1. April Social/Discussion meeting April 17th @ Wickie’s Pub
2. Spring Into Clean at Sunnidale April 27, 10 a.m.
3. First annual Barrie Greens Yard Sale – save your stuff!
4. Greens most efficient party in Ontario!
5. Vision Green & Seal Hunt
1. April Social/Discussion Meeting – Thursday April 17th, 7-9 p.m., Wickie’s Pub, 274 Burton Ave
Mark the date and come out and join fellow green-friendly people for informal discussion on current issues & upcoming events. Have a beer with us and let us know what concerns you today. Bring a new person for a special reward!
2. Spring Into Clean @ Sunnidale Park, Sunday April 27th 10 a.m.
Please bring the family (or the neighbours) and help us clean up our adopted trail in the Sunnidale Park ravine – our 4th year! We’ll be meeting at the Dorian Parker Centre (right next to the little road loop off Sunnidale) to send teams down the trail. This is a great time to get the kids or green-thinking friends involved with helping the community. Refreshments to follow at noon – if the turnout is good, free pizza! (If you are thinking of coming, please let us know at email@example.com to help us plan for supplies – but come even if you didn’t RSVP).
3. First Annual Barrie Greens Yard Sale (date to be announced)
We’re trying a new fundraiser this year – a yard sale! A chance to re-use or re-cycle unwanted but useful items and raise funds at the same time. We’ll be taking your unwanted items and giving you full tax credit for their sale value, which is almost as much as you’d get for selling them yourself. Please start looking around for items you can donate and hold onto them for us. We are looking at dates and thinking about locations – if you have a visible or high-traffic yard you could lend us for the day, please let us know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. The Green Party is the most efficient in Ontario!
The spending numbers from the 2007 Ontario election have been released, and look what they show:
GPO: 355,041 votes, $0.25 million = $0.70 / vote
Liberal: 1,867,192 votes, $8 million = $4.28 / vote
PC: 1,398,857 votes, $6.9 million = $4.93 / vote
NDP: 741,043 votes, $4.7 million = $6.34 / vote
That means the Greens were 6 times more efficient than the Liberals, 7 times more than the Conservatives, and 9 times more efficient than the NDP!
(The last federal election showed similar results).
If you want your money to help make positive change, clearly the most effective way is to contribute to the Green Party. Plus, you get most of it back as a tax credit, so the real cost to you is minimal, but the benefit to democracy is huge!
5. From Vision Green…
The Green Party of Canada has released a comprehensive policy platform listing areas where we can make improvements in Canada at the federal level. Each month we’ll highlight a different section, but you can view the whole document at http://www.greenparty.ca/visiongreen
Here is the introduction to Part 3, followed by an excerpt about our position on the seal hunt, which has been in the news for many conflicts & tragedies of late.
VISION GREEN – PART 3: PRESERVING AND RESTORING THE ENVIRONMENT
Our natural environment is the source of our wealth and our health. Canada’s forests, water, soil and energy resources fuel our economy. However, if we treat our environment like a business in liquidation, those resources and our economy will suffer. The lack of federal regulation, monitoring, and action has made Canada one of the world’s biggest and most tragic offenders against the environment. We rank amongst the world’s worst for wasteful use of natural resources. Our soil, air and waters are dumping grounds for toxic chemicals. Through inadequate environment protection we risk leaving our children the deplorable legacy of a debilitated and degraded environment. How can we be so thoughtless?
The Green Party of Canada has set out its plan for a sustainable future grounded in fiscal responsibility, ecological sanity and social justice.
As the only party working within a triple bottom line (economic, ecological and social) approach to every policy, our position on key environmental issues is clear.
It is urgent that the Canadian government actually set real targets, with measurable objectives and put in place the resources to deliver on those goals. Recent history makes it clear that purely voluntary efforts do not work. Recent history also demonstrates that policies must be consistently applied. For example, it is not possible to reduce greenhouse gases while providing massive subsidies to expanding the production to the planet’s most carbon-intensive oil – crude from the Athabasca tar sands.
We need to de-couple the perception that economic success is dependent on physical growth and build upon the benefits of a steady-state economy (non boom bust economy). Continued exponential growth is counter to the realities of a finite planet.
Commercial seal hunt
The seal hunt is viewed by many people in Canada and abroad as an inhumane activity that is not ecologically sound nor sustainable. This is particularly true now that climate change has increased pup mortality in spring due to a lack of, and thin ice.
The annual seal hunt is the largest killing of marine mammals anywhere on the planet. Its enormity threatens Canada’s overseas reputation for little local value.
The Green Party does not support a commercial seal hunt in Canada. We are not opposed to subsistence hunting by aboriginal peoples and local communities. However, we consider seal hunting, like whaling, to be a threat to the marine ecosystem. The loss of ice due to climate change threatens seal populations and exacerbates what many believe is an already unsustainable level of hunting:
Green Party MPs will:
- End federal assistance to the commercial seal hunt and support an end to the seal hunt.
- Work with other levels of government to find sustainable economic alternatives for sealers and their communities and provide full compensation to sealers for lost income.
If you wish to take personal action on the seal hunt issue, here are a couple of useful links: