree, or dessert. And when you come, please label your dish if it contains wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, meat, &c.

What: WR Greens Post-Holiday Event
When: Saturday, 5 January 2019 at 6:00pm
Where: Bryan Izzard’s house
Location: 3876 Sandhills Road, Baden, Ontario
Map: https://osm.org/go/ZXnSv4rx-?m=

If anyone needs a ride you can ask your fellow WR Greens on this Discussion List, or send me an e-mail to say whether you need a ride or can offer one, and I’ll sort ride-givers and ride-takers, make a list (and check it twice). Don’t forget to include your address!

And shortly after our Post-Holiday Event we’ll have another regular WR Greens meeting on Wednesday, 9 January 2019. We need to set up candidate nomination dates for the EDAs (there’s a federal election in 2019!), and start planning for the summer’s festival events and other political happenings.

What: WR Greens Regular Meeting
When: Wednesday, 9 January 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by Social Night
Where: Innovation42 Co-Working Space (tentative)
Location: 2nd Floor, 283 Duke Street West, Kitchener, Ontario
Map: https://osm.org/go/ZXnwU_oa?m=

I’ll send out a reminder early that week with confirmation of the meeting location.

See you all at Bryan’s house on Saturday, 5 January!

–Bob Jonkman
Event Planning Committee Chair

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Mobilize resistance to Bill 66

This is not a WR Greens event, but may be of interest to environmentally conscientious members.

Laura Hamilton from Divest WaterlooDivest Waterloo writes:

I’m writing with some urgency today as we have very little time to mobilize resistance to Bill 66, known as Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. I have included more information about this Bill below.

Grand River Environmental Network | www.gren.caGREN is planning a preliminary meeting next Tuesday December 18th at 7pm at CIGI (67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario Map) in room A-142 to discuss the environmental implications of this legislation and to plan next steps for January.

Please extend this invitation to others whom you feel would be interested and able to support our efforts.

I apologize for the short notice and appreciate the difficulty of this request coming so close to the holidays. Our next meeting in January will be on Thursday the 3rd. Consultation closes on January 28th, so we really cannot delay.

Background on Bill 66

Last week, the Doug Ford government introduced Bill 66, known as “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.” Among its targets is the Greenbelt Act. Bill 66 would allow municipalities to circumvent Greenbelt protections by enacting “Open for Business” bylaws under which they could approve factories and business parks within the Greenbelt. Smaller municipalities (under 250,000) would simply need to show the Ford government that their Greenbelt development would create 50 jobs. For larger cities the requirement would be 100 jobs.

Related measures in Bill 66 would empower municipalities to exempt developers rules designed to protect wildlife and municipal water supplies, including the Clean Water Act, which was enacted following the Walkerton water tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after drinking the town’s contaminated water.

–Geoffrey Stevens, The Record Dec 10/18: Doug Ford’s hypocrisy on the Greenbelt

Other Acts targeted by the Ford government in the astonishing broad scope of Bill 66 include:

and * numerous other protections.

Bill 66 if approved could destroy our environmental regulations, contaminate our drinking water and circumvent good planning by haphazardly opening up farmland and natural areas for development with no requirement for public meetings or communications and no opportunity for appeal to any decisions.

It is a reckless bill to enhance the profits of only a few large businesses and corporations who would bypass important rules and safely regulations at a huge cost to every Ontarian.

We have just 42 days to stop this major threat to public safety, our environment, and natural resources we all depend on before the Ford government will attempt to approve this Bill. It is been called the biggest and most significant environmental rollback in a generation and we need to act now to mobilize as a community and kill Bill 66.

* Other Laws impacted by Bill 66

  • Agricultural Employees Protection Act, 2002
  • Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • Education Act
  • Employment Standards Act, 2000
  • Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993
  • Highway Traffic Act
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act
  • Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
  • Pawnbrokers Act
  • Pension Benefits Act
  • Personal Property Security Act
  • Planning Act
  • Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
  • Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013

Kitchener South — Hespeler Green Party Inaugural AGM – Wed, 28 Nov 2018

Cartoon silhouettes This Wednesday the Kitchener South — Hespeler Green Party of Ontario Consituents Association will be having its inaugural Annual General Meeting.

