E-Newsletter

  • November 2022 Newletter

    Posted by · November 02, 2022 12:43 PM

    October has been an exciting month for the Green Party of New Brunswick.

    David Coon's 10-year leader's tour and celebration has given our members all over the province an injection of energy to plan and fund-raise, looking ahead to the election in two years.

    My own RDA, Carleton 45, has held three events  since the end of August: a canoe trip down the Wolastoq/St. John; a corn boil, and a book reading event. We have some plans in the works for the winter. The idea is to work together to boost the visibility of the riding. We won't find a strong candidate if we don't have a strong team of Greens to back them, will we? 

    Now is the time to start thinking about the election.

    Now is the time to pull together as a riding association.

    Now is the time to plan and fundraise, so that when election time comes, our communities will know us as the party with the answers.

    Many hands make light work.

    What skill can we bring to our RDA?

    Together we can generate the spark we need to draw in new members and invigorate those who have been labouring quietly for a green New Brunswick.

    Rebecca Blaevoet

    VP English, Green Party of New Brunswick

    Official Representative, Carleton, Riding 45



    In this issue:

    • Provincial Council Corner
    • Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Chandler
    • Get Involved:
      • Leader’s Quarterly Update (Online) - November 9
      • Focus on RDAs - Zoom event (Online) - November 23
      • Help us find our new Executive Director
      • Volunteer for GPNB
      • Working group on Tax reform and Green New Deal
    • Green MLAs in action

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  • October 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · October 05, 2022 8:48 AM

    Last month I toured the province to reconnect with Greens across the province, as we emerge from the pandemic. It was wonderful to see so many people face to face again. Meeting through screens is no substitute.

    We launched the tour in Fredericton with the theme of 10 years strong and getting stronger. We met outside a farmers market, inside an agricultural museum, at a farm that provides training and skills development for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges, in an arts and culture centre, and at cafés on both the Bay of Fundy and the Baie des Chaleurs. Additional stops are planned for this fall.

    Thanks to all who organized the events, and to those who hosted us at their beautiful venues.

    My message was that New Brunswick cannot afford another majority government, and we are the only party that can prevent this.

    We are distinctly different from the other parties. Our approach is deeply rooted in community and serving the common good. Our approach is based on respect for all people, and for nature’s balance. Our approach is built around a passionate defense of the commons: the land, sea and sky, the public spaces we cherish, and the public services we need. That’s who we are – the Greens.

    Election planning starts now, locally and provincially. We’ve got work to do, so let’s get at it.

     

    David Coon

    Leader, Green Party of New Brunswick

     

    In this issue:

    • Spotlight: Marco Morency 
    • Get Involved:
      • Events
        • Solar Open House - October 15
        • “Letters from the Future” - October 19
        • Elect a Green MLA! (Online) - October 26
        • Leader’s Quarterly Update (Online) - November 9 
      • Petition - Electoral Reform
      • Committees & Volunteering
        • Policy Working Group
        • Volunteer for GPNB!
    • Green MLAs in action - Committee Update
    • GPNB Press Releases

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  • August 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · August 04, 2022 11:03 AM

    Today, August 1, is the inaugural Emancipation Day here in New Brunswick. This is a day to remember the sacrifices of slaves, to examine our history and the legacy of the slave-master relationship, and to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of Afro-Canadians.

    The recognition of this very important day was a strong message for people of African descent. We felt that within the Assembly, elected officials recognize our difficulties in diversifying our communities.

    Today, the honour of celebrating or recognizing Emancipation Day represents the culmination of the International Decade for People of African Descent. Now, what about New Brunswick?

    At the provincial level, I believe that we have failed to achieve the goals of the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/237. This resolution calls on countries to implement policies and programs that combat racism and strengthen the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African descent so that they can participate fully and equally in all aspects of society. The central themes of the resolution are recognition, justice and development.

    Let us not forget that slavery took place right here in Canada for nearly three centuries. Before we can speak of fraternity and reconciliation between fellow citizens, there must be recognition and reparation.

    By the end of the Decade, we call on the provincial government to take a leadership role and act decisively to provide concrete measures to restore the dignity of people of African descent.

    Phylomène Zangio

    Green Party of NB candidate, 2020 provincial election
    More about Phylomène here.

     

    In this issue:

    • 10 Years Strong: A Celebration of David Coon’s Leadership
    • Get Involved!
      • 10 Years Strong: A Celebration of David Coon’s Leadership
      • Events:
        • GPNB Multicultural BBQ
        • Pride in your Community
        • Catch David on the Road

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  • July 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · July 01, 2022 11:19 AM

    As a Canadian for almost 4 years, July 1st is for many of us a day to gather with friends and family to celebrate a common good - our belonging to a society that promotes freedom, equality, multiculturalism, peace, openness to others and happiness for all.

    Like many Canadians (whether by birth or naturalized), everyday we renew this pact with Canada to be exemplary and to respect and defend these values. 

    This is why it is difficult for many to celebrate this day fully because of the dark chapter in our history - notably the residential schools. This history of cultural eradication of Indigenous societies is contrary to the foundations of our society. 

