April Newsletter 2022
Posted by Julie Guillemet · 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.
March 2022 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · 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!
February 2022 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · 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!
January 2022 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · 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].
Official Representative & Chair of the Fundraising Committee
In this issue:
- Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Premier
- 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
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.
Register for the AGM
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is
Saturday, April 9th, 2022
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:
- VP Anglophone
- Youth Representative
4 regional Council members:
- 2 for Region 2 Fundy
- 2 for Region 4 South-East
- 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:
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.
- Gather a team of 4 & register
- Donate $100 ($25 each) to play
- Decide on a team name
- 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
We will share them on our social media throughout the year.
Julie Guillemet - [email protected]
December 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · December 01, 2021 7:00 AM
Despite all its challenges, 2021 has flown by and it is now already December. As an organization that relies on volunteers and members, December is an important month for us. Over the coming weeks, you will receive updates from your three Green MLAs asking for your final financial contribution for the year. I hope you will be as inspired by their work as I have been. Please consider making a year-end contribution so we can continue to grow.
This month, in addition to keeping you up to date, we are also launching a few new sections in our newsletter - a volunteer spotlight and opportunities to get involved - please let us know what you think.
Thanks for all your support,
Nicolas Jelic - President, Green Party of NB
Starting in January the Newsletter will now be sent out in your language of preference.
To ensure you get the right language - please update your preference HERE.
Headlines this month:
- Volunteer Spotlight: Remembering Brian Beaton
- Green MLAs in Action
- Getting ready for the 2022 AGM - Available Provincial Council Positions
- Invite - Policy Working Group
- Trivia Night Zoom Event
- Call for Volunteer Translators
- Contribute to the Newsletter
- GPNB Press releases for November 2021
November 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · November 01, 2021 7:00 AM
Our Green MLA’s, David, Megan, and Kevin had a busy month leading up to what will be the Second Session of the Sixtieth Legislature reconvening on November 2.
- Greens reject order to stop land acknowledgments
- Greens call on Higgs to invest in public sector workers
- David Coon Calls for urgent action to wind down fossil fuel use
- Atlantic Collaboration
- Megan Mitton calls for investigation into nursing home COVID outbreak
- Kevin Arseneau calls for a moratorium on the development of the old military camp
- Strategic planning update
- Event – Climate March, November 5th
Greens reject order to stop land acknowledgments
“The attorney general’s memo is ordering public employees to be complicit in this government’s sophistry. It is repugnant” - David Coon
“The level of disrespect is appalling. Not that anyone needed another hint, but the Higgs government is making it clear that they aren't interested in truth or in reconciliation.” - Megan Mitton
"For me, I strongly encourage civil disobedience here. We need to keep telling the truth." - Kevin Arseneau
Read more HERE
October 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · October 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Can you believe it’s already fall, Time is flying by as Greens are keeping busy
The caucus was on fire grilling the Higgs government on:
- JD Irving’s reliance on glyphosate
- First Nation issues
What’s new within the GPNB:
- Strategic Planning
- Introducing Kaely Scott
JD IRVING’S RELIANCE ON GLYPHOSATE
The Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship Committee review of glyphosate and other herbicides in New Brunswick resumed in September.
Unsurprisingly, JD Irving was added to the agenda last minute in an attempt to have the last word. David was on it and challenged Jim Irving with tough questions.
Hear the conversation between JDI and David along with David’s interview with CBC HERE
"You've done very well in New Brunswick. When you say suspending the use of glyphosate would be catastrophic for the company... it doesn't quite stand up for me, given how well you've done."
– David Coon
Read the CBC article HERE (English article only)
Read the Acadie Nouvelle article HERE (French article only)
In August and September, David continued to pressure the Higgs government to curb rising COVID-19 cases:
“The fourth wave is underway and for some reason, the premier is behaving as if New Brunswick is an island unto itself. Which, just because he said mission accomplished, will be untouched by the fourth wave and that’s not responsible.”
