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

 

A Green Christmas - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Join us in the heart of District 11 for a family-friendly fun fundraiser with a Green Christmas theme! We won’t bore you with stuffy speeches and long sit-down dinners; instead we’re going to give you a great social evening with friends and neighbours. There will be hot apple cider and treats, a cash bar, an amazing selection of gift baskets in our raffle, a silent auction with beautiful local hand crafted items, and a LIVE cake auction! There’ll be games and special guests throughout the evening, with lots of opportunity to meet and connect with your community.

More info and tickets at peigreens.ca/merry_green_christmas

A Festive Green social at Hazelbrook Homestead Dec 1, 2018

Come experience the beautifully restored 19th-century homestead in its Christmas glory and cozy up with delicious food and drink, music and people in good cheer, hosted by District 2 (Georgetown-Pownal) Green Party nominee Susan Hartley and special guest, Green Party of PEI leader Peter Bevan-Baker. 

Please RSVP as space is limited: peigreens.ca/hazelbrook_homestead

Other Green Gatherings

Green Drinks Charlottetown - Uptown Lounge, 20 Capital Drive - November 28, 2018.

Green Drinks Summerside (2nd Thursday of each month) - December 13, 2018.

Tuesday Tims with Josh Underhay (every Tuesday from 4-6pm, Tim Hortons on St Peter's Road). Get together with Josh and guests to talk about anything on your mind, or to get to know more about the Green Party. Josh Underhay is the Green nominee for District 9 (Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park).

More info and RSVP at: peigreens.ca/green_drinks_charlottetown181023

The Legislature is back in session since this past Tuesday, and Peter and Hannah are feeling well-prepared to keep advancing important issues for their constituents and all Islanders.

You can watch the Legislature live in person, on Facebook and on the Legislature's website at the following times:

Tuesdays 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm
Wednesdays 2pm-5pm
Thursdays 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm
Fridays 10am-1pm

You can expect our Greens in the Legislature to continue their focus on such priority issues as climate change, housing and poverty. Already this week, our Green MLAs have:

...pressed the Premier on his flip-flop on the need to put a price on carbon pollution:

...introduced a motion calling on the government to apply the ‘Housing First’ principle in developing future housing policies and strategies...

...and held government accountable for announcing "increases" to the shelter and food components of social assistance rates, when in fact those increases do not even account for the inflation in the cost of food and housing over the period in which they will take effect.

Earlier today, Hannah Bell's private member's bill, An Act to Amend the Innovation PEI Act, was getting support from MLAs of all parties. Hannah's bill would amend the Act to recognize the creative and cultural sector, and the clean technology sector, as "strategic sectors" of the PEI economy, ensuring that these sectors can benefit from programs and funding from Innovations PEI as well as other key industries.

Peter Bevan-Baker is also preparing to table a bill today to prevent the government from using taxpayers' money for clearly partisan advertisements such as the one he wrote about in a recent blog post.

Stay tuned for more over the next few weeks! Get as-they-happen updates by following the Office of the Third Party on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thirdpartypei.

Subscribe to the Office of the Third Party's newsletter, "From the Attic".

 

Fun & Games with FOIPP Part 2 - by Peter Bevan-Baker, October 16, 2018. More in the ongoing adventures of the Third Party in attempting to obtain what should be publicly available information from government.

Would you rather - by Hannah Bell, October 18, 2018. For many Islanders, "Would you rather" is a painfully impossible game to play. 

Thoughts on grandchildren and grand challenges - by Peter Bevan-Baker, October 25, 2018. Peter reflects on the heavy responsibilities both of being a grandparent, and of being an MLA at this time in history.

“Alternative facts” and alternative plans - by Peter Bevan-Baker, November 1, 2018. How far will the PEI government go in spreading misinformation about carbon pricing and the Green Party's made-in-PEI proposal?

How to spot a CAD - by Peter Bevan-Baker, November 8, 2018. While there are relatively few "Climate Change Deniers" left on PEI, there are plenty of "Climate Action Deniers" (CADs). Peter writes about how to spot the arguments of Climate Action Denial.

All over PEI, Green nominees and volunteers are getting geared up for the next election, getting into the community and hosting events. 

Join a Green team near you! Find out if there's a Green nominee in your district or one nearby, and send them a note to let them know you want to help. 

peigreens.ca/candidates

The provincial government is currently inviting public input to its Sustainable Transportation Strategy. From the government website: "Sustainable transportation is a system that meets the needs of individuals, is affordable, efficient and adaptable to the future and limits greenhouse gas emissions and waste. It includes cleaner and more efficient vehicle technologies, walking, biking, carpooling and public and community transit and community planning and design."

Have your say - let the government know both your transportation needs and ideas! And please feel free to share your ideas with us too - email us at [email protected]

 

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