    Let us also not forget that every July 28 we commemorate the Expulsion of the Acadians - another difficult page in our history that reverberates to this day.

    We must face our history and we must act today and in the future to prevent it from repeating itself.

    I invite all of you to reflect not only on this July 1st and July 28 but throughout the year on what each of us can do to make our community (and ourselves) more conscientious and therefore stronger together. 

    For example, we can:

    • develop our civic education through online courses, or
    • ask your provincial and federal representatives about the status of the action plan resulting from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or
    • (re)discover the Acadian culture and the richness of the French language in Acadie, or
    • defend and promote bilingualism in Canada and New Brunswick.

    Let's celebrate this July 1st with open eyes, aware of our past but always ready to adjust our behaviours so that we are fully a free, equal, multicultural and respectful society.

    With kind regards,

    Nicolas Jelic

    President, Green Party of New Brunswick


    PS: Being also French, I wish a happy July 14th to my fellow French citizens who will read this monthly newsletter.

     

    In this issue:

    • Provincial Council Corner
      • Fundraising update
      • AGM Update
    • Get Involved:
      • By-elections - thank you!
      • Policy working group
      • 10 years of leadership
    • MLAs in Action
    • MLA Quote of the Month
    • GPNB Press releases for June 2022

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  • June Newsletter 2022

    Posted by · June 01, 2022 10:26 AM

    Is it just me or is springtime in Miramichi Greener than usual?

    That’s right, it’s by-election time. Chad Duplessie and Julie Guillemet-Ackerman are running to represent their communities as Green MLAs.  This is a chance to provide the people of Miramichi Bay-Neguac and Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin with hardworking dedicated representation in the Legislative Assembly.  And this is our chance to expand the Green caucus.

    Spending time with Chad and Julie has only strengthened my belief in their vast potential as MLAs. Their integrity and dedication are resonating in Miramichi, especially in a time when many feel left out of government decision-making.

    New Brunswickers are feeling the heat of high gas prices, while Irving continues to receive tax breaks in the face of record-breaking profits.

    Isn’t it time we stop this madness?

    We need Chad and Julie’s voices to hold the Conservatives’ feet to the fire. We need strong political will to enact climate-friendly and people-centered solutions. And we need people-power to make it happen.

    On this month of June, with World Environment Day on the 5th and Indigenous Peoples Day on the 21st, let's use these days as reminders of the better world we can create...and then let's take action together.

    I hope to see you soon, perhaps canvassing or at the next Green wave along a roadside near you, making history again.

    David Coon

    Leader, Green Party of New Brunswick 


    In this issue:

    • Provincial Council Corner 
    • Get Involved:
      • By-elections
      • Policy working group update
    • Volunteer Spotlight : Dorothy Diamond
    • MLAs in Action

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  • May Newsletter 2022

    Posted by · May 01, 2022 12:59 PM

    This May, we are launching the Green Party of New Brunswick’s first annual spring fundraising appeal. 

    Our goal is to raise $70,000 so that our staff and volunteers can focus fully on preparing for the next election.  

    Can we count on you?

    We are excited and we know you are too.  Both long-time supporters and brand new Greens are feeling the urgency to elect a Green government.  Our policies on climate and energy, on healthcare, and on housing are really resonating with New Brunswickers.  Every week, the party office and our MLAs are fielding questions as to how people can help get the Green message out now. 

    It is time that our fundraising goals are as ambitious as our electoral goals.  

    How will we get there?  $70,000 is 120 people signing up to make a $25 monthly donation for the rest of the year, 30 people donating $30, 50 people donating $500, and 25 people donating $1000. Every contribution counts - what contribution would you like to make?

    I want to thank you in advance for your donation, either one time or monthly.  You are the reason that the party is where it is today and you are the reason that we will continue to grow. 

    Nicolas Jelic
    President, New Brunswick Green Party

     

    In this issue:

    • Provincial Council Corner - Welcome to our new members
    • Get Involved:
      • By-elections
      • Policy working group update
    • Green MLAs in action
      • Budget committee update
    • GPNB Press releases for April 2022

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  • April Newsletter 2022

    Posted by · April 01, 2022 9:00 AM

    Spring is upon us and energy is buzzing!  This week, I delivered my first-ever State of the Province address, I hope you’ll have a listen here

    I have been hearing from Greens all over the province who are eager to get local events off the ground, support the two by-elections coming up in June, and re-connect with fellow Greens at our Annual General Meeting next week. 

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  • March 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · March 01, 2022 3:00 PM

    So much is happening! Where to start? 

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is always a special time of the year. It’s when we get together and assess our work and look to the future of our Party. This year it is being held virtually on Saturday, April 9, 2022 - make sure to register here.

    I am excited to announce that we will be electing the Provincial Council using online voting, and mail-in ballots for the first time. This will allow all members to participate, rather than only those registered for the AGM. This will help us “walk the talk” by reinforcing the democracy within our structure. Be sure to exercise your right to vote, from March 7 until April 7. Elected Provincial Council members will be announced at the AGM on April 9. Of course, only members can vote, so make sure you renew your membership!

