Violence Against Women (December 6, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

We are nearing the end of this parliamentary session as the House will rise December 11 until late January 2021.

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COVID and pipelines (November 29, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

And November draws to a close.

Tomorrow will be Chrystia Freeland’s Financial Update, to which I will respond from Command Central – my home office in Sidney.  I will speak, beamed into the House of Commons on a big screen as the last of the speakers from each Opposition party in reply to our Finance Minister. Meanwhile, our Green Leader will be meeting with media, in real life, in Ottawa.  It is a good thing Annamie Paul feels COVID-safe traveling to Ottawa from her home in Toronto.  It is an excellent thing that she has such remarkable skills in speaking clearly and effectively to our national press.

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Demand Better Climate Change Legislation (November 22, 2020)

This morning’s newsletter is dedicated to the memory of my brother-in-law, Peter Anthony Kidder. Much loved and much missed.

(April 15, 1960 - November 7, 2020)

 

Good Sunday Morning

Today’s missive is intended to be something you can post on FaceBook pages and share with friends by email.  Please share and please take steps to demand better.

On Thursday, the long-awaited Climate Accountability Act – full name “An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050” - received First Reading.

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Wonky local weather (November 15, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

Blustery and cold here on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. We have been shivering for a while in unseasonable cold, while for early November, Toronto, Ottawa and much of eastern Canada have been experiencing unseasonable warmth.  Across southern Ontario records were being smashed. It looks like more normal temperatures are returning in Ontario with snow on the way.

We tend, even in the depth of the climate emergency, to see such anomalies as just “weird” – as opposed to scary.   I had not realized how warm it was in Toronto until I saw a tweet from Dogwood’s Kai Nagata. He commented on a tweet from someone named Kamil Karamali – who said it had been too hot in his apartment and he’d had to go for a walk in the middle of the night to “cool down”…  I wondered where he lived, so I looked up Kamil Karamali. He is a Global TV reporter in Toronto. Toronto in November and it is too hot to sleep?

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US democracy and FPTP (November 8, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Well, the agonizing wait ended yesterday morning with the news that Joe Biden is President-Elect.  

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Green elections and oil pipelines (November 1, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

Welcome to our 9th month of pandemic- November. Hard to stay cheerful, but we must keep trying!

Getting back to trying to share actual news about oil and pipelines, but first some really good Green news!

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While waiting for election results (October 25, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

As loyal readers, you likely know by now that I write GSM on Saturday. And I usually try to be right on top of the latest news. But today, I am going to take a chance and NOT write about the election results from the two elections happening right now.

With COVID and mailed in ballots, we may not know for a while how things turn out in British Columbia and in Saskatchewan. I am too nervous to think about the results in BC. I am so very proud of all 74 candidates, of a brilliant campaign and especially of our spectacular caucus of my own MLA, Adam Olsen and my dear friend, our BC leader, Sonia Furstenau. No matter the result, they ran the best and most inspiring campaign. I am too nervous to write about it.

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Elections galore! (October 18, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Election count-downs galore – Six days until voting is done in British Columbia and Saskatchewan!

Eight days until the two Toronto federal by-elections!

Fifteen days until the Prince Edward Island By-election in Charlottetown!

 

And the scariest of the scary elections- 16 days until the US presidential election.

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Passing the torch (October 11, 2020)

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you are finding ways to be thankful in a time of COVID, when gatherings
are not possible. I write this feeling quite chilly. My daughter is visiting and we are not in the same bubble, so keeping the apartment breezy with open windows, bundled in layers and wearing a mask. And ever so grateful that I get to see her in real life at distance, in her mask, but not on zoom!
I just got back to British Columbia yesterday. What a week! The vote on the
Speech from the Throne, debates in parliament and the blast of wonderful media
coverage of our new Green leader, Annamie Paul.

New Green Party Leader Annamie Paul Speaks with Reporters – October 5, 2020

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GPC makes history! (October 4, 2020)

Last night was quite the night for the Green Party of Canada.   Live national coverage and a suspenseful run to the finish from an amazing slate of candidates. On the 8th ballot, we have a new leader!  And we made history!  Annamie Paul is the first Black leader of a federal political party. And the first Black woman leader of a federal political party. And the first Black woman Jewish leader of a federal political party. (And if you were wondering, the NDP’s David Lewis was the only Jewish leader – although Bob Rae was an interim Liberal leader).

So LOTS of history!  Never mind the labels. We have a strong leader with class, smarts and charisma.  And she is already running in a by-election.  Toronto Centre has been a safe Liberal seat for 27 years.  Let’s hope that is about to change!

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