We're back!

Good Sunday Morning,

imagine.jpgHere we are, back after a 2 week 'break',  filled with hope and trepidation. While events continue to unfold, our support for Elizabeth remains unwavering and our determination to advance the causes for which we campaigned so hard stays strong.

Electoral Reform Committee
This week the Special Committee on Electoral Reform resumes its hearings in Ottawa. There will be two meetings on Monday and two on Tuesday. You can tune in live on CPAC or if you missed any of the action in the past you can visit our complete blog on the SGI web site under the 'Issues' tab. The blog also has links to the Committee schedule so you can plan your days.

Please support Elizabeth on twitter by following the #ERRE hashtag. When you see a tweet you like you can simply re-tweet the item or better yet add a comment and include the #ERRE and #cdnpoli hashtags. The work this committee is doing is fabulous and the dedication that this government has shown thus far to move forward on Electoral Reform deserves to be applauded. If they stay true to their word we will see a new, fair and truly representative, 'Made in Canada', electoral system in time for our 150th birthday next July. Help spread the word!

The NEB Kinder Morgan Hearings
Hosted by: For the Coast, Sierra Club BC, and Wilderness Committee, August 23rd is our last formal chance to #TellTrudeau once and for all: No consent - no pipelines.

The final decision on whether or not the Project should proceed will be "made by the Governor in Council (GIC). The NEB’s recommendation report is one of the factors that GIC will consider when making the final decision on whether or not the Project should proceed. The Government of Canada announced in January 2016 it would undertake deeper consultations with Indigenous peoples, further engage the public and affected communities along the proposed pipeline routes, and undertake an assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Based on this input, the GIC will decide in December 2016 whether to order the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate) or to dismiss the Application. GIC could also direct the NEB to conduct a reconsideration of the NEB’s report. If the GIC orders the NEB to dismiss the Application, then the Board will dismiss the Application and no further steps take place. If the GIC orders the NEB to issue a Certificate, the Board will issue a certificate (with conditions). The GIC may refer the report back to NEB, and ask it to reconsider the recommendation, or any of the terms and conditions set out in the report, before GIC makes a decision."

You can review Elizabeth's testimony before the NEB by watching this playlist. It seems that this broken process still has a chance to come up with the right decision. Don't forget to tweet or email the 30 ministers.

Organizers are asking those opposed to come wearing BLACK. They want the panel to not only hear from us but to clearly see the wall of opposition against this proposal. They're also going to have a peaceful creative action at 3:30 and some speakers for the start of the townhall.  Bring your signs, your noisemakers, your kids and your 3 minute reason why you don't want 400 tankers a year through the Salish Sea. #StopKM

August 23: Victoria BC, Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel, Pacific Ballroom
4:00pm - 8:30pm: Public town hall

Adam.jpgSaanich Fair
Hey everyone, it's time again for the Saanich Fair. Remember last year when we featured our three local candidates? This year the spotlight will be on Andrew Weaver and Adam Olsen as they get ready to launch their campaign in the provincial election next May!

The Fair will be on September 3rd, 4th and 5th and we are now looking for volunteers to help staff our tents. In addition to our display, petitions, post cards, straw poll and information to promote Electoral Reform, we will also have the ever popular popcorn and a kids corner. So if you can donate some time, please email or call me at 778-351-3335 and let me know when you are available.

Town Halls
This fall's round of Town Halls start on Tuesday September 6th, the day after the fair. Elizabeth will hold her first town hall at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. There will be more so stay tuned for more details next week or visit the Green Party Events page here.

Have a great weekend and stay cool,
Thomas


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