Links and Media

Everything you want to know about the Green Party of Manitoba,  The Green Party of Canada, and the international Global Greens movement.   Oh, and don’t forget to dream big – one simple change could have a massively positive ripple effect:  visit http://farefree.ca/ to learn more!

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Speaking at the rally against the west-side bi-Pole route, I re-iterated the party’s position to consider not building Bi-pole 3 at all, and focusing instead on energy soft paths, aka demand side management, whereby we reduce the demand through efficiencies and grid diversification and localization, so production and consumption happen with less of a distance between them, such as energy neutral homes that sell back to the grid and subsidize through interest-free or low-interest loans the consumers of energy also becoming small-time producers.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/09/20/mbvotes-bipole-protest.html

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/09/20/west-side-bipole-worst-decision-in-toba-history-mcfadyen

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Caitlin McIntyre, Green candidate in Fort Richmond, makes a strong case that Greens split every vote, not simply those of the left or the right.  We stand alone because the issues we speak up for are simply not in the thinking of the other parties.

http://themanitoban.com/articles/47308

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I ran in Kildonan-St.Paul this past spring federally. If you’re interested in some of my views on federal issues I wrote a fair bit about them back then at:

http://greenkildonanstp.wordpress.com/

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitobavotes2011/story/2011/09/08/mbvotes-green-doer-climate-promise.html

Doer promised Manitoba would reduce its carbon emissions in line with the Kyoto Accord, and if they did not, Doer suggested voters should vote them out of office.  Well today Manitoba has failed to achieve this reduction, and Doer is a salesman for the most carbon intensive oil project on the planet, the Alberta Tar Sands.  The environment is not a special issue, folks, it is the foundation of our economy and health.

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Here is a recent comment piece I wrote in the Manitoban.  It’s about the Youth Vote, Strategic Voting, and thinking politically beyond the time-crunched panic of this current election: what should Canada look like in ten or twenty or fifty years, and how can our voting start to shape that better future…Comments please!

Re-thinking strategic voting

Projecting ten years ahead

http://www.themanitoban.com/articles/45413

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Here’s a feature written for the Manitoban, U of M.  When I wrote this I was learning lots about the impacts of the tar sands on the First Nations and Metis communities downstream from these mammoth developments, along the recently pristine Athabasca River and Lake Athabasca.  You may have heard about Dr. John O’Connor and how he was chased from Alberta under threat to his license for alerting the public to alarmingly high rates of rare cancers in Fort Chipewyan.

I also have done extensive research on and spoken with people from Hydro-affected communities.   I welcome comments about how we can move from the level of individual denial about the system we are partaking in to becoming social and political moral agents for changing the system, that we may design future industrial development according to social and ecological principles, not simply the profit of convenience of the few…We have so many alternatives, but we need to cooperatively transition off of fossil fuels, as is happening through greater community organizing in the transition movement, particularly strong today in the UK.

Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice

Is there a just place to stand in this system?

http://themanitoban.com/articles/29622

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