Happy New Year! Your January Green Party News

35 Green volunteers gathered earlier this month to help strategize for the year ahead.

Happy New Year! We don't know about you, but it sure feels as though we turned a corner straight into a whirlwind of activity as soon as the calendar turned to 2019 - especially in the world of PEI politics. With intensified speculation that the government will one again ignore the fixed election date law and call a spring election, all the parties are ramping up, and the Green Party is no exception. Peter Bevan-Baker wrote a blog about the need to "Be Prepared" close to the beginning of the month.

As you'll see, our "Upcoming Events" section is bursting at the seams this month! There is something for everyone, and we even have your Valentine's Day and St Patrick's Day all planned out for you :-) In the month ahead, you can take go skating, play board games, have a beer, discuss issues and take in a concert with the Greens. We're also excited that federal Green leader Elizabeth May will be back on the Island on February 12th for a Community Forum with Peter Bevan-Baker, so mark your calendar because these opportunities don't come around every day!

Aside from events, there will be a lot of focus on skill-building over the next couple of months. We've launched a series of skill-building webinars for Green Party members and volunteers about everything from graphic design to how to make the most out of Gmail, so we hope you'll take advantage of these webinars and find them useful in your life (both inside and outside the Green Party).

And speaking of, we're going to be recognizing a few of our hard-working volunteers at our upcoming AGM with our first annual Green Party of PEI Volunteer Recognition Awards. Do you know one or more Green Party volunteers you think ought to be recognized with one of these awards? If so, please submit your nominations by January 23rd.

In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events (lots of them!)
  • Skill-building webinars
  • Learn about motions on the agenda at the AGM
  • Volunteer Award Nominations
  • From the Blogs
  • Volunteer Opportunities

 

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December Green Party news: Happy Holidays!

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District 13 Green nominee Ole Hammarlund brought people together to learn how to make traditional Danish Christmas heart baskets.

Happy Holidays! We're sure things have been busy for you, and hopefully mostly with pleasant things like holiday parties. Greens have certainly been buzzing with activity - especially our tireless nominees and MLAs - and are looking forward to a bit of downtime this Christmas to recharge our batteries (with renewable energy!) in anticipation of an epic 2019 which could include an epic provincial election, according to political observers.

We'll be holding our 2019 Annual General Meeting at the beginning of February to set the stage for the rest of the year, and we hope you will make it your new year's resolution to develop new leadership skills and be a part of something both fun and important by stepping forward to run for one of the open Provincial Council positions, or even by seeking the nomination to become a candidate in your district!

Please read on to find out what else has been happening and how you can help make 2019 our year - the year of Real Change.

In the meantime, we wish you a lovely finale to the year 2018!

In this newsletter:

  • 2019 General Meeting and Elections
  • Only two weeks left for 2018 donations & tax credits!
  • Upcoming events
  • Highlights (and lowlights) of the 2019 Fall Sitting
  • From the Blogs
  • Seeking policy research volunteers!
  • Greens on Instagram

 

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November Green Party News: The snowy edition

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Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker with "the Big Cheese", a.k.a. Ann Bevan-Baker, at "Green Halloween" in Summerside on October 26th.

You can't have helped but notice that the snow returned on Tuesday, but did you know that MLAs also returned to the Legislature that very same day? Read on below to learn how you can cozy up on cold, windy days to watch the goings-on in the People's House (where warmer air is sometimes known to blow :-) )

With snow also comes the festive season! The Green Party has a couple of fantastic holiday-themed events coming that are sure to warm you up: Hannah Bell and the District 11 Greens are hosting a Green Christmas mixer on Wednesday, Nov. 21st, and Susan Hartley and the District 2 team are calling you to the coziness of the Hazelbrook Homestead on Dec. 1st for a Festive Green Social.

We hope to see you at one of these events in the next couple of weeks!

In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events
  • The Leg is back in session
  • From the Blogs
  • Get involved with your local Greens!
  • Sustainable Transportation Strategy

 

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Leaves fall, Greens rise - October Green Party News

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PEI Green MLAs Peter Bevan-Baker and Hannah Bell made their debut as a horn-and-trombone-playing duo at the Green Leaders Rally in Fredericton, NB on September 10, 2018. Here they are seen walking with New Brunswick Green leader David Coon, federal Green leader Elizabeth May, and Ontario Green leader Mike Schreiner.

