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:
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.
Election day has passed, and the Green Party of Nova Scotia has a lot to be proud of at the moment! We may not have taken a seat, thanks to our first past the post system, but we’ve smashed some records this time around:
GPNS ran 32 candidates and received 11,128 votes. This is more than the number of votes we received with a full slate in 2009 (9,636) or 2006 (9,411).
For the first time, we received 5% of the vote in a riding. And we did it thirteen times. In a proportional electoral system, 5% is a common threshold for recognition as it prevents splinter groups from forming.
Our percentage of the vote across the 32 ridings in which we ran was 4.5%. Our previous high was 2.78%.
In a proportionally representative electoral system, we would have two seats to represent these 11,128 voters. Of course, in a proportionally representative system, many more voters could have cast their ballots our way.
A major party focus of this past election was to forge a sustainable team of people willing to work or to train as organizers and campaigners for a positive future. We intend to continue to build our capacity, and we will remain active between elections.
We have been building our reputation through personal contact, social media presence, and broadcast media. We hope that one day, some of the leader debates will be open to the leaders of all officially registered parties who already have seats in the house.
Following are some inspiring words from Tyler Colbourne, our candidate for Dartmouth North. We couldn’t agree more.
“11000 out of 396500 votes in this election were for Green candidates. That is 11,000 votes for a more sustainable and fair government. That is 11,000 votes for better representation towards justice, sustainability, and evidence-based approaches to policy. That is 11,000 votes for Green values.
A small village voted for Greens in this election and a small village can do a lot. Over the next four years we can do more and our small village can grow, because our small village is part of a larger international community of Greens who want fairer representation, action towards non-violent policies, sustainable action and planning, and justice.
A global movement of Greens is what separates us from other parties and ideologies in Canada. We are more than just a one party issue. We are a collection of people worldwide who believe in a better today and expect a better tomorrow. I look forward to doing more for our province, country, and international Green community.” – Tyler Colbourne, Green Party of NS Candidate for Dartmouth North
Thank you, Nova Scotia.
Thomas Trappenberg, Leader
Jessica Alexander, Deputy Leader
by Charlene Boyce, GPNS candidate for Fairview-Clayton Park
These are both scenarios that are happening right now in a coffee shop somewhere in Nova Scotia:
Betty – Did you see Steve Murphy the other night? He had that Green Party fella on.
Mahmoud – I saw! Steve really stuck it to him. Imagine proposing a thing like a guaranteed livable income and not having a number on it!
Betty – How can you run for office if you don’t have any numbers worked out?
Lloyd – There’s another couple million dollars promised by the Liberals. And there come the Tories, racing to match or beat it!
Chen – What’s it for this time?
Lloyd – Does it matter? And that Burrill. He says he’ll put us billions of dollars into debt.
Chen – Why do they bother? We all know they will get into office, express shock at the ‘real state of things’, toss all those numbers out the window and start again.
What’s that saying about ‘darned if you do…”?
The Green Party of Nova Scotia has a vision of how Nova Scotia can be a healthy, prosperous, green province. We know that there will be investment and cuts both required to get there. We equally know the futility of trying to wrestle with those numbers in the short vacuum of time leading to an election. Costs require context.
So, how can the other teams produce these numbers? Well, of course they have paid party staff that have time to play with spreadsheets, so that’s an indisputable factor. But there’s a larger reason – they are not proposing fundamental change. They are playing a shell game. “If we took $10M from here and shifted it to there…” We have all played these games with our personal budgets. Stop buying coffee out so you can save enough for a new video game system. Get rid of cable and get Netflix – cost savings.
The Green Party proposes fundamental changes. Not where are we spending, but how are we spending. Will the rickety, much-modified and sprawling structure of our health and education systems serve us in the future? This is a bigger question than whether we should put $100k into textbooks or educational aides.
We are approaching things with a longer term, holistic vision. That’s one reason.
Another is that we support full cost accounting. Again, this is a fundamental shift and there is no existing information in context to work from. So, when the Liberal party commits a million dollars to twinning highways, that’s simple cost accounting. Materials + labour = that amount. Full cost considers the environmental impact, the cost of extraction, the full life cost.
Plus, we consider the other items that could be accomplished with that money, and whether there is a lower impact way to achieve the desired outcome (safer roads).
All of which is not to say we COULDN’T produce numbers, just that it would be disingenuous to present them as a guarantee. And that matters to us.
Unfortunately, we have far more pollsters and predictors contributing to the public discourse than we have people dissecting the accuracy of the numbers, and what they ultimately might mean. Time will tell how accurate or useful they turn out to be. What they will not be is anything new, and that is disappointing.
Charlene Boyce is the Communications Chair for the Green Party of Nova Scotia, and the 2017 candidate for Fairview-Clayton Park. Read more about Charlene here.