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Provincial Dental Care Program a win for Seniors and low-income Islanders

Charlottetown, PE - The provincial government has launched a dental care program for low-income Islanders and seniors in response to a request put forward by the Official Opposition Green caucus.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the rollout of the provincial dental program,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “As a long time dentist, I am acutely aware of the importance of good dental care on overall well-being. I also know the financial barriers that exist for many Islanders who desperately need access to necessary dental care.”

 

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KARLA BERNARD: The delay of the Residential Tenancy Act is unacceptable

Housing is one of the biggest crises facing our province. We hear stories every day—directly, through the news, and through social media—of Islanders who are being left behind by the outdated Rental of Residential Property Act, which fails to provide the necessary protections to tenants. 

To protect their rights, tenants need enhanced rent control, protection against discrimination and illegal eviction, improved standards for clean and safe housing, and robust enforcement mechanisms that have teeth for circumstances when landlords fail to meet their legal obligations. 

Earlier this week, I spoke with the Minister of Social Development and Housing to receive a status update on the proposed Residential Tenancy Act, a new piece of legislation that would modernize tenancy law on PEI and significantly improve protections for Island tenants. This legislation has been in development since 2019. 

I was deeply concerned to hear this legislation is no longer likely to come forward this year. This is frankly unacceptable, especially on an issue that is so important for ensuring the security and wellbeing of vulnerable Islanders.

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The Land Matters report confirms what we have long known

The final report of the Land Matters advisory committee released on Thursday reaffirms the work of the various studies that have examined land issues over the last 50 years.

I first want to thank the members of the committee for their excellent work on these issues which are so important to Islanders and our rural communities. This report, like the previous ones that it reflects, gives clear direction to government on what needs to be done to protect and manage the critical and fragile resource that is Island land.

However, there is little in this report that was not already known, with many of its recommendations having been made multiple times, some nearly 50 years ago.

This is not surprising, given that successive governments have for decades failed to act on the recommendations of the studies they commissioned. We have long known what we need to do, but no governing party has been willing to do the hard work of properly protecting and managing land.

 

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Frontline workers, families and businesses deserve better than sudden lifting of mandatory masking requirements

The announcement from Premier King that masks would no longer be mandatory in public spaces as of noon that same day came as a shock to many Islanders. Even before the briefing was over our office began hearing from Islanders who were confused and worried. Many of these concerns came from frontline workers and parents of young children, both of whom are largely not fully vaccinated yet and who are most affected by this announcement.

The news that masks are no longer mandatory was made without clearly stating important exceptions – for example, healthcare providers, businesses who can choose to continue with their own mandate.

Clear is kind, and this sudden change by Premier King has been unclear and unkind.

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Greens confirm first official Grassroots Policies

CHARLOTTETOWN - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is celebrating a historic milestone with the adoption of the party’s first-ever set of member-created, member-approved policy resolutions.

The seven policy resolutions were discussed and voted on during two separate sessions of the party’s online Annual General Meeting on April 24th and May 8th, 2021. After having been passed by majorities of those present at the AGM, the party’s constitution required that they also receive a majority of support during a confirmation vote to be held within 60 days of the AGM before being adopted as official party policy.

The seven resolutions enjoyed high levels of support among Green Party of PEI members, obtaining more than 80% support in all cases and even near-unanimous support in several cases. The confirmation vote ended at midnight on July 7th.

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July Green Party of PEI News

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Green Party of PEI leader Peter Bevan-Baker and his wife Ann joined many others at a rally on June 14th in support of the rights of LGBTQ2S+ youth to feel safe, respected and loved no matter where they are, following disturbing reports of anti-LGBTQ2S+ incidents at East Wiltshire School on Pride Day.

We hope you are having a good "Canada Day" long (at least for some) weekend!

Canada Day looked and felt a bit different this year, of course - and not just because of the pandemic. This year, Canada Day was more a day of reflection and healing than of celebration for many. Both Peter Bevan-Baker and Deputy Leader Lynne Lund have shared some perspectives on what it means to reconcile our love for this country with the dark chapters of our past, which you may find helpful.

There is much to look forward to this summer, and already you can find a number of upcoming events in this newsletter and on our online Events Calendar.

PEI Greens are also gearing up for an expected provincial by-election in Cornwall-Meadowbank this fall. Learn more about it and how you can help below!

We're excited to announce that the Green Party of PEI is hiring! We're looking for someone to work with me part-time as part of the administrative and operational core of the party. This is an opportunity for the right person to help grow the party's capacity while learning and earning, too. Read on for the details!

Finally, while it may be summer, our MLAs are still hard at work in their committees, working on their critic portfolios, holding office hours with constituents, preparing legislation for the fall sitting, and in some cases, even going door to door to talk to their constituents. Green MLAs truly are the hardest-working MLAs! Catch up on some they've been putting out recently in this newsletter.

Until next time,

Jordan Bober
Executive Director

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We're hiring! Administrative & Operational Support Associate (Part-time, contract)

The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is hiring! We are looking to add an Administrative & Operational Support Associate to our team.

Nature of the Position

This is an independent contract position providing services to the Green Party of PEI as negotiated with and accountable to the Executive Director.

Position Overview

As Administrative & Operational Support Associate, you will work as an independent contractor to carry out administrative and operational tasks for the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, as agreed upon with the Executive Director. As an independent contractor, you will provide your own workplace and equipment, and be responsible for all taxes and deductions. You will be in charge of your own work schedule and methods of rendering the contracted services.

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Take immediate action to protect 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our schools

Official Opposition Caucus call on King government and Public School Board to take immediate action to protect 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our schools 


Charlottetown, PE - Recently, disturbing details came to light showing the environments in some of our Island schools have not been inclusive, and as a result many 2SLGBTQIA+ students and their allies do not feel safe. These incidents included students in black shirts questioning other students and ostracizing them for their support of 2SLGBTQIA+ classmates, and the removal of Pride flags.

This is unacceptable, and it is doubly unacceptable during Pride Month, when we celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and reflect on the prejudice and discrimination they have faced and still continue to face.

 

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Don't lift the moratorium on high capacity wells before a sustainable irrigation strategy is in place

Statement from Hannah Bell, Official Opposition critic for Environmental, Energy, and Climate Action on announcement about Water Act


Government announced today that it intends to make changes to water withdrawal regulations as it develops a sustainable irrigation strategy. What is notably absent from government’s press release is that these changes would include lifting the moratorium on high-capacity wells for irrigation that has protected PEI waterways for nearly two decades. This is a monumental decision that will affect future Islanders for generations to come.

Developing a sustainable irrigation strategy that properly protects our water resources is crucial to the success of this Act. This will be a major undertaking that should not be rushed.

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May Green Caucus Updates + Upcoming Events

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With the Winter/Spring sitting of the PEI Legislature having come to a close a couple of weeks ago, the Green Caucus having just shuffled their critic portfolios this week, and a couple of fun events coming up soon, we thought this would be a good time to send you an update!

In this update:

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