When: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Borealis Grille and Bar
Location: 4336 King Street East, Kitchener , Ontario Map

An Executive will be elected, consisting of a President and Chief Financial Officer, and other Principal Officers.

Everyone is welcome to attend, although you must be a Green Party of Ontario member in good standing to be nominated, and also resident in the Kitchener South — Hespeler electoral district to be eligible to vote.

The Annual General Meeting for the federal Kitchener South — Hespeler Green Party of Canada Electoral District Association will also be held. You must be a member in good standing of the Green Party of Canada in order to vote at this AGM.

Please RSVP to David Weber via email at david.weber@greenparty.ca

If you’re on Facebook, you can leave a message on the
David Weber – Green Party Facebook Page 
at https://www.facebook.com/DavidWeberGPO/
(and “Like” the page while you’re there!)

Regular WRGreens meeting — Wed 7 Nov 2018

Update: Venue is Abe Erb at the Tannery, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Green cartoon silhouettesHi everyone! First, thanx to everyone who completed the poll to determine when we should hold our regular meetings and social nights. The most popular day-of-week choice was Wednesday, and the most popular week-of-month choice was the first week of the month.

So, the first Wednesday of the month, every other month it is! The regular meeting is from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, and is followed by socializing from 7:00pm onwards — it’s two separate events, so no-one is obligated to come to a boring business meeting just to be social.

Committee meetings can be held in the alternate months when there’s no regular WRGreens meeting. See https://wrgreens.ca/committees/ for a list of committees and the committee chairs.

So, the first Wednesday of November is next week, 7 November 2018!

What: WR Greens Meeting and Social Night
When: Wednesday 7 November 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Meeting)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Social Meeting)
Where: Abe Erb at the Tannery
Location: 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

We need a venue for our meeting and social night — I’m open to ideas! It should be somewhere quiet enough to hold the regular meeting, big enough for 10-15 people (or more!), and financially considerate for WRGreens of all income levels. Let me know, and I’ll send out a reminder with the location on Tuesday night.

See you on Wednesday!

–Bob.

Note: WRGreens Poll Meeting Format — Yes, I’m a voting systems weenie, and I fully recognize the huge flaws in choosing two different things from one plurality-based poll.

Warmer, Wetter and Wilder with Dr. Blair Feltmate, hosted by #NithValleyEcoboosters

This is not a Green Party event, but since Sustainability and Ecological Wisdom are core values for all Green Parties everyone is encouraged to attend

Nith Valley Eco Boosters The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are pleased to present an informative and timely talk featuring Dr. Blair Feltmate. Dr. Feltmate is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. He has written textbooks on environmental science and sustainable development and is involved in the creation of several national climate adaptation Standards involving the National Research Council, Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association. Blair is also Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation.

Significant damage from high winds, heavy rain and floods is becoming a more frequent occurrence. Members of our community need to know how to protect themselves and their property so that the effects of severe weather can be minimized. Dr. Feltmate will begin his presentation by establishing that climate change is real, and is causing extreme weather events – particularly in the form of flooding. This “new normal” situation has proven to be costly for all regions of Canada. In an effort to help limit future losses, the discussion will then address practical and cost-effective steps that home owners and communities can take to lower their flood risk profile. Dr. Feltmate will be happy to take questions from the audience throughout his presentation.

Doors open at 7:00PM and the presentation will begin at 7:30PM. Light refreshments will be served at approximately 8:45PM.

This event is sponsored by:

  • The Nith Valley Ecoboosters
  • The Imperial (New Hamburg)
  • Intact Insurance (London)
  • John Zehr Insurance (New Hamburg)
  • Zion United Church (New Hamburg)
  • Grant Holdings/Grant Jutzi (New Hamburg)
  • Nith Valley Construction (New Hamburg)
  • Kindred Credit Union (New Hamburg)
  • Town Pantry Health Food Store (New Hamburg)
  • The Baden Outlook
  • Jonathan Barker Illustration (New Hamburg)

What: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder with Dr. Blair Feltman
When: Tuesday, 6 November 2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Zion United Church
Location: 215 Peel Street, New Hamburg, Ontario Map

