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Currently, we do not have a Canadians with Disabilities Act to further push issues such as accessibility of buildings to the forefront. This is literally leaving many Canadians “out”.

We also do not have a Guaranteed Annual Income. It does not make sense to expect people to thrive when they are worried about their next meal. According to Abraham Maslow, the pioneer of psychological motivational behaviour, our human journey is about reaching our full potential and being connected with the world, but our basic needs must be met before higher level needs can be met. If this is true, then, without a Guaranteed Annual Income we are severely limiting the human potential of many Canadians.

Poverty rates of Canadians with disabilities result in large part from the lack of needed disability supports, which enable access to education, training, employment, and community participation.

Canadians with disabilities are too often exiled to inadequate, stigmatizing, and ineffective systems of income support that were never designed to address the real income needs of Canadians with disabilities.” (Green vision, 4.10.2 people with disabilities)

This is not only a shame, it is a waste of human capital. We need to invest in a decent secure income system allows people to move on from barely meeting their survival needs. It makes economic sense as a sustainable investment.

We endorse the Basic Income Program proposed by the Caledon Institute, which asserts that, when all factors are taken into account, the program will actually save the government money. We urge the adoption of this income security program for people with disabilities as soon as possible as an interim measure until a full poverty eradication federal-provincial program is established to provide for income security for all Canadians.” (Green vision, 4.10.2 people with disabilities

I believe in Proportional Representation. Our current First Pass the Post voting system is old and unfair. Voter turn-out would likely increase if our system reflected what the people voted for instead of this “winner take all” system that has voters shaking their heads and avoiding the polls.

On being "disabled"

I have often wondered what the term “disabled” actually means. Asking the existential question: is it something that “is” or is it something that we as a society create with barriers? If a person cannot get into a particular building, does that make the person disabled? Is it a door step, a set of stairs or several flights of stairs that disable a person's ability? What would be the human potential without those imposed limits?

Similarly, is climate change something that “is”, something that must be accepted and lived with? Or, could we say that we humans are disabling nature's efforts in the natural pattern of rebirth and regrowth over time? Inadvertently, we focus on ourselves and our immediate needs and environment. We disable nature's existence and potential by not considering the harm we may cause in others' attempts to survive and thrive.

The importance of family, community life, and respect for nature and its inhabitants are paramount for a sustainable future that includes and considers everyone.

Why Vote for Nick?

Kitchener Centre has collectively elected either a Conservative or a Liberal since this riding existed. However, since the electoral boundaries have changed, we are technically a brand new riding with the same name as before. Since anything can happen in a new riding, it would be wonderful to see those 30,000 people who did not vote the last time show up to cast a ballot. By staying home or voting strategically on election day we get the same old thing-what we don't want. It is only by showing up and voting for what we actually want that we get what we want. Let's not limit the potential of our riding. Kitchener Centre could have an entirely different outcome. Be sure to vote, bring a friend with you, fill a car up with voters, volunteer to help the Green Party or make a donation for a brighter future that includes everyone and will last into the future.

Nick may get around on wheels, but he is a standup guy

Nicholas Wendler was born with spina bifida. As a result, he is parapalegic, requires daily attendent care and he gets around on wheels (wheelchair). He grew up in the small town of Goderich. His love of nature developed early while camping summers in his youth. Throughout childhood Nick collected fact file cards on wild life. It was that card collection binder that inspired a passion for preservation and sustainability that continues in Nick today.

 While Nick was in residence he co-founded a student club for people with visible and non-visible disabilities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies, a diploma in General Social work and a certificate in Child Abuse Studies. During his graduate years he did a counseling practicum at KW Counseling and he later volunteered at their Walk-in Counseling program. Nick earned his Master of Arts degree in Theology with a focus on Sprirtual Care and Psychotherapy. More recently, Nick has volunteered for the Waterloo Region Family Network's adult social program for people with disabilities. He has also provided support in the computer lab at the WorkingCentre helping people in Kitchener to gain and sustain employment skills.

Like many who go to school in this area, Nick decided to settle here in Kitchener. He now lives in a modern accessible apartment in the Victoria Park neighborhood where he enjoys the fresh air, the park wildlife and city festivals. He is currently learning how to drive an accessible van. No matter what the challenge seems to be, Nick meets it with determination and dignity.

Given Nick's devotion to the marginalized and his early love for nature and animals, it is not surprising that he choose to volunteer for the Green Party. He has been working behind the scenes (data entry) for several years. While he supports all of the Green Vision, Nick is especially fond of the Green's Social Justice and Sustainbility values.

GPC 2015 Candidate for Kitchener Centre

To be announced!  Byron Williston will not be running this year.

Regional Training Session

Are you free on Monday, February 9th?

If so, I hope that you will join our Ontario Organizing team and the Kitchener Centre Greens for an exciting evening of training and campaign discussions to help prepare us for the upcoming federal election.

WHAT: Green Party of Canada Regional Training Session

WHEN: Monday, February 9th, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WHERE: Rockway Center, 1405 King St. East, Kitchener, ON

 

We’re inviting Greens from across the region to come and partake in an informative and engaging set of training sessions hosted by the GPC organizing team, and some of our most seasoned local campaigners!

 

Our agenda for the evening will follow the below plan:

7:30 PM - Introductions

7:45 PM - “Canvassing 101” presented by GPC Organizer, Matt Chisholm

8:15 PM - “GPC Nominations Process 2015” presented by GPC Organizer, Jonathan Halasz

8:45 PM - Your Choice of 3 Facilitated Workshops:

  • “Campaign Management” - facilitated by Matthew Piggott, GPC Campaign Manager and Executive member of the Kitchener Centre Greens
  • “Visioning Session for Regional Greens” - facilitated by Stacey Danckert, PhD research scientist, and GPO candidate for Kitchener-Waterloo in 2012 & 2014
  • “Speech and Campaign Messaging” - facilitated by Matthew Casselman, local debate champion, environmental steward, and community leader

9:15 PM - Announcements & Wrap-Up


We will be holding a “Green Raising” fundraiser and silent auction to help us build our campaign budget. Light refreshments will be provided on site.

For more information on this event, please email Jonathan (jonathan.halasz@greenparty.ca) or the Kitchener Centre Greens (kitchener_centre@greenparty.ca).

No Love for Harper's 1.4 Billion Oil Subsidies

An interesting video filmed during Open Streets in Hamilton.

Harper government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

The Green Party of Canada is appalled by the Harper government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. "It is extremely shocking that Canada has chosen to withdraw just days after the conclusion of the Durban negotiations," said Green Leader Elizabeth May, who was in Durban for COP17. "It is simply outrageous disinformation that there is a $14 billion cost to staying in Kyoto. Staying in the Kyoto Protocol will not cost us a cent. What will cost billions is if we do nothing to address climate change."

Rally for Democracy

Come out to support Elizabeth May speak in Waterloo at Cathy MacLellan campaign office!When: Sunday, April 10, 3:30 pmWhere: Cathy's campaign office            10 Regina St. North, Waterloo            (old Gen X video store)

Inspiring Story

Dear Green Supporter

I thought you would get inspired by this story that Johan Hamels, Executive Director, Green Party of Canada relayed to me. 

“You must be proud to be working for democracy,” the taxi driver said to Karen, one of our staff members, who had just spent 15 hours in Green Party headquarters and was exhausted and—truthfully—feeling a little sorry for herself, as she told me when she shared the story this morning.

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