Guelph Greens at the Eco Market

Guelph Greens at the Eco Market
Big shout out to our amazing volunteers! Howard, Paul, Cynthia, Emma and Michelle, your participation in the eMERGE Guelph EcoMarket 2019 was essential to the event!

Guelph Green Volunteers at Eco Market

Jax Thornton at the Guelph Greens Eco Market TableAll five Nominees were out meeting people, discussing issues and learning more about this great city and all there is to offer the environmentally conscious and those wanting to learn.

Thanks to Green Party Candidate Nominees, Jax Thornton, Hayley Kellett, Ralph Martin, Steve Dyck and Alex Chapman for providing #Guelph with another historic #Greens happening! 5 Nomination Candidates! Unprecedented. 💚💚💚💚💚

Hayley Kellett at the Guelph Greens Eco Market Table

Alex Chapman at the Guelph Greens Eco Market Table

Steve Dyck at Eco MarketRalph Martin at the Guelph Greens Eco Market Table

Nominee Town Hall

Nominees at Town HallOver 100 people attended the Guelph Greens Nominee Town Hall on Friday March 22 at Cutten Fields in Guelph. Both questions and answers at the event exemplified the wealth of knowledge, passion, ideas, collegiality and more in Guelph.

Get to know the nominees more.

Vidoes from the Town Hall:

Candidate Election Night is April 5th. Both Mike Schreiner and special guest Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be there. To vote for the nominee of your choice you must be a member of the Green Party of Canada by Friday March 22nd. Join here!

Update on Special Ballots for our Federal Candidate Nomination

Thank you to all the nominees, their supporters, and members who have asked questions and expressed concerns about whether or not they would be able to cast a vote in this nomination contest. The vote will take place on Friday April 5th, at the Holiday Inn on Scottsdale Dr, during the nomination event. We are not able to safely, privately and legally accept any votes not cast in person at the event. There will be no special ballots or advanced ballots.

The nomination contest here in Guelph this year is very exciting, especially after a successful 2018 Provincial election. We, as a party, have grown in an exponential way over the last two years.

This unprecedented nomination contest, which may have five nominees, has brought a lot of attention to our party and to our city. Thanks to that extra attention, it has brought our own EDA attention to our systems. Our constitution and by-laws were written and voted into place in 2012, 7 years and 3 elections ago. While reviewing our by-laws we have come to understand that we are not in a position to accept special or advance ballots. We do not have a secure system.

While this must leave many members frustrated that they can not take part in the selection of the candidate for the Federal election, I really hope you will take the time to work with us to update and modernize our constitution and by-laws for our next AGM. If you are interested in joining a committee to help review the by-laws as they are and to help with updates please let us know. If you have a particular interest in only the nomination election process we need your voice also. Please email president@guelphgreens.ca to let us know.

Candice Lepage

President, Guelph Greens EDA and CA

Successful first event for Federal Campaign

The Guelph Greens’ first official event for the 2019 Federal Campaign, a nominee mixer, was a resounding success. The room was packed at the Symposium in Guelph on the afternoon of March 9, 2019, where 3 of the 5 nominees vying for the candidacy of Guelph Greens were present to chat with attendees.

Nominee Ralph Martin speaks with attendees
Nominee Ralph Martin speaks with voters.
Nominee Jax Thornton
Nominee Jax Thornton
Nominees speaking with Green party members at the mixerNominees speaking with Green party members at the mixer
Nominees speaking with Green party members at the mixer

Official nominees Ralph Martin and Steve Dyck, and unofficial nominee Jax Thornton were busy all afternoon speaking with attendees. Unfortunately, nominee Alex Chapman and unofficial nominee  Hayley Kellett were unable to attend.

Great turnout at Guelph Greens nominee mixer
Great turnout at Guelph Greens nominee mixer
Snacks at nominee mixer
Snacks at nominee mixer

Those who attended were able to enjoy some delicious snacks as they learned more about the nominees, mixed and mingled with fellow Guelph Greens,  found out what it takes to work on a winning campaign, and signed up to volunteer.

Nominees speaking with people
Nominees speaking with people
Nominee Mixer march 2019
Nominee Mixer March 2019
Signing up new volunteers
Signing up new volunteers
Nominee Jax Thornton chats with a voter
Nominee Jax Thornton chats with a voter

Watch for news of our next event, a nominee townhall, which will include all 5 of the (by then) official Guelph Green nominees.  The event is expected to be held towards the end of March.

Guelph Greens president Candice Lepage and Vice President Brett Nodwell address the crowd
Guelph Greens president Candice Lepage and Vice President Brett Nodwell address the crowd

Guelph Greens Federal EDA announces its first nominee for the role of 2019 Federal Candidate

(Guelph): The Guelph Greens Federal EDA is pleased to announce the first nominee vying for the role of the 2019 Federal Green Party Candidate, Ralph Martin.

Martin is a professor of plant agriculture in the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada. From 2011 until 2016, he was the Loblaw Chair of Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph. Currently, he is the chair of the Canadian Rights and Freedoms Centre.

“I intend to advocate and negotiate for policies that will provide more predictability and less risk for businesses, and for policies to advance healthy ecosystems for all citizens,” says Martin. “I appreciate legacies of First Nations’ civilizations and recognize how addressing climate change and species loss requires ongoing partnerships with indigenous people.”

Applications to become a nominee are being accepted until March 1st. More nominees are expected to be announced soon.

The nomination election will be on April 5th. More details to be announced soon.