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Annamie Paul will now lead the Green Party of Canada

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Annamie Paul Wins Historic Victory To Lead Canadian Green Party

Annamie Paul, a Black and Jewish graduate of Princeton University and the University of Ottawa, pulled away in an eighth round ballot showdown with a top BDS activist to replace Elizabeth May as leader of the Green Party of Canada. She became the first Black person elected as a national party leader, and the first Jewish party leader since 1975.

Of the 36,000 Green Party members, 69 percent chose from among the eight candidates in a preferential ballot run-off.  Although seen as the frontrunner because of an edge in donations and insider support, as also-rans fell from the ballot Paul actually fell into second place by a small fraction of a percent in rounds 4 and 5 behind Dimitri Lascaris, a self-described radical and “eco-socialist”.

However Paul regained the lead and held a 500 vote lead going into the final round. The 47 year old lawyer took two-thirds of the backers of third place candidate Courtney Howard to win the showdown by a 2009 vote margin.

Tensions were high as the BDS proponent Dimitri and other candidates assailed Paul who refused to endorse the MP pledge to oppose Israeli annexation, which was signed by all 3 Green MP. The party has been plagued with allegations of antisemitic comments and affiliations of some members of the far left party. 

She was also attacked by commenters in an online election town hall who used the word ‘N’ word a number of times and referred to Paul and another candidate, Meryam Haddad, as a ‘f-ing Jew’.

“As a Black Jewish candidate, I’ve been subject to months of anti-Semitic & racist attacks,” said Paul on Twitter afterwards. “Party silence emboldened hate. It ends when I win.”

Annamie Paul did not hesitate to call out the racists who tried to disrupt her leadership campaign. Photo courtesy of Annamie Paul Twitter account.

The day before her election, outgoing Green Party leader Elizabeth May tabled an anti-annexation petition in Parliament crafted by Winnipeg BDS activist David Kattenburg. It called for the banning imports of “settlement” goods, for Canada to formally distinguish between Israel ‘proper’ and the “occupied Palestinian territories”, and to terminate charitable status for groups that support Israeli settlements. However at her first press conference, Paul deferred taking any formal position on BDS until a membership platform vote. She has taken a pragmatic approach encouraging dialogue between Israel and Palestinian leaders, based on her years working in international conflict resolution.

“The outcome of the federal Green leadership race marks an important milestone in Canadian politics,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “The highest echelons of our political system are slowly changing to reflect the diversity of modern Canada’s population.”

Paul will be running in the Toronto-Centre byelection on October 26 for the seat left open by the departure of former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. “The other parties are simply out of ideas. They are intellectually exhausted,” she said in her victory speech. “This is a moment that demands daring, courageous leadership and this is something that we simply didn’t see in the last speech from the throne.”

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Stacey Leavitt-Wright Is The Next CEO Of The Jewish Federation Of Edmonton

(AJNews) Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Jewish Community Centre of Edmonton and Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce that Stacey Leavitt-Wright has been hired as the new CEO.

“We are excited to announce that after an exhaustive search, the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Jewish Community Centre of Edmonton and Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation have hired Stacey Leavitt-Wright as our new Chief Executive Officer,” stated the Jewish Federation of Edmonton Board of Directors in a news release.

Stacey grew up in Montreal, Quebec and has been active in the Jewish community wherever she has lived. In 1994, she earned her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, and in 1998 she earned a Master of Arts from Concordia University. In 2007 Stacey and her husband Erin moved to Edmonton with their three daughters. 

Stacey Leavitt-Wright is taking over as Chief Executive Officer for the Jewish Federation of Edmonton. Photo courtesy of Stacey Leavitt-Wright Facebook page.

Since that time, she has volunteered with groups including the Talmud Torah Society, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton. Stacey has been a college instructor, acted as a consultant for leadership development, and for the last 10 years has served as the Managing Editor of a medical journal.

The statement indicated she will be joining the organizations after Simchat Torah, before fully taking over from Debby Shoctor, who is retiring on January 2, 2021.

(This item originally appeared in Alberta Jewish News)

Beit Halochem Canada Makes Annual Biking Fundraiser A One Day Celebration 

The 13th annual Courage in Motion, is having riders stay home in Canada and pair up virtually with Israeli cohorts to raise money to provide care to 50,000 injured soldiers.

An initiative of Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, will not roll through southern Israel this fall for a 5 day journey of fellowship as planned. Instead Courage in Motion: Side by Side takes place throughout Canada and Israel on Monday, October 12, Canadian Thanksgiving. Event proceeds fund programming for Israel’s disabled veterans and their families.

On registering, each Canadian cyclist is teamed with an Israeli veteran and, on ride day, will set out to cycle together side by side in different countries. The organization stated “Cycling is particularly thriving at our leading-edge Beit Halochem Centres as the activity easily accommodates social distancing and, in the current environment, increased demand is anticipated.”

Executive Director Lisa Levy said the restructured event allows more cyclists to participate – even indoors – from anywhere in the country.

“Each year, as this five-day journey takes us through Israel, old friends reunite and new friendships form. However, it’s also our largest fundraiser on behalf of the men and women injured while protecting Israel for us all. With travel impossible this year, we regrouped to ensure our disabled veterans would still be helped. The one-day Side by Side has been organized with our cyclists’ collaboration and input. It is hoped that many will take the opportunity to ride with an Israeli Hero – wherever they are in Canada.”

Registration fee for Side by Side is $180 CDN, including a jersey + $80 tax receipt.  

Additional information, registration for Courage in Motion: Side by Side, as well as images from last year’s ride are available here.

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