First you vote, then you party! Vote Party May 2 at the Heritage Grill

The Vote Party (AKA Green Drinks: Election Edition) will be held Monday May 2, 2011 at the Heritage Grill starting at 5:30.
The Vote Party (AKA Green Drinks: Election Edition) will be held Monday May 2, 2011 at the Heritage Grill starting at 5:30.

For a second month in a row NWEP and Tenth to the Fraser will be teaming up to host a special Election Edition of the popular New Westminster Green Drinks.

The event will be held on a special night, Monday May 2nd (election night), from 5:30-late at The Heritage Grill Back Room, New Westminster.

You may be alone in the voting booth, but when it’s all done you’re welcome to join us in raising a glass as we watch the election results roll in. If you think you’d like to come, please RSVP via Facebook or leave a comment to let us know so the Grill can plan for extra staff if necessary.

Even if you can’t make it out to this fun night, NWEP and Tenth to the Fraser still urge everyone eligible to get out there and vote! It’s your right which people are literally dying elsewhere in the world to share.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the first Election Edition Green Drinks two weeks ago, it was a fantastic night with great engagement between voters and the candidates. We’ll definitely be examining this format of event for future election.

 

Meet New Westminster federal election candidates April 20 at La Rustica

Confrontational politics leaves a bitter taste. I can’t fault people for wanting to tune out the rhetoric and take their vote out of play out of distaste for all the ideological chest-thumping from both right and left. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Rather than set up a typical all-candidates meeting full of speechifying and, well, politicking, Tenth to the Fraser, N.E.X.T. New West (a networking & social club for young professionals in the city) and New Westminster Environmental Partners have teamed up to organize a special non-partisan Green Drinks – Election Edition meet & greet with candidates. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 6-9pm at La Rustica, 228 6th Street. All residents are welcome to join us.

There will be no formal debate or confrontational politics at the event, just a chance to bend the candidates’ ears on the questions that matter to you, plus an opportunity to meet & mingle with some friendly local folks.

Green Drinks is a monthly networking event for sustainability minded citizens to socialize and discuss issues from green buildings, sustainable energy, organic gardening, and everything in between.  Originally started in the UK in 1989 the New Westminster chapter of Green Drinks has been occurring monthly for over three years.

So far four of the eight candidates have confirmed they will attend the April 20 ‘Election Edition’ of Green Drinks, including Conservative candidate Paul Forseth, NDP candidates Fin Donnelly and Peter Julian and Green candidate Carrie McLaren. We hope to hear soon from the remaining candidates whether they are able to join in the fun. Update: Conservative Diana Dilworth and Green Rebecca Helps have also confirmed they will attend.

We want to see voters of all political stripes come to the event – even if you who don’t yet know how (or if) you’ll vote.

Hope to see you there!

 

Trash talk at Green Drinks this Wednesday

Green Drinks is an informal monthly meeting of people interested in the environment and sustainability issues, held on the first Wednesday of  every month. This months’ get-together is on July 7th, starting around  6:00pm, in the “Back Room” of the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street.
Green Drinks is an informal monthly meeting of people interested in the environment and sustainability issues, held on the first Wednesday of every month. This months’ get-together is on July 7th, starting around 6:00pm, in the “Back Room” of the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street.

On the first Wednesday of every month New Westminster Environmental Partners hosts ‘Green Drinks’ at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster. I’ve never been able to make it down because of the kids, but I think it’s an awesome idea.

Green Drinks is a monthly meeting of people interested in sustainability and the environment, and is usually free of themes or agendas.  This week, however, there’s a special focus on Metro Vancouver’s ‘Zero Waste Challenge.’

A short panel discussion featuring local Zero Waste Challenge participants, including a community group in Glenbrook North who recently completed a 3-month “Neighbourhood Zero Waste Challenge,” will kick off the event. The Glenbrook neighbours who took the challenged significantly reduced their garbage output, and inspired a group in Sapperton to build upon this success over the summer. Here’s hoping the idea spreads to other New West neighbourhoods too!

According to the “Code” of the International Green Drinks movement, the emphasis is mingling and sharing insights, inspiration, and ideas in a very social setting. The mixed crowd of environmental professionals, politicos, community activists and general rabble-rousers ensure lively conversations.

NWEP is hoping the example of our local Zero Waste champions can inspire others to look at alternatives to expanded landfills and building trash incinerators, as Metro Vancouver is finalizing its longer-term plan for managing the region’s trash problem.

However, true to the Green Drinks Code, the panel will only be the conversation starter. With so many environmental issues jostling for attention right now, from Gulf oil spills to collapsing wild salmon populations, there will be no lack of topics for discussion.

Green Drinks is an informal monthly meeting of people interested in the environment and sustainability issues, held on the first Wednesday of every month. This month’s get-together is on July 7th, starting around 6:00pm, in the “Back Room” of the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street. For info: www.nwep.ca or www.greendrinks.org

Hyack the Holidays: Green Gifts

Snow Family by Graham Ballantyne
Snow Family by Graham Ballantyne

There’s a million green gifts out there, and an even larger number of gifts pretending to be green but really, with huge carbon footprints and huge consumptive and wasteful histories. Green really is the new black.

We’re selecting a few green goodies you might not necessarily see in your average Green Gift Guide in the mass media- and a few goodies special to New West and Tenth to the Fraser.

  1. Homegrown right here in New Westminster is the Biggest Little Garden in Town project. Originally designed to bring fresh produce to apartment-dwelling residents, and increase food sustainability in New West, this program has gained in popularity and reputation and now includes the opportunity for the general public to buy one of their custom made planters.
  2. Goods from the Royal City Farmers’ Market Winter Market. Due to the overwhelming success of the summer farmers’ market located in Tipperary Park, the RCFM organization made the decision to start a winter market. The first market kicked off December 12th with great success – and the next one is January 9th. While you can’t go and buy goods to give in time for Christmas, why not make your loved one a “gift card” and join them on January 9th to pick up homemade salsa, fresh cheese, beautiful jewelry, local art, fresh produce, and locally raised meat – just to name a few? There’s also bison dogs, kettlecorn, and hot beverages to make it a complete day. Everything is made, baked, or grown by the vendors themselves in BC. The RCFM Winter Market is on selected Saturdays once a month at Holy Trinity Cathedral from 10AM-2PM. More info is on their website.
  3. Seed bombs – you can make seed bombs yourself. We use West Coast Seeds for all our garden’s seeds because they are superior quality and a nice local company. Their seeds are available at a few local garden stores (it changes every year) as well as online and at their store in Ladner. You can follow directions for seed bombs (or seed balls if your peacenik side recoils at “-bomb” anything) from a number of websites – this is one from a West Coast gardener.
  4. For the post 19 crowd, why not take your gift receiver to check out Green Drinks on the first Wednesday of the month at The Heritage Grill? Green Drinks is an informal social night for people in the environmental field and other like minded individuals. Conveniently, The Heritage Grill is more or less right beside Columbia Skytrain Station.
  5. Consider giving a gift made locally from Etsy. Etsy is a large online community of crafters, often with one of a kind unique items. Using the “Shop Local” feature, I punched in New Westminster and came up with 13 recently updated shops. Most etsy-ers are okay with local pickups, too, to save on shipping.