Planet of the (Misinforming) Humans (April 26, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

It has been a very hard week. My home province is reeling from the worst mass murder in Canadian history. Like most people from Pictou County, I know family members of victims. For all Canadians, this week has been brutal. Our hearts are broken.

It was also a week for celebration – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. With my wonderful caucus colleagues, Paul Manly and Jenica Atwin, we held a Green Party webinar on April 22nd. It was an upbeat session with good energy. Being with our Green members across Canada was a tonic.

With over 600 people on the zoom gathering, we did not get to every question, but I saw the comments fly by in the chat function of zoom. One message caught my attention:

“Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America.”

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Putting health first (April 19, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

In the time line I set for myself of COVID19 (March 9th being the first day), we are heading into Week 7 of pandemic world.

Last Saturday, when I was in parliament to pass legislation to expand the wage subsidy, I was quite sure that we would not reconvene on April 20. The March 13 adjournment motion picked April 20 as the day we would return. Now, that feels unthinkable. That same motion created an easy mechanism to extend the adjournment. All it takes is a letter to the Speaker from the House from the house leaders of the 4 large parties.

No one can think it makes sense for parliament to reconvene as public health officers urge everyone to stay home and practice social distancing.

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Emergency Relief (April 12, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Chag Pesach Sameach!

On Good Friday, a day when I would normally shut off my email and phone, committing to quiet contemplation and fasting, I packed my suitcase for the first time in weeks and headed back to Ottawa.

For the first time ever, I wore a mask and had Lysol wipes in my carry on. And, in another first, a government plane picked me up from the runway next to Viking Air in back of the Victoria airport. Thanks to an impulse of extraordinary thoughtfulness, (and I do not know who of many possible candidates is my guardian angel), I had a call from the Prime Minister’s Office late Thursday that I could cancel my Air Canada flights.

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COVID-19 - Four Weeks In (April 5, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

And for those of you who observe Christian holidays, Happy Palm Sunday!

It is hard to keep track of time. It is almost Passover. One week until Easter, but each day is like the one before. For most of us, we are working from home and only going out for essential things.

I continue to work at a fever pitch to resolve issues for constituents stranded in various places around the world (and making real progress getting people home!) and helping businesses access help and arguing for more help with the government for those (far too many) falling between the cracks.

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A mixed week (March 29, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

And for one Sunday, I am trying to focus on things non-COVID19. (And apologies for this being longer than usual. I broke it up with headings, for speed reading!)

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Life vs money (March 22, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

It has been one weird week. I have been self-isolating at home in Sidney. I am half-way through my two week period of self-imposed quarantine. Given the number of MPs who were in contact with people with COVID19, not to mention the numbers of people I run into on airplanes and in airports, it seemed the responsible thing to do.

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the Ides of March…

[Written by Elizabeth May. To receive current blog posts by email, as soon as they are published, you can subscribe here.]

Good Sunday Morning!

And, if it isn’t the Ides of March…

Not to be superstitious, but on Friday the 13th , Parliament adjourned. We set the date of April 20 to return, but essentially pre-approved staying out longer if required – or coming back sooner if economic and other pressing matters require it.

We are in uncharted territory.

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International Women's Day (March 8, 2020)

[Written by Elizabeth May. To receive current blog posts by email, as soon as they are published, you can subscribe here.]

Good Sunday Morning!

And Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8, 1980 was a huge day for me in finding my path.  I had always wanted to be an environmental lawyer, but my parents’ decision to move us to Cape Breton Island had resulted in big financial reversals.  From 1973, when we moved, until 1980, I was waitressing and cooking in our family restaurant on the Cabot Trail, unable to afford university. The business was seasonal so in the off-season, through the winters of 1975-1979, I worked to stop aerial insecticide spraying of the forests.  Our campaigns were largely funded with my waitressing tips. 

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"In like a lion,..." (March 1, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

And welcome to March.

We do have reason to celebrate on this Sunday Morning.

Seven days ago, on a very good Sunday evening, Teck Resources issued a public letter withdrawing its application to build one of the largest oil sands mines in Alberta’s history – the Teck Frontier project. 

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Patience... in short supply (Feb. 23, 2020)

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Good Sunday Morning!

I just spent some time in jail..

Along with friends and colleagues Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Senator Pao Woo and Senator Kim Pate, on Friday morning I visited the William Head prison outside Victoria. In the evening, we toured a hell-hole of a detention centre in the basement of the Vancouver airport. It has served for decades as the “temporary” facility for people on their way out of Canada under deportation orders. It is about to be closed and replaced with a much more humane facility to open soon in Surrey.

Greens work on more than any one issue at a time. Restorative justice and humanity in our correctional facilities really matter. Before being a senator, Kim Pate worked her whole life for the rights of the incarcerated and fairness in our justice system. So she is making it a priority to get parliamentarians to tour jails. 

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