Town Halls, Tankers and Television

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Salt_Spring_Elementary.jpgMy plan for today was to write a good news story around the inaugural Future of Mobility Summit to be held in Silicon Valley, California early in February. But as is so often the case, the week's events overtake these plans and I find myself writing about something else altogether.

For many of us here in Saanich Gulf Islands (SGI) this week revolved around Elizabeth's Town Halls. It was on the way to Tuesday's Town Hall on Salt Spring Island that Elizabeth's team received a phone call from CBC Television: "Can Elizabeth May do an interview with Terry Milewsky on Power and Politics?" Sure, was the reply as the ferry approached the Fulford Ferry dock. Fulford is one of those classic 'west coasts feel' communities which everyone around here knows, has no cell service.

So when Elizabeth and her staff made it back into cell coverage halfway to Ganges, the scramble was on. Where to find a reliable wifi connection that was quiet enough to do an interview on national television? Salt Spring Island Elementary School Library to the rescue. For those of us who have struggled with wifi passwords, it's easy to imagine the bead of sweat that must have appeared as the minutes closed in on the live interview. But they pulled it off. With laptop perched on a stack of books and both blackberries propped up in front of her, Elizabeth smiles at the camera and tells the nation what's really going on with the carbon tax. You can watch the interview starting at 1:16:40

 

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Who calls the shots

killerbots.jpgGood Sunday Morning,

Once in a while, when I send out these weekly missives some emails "bounce". This can happen because someone changed their email address and didn't tell me about it or for some other mundane reason. But it can also happen if the "spambots" have decided that there are too many links in my email or that I'm trying to send you inappropriate marketing or porn messages, embedded in the text on the pictures. Spambots do this by collecting data on actual spam to profile email content, then filtering out anything that they associate with that profile. Nothing personal, just an automated process. The criteria they use is kept secret and changes constantly to make it harder for real spammers to work around it. 

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Exploring what's possible

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Welcome back, everyone! First, let me take a moment to extend a warm thank you to all the folks who responded so generously to our email asking for your thoughts on fundraising. Your feedback resonated deeply, both with Elizabeth and the direction that our SGI (Saanich-Gulf Islands) EDA (Electoral District Association) Executive Committee is taking. Thank you also for your generosity in supporting our efforts as an EDA to empower all elements in our party to work together and build a better democracy.

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Ride the wave into a Happy New Year

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Green_Wave.jpgDon't worry, I am taking the weekend off so this will be brief.

With Site C moving forward and the fight to stop Kinder Morgan continuing, disappointment and broken promises seems to be all that the old political parties can offer us.

But this blast from the past shows that the world is not going to wait for them. It's been one heck of a year for Greens and this clip from Guelph is here to invite all of you to ride the wave. 

Happy New Year!
Thomas

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Happy Holidays

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142.jpgWe held our Solstice Party this past week, and by all accounts it was a huge success! It started weeks earlier with the dedication of our Events Team, who meet year round at monthly potlucks to plan out many events. They found a date that suited all the guest speakers and an available hall that was centrally located, with the capacity to accommodate us. We chose 'Good For You' to cater our vegetarian delights, rented dishes and extra tables, and arranged for the cash bar. Level Ground, a local, fair-trading company, donated extra compostable cups, and the equipment to brew and dispense their fair trade coffee and tea.

With help from the BC Greens, the BC Greens Saanich North and the Islands RA (Riding Association) as well as the Green Party of Canada's Esquimalt Saanich Sooke and Victoria EDAs (Electoral District Associations), our SGI (Saanich-Gulf Islands) Events Team spent six hours on Monday decorating the hall.

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Join Elizabeth, Sonia & Adam this Tuesday

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usa-election-alabama.jpgIt's pretty exciting when you achieve what is widely accepted as impossible. Electing a Democrat as Senator in Alabama has these folks stunned with elation. We know what that feels like. It happened to us when we elected the first Green MP in Canada. It happened again with every other "First Green..." in BC, New Brunswick and PEI. Peter Bevan-Baker put it best when he said, "If you work hard and stick to your principles, the almost impossible becomes almost inevitable."

Last May we felt the excitement of electing the first Green caucus. We supported candidates that personified our values, that showed integrity and a deep commitment to our community. They put responsible government ahead of political gain and were dedicated to finding the best solutions to the complex challenges of our time. But once the euphoria of election night met the dawn of the next day, most of us felt relieved that the election was over. We were exhausted. We could go back to our daily routine with the comfort that we had elected good people to represent us.

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"Only communities grant permission."

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Trudeau.jpgWhen I searched for stories this week and came across this CTV reference to the dying polar bear, I couldn't escape the irony that the article was interrupted by an ad for a pickup truck that featured a chainsaw wielding he-man. It was alright though, the ad suggested, because he burned all that gas to build a canoe that he paddled in the wilderness. 

Recognizing and fully appreciating the complex interdependence of everything is really hard. It's not just hard for Rachel Notley, it's hard for everyone. And it takes a real commitment to be prepared to face the culpability of our actions. But the role that each of us play in the fate of that polar bear is not just hard, it's heartbreaking to accept. And that's why the other heartbreak, the growing duplicity of the federal Liberals in their support for Kinder Morgan, is so painful.

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A time for celebration!!!

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Of course the big news this week is Hannah Bell. Last week we celebrated the end of corporate rule over BC politics and tamed the wild west of political financing. This week we started on Monday by celebrating the arrival of the latest Green legislator in Canada. We now have seven. Three on the west coast and three on the east coast. Like bookends to a bright Canadian future they are connected by a streak of light that flashes back and forth across the country touching Canadians with a dash of hope and a pound of courage. We affectionately call that seventh light Elizabeth.

NZ_Green.jpgIn this clip from the BC Legislature, Adam Olsen mentioned that watching David Coon speak in New Brunswick was just like hearing from the BC Greens. "Our values and our principles carry the day." And here is a chance to hear that same message, our message, from a passionate young Green in New Zealand. Chloe Swarbrick, born in 1994, was elected to the New Zealand Parliament in 2017. "I want to change people's awareness of what politics really is." You will love this short speech!

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Rachel and Jim come to BC

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vancouver-822.jpg"RESPONSIBILITY: We believe that long-term vision is important for a sustainable society at home and abroad. We believe that social, economic and environmental issues are interconnected and that society is strengthened when we take action on all three.
REASON: We believe in making decisions based on facts and evidence. We rely on legitimate research and expertise to make rational and informed decisions in order to provide Canadians with a responsible and responsive government that addresses their needs."

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COP23 - what it means to us

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Fijisong.jpgFriday night I was deeply moved, listening to the delegation from Fiji sing a bittersweet song at the close of COP23. It was early Saturday morning in Bonn and the conference had just pulled an all-nighter. Elizabeth tweeted throughout the night's proceedings as I, halfway around the world, was developing a record of the events of the week.  You can hear the song that touched me by going to the 3:52:00 mark of the closing plenary. "[These young people] reminded us of the human cost of climate change and our ultimate responsibility; the interests and welfare of our children. Every culture and faith has this as their first principle and it must be ours as well."

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