– David Coon
Read the CTV News article HERE (English only)
The pressure finally worked as the government announced new measures in late September to limit the spread of COVID-19 and boost vaccination rates.
Read the CTV News article HERE (English only)
Read the Acadie Nouvelle article HERE (French only)
Despite all David’s efforts and rising cases, Premier Higgs publicly stated on September 20th that he did not regret his decision to lift the state of emergency. However, 5 days later Higgs ended up reinstating it due to rising hospitalizations.
Read the reinstatement measures HERE
September 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · September 01, 2021 8:46 PM
Headlines this month:
- Labour Day
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Leader’s Summer Tour
- Megan Mitton is Hiring
- The Green Caucus is Hiring
- Federal Election 2021
Happy Labour Day!
On Monday, September 6th the Green Party recognizes and proudly stands in solidarity with the workers of New Brunswick.
We Support CUPE:
Premier Higgs was given until Labour day to fix recruitment and retention issues and bring fair wages to front-line workers of New Brunswick. On the 6th of September, if nothing has changed CUPE members will have to take province-wide coordinated action. Read more HERE
This summer, David Coon called on the Higgs government to negotiate in good faith and think about the consequences of the current strategy. Nothing has changed since.
Read more HERE (French article only)
On August 28th, David and Megan joined the walk to appreciate and celebrate the importance of frontline workers - organized by CUPE:
New – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
“The road to reconciliation is long, but it begins with small steps.” – Chief Allan Polchies, Saint Mary’s First Nation
Orange Shirt Day on September 30th is now also a statutory holiday in Canada for Federally regulated workplaces. This new National statutory holiday is in response to the 80th call to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
The Green Party of New Brunswick will continue to support and push for reconciliation.
In the News:
- David supports Chief Polchies in restoring the St. John River name to Wolastoq:
Read More HERE (English article only)
- David questions how much engagement is taking place with Indigenous leaders in the absence of the working group on reconciliation in New Brunswick:
Read More HERE (English article only)
August 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Marco Morency · August 01, 2021 10:13 AM
This month’s headlines:
- New Brunswick Day
- Leader's Summer Tour
- News from our Green MLAs
- We’re Hiring!
- What’s Next?
- Strategic Planning Initiative
Happy New Brunswick Day!
New Brunswick is now in the GREEN phase of the COVID recovery, just in time to celebrate New Brunswick Day with your loved ones.
We certainly hope that this enthusiasm for going "GREEN" will stay with all New Brunswickers going forward!
Leader’s Summer Tour
David Coon began a tour of the province in mid-July and will be making his way around New Brunswick throughout August and September. David is meeting with mayors and municipal councilors along the way, and reconnecting with Green members. Follow and like us on Facebook for updates.
News from Green MLAs
Below are some July highlights from our engaged Green MLAs:
MLA Megan Mitton introduced baby Henry, born at the end of June. Sending best wishes to Megan and the family!
N.B. advocacy group calls for improved workers' rights after COVID-19
The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice is calling on the province to improve rights and protections for low-wage and non-unionized workers in the province. MLA for Kent-North, Kevin Arseneau has been a tireless supporter and the Green Caucus is working on a bill to bring to the Legislature later this year to modernize this legislation.
Green Leader calls for 80% Renewable Power by 2030
A total of $30 million across two different governments has been given to Saint John based companies ARC Nuclear and Moltex for the development of nuclear technology. Green Party leader David Coon says “new nuclear…is going to drive rates up.” The province would be better off focusing on renewables like solar and wind, along with storage technology to keep the grid functioning efficiently.
Recent hospital ER hour reductions a reminder of failed health-care reforms
Health officials were forced to close some emergency rooms after hours because of staff shortages. This was an integral part of the failed health care reforms of February 2020. Premier Blaine Higgs personally promised the Green caucus that no such closures would occur, but nothing has been done to address the critical shortage of nurses. The Green caucus continues to press for better salaries and working conditions for nurses and other health care workers.
