Date: 2014/08/24 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

I missed summer vacation last year, and (living up to my reputation as “hardest working MP”) I was horrified to realize I hadn’t had two days off in a row since Christmas. So I was bound and determined to have some seriously lazy days in the summer of 2014 –  or regret it throughout what ...

Date: 2014/08/21 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

One can be forgiven for dismissing the appointment of Canada’s new ambassador to the Vatican as a matter of no consequence. But this posting in the midst of a hot summer of global conflict may have been the last straw for the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). The organization, representing more than 1,500 ...

Date: 2014/08/19 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada issued the following statement regarding the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada release of its final report on the devastating train derailment in Lac-Megantic in 2013. The tragic events lead to the loss of 47 lives and destroyed a significant portion of the downtown. Over six ...

Date: 2014/08/19 -- Category/Categories: Backgrounder

Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors MMA-002 was parked unattended on the main line, on a descending grade, with the securement of the train reliant on a locomotive that was not in proper operating condition. The 7 hand brakes that were applied to secure the train were insufficient to hold the train without the ...

Date: 2014/08/09 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

On this the 21st annual UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Green Party of Canada joins with Greens from around the world in celebrating the diversity of Indigenous cultures and in calling for greater respect for Indigenous rights. The theme for this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day is “Bridging the Gap: Implementing the ...

Date: 2014/08/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

On Sunday September 21 I will be with my daughter in New York, marching with tens of thousands of concerned citizens – demanding action on the climate crisis. The march is timed to build pressure on world leaders and in support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Solutions Summit on September 23. In December ...

Date: 2014/08/07 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Most of the news is bad. This week’s dispatches had only one piece of good news. Touching on that good news first, a report from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung claims that the German parliament will not approve the EU-Canada trade deal. The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) has been a source of concern in ...

Date: 2014/08/06 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

Following the catastrophic tailings pond spill that took place Monday at the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Copper Mine, the Green Party of Canada is calling for far more stringent safety requirements and a comprehensive review of tailings ponds across Canada. “The disaster at Imperial is a stark reminder that inspections and enforcement procedures must be ...

Date: 2014/08/06 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

On this the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Green Party of Canada joins Green parties worldwide in calling for global nuclear disarmament. On this day in 1945, more than 100,000 civilians were instantly killed by the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. On August 9, 1945, a further 60,000 people were killed in ...

Date: 2014/08/05 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

The Green Party of Canada supports the humanitarian campaign led by Palestinian-Canadian Dr. Izzeldin Abeylaish to bring 100 seriously wounded Gaza children to Canada for medical treatment. “Dr. Abeylaish has demonstrated tremendous leadership. Can our elected leaders match it? This mission to save innocent children is both humbling and inspirational. I urge the federal government ...

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