Election Readiness

West Vancouver has chosen its federal Green Party candidate– Ken Melamed, former mayor of Whistler.  See The Squamish Chief for a story about him and his candidacy.

North Vancouver is still looking for a candidate.  If you would like to know more about this process or have ideas about who would make a good candidate, please get in touch.  See our Contact page about how to do that.

 

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Is Richer Really Greener?

By Michael Wilhelmson

The September 14th issue of the Economist takes an interesting spin on prosperity. The editors acknowledge that, “Over the past few centuries mankind’s economic growth has caused many of the problems that other species face…” then adds, “But as our special report this week argues, greater human prosperity now offers other species their best change of hanging on.” Read more…

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Meet and Greet for Andrew Weaver March 9 West Vancouver

Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver is a rare individual—a scientist and a politician.  He is a professor of climate science at the University of Victoria and a lead author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group that won a Nobel Prize in 2007.  He was the Green candidate for the riding of Oak Bay Gordon Head in the 2013 provincial election.  Northhshore Greens were so excited by his candidacy that we decided to have a fundraiser for his Constituency Association prior to the election. It was a great success and was definitely one of the highlights of the year.

 

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Rethinking our Luxuries

By Michael Wilhelmson

I often think back to my Classics courses in university and to that sorry tale of the Etruscans.  If you don’t know, these were the people who dominated central Italy before being overthrown by the Romans.  Much like the Carthaginians after them, we don’t have a lot of first hand knowledge about such losers of history.  We do know what the Romans thought about these cultures, which isn’t terribly complimentary.  In Romans lore, Rome won and the Etruscans lost because the later were lazy, obese pleasure loving nit wits.  The hard working lean, austere, army ants of Rome won because they deserved to win.  The Etruscan funerary arts do them no favours.  They portray chubby Etruscans living the good life – when they had it — sit transit Gloria mundi.

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Mike Wilhemson’s Blog

Enter the Dragon?… No thanks

By Michael Wilhelmson

Welcome to my first blog.  I’m a Vancouver lawyer, living happily with my family on the North Shore.   Life here is privileged.  I’ve often thought there is no finer place on earth to live, with the mountains and nature in my backyard, the occasional black bear included.  In my front yard, the skyline of Vancouver, a short drive away.  I can watch Vancouver –  as the cool mountain breeze drifts down on us.  I can live the big city life, without being isolated from the natural world that sustains us.

So, what does this lawyer choose for a first topic?  How about something superficially legal?  I was checking out the Green Party of Canada’s new web page.  The first thing I read highlights very well the difference between the Green Party and the “traditional” political parties in Canada.  It strikes me, and has for some time, that the old parties are really stuck in the worn grove of a familiar record, fighting the battles of the 19th century and early 20th century.  It is cozy fencing match: first a little right, and then a little left, then touché in the middle.  Nothing really changes, except almost by accident.

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