July 2021 Newsletter
Posted by Julie Guillemet · July 01, 2021 3:04 PM
This month’s headlines:
- Canada Day and our Treaty relationships
- Our strategic planning initiative
- Our Green MLAs in action
- Committee review of glyphosate
- July 11 - World Population Day
- Fredericton MP
- COVID-19 information
Canada Day and our Treaty relationship
This year Canada Day is a time for reflection on our country’s history, in particular the relationship between Indigenous peoples and long-term and recent settlers.
Following the discovery of the remains of hundreds of children buried next to residential schools in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Indigenous leaders are calling on the New Brunswick government to conduct an investigation at the site of the former Sussex Indian School that operated until 1826. Many Indigenous people from New Brunswick are survivors of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School in Nova Scotia that operated until 1967. Sipekne'katik (Shubenacadie) First Nation is currently conducting a search using ground-penetrating radar.
In New Brunswick, we have an ongoing treaty relationship with the First Nations and all Indigenous peoples. As the first peoples in this territory, the Passamaquoddy, the Wolastoqiyik, and the Mi’kmaq nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the colonial European nations. The treaties established the legal basis for the relationship between the Province of New Brunswick and First Nations peoples.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have never respected the historic treaties. Our Party policy states that when the Greens form the government in New Brunswick, we will recognize, respect and implement the treaties signed with First Nations as the legal basis for the relationship between the Province of New Brunswick and First Nations peoples.
The Greens would also fully implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), including #45, to repudiate the doctrines of “discovery” and “terra nullius” that were used to legitimize the colonization of Indigenous peoples in different regions of the world including New Brunswick.
For more information about Green Party NB policy on the relationship with First Nations and Indigenous peoples, consult our policy manual, HERE.
Our Strategic Planning Initiative
The Provincial Council recently approved the launch of a strategic planning initiative to identify key initiatives and strategies we will need to implement in the months and years ahead to achieve success.
Our sister PEI Green Party conducted a similar exercise in 2015. Their strategy aimed to make their Party the Official Opposition in their Legislative Assembly in Charlottetown by 2020. As you know, they achieved that goal.
The Provincial Council set up a working group with party representatives to lead this initiative. We intend to finalize the work by the end of September 2021. In the coming weeks, the working group will contact members, supporters, Registered Districts Associations and other groups to discuss and exchange ideas. Stay tuned.
Our Green MLAs in action
The Green’s Bill to Amend the Residential Tenancies Act reached Second Reading in June. It was designed to empower the government to prevent unreasonable rent increases, and restrict increases to once per year. The Green caucus secured the support of the Official Opposition, but the government members used their majority to vote it down.
June 11 was the final day of the Legislative Assembly before the summer recess. The Legislative Assembly will resume in November.
Before the recess, our Green MLAs raised many issues of concern to New Brunswickers, including renewing relations with First Nations. David Coon asked the premier if he supports a special sitting of the Legislature to hear from First Nation leaders. He also called out the premier for his lack of compassion for family members of Chantel Moore. Watch David’s intervention, HERE.
Megan Mitton spoke out about the laws and policies that actively contribute to poverty in New Brunswick. For example, the household income policy forces many people in poverty to not live with their loved ones. Watch Megan’s intervention, HERE.
Kevin Arseneau supported CUPE Local 1840, stating that the 70 stenographers, mostly women, have been without a contract since 2016 and have reached an impasse in their negotiations. He asked why the premier was continuing to impose austerity measures on public sector workers and stated that workers in New Brunswick deserve respect and fairness. Watch his intervention, HERE.
Other issues raised by our Green MLAs during the final days of the Legislature were electoral reform, the government’s rental review and the overnight closure of the Sackville Memorial Hospital emergency room on weekends this summer. You can watch videos of all the Green MLA interventions on the Green Caucus YouTube channel, HERE.