Dr. Thomas Trappenberg, leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia, would like to share this statement on the passing of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 15, 2017
“Can’t we be leaders for once?”
(Halifax) The Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia has joined the call for a moratorium on street checks.
“Within the Police Act, the Minister of Justice has the ability to regulate this practice. It’s time to stop it,” said Thomas Trappenberg. “Ontario has already done it. Can’t we in Nova Scotia be leaders for once?”
The practice has been demonstrated in Halifax Regional Municipality to unfairly target and penalize members of the African Nova Scotian community.
“The police chief in Halifax claims to see benefit from this practice,” said Trappenberg. “I suggest the benefits do not outweigh the harm.” Social justice is one of the key principles of the Green Party.
A former police officer, Robyn Ivy Atwell, recently circulated a letter calling for a moratorium on street checks. In it, she noted:
“There’s a resonance in the arguments of those who see the current practice of street checks as a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which call for the freedom of association and equality. Yet as a group, the African Nova Scotian community suffers a more sinister breach of our Charter Rights. Section 12 says, “Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment”. Racialized street checks function as a form of unusual punishment for the charge of being Black.”
The Green Party of Nova Scotia calls on Stephen MacNeil’s government to act now to stop this unfair process.
Last night’s Special General Meeting hosted sixteen members at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
The interim co-Presidents were confirmed in their roles, meaning Charlene Boyce will serve as female co-president until the 2018 AGM and Anthony L. Edmonds will serve as the male co-president until the 2019 AGM.
The proposed By-Law changes were approved. That is:
- Definitions for “General Meetings” were clarified. No substantial change, but the change clarified where “Special” general meetings were meant and where “Annual” general meetings were meant.
- Quorum for Executive Meetings was simplified (now 50%).
- Regional Divisions were revised as per below (the revision reduced the number of divisions, captured some areas that were omitted in the past due to district boundaries being redrawn, and evened out the number of districts in a division).
Regional Representatives were elected. These people will be tasked with beginning to organize division meetings and build our grassroots network “scaffold”. If you are in any of these divisions and want to connect to become engaged at some level, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you! Here they are:
- Bedford Basin – Charlene Boyce
- Dartmouth – June Trenholm
- Halifax – Ashley Morton
- Fundy Shore – Jenn Kang
- Minas Basin – Sam Webber
- South Shore – Harry Ward
In some cases, a regional rep is someone who also has another position. At a Regional Division meeting, another rep and policy reps may be chosen.
We did not have any attendees from the Strait of Canso (Pictou, Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond) or Cabot Strait (CBRM, Victoria) regions. We are actively seeking Green members who would like to represent the Members in those regions on the Executive. Is this you? Send us a message and we’ll let you know your next step! email@example.com
An Executive meeting was held directly after the SGM, at which a General Secretary, Ashley Morton, and a Membership Secretary, Jenn Kang, were elected from amongst the Regional Reps. Many thanks to past Membership Secretary, Terry Kelleher, who remains an active member, engaged in community outreach. There has never been a better opportunity to get involved. We are building the Green Party that Nova Scotia needs — that the future needs. Whether you’re interested in generating policy, positions, doing fundraising, administration, or helping us build our party on the ground, the Green Party of Nova Scotia needs you.
Nova Scotia needs a strong Green Party. If you agree, please join now. We are in an active building phase and looking for dedicated people who are committed to Green Party values.
The Green Party of Nova Scotia strongly encourages members from around the province to attend or send proxy to the upcoming Special General Meeting. We aim to identify regional representatives (chosen by the members in that particular region) to help us build the party across this province. For more information about the Regional Representative role, click here.
The Green Party of Nova Scotia is actively seeking a new treasurer. This volunteer role is essential in maintaining the sustainability and transparency valued by the party. If you have an strong commitment to the values of the Green Party, and experience in accounting, bookkeeping or financial tracking, please contact us. We’d love to meet you and help determine if this is the right fit for you. Find a position description here.
For more information about these roles, the Special General Meeting or the Green Party, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Immediate Release – June 28, 2017
(HALIFAX) – The Green Party of Nova Scotia rejects the position taken by the McNeil government on marine protected areas and calls for the government to support expanding ocean protection in marine waters surrounding Nova Scotia.
“The McNeil government is ignoring scientific evidence and jeopardizing the health of our oceans,” says Green Party Marine Affairs expert Martin Willison. In 1995, Willison co-edited Marine Protected Areas and Sustainable Fisheries: Proceedings of the Symposium on Marine Protected Areas.
“Even in 1995, the science was clear. Establishing marine protected areas is a necessary component of an overall ocean health strategy. Furthermore, scientific studies have repeatedly shown that setting aside marine areas does not diminish fisheries but enhances them by increasing fish stocks.”
Although the province has no jurisdiction in this regard, the federal government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is influenced by calls from provincial governments. Written statements opposing the expansion of marine protected areas in marine waters have been issued by three provincial ministers in Nova Scotia’s Liberal government: Energy ministers Samson in 2016 and MacLellan in 2017, and Fisheries minister Colwell in 2017.
Canada has committed to protecting 5% of Canadian marine waters by the end of 2017, with a goal of reaching 10% by 2020. Currently about 2.5% of Nova Scotian marine waters are recognized as protected.
Dr. WIllison says, “Protecting only 2.5% is woefully inadequate. The government cannot claim to take an evidence-based approach to environmental management while ignoring evidence.”
Willison notes that while marine protected areas may exclude petroleum exploration and development, this has not been the case in practice. Nevertheless, he says, sensitive marine areas (such as those rich in corals or whales) should not be put at risk by industrial development.
The Green Party of Nova Scotia supports the efforts of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to expand ocean protection in marine waters around Nova Scotia and supports the goal of doubling the total area protected under legislation by end of 2017.