Mirrored from: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder – Dr. Blair Feltmate Tickets, Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Eventbrite

Warmer, Wetter and Wilder | What Homeowners and Communities Can Expect under a Changing Climate -- and How They Can Prepare | Dr. Blair Feltmate

Faith and Climate Transformation: A presentation with Dr. Sailesh Rao

This is not a Green Party event, but since Sustainability and Ecological Wisdom are core values for all Green Parties everyone is encouraged to attend

The Grand River Unitarian Social Action Committee has just organized a fantastic lecture opportunity from Dr. Sailesh Rao. He is making a presentation at the Parliament of World’s Religions and has agreed to speak to us at our church in Kitchener on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.

He has presented at all the major Climate summits, including the Paris Accord and once worked with Al Gore. Being frustrated that no one was talking about the REAL causes of climate change he co-produced three films, including Cowspiracy and What the Health.

You can get more information from his website: Climate Healers

Jim Sannes <js41ca@gmail.com>

Social Action Committee

Grand River Unitarian

Faith and Climate Transformation

The search for spiritual awakening, the search for environmental sustainability and the search for social justice are all part of the same search for moral singularity, a state of being where we routinely experience the ultimate happiness that is already within us.

Free presentation and discussion with
Dr. Sailesh Rao
Co-producer of Cowspiracy: The sustainability Secret

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00pm

Grand River Unitarian Congregation Map
299 Sydney Street South, Kitchener
Parking available, close to transit
Refreshments will be served.

Logo: Climate VeganKitchener-Waterloo Climate SaveLogoGrand River Unitarian Social Action Committee

Perspectives On Peace — Where’s the Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies

This is not a Green Party event, but WRGreens is a member of KWPeace and will have an information booth in the Rotunda

KW Peace Symposium Series Where's the Peace and Justice? PERSPECTIVES ON PEACE A Critical Examination of Canada's New Foreign and Defence Policies Featuring ~ Guest speaker Tamara Lorincz : The Climate and Environmental Impacts of Canada's New Foreign and Defence Policies Lunch by donation- By FOOD NOT BOMBS : Admission is free and registration is required; space is limited- : Please Register by OCTOBER 20 on kwpeace.ca. SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2018 Noon - 2:00 P.M. KITCHENER CITY HALL, ROTUNDA 200 King St W, KitchenerDownload the poster (.PDF, 2 MBytes)
Register here


Join the groups and organizations that make up KWPeace for a midday meal and a conversation about Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice and Climate Change.

Tamara Lorincz
Tamara Lorincz
The guest speaker is Tamara Lorincz, who is completing her PhD studies in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She will talk about Canada’s new defence and foreign policies and the environmental and social impacts such as climate, military spending, etc. The food for this event is provided by Kitchener Food Not Bombs, which picks up donated food from grocery stores, cooks fresh vegan meals, and serves these meals to the community for free! All groups and organizations working towards Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice or Climate Change are invited to have an information table around the rotunda. Please register to reserve your place.

There is no charge for this event, but donations are gratefully accepted to offset the costs.


What: Perspectives On Peace — Where’s The Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
When: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Register here

Yes! Cambridge Town Hall Meeting on #RankedBallots — Thursday, 11 Oct 2018

Hi WR Greens: Did you know that voters in Cambridge have a referendum question on Ranked Ballots this municipal election:

Are you in favour of the City of Cambridge using a ranked ballot voting system for the 2022 municipal election?

The Yes! Cambridge | Campaign for Ranked BallotsYes! Cambridge advocacy group is holding an informational Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 7:00pm for anyone who wants to know more about how Ranked Ballots could work, and what the effects might be on campaigns and elections.

Note that this is not a Green Party event, but since electoral reform is a fundamental Green Party policy I expect it’s of interest, especially for those people living and voting in Cambridge.

What: Yes! Cambridge Town Hall Meeting on Ranked Ballots
When: Thursday, 11 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Wesley United Church
Location: 6 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Ontario Map

If you’re on Facebook, sign up for the Town Hall Meeting at Town Hall: What is the Cambridge referendum all about? | Facebook

For more info at send e-mail to info@yescambridge.ca

–Bob.

(Full disclosure: I’m working with the Yes! Cambridge team!)