February Green Party News

All across PEI, Greens are getting to the doors, building strong volunteer teams, and throwing parties! 

What does the Green Party mean to you?

For increasing numbers of Islanders, the Green Party represents an exciting (or at least intriguing) movement of political change and democratic renewal for a better future. 

For many who get involved in the Green Party, whether as a volunteer or as a candidate, it's about community. Greens are people who care deeply about their communities, building relationships and working together to make a positive impact. That's why, as you get to know this party, it's meaning will encompass things that you may not always associate with "politics": Fun. Laughter. Potlucks. Sharing. Music!

We've seen all of those things on display at Green events recently, and there's so much more to come. As the election gets closer and things get more serious, our community grows and has more fun!

We're excited to get two more Green nominees launched this Sunday, for districts 14 (Charlottetown-West Royalty) and 16 (Cornwall-Meadowbank). We hope you'll join us at Piatto Pronto and become part of the community of support around these new candidates.

Nominations are still open in a number of districts around the province, but they won't be for long with an election call possible within weeks. If you have considered putting your name forward to run as a Green candidate, we highly encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible! You can learn more about the open districts an our nomination process on our website at peigreens.ca/nominate.

See you out in the community!

In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events
  • Updates from the Annual General Meeting
  • Join Provincial Council
  • From the Blogs
  • Job opportunities with Elections PEI

 

Districts 14 & 16 Nomination Celebration and Kick-off (Feb. 24 @ 1:30pm)

You're invited to join us in nominating and supporting the Green Party of PEI candidates for districts 14 (Charlottetown-West Royalty) and 16 (Cornwall-Meadowbank). Join us at the Piatto Pronto on the causeway that links the two districts.

See our website for more details: peigreens.ca/d1416_nommtg

We hope you can join us for pizza, politics (and optionally for those 19+, pints) and lend your support to our Green nominees! All are welcome (you do not need to be a member to join us). 

 

Town Hall Forum - Summerside (Feb 28 @ 6:30pm)

 

Get your Green on for St Patty's Day!

 

Chef Michael Bradley is preparing a wonderful 4-course feast of flavours featuring locally-sourced food for St Patrick's Day, March 17th, at the "Shire" in North Wiltshire!

The District 15 Greens are selling raffle tickets, and on March 10th three lucky winners will be drawn to win dinner invitations for two!

You can purchase raffle tickets online or directly from the D15 Greens - see peigreens.ca/rafflestpatricksdaydinner for details!

All proceeds to the D15 Brackley-Hunter River Green Party election fund.

 

On February 2nd, the Green Party held our Annual General Meeting at Afton Hall, which was very well attended and ended with an amazing potluck (there seems to be an unusually high concentration of great cooks in the Green Party!).

In addition to passing motions to add a Youth Rep to Provincial Council, to open up an opportunity for members to nominate for Council vacancies from the floor of an AGM, and to clarify a couple of other bylaws pertaining to Provincial Council term limits and the Ombuds Committee's roles in appeals of party decisions, we also held a Provincial Council election.

New President Martin Ruben

Please join us in welcoming our new party President, Martin Ruben. Originally from Manitoba, Martin now lives in Victoria-by-the-Sea with his wife Leslie-Ann. He is working as a consultant to the public sector, here in Canada and abroad, helping develop capacity in results-based management.  Before his move to PEI, Martin worked with the Office of the Auditor General of the Cayman Islands for over 8 years.  Prior to his time in the Caribbean, Martin lived in Ottawa and worked with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for almost 30 years.  Martin obtained his CGA/CPA designation in 1980 and in 2013 was recognized as a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant.  He is long time Rotarian and is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

Martin has a passion for good governance and the idea that government should be transparent and accountable when delivering its programs and services with due regard to value for money, and it is those principles that drew him to the Green Party. 

Martin succeeds Jordan MacPhee in the role of President, who served in this role for one year and has served on Council for a total of four years, since 2015. We are all grateful for the significant leadership roles Jordan has played in the growth and success of the Green Party for the past four years, and wish him great success as he turns his focus to his growing farming business while remaining involved as a party volunteer.

We also welcomes two new Regional Representatives to Provincial Council. Glenna Lohnes succeeds Trish Altass as Western Rep, and James Escoffery has succeeded interim Charlottetown Rep Gavin Hall. You can find out more about all of our Provincial Councillors and how to contact them on our website at peigreens.ca/council.

L to R: Lynne Lund; Jordan Bober, accepting the Dedication Award on behalf of Jill Spelliscy and Mia Hill; Darcie Lanthier; Susan Hartley; Jill MacIntyre; Jonathan Williams; (outgoing) Membership & Volunteer Chair, Conor Mullin, who presented the awards; (outgoing) President Jordan MacPhee.

Finally, we announced our First Annual Green Party of PEI Volunteer Recognition Awards to recognize some of the amazing work our volunteers have been doing both in the party and in their communities.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's awards:

Dedication Award: Jill Spelliscy & Mia Hill

Legacy Award: Darcie Lanthier

Community Involvement Award: Lynne Lund

Rising Star Award: Jill MacIntyre

Young Green Award: Jonathan Williams

Bridge Builder Award: Josh Underhay and Susan Hartley

 

 

We currently have three vacancies on Provincial Council and in our Ombuds & Appeals Committee:

Membership & Volunteer Chair - A member of Provincial Council who helps grow and engage the party's membership and volunteers, working closely with the four Regional Representatives.

Central Representative - A member of Provincial Council from the central parts of PEI (outside of Charlottetown, i.e districts 15-20) who helps represent concerns particular to this part of PEI and to grow the party's profile and engagement in this region.

Provincial Council has regular monthly meetings, with occasional special meetings when needed. The typical time commitment is 8-20 hours/month.

Male Ombudsperson - Our bylaws require us to have a Male and a Female Ombudsperson to make up the Ombuds & Appeals Committee. We are currently seeking a Male Ombudsperson to serve on an interim basis at least until the next AGM.

The Ombuds & Appeals Committee is where members of the Green Party can turn if they feel they have been treated unfairly, or if they feel that the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules or Codes of Conduct of the party are being violated. If you are a good listener and able to analyze and assess situations objectively and fairly, you could be a good fit for this role.

The time commitment on Ombuds Committee members can vary. The Committee may go months or even a full term without receiving any complaints, but may need to spend a number of hours working on a case when it does come up. Our bylaws recognize that Ombuds Committee members are volunteers, and makes allowances for that fact.

If you are interested in being considered for an interim appointment to any of these roles, please email President Martin Ruben at [email protected] Please include a bit about yourself, why you are interested in the role, and what you believe you could bring to the role.

You're also free to simply ask questions about any of these roles! We're happy to chat with you further about them.

 

 

Government accountability and stuffed cats - by Peter Bevan-Baker, January 23, 2019. On the heels of the government's appointment of a (not independent) Child Advocate, Peter writes why the new position created by the Premier is like getting a stuffed cat when you've been yearning for a real one.

Three kinds of lies - by Hannah Bell, February 1, 2019. The government is good at selecting statistics that paints the story of our Island economy that it wants people to hear. But what happens to the story when all the facts are included?

 

Elections PEI is hiring for hundreds of positions related to the upcoming election and referendum, and they've asked political parties to help spread the word! 

Positions range from District Returning Officers (those in charge of running the election in their districts) to polling clerks, confirmation officers, ballot counters, and more.

If you are interested in paid work ranging from 3 hours to 6 weeks on the election, please see the Elections PEI website for more information.

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