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.

Dave Drives an Electric Car

David Nickarz, Green Party candidate for Wolseley constituency in the April 19, 2016 Manitoba provincial election, takes a 2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car for a spin and discusses the benefits and challenges this car provides with Ross Redmond of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association.

Wolseley Report for July 2015

In this video report, David Nickarz challenges Wolseley NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer, who describes himself as a strong environmentalist, to back up this claim by opposing the Energy East Pipeline.

David Nickarz is the Green Party of Manitoba advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship and a candidate in the upcoming 2016 provincial election, running in the Wolseley constituency. In this report, Dave comments on the July 4th “We are Greater than the Tar Sands” event held in Winnipeg, the mid-July Premiers’ Conference, the need to stop the Energy East pipeline, and investment trends in the oil industry.

Green Party of Manitoba urges Province to resist pressure to approve Energy East Pipeline

David NickarzWinnipeg, July 13, 2015 – Green Party of Manitoba Energy advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship, David Nickarz, has called on the Manitoba Government to reject all projects associated with construction of the proposed Energy East pipeline.

According to the Globe and Mail, a draft Canadian Energy Strategy, which is to be finalized at a premier’s conference in St. John’s this Wednesday, will “commit the provinces and territories to help get more pipelines built, in part by cutting down on red tape to speed up regulatory decisions.” According to the Globe and Mail, the plan contains “little firm commitment on battling global warming.”

“The provincial government must refuse to allow this pipeline to operate in Manitoba, not promise to get more pipelines built with fewer regulations,” said Nickarz. “This project presents a direct threat to the health and safety of Manitobans who live in 25 communities along its path because it will transport volatile, toxic bitumen through 40-year-old pipes. Approving the Energy East pipeline will make possible the expansion of the Alberta oil sands, thereby undermining global efforts to deal with global climate change. If the Premier is serious about confronting the global threat of climate change he will reject the Canadian Energy Strategy at the St. John’s premier’s conference.”

Up to half of the output of Manitoba Hydro’s new Keeask Generating Station is dedicated to powering the pumping stations needed to operate two new planned pipelines in Manitoba. “We insist that Manitoba back away from powering pipelines,” said Nickarz. “This government has consistently failed to meet its own carbon-reduction targets. It is shameful that it plans to use Manitoba Hydro to power a project that will vastly increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

Nickarz, who will contest the 2016 provincial election in Wolseley, also called on incumbent NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer to state his position on the Energy East pipeline. “Wolseley citizens deserve to know where he stands on this project. If Mr. Altemeyer is the environmentalist he claims to be, he will speak out against Energy East.”

Peat Bog Mining Returns After 4 Year Moratorium

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Winnipeg, June 30, 2015The Green Party of Manitoba condemns the decision of the Manitoba government to end its four-year moratorium on peat mining in the province.

Peat land bogs take thousands of years to form and store vast quantities of carbon. Mining these peat bogs releases all of that stored carbon,” says David Nickarz, Green Party of Manitoba advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship. “This is a step in the wrong direction.”

The NDP government had initially issued a two-year moratorium in June 2011 and later extended it for another two years. The government has ended the moratorium despite a report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development released in April saying that peat mining had accounted for 3% of total green house gases released in Manitoba, and there is no way to reduce the release of these gases.

This decision flies in the face of a movement worldwide to stop the use of peat in gardens. Environmentally conscious gardeners are using other forms of organic matter, such as leaves and grass clippings, to enrich their soil.


Contact: David Nickarz, Green Party of Manitoba candidate in Wolseley and advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship, (204) 430-0568