A Grey Pall (September 13, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

I hope it will be a happy Monday. Tomorrow New Brunswickers go to the polls. I spent some of this week phoning in to New Brunswick communities to help get out the vote for our wonderful Green candidates. The three Green MLAs – leader David Coon, Kevin Arsenault and Megan Mitton – are working to hold their own seats and increase the number of Greens in the legislature.  Fingers crossed.

Tomorrow at noon, we will also know who the new leader of the British Columbia Greens will be.  With talk of a snap election, I so hope we will have a strong experienced leader - a brilliant Green already holding a seat.  You have until midnight tonight to vote for Sonia Furstenau!  If you have not yet voted, please do it before you make that next cup of coffee.

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Green leadership (September 6, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning! 

September and amid our COVID blues, we have campaigning!

On September 14th watch for two big events. 

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Pacific Salmon (August 30, 2020)

Keeping track of our life in COVID, this week we enter our seventh month of pandemic.

My first sharing of good news for the week is that the New Brunswick Greens decided I could help more by staying in British Columbia and making phone calls and participating remotely.  (phew!)

It is lucky our interim leader, Jo Ann Roberts, is already in the Atlantic bubble. She got to Moncton this week to participate in the launch of all the Moncton area Green campaigns. All the candidates are female, including Jo Ann’s daughter Claire Kelly! 

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What a week! (August 23, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

And what a week it was.  Major political assumptions were turned upside down – chief among them “nothing happens in politics in the dog days of summer.”

For a quick review, on Monday, the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau stepped down and also announced he was resigning his Toronto Centre seat.

The next morning, we learned the new Minister of Finance is Chrystia Freeland who remains Deputy Prime Minister. Also present at Rideau Hall for the swearing in was Dominic Leblanc with an increase of duties. In addition to President of the Queen’s Privy Council and responsibilities for democratic reforms, he takes over Freeland’s duties as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs.

Later Tuesday we learned that earlier that same day, Justin Trudeau had met with the Governor General and she approved shutting down parliament until September 23! 

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How we should restart our economy (August 16, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

So here’s a good one.  An epidemiologist, a virologist and a pediatrician walked into a bar…. Just kidding.  They are way too smart to walk into a bar in a pandemic.

Is it too soon for COVID humour?

And how about how we can no longer use that expression “avoid it like the plague”? We cannot use it because we know people do not avoid a plague…

And I will not ever say something has “gone viral” ever again.

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What happens in the Arctic... (August 9, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

75 years ago today, Canadian uranium from Saskatchewan loaded in a nuclear warhead detonated, destroying the Japanese city of Nagasaki.  The radionuclides from that chain reaction continued to poison people for long after in radioactive fallout.

One reader reminded me last week of Toyama and the other cities destroyed in that dreadful first week of August. Conventional fire-bombing, aimed at demonstrating the new technology of the B-29 bombers, destroyed Toyama and many other cities in Japan.

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Emancipation Day (August 2, 2020)

And August already!

Let us celebrate August 1st – Emancipation Day! Marking the passing of the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act in the British Parliament. In our Green Party release supporting the official designation of August 1st in Canada as Emancipation Day (as in many countries around the world), we made note of the fact that millions of people are still living as slaves. Products we think of as “treats” come from industries dependent on slave labour – such as those popular rings of farmed shrimp and any chocolate bar not marked “Fair Trade.”  Marking our colonial legacy and the existence of historic slavery is important; so too is confronting modern slavery.

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Climate change with little coverage (July 26, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Let me start with a mea culpa. 

I was brought up short last Sunday morning for forgetting to make note that July 20, 2020 – an auspicious date – is the 149th anniversary of British Columbia joining Canada.  On July 20, 1871 B.C. became the sixth province in Canada.  Happy Birthday!

Even writing those words brings up a huge dose of internal distress; of awareness of colonialism and oppression.  Any time we mark a major historical event for Canada, we mark a moment of oppression for indigenous people.  What could reflect colonial powers more than the name “British Columbia”?  The derivations of the names is worth considering.  “British” is pretty obvious.  So too our capital city – Victoria.

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Activist in a pandemic (July 19, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

By my COVID timeline, we are just heading into week 19 of our new existence.

News from south of the border makes us want to seal the border ever tighter. My constituency office is deluged with calls of concern about foreign license plates. I raised the so-called “Alaska loophole” again in parliament last week. Meanwhile, our local tourism businesses - from iconic Butchart Gardens to Wilsons bus line - are wondering how they can hold on without those tourists.

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Modern Monetary Theory (July 12, 2020)

It’s not every day I get good news about a campaign I have been working on for decades.  My family home in Cape Breton was on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The fossil fuel industry set its eyes on this environmentally sensitive habitat for whales and endangered leatherback turtles and healthy fisheries while I was still at Sierra Club.  First, the industry wanted near shore permits to drill for gas. That fight took years.  Then they wanted to drill for oil in the deep waters off the western coast of Newfoundland.

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