Did you miss us? We unfortunately missed sending you a September newsletter, but we're back with lots to report about what's been happening and what's coming up. August and September have been HUGE months for Greens, with 10 new candidates nominated, some important policy pieces being rolled out, an exciting New Brunswick election that many local Greens helped out in, and much more! If you've been feeling out of the loop, grab a coffee and settle in for all the latest Green news.

In this newsletter:

  • Meet your Green candidates
  • Greens in New Brunswick
  • Upcoming events - Green Halloween!
  • Housing calls to action
  • The Green Carbon Pricing Plan
  • From the Blogs
  • Northern Pulp effluent pipe: Last chance to sign the petition! 
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Bevan-Baker disappointed by lack of leadership on carbon pricing

Green Party of PEI Leader Peter Bevan-Baker is concerned that both government and the official opposition have publicly stated this week that they are unwilling to put a price on carbon pollution.


“We are rapidly running out of time to act on climate change. As a small Island, PEI is especially vulnerable to its impacts,” said Bevan-Baker. “Our three biggest primary industries, fishing, farming and tourism, depend on stable predictable weather. Yet, both the PCs and Liberals seem comfortable playing politics with our economic well-being and our children’s future.”

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Green Party nominates first candidates at Summerside nomination meeting

SUMMERSIDE - Green Party members gathered at the Wilmot Community Centre on Saturday to nominate the Green Party of Prince Edward Island’s first candidates in anticipation of the next general election.

Candidates were nominated for districts 19 (Borden-Kinkora), 21 (Summerside-Wilmot), 22 (Summerside-South Drive) and 23 (Tyne Valley-Sherbrooke). The nominated candidates are:

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MEDIA RELEASE: Anticipating possible early election, PEI Green Party calls for potential candidates

Peter_Bevan-Baker_for_FB.pngCHARLOTTETOWN - Today, PEI Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker put out an Island-wide call for potential Green candidates to make themselves known as the party prepares for the possibility of an early general election.

“Many Islanders are aware that politics is in an exciting, changeable state right now. With many signs beginning to point to an early general election call, the Green Party of Prince Edward Island is taking steps to prepare,” wrote Bevan-Baker in an email broadcast to Green Party followers earlier today.

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Green Party announces nominees for District 11 by-election

Charlottetown - The Green Party of PEI announced Sunday that two nominees will be seeking candidacy in their nomination contest Monday evening. Karla Bernard, shadow critic for Education and Hannah Bell, shadow critic for Finance have both come forward.

“I’m looking forward to the Island Green Party’s first contested nomination tomorrow,” said Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker. “The calibre of the people who have come forward, even in such a compressed timeframe, is a real testament to the party’s growth in recent years, and the hard work done by our team to build the Green Party into a politically viable alternative to old-style politics.”

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Growth gives P.E.I. Green Party hope for a harvest in 2019 election

Originally published in the Guardian by Mitch MacDonald, June 11, 2017: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/2017/6/11/growth-gives-p-e-i--green-party-hope-for-a-harvest-in-2019-elect.html

Anna__Peter__Jordan_M_at_Spring_Conference_2017_-_Guardian.jpgThe Green Party of P.E.I. was busy planting some seeds of support this weekend with hopes of a big harvest during a 2019 provincial election.

Creating district associations, growing grassroots support and preparing to campaign were some of the topics party members focused on during a spring conference in Emerald this weekend.

Party president Anna Keenan said the conference’s goal was to put down roots for future success and build on the party’s recent surge in support.

“The challenge for us is to make sure the growth we’re currently experiencing isn’t a boom and bust. We don’t want to be a flash in the pan so we’re trying to grow gradually and sustainably in line with our values,” said Keenan, noting the goal is to eventually form a Green government in P.E.I. “We have no illusions about how hard that would be to achieve but we’re hearing from more Islanders that is something they like to dream about.”

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Dr. Susan Hartley announced critic for Health and Wellness

Susan_Hartley_and_PBB.jpgCharlottetown:  The Green Party of PEI is pleased to announce the latest addition to its roster of shadow cabinet critics: Dr. Susan Hartley has been named Health and Wellness Critic.

Dr. Hartley has a lifetime of experience as a Clinical Psychologist in both the private and public sectors, serving in community mental health centres, outpatient and inpatient departments of hospital facilities, and in her private office. Dr. Hartley is a registered Psychologist in PEI, a member of the Psychologists Association of PEI (PAPEI), and the 2015 recipient of PAPEI’s Humanitarian Award.  She is a Fellow of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and a past-president of that organization.  While on the Executive of APNS, she also sat as a Director on the Canadian Register for Health Services Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP) and the Council of Provincial Associations in Psychology (CPAP).
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