Did you know…Week of March 10, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Get involved locally Six people went out again on Saturday, March 10, in the Puntledge area.  It was a gorgeous day to be out canvassing and, while many people weren’t home, those who were home were largely in support of electoral reform. We need your help to get to 50 + 1 in this referendum.  We’ve got a great group, but we need more people. Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com to get involved. Let’s Make Every Vote Count, March 14, 2018 ONLY 3 TICKETS REMAINING AS OF MARCH 10. Fair Vote Comox Valley’s campaign launch, March 14, 2018, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.  Doors open at 6:30; the event starts at 7 p.m.  Speakers will include Elizabeth May as a previous member of the Federal Committee on Electoral Reform and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island-Powell River, Barb Berger of FV Comox Valley, and Sheldon Falk of the NIC Students Union and BC Federation of Students.  Tickets are available at Eventbrite.  Tickets are free.  Locally: City Planning – Municipal Elections We have municipal elections this fall.  In Macleans Magazine’s March 2018 edition, Jennifer Keesmaat has an essay titled “Urban Life:  Stuck in the Middle.”  It’s not available online so you’ll have to pay the female or male price (see item below) for this month’s issue. Keesmaat is a former urban planner for the City of Toronto.  In this essay, she talks about Canada’s cities not having a sustainable future “because they’re stuck on a suburban growth model.”  She...

Did you know…Week of March 3, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Get involved locally Fair Vote Comox Valley (FVCV) canvassers are going to start canvassing in early March.  We’ve been holding a series of “Talking to People About PR” exercises which have been a huge amount of fun and very good preparation for knocking on doors or talking to people on the phone.  There will probably be more of these exercises held over the course of the rest of this campaign. Check out Fair Vote Comox Valley Facebook page and Fair Vote BC’s page. Fair Vote Comox Valley is also now accepting donations.  If you can’t give your time, here’s how you can support this campaign over the next year.  E-transfers can be made to:  fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com.  If you do an e-transfer, please put your name in the Note field and some sort of contact information so we can thank you.  If you’d like to write a cheque, send an email to fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com and we’ll give you the address. We need your help to get to 50 + 1 in this referendum.  We’ve got a great group, but we need more people. Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com to get involved. Let’s Make Every Vote Count, March 14, 2018 Don’t miss this event:  FVCV is hosting an information night on March 14, 2018, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.  Doors open at 6:30; the event starts at 7 p.m.  Speakers will include Elizabeth May as a previous member of the Federal Committee on Electoral Reform and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island-Powell...

Did You Know…Week of February 24, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Get involved locally Fair Vote Comox Valley (FVCV) canvassers are going to start canvassing in early March.  We’ve been holding a series of “Talking to People About PR” exercises which have been a huge amount of fun and very good preparation for knocking on doors or talking to people on the phone.  There will probably be more of these exercises held over the course of the rest of this campaign. Check out Fair Vote Comox Valley Facebook page and Fair Vote BC’s page. Fair Vote Comox Valley is also now accepting donations.  If you can’t give your time, here’s how you can support this campaign over the next year.  E-transfers can be made to:  fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com.  If you do an e-transfer, please put your name in the Note field and some sort of contact information so we can thank you.  If you’d like to write a cheque, send an email to fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com and we’ll give you the address. We need your help to get to 50 + 1 in this referendum.  We’ve got a great group, but we need more people. Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com to get involved. Let’s Make Every Vote Count, March 14, 2018 Don’t miss this event:  FVCV is hosting an information night on March 14, 2018, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.  Doors open at 6:30; the event starts at 7 p.m.  Speakers will include Elizabeth May as a previous member of the Federal Committee on Electoral Reform and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island-Powell...

Line-up for Nanaimo town hall shows people care about the country

Feb. 15, 2018 Dear editor, I went to Nanaimo on Friday, Feb. 2 for PM Trudeau’s town hall. I didn’t even try to get inside, but talked to people in the line who were waiting to get in. There were people who had concerns about Kinder Morgan, LNG, electoral reform, the opioid crisis, the national housing strategy, and much more. I was astounded at the number of people who waited hours outside. Even at 11 a.m. people were lined up for what would probably be the equivalent of four or five city blocks, and that’s after people lining up since 8 a.m. had been slowly entering the hall. I was so heartened by the number of people who are engaged enough and who care enough to have made the trip to Nanaimo. I was especially heartened to see so many young people in the line. They are the people who are going to inherit our government, and the world we leave them. Many of the ones I spoke to were aware of all the various issues, including electoral reform, both federally and provincially in B.C. Some of these people who waited hours may have been there just to see their prime minister in action; this is also a laudable goal. Whether in support or in opposition to PM Trudeau, people care about how their country and province are run. People may not vote because they’re disillusioned, but they care. If we had an electoral system provincially or nationally that represented more of the voters, more of those many people in line in Nanaimo, I think the number of people...

Did You Know … Week of February 17, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum The BC government consultation site for the 2018 referendum is up.  They are looking for feedback between now and February 28, 2018, at 4 p.m.  Everyone please check out the questionnaire and make a written submission if you think some of the questions are too confusing or obscure.  There are links to read about different systems, the questionnaire, and for written submissions to citizenengagement@gov.bc.ca. Go to http://www.fairvote.ca/bc-government-consultation-survey-guide/ first, and it will take you to the survey. BC Electoral Reform Referendum:  Get involved locally Check out Fair Vote Comox Valley Facebook page and Fair Vote BC’s page. Fair Vote Comox Valley is also now accepting donations.  If you can’t give your time, here’s how you can support this campaign over the next year.  E-transfers can be made to:  fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com.  If you do an e-transfer, please put your name in the Note field and some sort of contact information so we can thank you.  If you’d like to write a cheque, send an email to fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com and we’ll give you the address. We need your help to get to 50 + 1 in this referendum.  We’ve got a great group, but we need more people. Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com to get involved. Let’s Make Every Vote Count Don’t miss this event:  FVCV is hosting an information night on March 14, 2018, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.  Speakers will include Barb Berger of FV Comox Valley, Elizabeth May as a previous member of the Federal Committee on Electoral Reform, and Sheldon Falk of the...

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