For Immediate Release – December 11, 2017
“There were two big misses in the provincial government’s announcement of cannabis regulations last week,” says Green Party of Nova Scotia Leader Thomas Trappenberg.
Firstly, “Nova Scotians we have heard from are frustrated that a monopoly was given, and to a government corporation. This was an ideal opportunity to support entrepreneurship, and they blew it.”
Social media reaction on Thursday and Friday indicated there are already many local entrepreneurs who have been developing business models based on the coming legalisation. BC, PEI, and other jurisdictions are working to provide opportunities for private retail sellers of recreational cannabis. Nova Scotia has a robust entrepreneurial spirit, and this was a prime opportunity for grassroots job creation.
The second error is one of omission.
Neither the federal government nor any provincial government have indicated a willingness to address the racial injustices committed during the so-called war on drugs. An overwhelming number of those targeted and incarcerated for possession-related infractions have been First Nations or Black Canadians. Many families have been torn apart and many lives have been ruined by incarceration for marijuana possessions charges.
“At the very least pardons could be offered to Nova Scotians charged with cannabis possession offences since medicinal marijuana was approved,” notes Trappenberg. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure a fair and equitable treatment of minority groups in our province. This could be a huge step.”
Opportunities to build local agriculture also seem to be slipping away as large, centralized companies purchase smaller ones. Toronto brokerage Catalyst Cultivator Corps recently announced their purchase of Antigonish’s THC Dispensaries Inc.
“Regulating legal cannabis sales is a great way to build a stronger economy and improve social justice while weakening organized criminal groups. It’s too bad the government chose to create their regulations without really listening to Nova Scotians.”
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 email@example.com 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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.