“I’m a pragmatist—if something will help the environment, I’m for it.” Dylan says enthusiastically. “ I support the Green Party of Canada because it’s the only sane option for our times, but I’ll also applaud green policies from the political left or right, so long as those policies work.” With this practical attitude Dylan enrolled at McGill to researched climate change. He studied part-time from 1990 to 1993. “I was seeking genuine education, information, and learning, rather than status or a piece of paper.” Today, as a passionate green-entrepreneur, Dylan uses that knowledge in a healthy mix of business and pleasure. His “Boutique Je l’ai,” in Montreal’s trendy Plateau neighborhood, is a hub of eco-information and alternatives. “Young people are thirsty for alternatives” Dylan says of his clientele, “They just need to be pointed in the right direction.” Products such as bio-diesel, hemp clothing, soap, and food, and reusable femine-hygene products can empower consumers and provide hope.
Dylan initiated Montreal’s 2002 Bio-Bus project, after having successfully converted several vehicles to Bio-diesel himself. Mr. André Boisclair, Quebec minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Greater Montreal, the Environment and Water, and Mr. Clifford Lincoln, Member of Parliament for Lac Saint-Louis, along with their partners in the BIOBUS project announced the launch of a bio-diesel demonstration and impact assessment project in downtown Montreal at the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) Centre de transport Frontenac. The one year project had a budget of over $1.3 million. The goals of the project were to gain practical experience in the use of bio-diesel under real-life conditions, particularly in cold weather, and to demonstrate the feasibility of supplying bio-diesel to a mass transit company like the STM. The project also assessed the economic and environmental impact of using this fuel, which is made from recycled sub-food-grade vegetable oil and animal fats.
Dylan has been a GPC member since the 1980s, and ran as a candidate in the last Federal Election, placing third. “I was especially pleased to double the Alliance vote.” Dylan admits. “We’re more organized this time, so I’m excited to see how we’ll do, not only in my riding, but throughout Canada’s 308.” Actions speak louder than words, and Dylan has already formed an Electoral District Association, done a fundraiser event (with another planned for May) and compiled 100 signatures. He’s also recruited candidates thanks to his many contacts in Quebec. “Go Greens!”
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