Katerina Nikas grew up in a politically-driven Greek household. She was shaped by the philosophical and political ideas presented at the dinner table every night, which created a strong sense of questioning authority and advocating for justice.
Nikas’s background is in political science and international development. Her experience has allowed her to work extensively in policy development and governmental affairs at home, as well as internationally.
In 2018, she was invited to the United Nations Development Programme through PRATYeK, an NGO she worked for, where she contributed to a lecture based on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Nikas hopes to continue the campaign momentum of lawyer and activist Dimitri Lascaris, her uncle.
What are your top priorities and why do you think your party is the best choice at this time?
“My top priority as a candidate in the 44th general election is to represent the interests of the residents in Central Nova, and to fundamentally advocate for the future of the land we live on.
“The Green Party of Canada is the best choice at this time due to the climate crisis, which has and will consequently affect Nova Scotia’s natural resources.
“Our earth is warming at an alarming rate. In British Colombia, we recently saw a heatwave that killed hundreds of people as well as a mass amount of marine life. For instance, the heat wave, which lined up with low midday tides, burned and killed over 3 million shellfish, primarily oysters and clams. This is a possibility in Nova Scotia, a region characterized by coastline, low tides, and an abundance of shellfish.
“Currently, the Green Party of Canada is the only party that is calling for an end to all production of fossil fuels.”
What are you hearing from voters?
“The major parties want to dig and drill. The short-term future of our planet is the most critical issue we are facing, and by extension all of humanity.”
Why are you running in this election?
“I have personally decided to run in this election due to my privilege of living in a participatory democracy, and having the ability to have a stake in the future of the land I live on as a settler.”
Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal