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For Immediate Release

At the Annual General Meeting of the Green Party of Nova Scotia on May 30, 2015, Leader John Percy made the following statement:

“I have looked in the mirror and I see that something needs to change. And so effective today, I am stepping down as Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

I’m not the same person I was when I stepped into this role six years ago. I have been grateful for the experience, but age and health concerns now carry the same weight as the issues that I address in my position. I’m not as mobile or agile as I was, and my eyesight is succumbing to the vagaries of time, thanks to the onset of glaucoma.

And lord knows, the last thing this province needs is yet another leader with poor vision.

I look forward to all of us continuing to engage our collective hearts and minds in the never-ending process of moving humanity forward, asserting the right of universal peaceful co-existence, and the understanding that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

I’m not going too far away. A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill and I take that as a mandate to keep raging against the machine.

So good luck in the coming years. Start with your left foot and then move to the right foot. Repeat as necessary.

Thank you all for the wonderful experience.”

In accordance with the Constitution of the party, a Leadership Convention must be held within six months of the announcement. Until the convention, First Deputy Leader Brynn Nheiley assumes the role of Interim Leader and Second Deputy Leader Jason Blanch will fill the position of First Deputy Leader.

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Contact: media@greenparty.ns.ca
1-877-707-5775

 

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One week until Your Opportunity ENGAGE with Your Green Party of NS

 

2015 Green Party Nova Scotia Annual Convention

Saturday May 30, 2015

Dartmouth North Community Centre

105 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth NS  B3A 0C2

 

The Annual General Meeting of the GPNS is a great opportunity to join us in ramping up our efforts to make our policy goals a reality. We need supporters like you to get engaged with your Green Party NS. Keep reading for the 2015 Agenda!

 

This AGM, with a federal election on the horizon, we will be looking at how to optimize our role in Nova Scotian politics, supporting Green Party hopes at every level of government.

 

Please consider getting involved however you can. Come to the AGM, sign up to canvass, and bring us your ideas for the upcoming election!

 

Your Green Party NS Executive has set the goal of having a revenue neutral AGM. With this great goal in mind we are issuing a fundraiser challenge to members and supporters – Allow us to rent the space, ensure we have great food, and enable us to be equipped with the supplies to have effective and productive workshops at the AGM.

 

Help us raise $2000 before May 30th!

 

This goal will allow us to direct more party resources to the objective of this year’s AGM: To enable the Green Party of NS support Greens in the 2015 Federal Election!

 

If you’re unable to attend this event, contributing to this fundraising goal is a great way to pitch-in from wherever you are! And, as always, your donations are eligible for a 75% tax credit, so a $100 donation to the Green Party NS will ultimately only cost you $25!

 

Thank you for your support and your pledge to help make the 2015 Green Party NS a huge success!

 

Here are the AGM details:

2015 Green Party Nova Scotia Annual Convention

Saturday May 30, 2015

Dartmouth North Community Centre

105 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth NS  B3A 0C2

          

Please Pre-Register so we can have enough refreshments and light lunch.

E-mail your name and contact information to gpns@greenparty.ns.ca

or president.m@greenparty.ns.ca,

or call 1-877-707-5775.

There is no registration fee.

 

Donations will be welcomed and receipted for tax purposes.

 

Make sure you have your 2015 Membership

Memberships run for the calendar year; the fee is $10.

Membership application can be done at www.greenparty.ns.ca

or by mail by sending

 

your Name

Civic Address

Mailing Address

Email address

Telephone number and

cheque ($10) to:      

 

Green Party NS,

P.O. Box 36044, 5665 Spring Garden Road,

Halifax, NS B3J 3S9

 

Reminder:

Members who have taken or renewed membership less than 14 days prior to the AGM may vote at this meeting except for the election of the First Deputy Leader and Officers, and amendments to the By-laws.

 

9:30h

Party Business

Approval of 2014 AGM minutes

Approval of 2015 AGM agenda

Points of order?

 

10:30h Refreshment break

 

Reports from officers

Announcement by Party Leader John Percy

Status Updates from the Officers

Executive Positions to be Voted Upon:

Co-President Female;

Co-President Male;

Co-Policy Convenor Female;

Co-Policy Convenor Male

A word from all Green Party NS Executive Candidates

Points for discussion and vote:

Carbon Pricing Resolution

Proposal to rescind By-law on Leadership Election 4.1.4

Proposal to add By-law 4.2 to By-law on Leadership Election

Proposal to rescind By-law on Election of Officers of the Party by the Membership 3.3

 

11:30h Keynote Speaker

           Richard Zurawski!

Richard is a student, educator and communicator of science and science education. He has furthered science and science communication by popularizing and integrating science learning on all levels. He is a life long learner, adding to science research and understanding, and conveying his knowledge through his various roles in media and education.

 

12:00h Lunch

Cast your votes before reconvening

 

13:30h

Reconvene

Announcement of Winning Candidates!

 

A word from your new Executive Members

 

14:00h

 

Members Forum: A series of workshops geared towards organizing support for Greens in the 2015 Federal Election

 

16:00h

 

Closing of the AGM

 

17:00h

An Invitation to join us for dinner at Alderney Landing Wooden Monkey

 

19:00h

Join us for Music and casual socializing and musical entertaiment at Staggers Pub and Grub on Portland Street, Downtown Dartmouth

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PEI Green Leader wins seat!

 Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, won his seat in the May 4th provincial election beating the incumbent Liberal by a wide margin. Bevan-Baker was winning his district with an 900-vote lead over incumbent Liberal Valerie Docherty, who was at 1,001 votes with 11 of 12 polls reporting. Bevan-Baker dominated the district, taking 54 per cent of the votes. 

Congratulations Peter! You will be a fine representative for your constituents and your province.

 

 

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JOIN US at the Green Party of NS AGM
 

2015 Green Party Nova Scotia Annual Convention
Saturday May 30, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dartmouth North Community Centre
105 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth NS  B3A 0C2
 

An Agenda is still yet to be completed.  The final formal Agenda will be forwarded to the membership 30 days prior to the AGM. Input from the membership concerning the Agenda for the 2015 AGM is not only welcomed, but encouraged.

Keep reading for other ways to get engaged in essential work of the party!

           
Please Pre-Register so we can have enough refreshments and light lunch. 
E-mail your name and contact information to gpns@greenparty.ns.ca or president.m@greenparty.ns.ca,
or call 1-877-707-5775.
There is no registration fee. 
Donations will be welcomed and receipted for tax purposes.
 
Make sure you have your 2015 Membership
Memberships run for the calendar year; the fee is $10. 
Membership application can be done at www.greenparty.ns.ca or by mail by sending

your Name
Civic Address 
Mailing Address 
Email address 
Telephone number and
cheque ($10) to:       

Green Party NS,
P.O. Box 36044, 5665 Spring Garden Road,
Halifax, NS B3J 3S9
 
Reminder: 
Members who have taken or renewed membership less than 14 days prior to the AGM may vote at this meeting except for the election of the First Deputy Leader and Officers, and amendments to the By-laws.

See below for the outline of what the Agenda will look like.

  • Reports from Leader, Deputy Leader, President, & Treasurer.
  • Approval of previous year’s minutes & this year’s agenda
  • Any nominee’s vying for an open position on the executive will be given time to address the membership
  • Positions available on the executive are:  Co-President Female; Co-President Male; Co-Policy Convenor Female; Co-Policy Convenor Male
  • The theme of the afternoon session will be: 
    • GPNS & GPC.  With an upcoming Federal Election in the Fall, how can we best serve all those Federal Candidates that will be running in Nova Scotia?

Election Notice

Any member is eligible to offer as a candidate for an elected position provided that this person is a resident of Nova Scotia, a Canadian citizen, and of provincial legal voting age by the first day of the AGM.  Descriptions of the positions are available from the President at president.m@greenparty.ns.ca.
 
The Officer positions that are up for election are:

  • Co-President (female)                   1 year term
  • Co-President (male)                      2 year term
  • Policy Co-Convenor (female)        1 year term
  • Policy Co-Convenor (male)           2 year term

To formally declare your intent to run for one of the Officer positions, a member must submit the “Declaration of Intent to Run” documentation to the President at president.m@greenparty.ns.ca or by mail care of the GPNS address given under Membership section above, to be received by April 30, 2015.  If full paper work is not completed by that date, the President must be informed at least of the member’s intention to run.
 
The “Declaration of Intent to Run” must include:

  • a letter (about 250-word) stating reasons for seeking the executive position in the GPNS; this document can be given distribution among the membership
  • proof of Nova Scotia residence and Canadian citizenship (photocopies accepted)
  • a current resume or CV
  • a current photograph; for electronic submissions, the photo should be in jpg format.

Policy Notice
The Policy committee will present policy proposals at least 30 days prior to the AGM for the membership to consider for ratification at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. 
 
Individual members can make policy proposal submissions for consideration by the Policy Committee or they can prepare policy proposals for presentation directly to the membership at the 2015 Annual Convention.  Submissions or prepared policy proposals must be sent to leader@greenparty.ns.ca and received by 11:59 pm, April 30, 2015.
 
Submissions or prepared policy proposals from a member must be in the following format and order:

  1. the name, full contact information, and signature of the member
  2. subject/policy area title
  3. brief opening section of relevant principles and key issues relevant to the proposed policy
  4. numbered list of specific subject-based policy points
  5. if applicable, a concluding section including cost estimates
  6. date of submission
  7. citations for material in the opening section, if applicable 

If the policy proposal is to go directly to membership, it must be endorsed by two members, in addition to the member proposing the policy:

  • name, address, phone number, e-mail address and signature with date for each member endorsing the proposal must appear at the end of the proposal
  • the name of the member proposing or endorsing the proposal who will speak to the proposal if required at the AGM must be stated.

Proposals coming from the Policy Committee will be moved and seconded by members of the Policy Committee.  Proposals from members that are submitted with endorsements and meet the requirements will be read as moved by the member submitting the proposal and seconded by the first of the endorsing members.
 
Statements Of Concern Pertaining To The Constitution And By-Laws
The membership is invited to submit specific statements of concern pertaining to the Constitution and By-laws, which the Executive will address as appropriate through proposals for presentation to the membership at a General Meeting.
 
Statements of concern are to be sent to the President at president.m@greenparty.ns.ca and must be received by 11:59 pm, April 30, 2015.  The statement of concern must include:

  • the member’s name and full contact information
  • the relevant article number in the Constitution or the specific By-Law, and the original wording that is of concern
  • the nature of the concern.

Formal Submissions Of Proposals For Amendments To The Constitution And By-Laws
A member who wishes to submit formal submissions of proposals for amendments to the Constitution and By-laws must send each submission, endorsed by three other Party members, to Co-President at president.m@greenparty.ns.ca to be received by 11:59 pm, April 30, 2015.
 
The submission of a proposal for amendment to the Constitution and By-laws must include:

  1. the date, the principal member’s name and full contact information to appear at the top of the submission
  2. the name, address, phone number, signature with date for each member endorsing the proposal, to appear at the end of the proposal
  3. the name of the member endorsing the proposal who will speak to the proposal if required at the General Meeting
  4. the body of the proposal, which must contain:
    1. the number of the article of the Constitution, or the By-Law title and article number of concern;
    2. the reason for amendment;
    3. the wording of the original article;
    4. the exact wording of the proposed article.
    5. the reason why this addition is thought necessary;
    6. where in the Constitution and By-laws the proposed addition is to be made and the suggested number of the proposed article; and
    7. the exact wording of the proposed article 
    8. the reason for this proposed removal;
    9. the number of the article of the Constitution, or By-Law title and article number of concern; and
    10. the exact wording of material for which removal is proposed.
  • if amendment of an article is being proposed, then
  • if the addition of a new article is being proposed, then
  • if rescinding an article is being proposed, then

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Ottawa October 22, 2014

My Canada is a country where we can air our differences, we can disagree on the direction we should follow, we might not all even like each other, but we can all respect and defend our right to say and think how our society should proceed.

I can guarantee that regardless of where we, as Canadians stand on various issues, we will stand shoulder to shoulder to vigourously defend our right to shape our future and will not succumb to any threat, whether internal or external, to our right to peacefully share our vision for that future.

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Green Party breakthrough in New Brunswick!

The Green Party of Nova Scotia would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Green Party of New Brunswick Leader David Coon, who made history by winning the first Green seat in the New Brunswick Legislature. David defeated a sitting Cabinet Minister, winning 30.6% of the vote in his Fredericton riding. 

The New Brunswick Greens also increased their share of the popular vote by almost 50% over the 2010 election, with strong third-place finishes throughout the province.

“With David Coon’s historic win, we now have Green MLAs on both coasts and Green MPs in Ottawa,” said Ms. May. “The Green Party’s growth is now beyond doubt, but yesterday’s win is David’s triumph. He is enormously thoughtful, ethical, caring and will bring much-needed civility to the NB Legislature. This election showed that voting Green is not a protest vote – Voting Green is a vote for something you want.”

“Throughout this campaign, the Greens showed that they were a party of strong principles and bold ideas for the future of the province,” said Green Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay–Superior North. “David Coon offered New Brunswickers a meaningful alternative to an economy based on fracking and clear-cutting, and all his hard work and dedication have paid off. This victory is an important step forward for New Brunswick and for Greens across Canada.”

We should all take a lesson from GPNB and their well organized, cohesive campaign, and their volunteer organization.


 

 

Great news everyone! GPNS is finally getting set up for the ability for members to choose to make AUTOMATIC MONTHLY DONATION!!

If you have been waiting for your opportunity to contribute regularly, without having to plan for it every time you turn the calendar page, send an email to our treasurer, the amazing Shari-Lynn Hiltz, and she’ll get you rolling!

treasurer@greenparty.ns.ca

We’re still working on adding this feature to our website. Stay tuned for that announcement. But if you’re ready now, don’t hesitate! Shari-Lynn can’t wait to year from you!

treasurer@greenparty.ns.ca

SHARE this post with family and friends that you think might be interested in pitching in, for either a one time donation, or to contribute regularly!

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Regular contributions:
email treasurer@greenparty.ns.ca


 

GREEN PARTY OF NOVA SCOTIA      

COME JOIN US

 

2014 Green Party Nova Scotia Annual Convention

June 7      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Port Williams Community Centre

Main Street (Hwy 358) Port Williams

          We are meeting in the Multi-purpose room, on the ground level accessed from the large parking lot behind the Centre and Fire Hall. 

           

1:30 pm Special Presentation: We Are All Treaty People

Includes “The Blanket Exercise” in which we participate in the history of some key periods for the people of this land from First Nations’ first contact with settlers to the present.

 

Please Pre-Register to help planning since refreshments and light lunch will be provided. 

E-mail your name and contact information to gpns@greenparty.ns.ca or president.f@greenparty.ns.ca, or call 1-877-707-5775. There is no registration fee. 

Donations will be welcomed and receipted for tax purposes.

 

Make sure you have your 2014 Membership

Memberships run for the calendar year; the fee is $10. 

Membership application can be done at www.greenparty.ns.ca

or by mail by sending your Name; Civic Address; Mailing Address; Email address; Telephone number and cheque ($10) to:       

Green Party NS, P.O. Box 36044, 5665 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS B3J 3S9

 

ReminderMembers who have taken or renewed membership less than 14 days prior to the AGM may vote at this meeting except for the election of the First Deputy Leader and Officers, and amendments to the By-laws.

 

PROPOSALS

Proposed Amendment to By-laws

 

# 1 Proposal – By-law on Payment of the Leader

Given that the By-law on Payment of the Leader does not address the situation of a volunteer Leader, it is proposed that article 4 be added to this By-law to read:

               1.  Payment of the Leader shall be not less than minimum wage for the contracted hours.

               2.  Payment above minimum wage for contracted hours may be made by the Executive provided

               2.1 …

               3.  The Leader shall be reimbursed for expenses in accordance with the By-law on Budget and Expense Approval, and these reimbursements are not part of “payment.”

          4. In the case of a volunteer Leader, the agreement of the Leader with the Party shall reflect the volunteer nature in terms of workload and time commitment, and shall not have contracted hours.

 

Proposed Amendments to Policies

 

#2 Proposal – Health Policy

It is proposed that the second paragraph of the preamble for the Health Policy be expanded by inclusion of the words in bold to read:

          The health of Nova Scotians is not only dependent on the health services they receive but on social policy that addresses poverty, provides for affordable housing and nutritious food, water and energy security, available employment, and accessible education.

 

#3, #4 Proposals – Food Security Policy

#3 It is proposed that article 1.2 of the Food Security Policy be expanded to include the words in bold to read:

          1. the Green Party supports a food security strategy that would

          1.1 …

          1.2 be an interdepartmental program that integrates a sustainable food system with social equity, public health, energy security, economic vitality, and environmental health

 

#4 It is proposed that article 1.8 of the Food Security Policy be amended to include the words in bold, the concluding phrase of which replaces “ innovative direct marketing and local processing methods” to read:

          1.8 encourage, support, and promote local food production, processing, and consumption recognizing the importance of community self-reliance and economic development through innovation in direct marketing, local processing methods,  and community self-sufficiency in renewable energy.

 

Nomination for First Deputy Leader: Brynn Nheiley (nee Horley)

 

I am a passionate supporter of the values and principles of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.  I was drawn into the Party by inspiration from the GPC, and have been deeply affected by the leadership of John Percy and the GPNS Executive. It has been an honour to serve as Second Deputy Leader of the Party since the Fall of 2011, and having surpassed several life events in that time, I look forward to the opportunity to deepen my contribution to growing the success of the Party.

 

As First Deputy Leader I intend to focus my efforts on what I view as the two most pressing challenges faced by the GPNS today: financial stability; and growing awareness, support and membership in the Party. I am eager to work with the GPNS Executive to launch several fundraising initiatives. My first effort will be to work with the Party Treasurer to offer automated monthly donations through our website. My primary ambition is to continue the traveling GPNS meeting and social gathering initiated in New Minas after the 2013 Provincial Election. I believe this to be the most significant effort that we as a Party can make. It is a demonstration of our appreciation for our diverse supporters across the province.

 

My ability to succeed in achieving these tasks are demonstrated by my recent award of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ 2014 President’s Award for Young Planners, and nomination to the 21 Inc. 2014 Leaders Program (winners determined in June).

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Brynn Nheiley (nee Horley)

AGENDA

9:45 am Registration

10:00 Quorum check; Call to Order; Welcome by AGM Chair 

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the minutes of AGM held May 2013

          Business arising

Reports for 2013

          Leader; Co-President; Official Agent; Treasurer; Motions to accept reports

2014 updates including 2014 details directly related to 2013 provincial election

          Official Agent; Treasurer

          Constituency/Regional Divisions activation: events to date and plans – Interim 1st Deputy Leader

          RD boundaries – Co-President

                    

11:15 Break

11:25 Motion to accept the slate of Officers effective until the Leadership Convention or General Meeting which must be held before 2015

Election of First Deputy Leader

          Nomination of Brynn by John Percy

          Acceptance of Nomination by Brynn

          Explanation of the preferential ballot and voting

Proposals (4): Discussion and voting

Announcement of 1st Deputy Leader Election results

Leadership Convention Plans

          Other Business

 

12:30 pm Lunch  

 

1:30   Special Presentation: We Are All Treaty People

3:00   Closing

3:15   Executive Meeting

         

  


 

 

GREEN PARTY OF NOVA SCOTIA      

COME JOIN US

The 2014 Annual Convention and General Meeting

When:   10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 7, 2014

Where:  Port Williams Community Centre,

Multi-purpose room

 Port Williams, Annapolis Valley

 

Registration

Registration can be done at the door; however, refreshments and lunch will be provided so it would help planning greatly if you pre-register at president.f@greenparty.ns.ca

There is no registration fee.

Donations will be appreciated and receipted for tax purposes.

Membership

Memberships run for the calendar year; the fee is $10. 

You can apply for or renew your membership on the website (www.greenparty.ns.ca) or by mail. For mail, please include the follow:

Name

Civic Address

Mailing Address

Email Address

Telephone

Send information and cheque ($10) to: Green Party of Nova Scotia 

                                                            P.O. Box 36044 

                                                            5665 Spring Garden Road,

                                                            Halifax, NS B3J 3S9

 

Voting Rights

Members of the Green Party of Nova Scotia have voting rights for the elections of Officers and the Leadership positions, provided that they have taken or renewed membership at least 14 days prior to the AGM.

 

Members who have taken or renewed membership less than 14 days prior to the AGM may vote on all matters except the election of Officers and Leadership positions.

 

For the election of Officers and First Deputy Leader, the voting method options are

  • to vote in person at the AGM, or
  • to vote by mail-in ballot: request a mail-in ballot by calling 902-252-3995 (local) 1-877-707-5775  or FAX 902-252-3996 by May 9, 2014

Note: mail-in ballots must be received by the returning officer by June 6

  • to vote by electronic ballot: details on this option will be in future notices

 

Voting on all other matters must be done in person at the AGM.

 

Election Notice

Any member is eligible to offer as a candidate for an elected position provided that this person is a resident of Nova Scotia, a Canadian citizen, and of provincial legal voting age by the first day of the AGM.  Descriptions of the positions are available from the President at president.f@greenparty.ns.ca.

 

The Officer positions that are up for election are:

Co-President (female)                 2 year term

Co-President (male)                              1 year term

Policy Co-Convenor (female)        1 year term

Policy Co-Convenor (male)           1 year term

 

The position of FIRST DEPUTY LEADER is up for election.

 

To formally declare your intent to run for one of the Officer positions or First Deputy Leader, a member must submit the “Declaration of Intent to Run” documentation to the President at president.f@greenparty.ns.ca or by mail care of the GPNS address given under Membership section above, to be received by May 2, 2014.  If full paper work is not completed by that date, the President must be informed at least of the member’s intention to run.

 

The “Declaration of Intent to Run” must include:

  • a letter (about 250-word) stating reasons for seeking the executive position in the GPNS or the First Deputy Leader’s position; this document can be given distribution among the membership
  • proof of Nova Scotia residence and Canadian citizenship (photocopies accepted)
  • a current resume or CV
  • a current photograph; for electronic submissions, the photo should be in jpg format.

 

Policy Notice

The Policy committee will present policy proposals at least 30 days prior to the AGM for the membership to consider for ratification at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. 

 

Individual members can make policy proposal submissions for consideration by the Policy Committee or they can prepare policy proposals for presentation directly to the membership at the 2014 Annual Convention.  Submissions or prepared policy proposals must be sent to leader@greenparty.ns.ca and received by 11:59 pm, April 28,2014.

 

Submissions or prepared policy proposals from a member must be in the following format and order:

1. the name, full contact information, and signature of the member

2. subject/policy area title

3. brief opening section of relevant principles and key issues relevant to the

proposed policy

4. numbered list of specific subject-based policy points

5. if applicable, a concluding section including cost estimates

6. date of submission

7. citations for material in the opening section, if applicable 

8. if the policy proposal is to go directly to membership, it must be endorsed by

two members, in addition to the member proposing the policy:

  • name, address, phone number, e-mail address and signature with date for each member endorsing the proposal must appear at the end of the proposal
  • the name of the member proposing or endorsing the proposal who will speak to the proposal if required at the AGM must be stated.

 

Proposals coming from the Policy Committee will be moved and seconded by members of the Policy Committee.  Proposals from members that are submitted with endorsements and meet the requirements will be read as moved by the member submitting the proposal and seconded by the first of the endorsing members.

 

Statements Of Concern Pertaining To The Constitution And By-Laws

The membership is invited to submit specific statements of concern pertaining to the Constitution and By-laws, which the Executive will address as appropriate through proposals for presentation to the membership at a General Meeting.

 

Statements of concern are to be sent to the President at president.f@greenparty.ns.ca and must be received by 11:59 pm, April 28, 2014.  The statement of concern must include:

  • the member’s name and full contact information
  • the relevant article number in the Constitution or the specific By-Law, and the original wording that is of concern
  • the nature of the concern.

 

Formal Submissions Of Proposals For Amendments To The Constitution And By-Laws

A member who wishes to submit formal submissions of proposals for amendments to the Constitution and By-laws must send each submission, endorsed by three other Party members, to Co-President at president.f@greenparty.ns.ca to be received by 11:59 pm, April 28, 2014.

 

The submission of a proposal for amendment to the Constitution and By-laws must include:

  • the date, the principal member’s name and full contact information to appear at the top of the submission
  • the name, address, phone number, signature with date for each member endorsing the proposal, to appear at the end of the proposal
  • the name of the member endorsing the proposal who will speak to the proposal if required at the General Meeting
  • the body of the proposal, which must contain:

1. if amendment of an article is being proposed, then

1.1 the number of the article of the Constitution, or the By-Law title

and article number of concern;

1.2 the reason for amendment;

1.3 the wording of the original article;

1.4 the exact wording of the proposed article

2. if the addition of a new article is being proposed, then

2.1 the reason why this addition is thought necessary;

2.2 where in the Constitution and By-laws the proposed addition is to be made and the suggested number of the proposed article; and

2.3 the exact wording of the proposed article 

3. if rescinding an article is being proposed, then

3.1 the reason for this proposed removal;

3.2 the number of the article of the Constitution, or By-Law title and article number of concern; and

3.3 the exact wording of material for which removal is proposed.

 


 

 

GPC Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer comes to Halifax
March 1st, 2014

Hello to you all.

I am passing on this information to GPNS members as this opportunity for learning crosses federal/provincial boundaries and will be useful information for both organizations. I had the pleasure of introducing Bruce Hyer at the 2012 GPC Convention in Victoria BC. We had great conversations and share many sentiments. I anticipate spending several days with Bruce this coming week discussing a variety of topics.

I do hope many of you will be able to find the time to attend this session, and I look forward to seeing you there.

John

John Percy, Leader
Green Party of Nova Scotia
leader@greenparty.ns.ca
Twitter: @JohnPercyGPNS

The Green Party of Canada’s new Deputy Leader, Bruce Hyer, Green MP for Thunder Bay Superior North, is coming to Halifax and will be offering a training session for all GPC and GPNS members.

One of the many things that Bruce brings to us is experience in getting elected. He has run in 4 federal elections. The first two were close 2nd place finishes. Bruce was a successful candidate in 2008 and again in 2011. There is much we can learn from Bruce with his vast election experience, and he wants to pass it on to you, first hand!

When: Saturday, March 1st. 2-5PM
Where: Mona Campbell building, 1459 Lemarchant Street, Room 4217

This seminar will be part of the new Green Party University (GPU).

Everyone from all three Maritime Provinces is welcome to attend at no cost. Contact me (see information below) for information about car-pooling opportunities.

On Saturday evening we will also be having dinner with Bruce.

When: Saturday, March 1st. 6PM
Where: Wooden Monkey, Grafton Street, Halifax

Please, join with Bruce for dinner at the Wooden Monkey. We will be talking all things Politics, elections and federal democracy included. This is a rare opportunity to come and meet with the federal Green Deputy Leader in an intimate setting. We would love to see you there. This is a user pay event.

Please register for the training session, and the dinner, by responding below to this email NOW with your contact information. I hope you will take part in this exciting opportunity!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Marlene WELLS

Organizer | Organisatrice
marlene.wells@greenparty.ca
t: 1.902.755.4404
Twitter: @MarleneWells
Green Party of Canada | Parti vert du Canada


 

2013 Election Radio Ad

Here is our 30 second radio spot for the 2013 election campaign:

http://greenparty.ns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-GPNS-30-second-spot.mp3

 

 

 

GPNS Candidates 2013 Election

This summer smaller parties in Nova Scotia were blindsided by a small, “insignificant” change to the Elections Act that doubled the filing fee for  candidate nominations from $100 to $200. Running a full slate of candidates would therefore cost $10,200 instead of $5100. While the larger parties can absorb such a cost easily, and indeed would likely be reimbursed by getting 10% of the vote, such an increase could bankrupt smaller parties with limited resources and smaller voter share. Whether that was the intent of the change will be left to individual speculation. Suffice it to say we could not afford to run a full slate this election campaign and for that we are truly sorry.

That being said, we are indeed proud to present a slate of sixteen capable and worthy candidates to represent the Green Party of Nova Scotia. We sincerely hope that voters in these ridings will lend their support to these campaigns and give voice to the many issues of concern that we are raising.

Here is the list of your Green Party candidates:

Name                                                                   Electoral District
Jason Blanch                                                     14 – Cumberland North
Torin Buzek                                                        31 – Hants West
Ian Charles                                                          04 – Bedford
Vanessa Goodwin-Clairmont            51 – Yarmouth
Mary Lou Harley                                              33 – Kings North
Brynn M. Horley                                               27 – Halifax Citadel-Sable Island
Raland Kinley                                                    22 – Fairview-Clayton Park
Barbara G. Lake                                                35 – Kings West
Kris MacLellan                                                  28 – Halifax Needham
Bruce W. McCulloch                                    15 – Cumberland South
Ron Neufeld                                                       01 – Annapolis
John H. Percy                                                    44 – Sackville-Cobequid
Rob Pierce                                                           37 – Lunenburg West
Sheila G. Richardson                                   34 – Kings South
Madeline Taylor                                            42 – Queens-Shelburne
Thomas Trappenberg                                47 – Timberlea-Prospect


 

 

 

Green Party of Nova Scotia

2013 Election Platform Launch 

 

The Green Party of Nova Scotia will release their 2013 election platform on Tuesday September 17th at 11 am in the Regency Ballroom at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. Coinciding with the release will be a press conference with federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who will be kicking off her Save Democracy From Politics national tour at Dalhousie University Tuesday evening.
 
Party Leader John Percy says the platform will focus on a Healthy Economy, Healthy Communities, and a Healthy Environment. “All three are essential ingredients in a sustainable way of life. Ignore one and the other two fail,” Mr. Percy said. “It’s time we started viewing our lives, our communities and our natural surroundings as inextricably linked, and implement effective policies that recognize this fundamental truth.” View the Platform here.
 
Mr. Percy will be introduced by noted Nova Scotia author and journalist Silver Donald Cameron. 

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Green Party of Nova Scotia
2013 Annual Convention and General Meeting

ELECTION READINESS

10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 4, 2013
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs,
683 Francklyn St., Halifax, NS

Registration

There is no registration fee.  
Registration can be done at the door; however, refreshments and lunch will be provided so it would help planning greatly if you pre-register with your name and contact information at gpns@greenparty.ns.ca,  president.f@greenparty.ns.ca or 1-877-707-5775

Donations will be welcomed and receipted for tax purposes.

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Left out in the cold

January 3, 2013

Changes by the Dexter government to funding the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund will be felt by low-income Nova Scotians.

Funding by the government has been slashed in half from $800,000 last year to $400,000 this year. Oddly enough, the government reduction comes as demand for the fund continues to increase.

“The 50 per cent reduction should be placed in context with the 28% rise in energy prices since 2009,” said John Percy, Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. “While I understand any government’s desire for fiscal balance, it should never be on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. These changes are estimated to cost those families $300. I see nothing in the government agenda to offset this loss of funding with other programs or efficiencies. The NDP, the party of the people, were supposed to be better than this. Obviously this is not the case.”

Other changes also push back the application date from January 1 to January 15, meaning Nova Scotians will have to wait an additional two weeks for assistance during the coldest weeks of the year. The reduction in funding also means eligibility will change from every two years to every three years.

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A waste of fracking time.

October 21,2012

As a result of an Access to Information request, an email conversation has confirmed that Nova Scotia Environment has been aware for at least 18 months that a quantity of fracking fluid waste-water has been shipped from Atlantic Industrial Services’ (AIS) treatment facility in Debert, NS to Windsor’s sewage treatment plant. These are the same waters that have been determined to be radioactive due to an elevated amount of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material.

This is in direct contrast to the public position that both Nova Scotia Environment, AIS and Triangle Petroleum Corp have taken to this point regarding the 4.5 million litres of waste-water at Debert, and the 11 million litres in holding ponds in the Kennetcook area. We have been led to believe that this 15.5 million litres is the sum total of all the waste-waters that the two fracked wells in Kennetcook produced. These emails speak to the contrary, as the Town of Windsor acknowledges having received “brine water” from AIS.

Stymied by government dithering and jurisdictional wrangling between different levels of government,Triangle CEO Peter Hill has admitted that they have hit an impasse.

“I’ve asked on five occasions to meet the minister, meet the staff, let us sit down and work this out,” said Hill. “And no one wants to meet with me. And I just don’t get it. I really don’t get it. I respect their decisions. They’ve got political masters and they don’t want to see this industry in the province; that’s their prerogative. If the people don’t want it, fine.  We spent a lot of money here. We’re not welcome. We’re not supported. So we’ll go. But we will re-mediate our sites. We’re not going to abrogate our responsibilities. So environmentally we will clean this up and we will take care of it. But for goodness sake give us a set of rules, instead of just giving us dates and approvals. We want solutions.”

Green Party of Nova Scotia Leader John Percy said, “It appears that we have a situation that should never have occured, and none of the parties involved seem to be able to rectify it. If, as Mr. Hill states, the various levels of government are changing the rules and procedures on the fly, then he is in an untenable situation. It should be a simple matter of jurisdiction and application. Just do it.”

Mr. Percy went on to say, “Given the unknowns in the chemicals in the fracking wastewater – not only what the companies put into the fluid but also what the fluid extracted from the ground contains, including arsenic and radioactive material, the waste cannot possibly be treated to any level of safety.  The very word treatment is misleading, and what is being given is permission for the fracking wastewater merely to be passed through existing systems not designed or regulated to reduce its hazards.”

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The six percent non-solution

The Dexter government has announced another three per cent cut from university funding next year. This will make a total of 10 per cent over the past three years. The province will also allow tuitions for most students to increase by up to three per cent next year.

The province informed universities and student groups of the cut Friday.

In the past three years, Nova Scotia’s universities have seen their operating grants reduced by more than $34 million before inflationary costs are factored in.

“I’m surprised that this government has any nose left to cut off,” said John Percy, Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. “This will serve no one’s best interests and will lead to an increased student debt load, depriving graduates of the opportunity to invest in the economy at a time when that is so deperately needed. This is short term gain for long term pain and is unnecessary.”

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Northern Cape Breton citizens cut off EI claims.

More than 180 people living in communities north of Cape Smokey — such as Bay St. Lawrence — were today denied their insurance claims.

Residents were told the denial was the result of a Canada Revenue Agency investigation that found claimants were working for family members and not maintaining the required arm’s-length relationship between employers and employees.

“Of course claimants were working for family members. Pretty much everyone up there is related. It would be far more difficult to work for someone who is not related to you”, said Green Party of Nova Scotia Leader John Percy. “This is either a case of targeted discrimination or the most amazing display of a complete lack of knowledge of the area’s economic situation.”

The Canada Revenue Agency has deflected inquiries to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which so far chooses not respond.

Residents can appeal, but that process can take months and with winter coming on it does not bode well. “Lives are at stake here,” said Percy, “and that is far more important than a particular bureaucratic interpretation of the rules.”

 

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