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Government needs to improve COVID-19 testing clinic services

There is an immediate need to improve our COVID-19 testing clinics. Islanders have been quick to respond to guidance provided by the CPHO on the need and requirement for testing. What has not been quick is the response by government to improve the testing facilities to meet the demand.

Despite it being nearly two years since the start of the pandemic, the province has not improved how it is managing the response of Islanders who are doing their part and getting tested.

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MICHELE BEATON: Silencing healthcare workers is damaging Islanders’ health

Since becoming the critic for health and wellness I have discovered two things about the working conditions of our healthcare professionals. These need to be acknowledged and addressed if we are to see any improvement.

First, I learned some healthcare workers are carrying unsafe workloads and working in unsafe environments. Secondly, I learned they are being prevented from speaking up about these problems because they have been forced to sign a confidentiality agreement (often called an NDA) with their employer.

I want to walk you through these two things to illustrate the problem and suggest a way forward. Ultimately it is in the power of the Minister of Health and Wellness to make the changes required to create a safe work environment for our healthcare workers.

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KARLA BERNARD: A statement on the 30th anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child

Thirty years ago today, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This groundbreaking legal instrument is guided by four principles: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life and development, and participation.

On this 30th anniversary, I encourage the government to reflect on how it can better implement the principles and provisions of the UNCRC and take meaningful action to improve the status of children and youth in our province.

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Minister Jameson is breaking her promise to provide menstruation products in Island schools and failing Island youth

In late 2020 Minister Jameson made a commitment to Island youth to provide free period products in Island schools. The Official Opposition has learned the extent of that commitment amounted only to making a poster available to Island schools.

“This is ridiculous,” said Karla Bernard, Official Opposition Critic for the Status of Women. “The Minister promised to provide period products in our schools for Island youth who need them over a year ago. It seems during that time the Minister was only able to advocate for and secure funding for a poster.”

Schools contacted by the Official Opposition indicate that the Minister provided a poster advising products are available but did not provide any additional funding to actually secure those products.

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December 2021 Green News

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Districts 12 and 13, unite!
At a meeting held on December 2nd, GPPEI members voted to establish a new Regional Association for Districts 12 Charlottetown-Victoria Park and 13 Charlottetown-Brighton! District Associations and Regional Associations are the local grassroots organizations of the Green Party of PEI.

As we approach the end of another year, I want to thank everyone who has walked with us as a party and a movement over the past year - our members, volunteers, donors, caucus and council members, by-election candidate and team, and everyone who reads our newsletters and helps spread the word about the difference Greens have been making.

Recently, while preparing for our end-of-year fundraising campaign, we had the experience of putting together a list of all the legislative accomplishments of our Green Official Opposition since 2019 - and it was such a long list that even we were surprised! You can check it out here.

We can also be proud of the work the party organization has accomplished this year, which includes the election of our most diverse Provincial Council ever, passing seven new member-created policy resolutions at our spring AGM, launching our Election Readiness Committee, and organizing an energetic by-election campaign in District 16.

There's a lot to look forward to in the new year, and we hope you'll continue to be be involved. In the meantime, we wish you a very warm and happy holiday season!

Jordan Bober
Executive Director

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What have Greens accomplished since 2019?

The end of 2021 marks an important way station for the Green Party of Prince Edward Island.

To begin with, our Green Official Opposition Caucus has now served out more than half of its first term in office, allowing us to look back on what we have already accomplished over the past two and a half years together, thanks to your support. 

Unequivocally, we can say this: Great things happen when Greens are in the House! The work our Green Official Opposition Caucus has been doing is making PEI and Islanders better off.

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Official Opposition is calling on the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning to exercise ministerial authority to take immediate action against racism in Island sports

Today the Official Opposition sent a letter to the Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning asking her to exercise her ministerial authority to take immediate action against racism in Island sports.

“Islanders are shocked and disturbed by reports that racial slurs were directed towards a Black athlete during a recent hockey game on PEI,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “It is becoming clear that we have a racism problem on PEI and that is absolutely unacceptable.”

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LYNNE LUND: Will the Minister of Justice and Public Safety expand the scope of legal aid?

During the last sitting of the Legislature, I asked the Minister of Justice and Public Safety to allow low-income Islanders access to legal aid lawyers to help them with residential tenancy disputes. In response to my questions, the Minister said he would look into it. So far, the Minister has been silent on his commitment.

This is a big issue, and it’s having a profound impact on people. In my district of Summerside – Wilmot alone there are close to a hundred seniors right now who would benefit tremendously from the kind of legal support they simply cannot afford on their own.

When a 90-year-old woman in my district is notified that her rent could be going up by 36%, she wonders how she’ll afford it. She wonders if she can afford to buy groceries, keep the lights on, or purchase the medicines she needs.

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Great things happen when Greens are in the House - Fall 2021 Legislative Roundup

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The Fall Sitting of the Legislature wrapped up last Wednesday, and many are calling it the best sitting yet for the Green Official Opposition. In all Greens passed three impactful pieces of legislation and five motions, and contributed massively to the direction and well-being of this province through the issues they raised.

“This is a thrilling time for Prince Edward Island,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “This fall sitting has been a highlight of my career. I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous and life-changing work by my colleagues in the Green caucus.”

Truly, great things happen when Greens are in the House!

In this update, we will provide an overview of what Greens accomplished in the PEI Legislature this fall, including highlights since our last update at the end of October.

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Statement by Honourable Peter Bevan-Baker on the federal government imposed ban on PEI potato exports to US

I am extremely disappointed by the federal government’s decision to ban all fresh PEI potato exports to the US. This decision, as admitted by the federal agriculture minister, is a political decision. It is a harmful choice that does not follow scientific evidence and is extremely damaging to Island Farmers, as well as our reputation as a responsible agricultural province.

This unilateral decision, made without consultation or demonstrated concern for Island farmers, is devastating. It is never the right time to play politics with the livelihoods of people, especially those who are dedicated to providing quality food to countless millions.

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