Did You Know…Week of May 19, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week Spreading the Word If you have friends who are interested in any of the content of this blog, please feel free to share it far and wide. The fact that it comes from the Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) doesn’t mean it is only relevant to people in that riding.  Because all Greens are part of the Global Greens, we need to think outside our riding boundaries and connect with each other.  Encourage your friends to subscribe to NIPR communications. Let’s connect across this vast riding, this vast country, and this vast but ultimately tiny planet. Have Your Say About Did You Know… If you feel we’re taking up too much space on any one topic, or that we’re omitting an essential topic, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment.  If you have ideas for future editions – remember, Did You Know… is weekly – go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. If you have general feedback, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. BC Electoral Reform Referendum Whipping the Vote This documentary reveals the downside of MLAs’ and MPs’ votes being whipped, and how that undermines democracy. While Mr. Holman’s focus on his blog is transparency of information, his documentary on how votes are whipped in B.C. (and elsewhere in Canada) demonstrates that there really isn’t democracy, there really isn’t transparency, and our MLAs don’t really represent us. They represent the party, and that is exactly what first-past-the-post reinforces – the Party. While there would still be parties in a proportional system, the Party would no longer be the...

2018 AGM Announcement

2018 AGM DATE:                      JUNE 16, 2018 TIME:                       2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (doors open at 2:00) LOCATION:             Campbell River Community Centre                                  401-11 Avenue, Campbell River, BC RSVP:  debruijn6@gmail.com Guest Speaker:  Sonia Furstenau, BC Green Party MLA (*see bio below) Hello Green Party Supporter, You are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting for the North Island – Powell River federal Green Party Electoral District Association (EDA). This will be a time to elect a new Executive and plan ahead for the coming year. If you are interested in joining the Executive, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this exciting opportunity with you. All Green Party Members in the riding can vote at the AGM, as long as you have a current membership for at least 30 days prior to the meeting. To become a Green Party member (or to renew your membership), click here. North Island – Powell River Greens are focused on the 6 Green values: respect for diversity, social justice, participatory democracy, non-violence, ecological wisdom, and sustainability. Donations are welcome in support of the AGM and in preparation for the Federal election in 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual General Meeting in June! RSVP to debruijn6@gmail.com. Sincerely,  Mark de Bruijn Acting CEO, North Island - Powell River, Green Party of Canada *Bio on our Guest Speaker Sonia Furstenau, BC Greens MLA.  In 2014, Sonia became a Director for the Cowichan Valley...

Did You Know…Week of May 12, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week Spreading the Word If you have friends who are interested in any of the content of this blog, please feel free to share it far and wide. The fact that it comes from the Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) doesn’t mean it is only relevant to people in that riding.  Because all Greens are part of the Global Greens, we need to think outside our riding boundaries and connect with each other.  Encourage your friends to subscribe to NIPR communications. Let’s connect across this vast riding, this vast country, and this vast but ultimately tiny planet. Have Your Say About Did You Know… If you feel we’re taking up too much space on any one topic, or that we’re omitting an essential topic, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment.  If you have ideas for future editions – remember, Did You Know… is weekly – go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. If you have general feedback, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. BC Electoral Reform Referendum Voting as Civil War Here’s an interesting article found totally by accident. The author is comparing first past the post to other adversarial activities – like war. “It is interesting to note that, of the nine most warlike countries in the world, only Estonia has a proportional representation type of government. In the other eight Britian, USA, and France – a FPTP parliamentary democracy and two republics – are right up there at the top. Is this coincidence?” Read more. Possible Proportional Representation Systems for BC If you’re among those who want to know...

Did You Know…Week of May 5, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week Spreading the Word If you have friends who are interested in any of the content of this blog, please feel free to share it far and wide. The fact that it comes from the Greens of North Island-Powell River (NIPR) doesn’t mean it is only relevant to people in that riding.  Because all Greens are part of the Global Greens, we need to think outside our riding boundaries and connect with each other.  Encourage your friends to subscribe to NIPR communications. Let’s connect across this vast riding, this vast country, and this vast but ultimately tiny planet. Have Your Say About Did You Know… If you feel we’re taking up too much space on any one topic, or that we’re omitting an essential topic, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment.  If you have ideas for future editions – remember, Did You Know… is weekly – go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. If you have general feedback, go to NIPR’s website and leave a comment. BC Electoral Reform Referendum Life imitates sport? Not in the case of electoral reform in BC. Once the referendum passes, the political parties will have to change their mindset from adversarial to collaborative. “Unlike a game-winning basket, if electoral reform happens, the game changes, but it’s not over.” Read more. Excerpt:  “We and our legislative representatives will be far more likely to work collaboratively post-referendum if, during the lead-up to the referendum, we honestly and civilly discuss the issues. The less baggage we accumulate as we debate electoral reform, the easier it will be to accomplish...

Did You Know…Week of April 28, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Fair Vote Comox Valley Day of Action (Photos by Sam Patterson, Comox Valley Record). What turned Rachel Notley into an advocate for big oil? In this article, Kevin Taft explores how Notley switched from being an effective critic of big oil to a proponent, and he brings proportional representation into the analysis. Read more. Excerpt:  “The easy answer is that it improves her chances in next year’s election, but that glosses over this much deeper reality: Rachel Notley may be in office but the oil industry is in power. Wherever its interests are concerned the oil industry runs Alberta. To a lesser but significant degree the same thing applies in Ottawa.” How does that relate to the BC referendum?  As Taft says, “It’s a deliberate short-circuiting of democracy.  BC’s NDP government may be no more immune than Notley’s government.  In fact, with the decision to promote LNG, we would have to wonder if Horgan is already showing us who is really in power in BC. With all the crises Greens attempt to address globally, and each crisis is urgent, getting to a Yes vote on the BC referendum is a small step to getting power back in the hands of people and out of the hands of corporations.  Proportional representation isn’t going to solve all our problems, but it will give us a tool whereby MLAs of good intent can start to address those problems.  Let’s POWER UP our democracy! Locally Infinite Earth Radio If you are engaged in local issues or in local government, Infinite Earth Radio is a great...

Did You Know…Week of April 21, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum An Alternate Reality: Christy Clark in 2009 Read this article by two local Fair Vote Comox Valley members, on just how tied many politicians’ stances for or against proportional representation are to their political fortunes of the moment.  Read more. Locally Campbell River City Council is considering becoming a “Blue Community” The Council of Canadians made a presentation to Campbell River City Council on becoming part of the Blue Communities Project.  Read more. Campbell River to study future impacts of sea level rise Interestingly, the article focuses almost entirely on the money the study will cost and not at all on the issue of sea level rise and its potential impacts on the community. Read more. Merville Water Guardians There is now a group which is taking up the issue of the water license to a Merville landowner who wants to draw, bottle and sell water. Read more. Mack Laing vs Town of Comox in BC Supreme Court, or perhaps David and Goliath by another name? The story and saga of the Shakesides House and the legacy of Hamilton Mack Laing will now move to a courtroom. After playing out for 36 years, it is time for the Court system to decide if saving a historical building on the waterfront in the estuary at Comox, BC will continue or forever be terminated. Mack Laing was a naturalist of some significance, and he built the house in 1950/51. He moved into the house when it was completed and lived out his life in “Shakesides” until his death in February 1982. He left the...

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