One Green MLA can make a huge difference

Dave Nickarz and the Green Party have lots of supporters in Wolseley. The Greens have placed a strong second place in the last three provincial elections and that support is growing. Still, the one thing that prevents some Wolseley folk from voting Green is the fear that one Green voice would be ineffective in the Legislature.

In this video, Peter Bevan-Baker, the lone Green in the PEI Legislature, tells us how powerful that one Green voice can be.

Green Party would stop the Energy East pipeline and help Manitoba families save on their energy bills

David NickarzWinnipeg, March 23, 2016 – Green Party of Manitoba Energy advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship, David Nickarz, says that a Green government would reject all projects associated with construction of the proposed Energy East pipeline.

The Green Party of Manitoba (GPM) thinks that Manitoba Hydro would help Manitobans more by investing in energy retrofitting and development of solar production, rather than quietly preparing to sell hydroelectric power to the Energy East pipeline,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz, who is the GPM candidate in Wolseley, said that Manitoba Hydro should be doing much more to assist landlords in his constituency to retrofit their buildings, and add solar, so that tenants could have lower energy bills and thus more money to spend on food and clothing.

“Part of our plan to reduce poverty in Manitoba”, stated Nickarz, “is to help low income families to spend less on energy. In contrast, the Manitoba government seems focused on wasting Manitoba Hydro resources to expand the export of Alberta tar sands production.”

Up to half of the output of Manitoba Hydro’s new Keeask Generating Station is dedicated to powering the pumping stations needed to operate Energy East in Manitoba. “This government has consistently failed to meet its own carbon-reduction targets. Plans to use Manitoba Hydro to power a project that will vastly increase greenhouse gas emissions will make it impossible for Manitoba to play its part in meeting the targets agreed to by Prime Minister Trudeau in Paris,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz said the Energy East pipeline will pose a serious threat to the water supplies of several Manitoba communities, including Winnipeg’s. “This pipeline is old, prone to leak and designed for moving natural gas. The diluted bitumen that Energy East will transport is toxic, corrosive and volatile. Any party that would allow this cannot be trusted to protect Manitobans. Sadly, neither the NDP, the Liberals nor the PCs are willing to reject this pipeline,” Nickarz said.

Support Manitoba’s Midwives, says Green candidate David Nickarz

David NickarzDavid Nickarz, Green Party of Manitoba candidate for Wolseley in the upcoming provincial election, has thrown his support behind Manitoba’s midwives in their contract negotiations with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

“Manitoba’s midwives have been without a contract for almost two years. Wages are not competitive with those paid in other provinces. Having visited the Winnipeg Birth Centre and spoken with staff there, I believe it’s time Manitoba provided the resources needed to provide fair, competitive wages,” said Nickarz.

Nickarz urged Green Party members and supporters to sign the petition created by community supporters of CUPE Local 2348 and to write to the Minister of Health at

“The many health benefits midwifery provides for mothers and their children are well known, but we will never realize these benefits if our provincial government refuses to deal fairly with our midwives,” Nickarz said.

In addition to being the Green Party candidate in Wolseley, David Nickarz is the party’s Energy Conservation and Water Stewardship critic.

David has risked his life . . .

seashepherd nickarz endorsementEstablished in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Dave has sailed on eight campaigns over 17 years including the successful campaign to stop illegal whaling in the waters around Antarctica. He was recently elected Vice President of Sea Shepherd Canada.

Talking about activism

We screened a video documentary at the election HQ  entitled At the Edge of the World on Friday night. It’s about the anti-whaling campaigns of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and features an Antarctic voyage in which Dave took part. After the video people talked about the kinds of activism we need in this world and the importance of having an activist Member of the Legislative Assembly. We also held a draw for an authentic Sea Shepherd Conservation Society toque.