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  • February 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · February 01, 2022 3:00 PM

    Moving Forward with our Plan

    January 2022 started as December 2021 ended: in action!

    Inspired by our new vision in place: 

    “Rooted in communities, we are a trusted, inclusive, collaborative party that seeks to form government, and that advocates for social, economic, and ecological well-being now and for future generations”

    …we are already progressing with the planned key initiatives and actions which have also been approved for the 2022 budget. With your generous financial support in 2021, we are able to soon announce new positions available within the party to support the development of our regions. Stay tuned!

    Read more

  • January 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by · January 14, 2022 5:00 PM

    Thank you so much for your generous support to our year-end fundraising campaign.  We managed to exceed our annual fundraising goal, raising over $105,000 in 2021!  This helps us do the important work to prepare for the by-elections and the next general election in 2024, but as always, there is still more to be done. As we head into the new year, the fundraising committee will be working hard to spread this work out over the entire year through increased monthly donations, fundraising dinners and events around the province and fun opportunities to engage with other New Brunswick Green Party supporters - like our upcoming Virtual Trivia Night on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. 

     If you have ideas or want to become more involved with the fundraising committee, please contact me at [email protected]

     

    Best, 

    Dave Wagner

    Official Representative & Chair of the Fundraising Committee

    In this issue:

    • Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Premier
    • Get Involved:
      • Register for the AGM & Provincial Council Elections
      • Policy Working Group Meeting - Jan 20, 2022 7:30 p.m.
      • Virtual Trivia Night - Save your spot! Jan 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
      • Contribute to our Newsletter & Social Media
    • GPNB Press releases for end of 2021

     

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Catherine Premier

    Catherine Priemer from Sackville, NB is a 4th-year geography and environmental science student at Mount Allison University. Catherine joined the NB Green Council as a representative of the South-East Region in 2020.

     

    Why did you start volunteering? and what motivates you?

    I had volunteered locally with Megan Mitton’s campaign and wanted to connect with other volunteers across New Brunswick. I had also been involved in the youth climate movement and was looking for an opportunity to become engaged on the political level.

     

    What do you love about the GPNB?

    With everything that is going on right now, in addition to the stress that comes with being involved politically, I am very impressed with the dedication of GPNB staff and volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort into keeping the ball rolling.

     

    What did you like about your role on the provincial council?

    I enjoyed being a part of the diversity committee and working together with my peers to make the provincial council more accepting and representative of the diverse people and backgrounds we represent.

     

    Anything else that you would like to add:

    I would like to give a big thank-you to all the staff, leaders, and other volunteers with the GPNB, your work is very much appreciated!

     

    Thank you Catherine Premier for your hard work and dedication to the GPNB Council over the last couple of years. We wish you all the best in your continued volunteer engagements in the Tantramar region.

     

    Get Involved!

     

    Register for the AGM

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is 

    Saturday, April 9th, 2022

    REGISTER HERE

     

    Run for Provincial Council

    Those elected to the Provincial Council work to ensure the party continues to represent all members while implementing a Green vision for the province. We need members like you to step forward to help us succeed. Not sure? Reach out to Nicolas Jelic, our president, or any Council member.  We’d love to talk.  

    The following positions are up for election:

    1. VP Anglophone 
    2. Treasurer 
    3. Youth Representative
    4. 4 regional Council members:
      • 2 for Region 2 Fundy
      • 2 for Region 4 South-East
    5. Chair (or Co-chairs) of the Policy Working Group

    For more info email: [email protected]

    Nicolas Jelic: [email protected]

    Nominations are now open until February 28, 2022.

     MORE INFO ON THE AGM AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS HERE

     

    Policy Working Group

    The Policy Working Group will hold its next meeting on:

    Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

    The focus this month is healthcare. Please review the policy manual before the meeting. 

    This group is open to all active members and works on policy proposals to be presented at the AGM.

    This will be a bilingual meeting with live translation.

    Click HERE to register 

    Contact Rebecca Blaevoet with any questions:

    [email protected]

     

    Virtual Trivia Night

    Have you registered for the Virtual Trivia Night Yet?

    On Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. the fundraising committee will be holding a Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom hosted by Green MLA Kevin Arseneau. 

    To play:

    1. Gather a team of 4 & register
    2. Donate $100 ($25 each) to play
    3. Decide on a team name
    4. Bring your snacks and drinks & come join us online for a fun night!

    Winners win bragging rights and will be featured in the February Newsletter.

    To register/save your spot, email Kaely: [email protected] 

     

    Contribute to our  Newsletter 

    Email Julie if you have questions, comments, requests, events, news, or pictures you’d like to see in the next newsletter.

     

    Contribute to our Social Media Member Drive

    Are you a member? Do you have great pictures of New Brunswick you are willing to share with us? Help us with our member drive online!

    We are looking for images of nature, landscapes, cityscapes, winter wonderlands - anything that showcases your love for our province.

    Please send them to Julie with:

    • Full name
    • Reason for being a GPNB member
    • Region

    We will share them on our social media throughout the year. 


    Julie Guillemet - [email protected]