Did you know … Week of January 20, 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. But BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SURVEY, check out Fair Vote BC’s guide to the questionnaire.  Fair Vote has gone through the survey and provides thoughts on the questions. 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 is your opportunity to 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. In order to get to a 50+1 Yes vote on the referendum, we need your help to counter the opposition’s hyperbole.  This is our moment to change BC’s electoral system.  Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com if you’d like information on participating in any way. Angus Reid poll on electoral reform Don’t get confused by the headline on this article.  The bulk of the article is on electoral reform in BC.  The subhead reads, “Number of residents saying a majority govt. is better for the province jumps...

Green Party focuses on more than environment

  Re: “Green Party’s challenge,” editorial, Jan. 11. In general, I agree with some of the points made in the editorial. However, I would like to point out a couple of areas that require clarification.   Contrary to what many still believe, the B.C. Green Party is not simply focused on the environment. The 2017 election platform (available on the website) covered a full spectrum of issues with an emphasis on modernizing the way we view economic growth and the creation of a healthy, prosperous society. The party does believe fundamentally that every policy decision must take a holistic, evidence-based approach because we all know it is not possible to have a strong economy and an equitable society without paying close attention to environmental sustainability at every step. Just look at the catastrophic climate-change-related events recently in the U.S. to see the results of short-sighted political decision-making in action. And I would certainly argue that the passing of the referendum on proportional representation this fall would not only benefit the Greens, it would benefit every voter by making everyone’s vote count. Over and over, people say they would have voted Green, but didn’t want to “waste” their vote on a candidate they didn’t think could win. Assuming (and hoping!) the PR referendum is successful, I strongly suspect that the Greens could win the majority of seats in 2021. Then we’ll see what a truly modern, progressive and fair government looks like. Rita Fromholt...

Did you know…Week of January 13, 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. But BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SURVEY, check out Fair Vote BC’s guide to the questionnaire.  Fair Vote has gone through the survey and provides thoughts on the questions. 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 is your opportunity to 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. In order to get to a 50+1 Yes vote on the referendum, we need your help to counter the opposition’s hyperbole.  This is our moment to change BC’s electoral system.  Get in on the action!  Contact Megan at m.ardyche@gmail.com if you’d like information on participating in any way. New system, or next catastrophe?  Your vote.  Excellent, comprehensive article on issues with first-past-the-post. Perspective on how democracy is undermined: “They [the anti-PR side] don’t have to convince or find solutions. They just have to sow doubt and avoid the debate. …...

Did you know…Week of January 6, 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. But BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SURVEY, check out Fair Vote BC’s guide to the questionnaire.  Fair Vote has gone through the survey and provides thoughts on the questions. 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 currently has 12 working groups:  Community outreach; FVCV-led discussion groups; foot canvassing; phone calls; FVCV-created public events; public speaking; social media; Finding tabling opportunities at community events; staffing tables and events; talking points/messaging; a writer’s group, and bakers/goodie providers; we need more people, though.  This is your opportunity to make a profound difference in BC politics; if you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please contact Megan Ardyche, m.ardyche@gmail.com.  We are having another planning meeting January 13 from 2-4 p.m., location to be announced.  This will be a get-together of all the volunteers before they break into their separate working groups.  You are welcome to attend. Fair Vote Comox Valley is also now accepting donations.  If you can’t give your time, here is your opportunity to support this campaign over the next year.  Cheques payable to FAIR VOTE COMOX VALLEY...

Did you know…Week of December 30, 2017

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.  For example, they have a PR system called MMM which Terry Dance-Bennink of Fair Vote BC says she’s never even heard of.  There are links to read about different systems, the questionnaire, and for written submissions to citizenengagement@gov.bc.ca. But BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SURVEY, check out Fair Vote BC’s guide to the questionnaire.  As you may remember, the Federal Liberals created a similar MyDemocracy.ca for supposed consultation when Justin Trudeau decided to throw out his promise of electoral reform.  Many of those questions were obviously designed to be confusing, or were impossible choices.  Fair Vote has gone through the survey and provides thoughts on the questions.  BC Electoral Reform Referendum:  Get involved locally Check out Fair Vote Comox Valley’s Facebook page and Fair Vote BC’s site. Fair Vote Comox Valley currently has 12 working groups:  Community outreach; FVCV-led discussion groups; foot canvassing; phone calls; FVCV-created public events; public speaking; social media; Finding tabling opportunities at community events; staffing tables and events; talking points/messaging; a writer’s group, and bakers/goodie providers; we need more people, though.  This is your opportunity to make a profound difference in BC politics; if you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please contact Megan Ardyche, m.ardyche@gmail.com.  We are having another planning meeting January 13 from...

Did you know…Week of December 23, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt The grizzly bear trophy hunt is now banned in BC.  BC is one of only two provinces in Canada without endangered species legislation.  I have no doubt our BC Green MLAs will be working on that. Adam Olsen has a brief video on the BC Greens’ efforts on this. Site C One woman’s reaction to the NDP’s Site C decision. Excerpt:  “A wise and good friend once said…: “Sometimes the sheer indignity of the will of a government imposed on people leaves me in a state of tongue-tied rage, unable to even put voice to the injustice served up….” šxʷʔam̓ət (home) Theatre for Living is going to present šxʷʔam̓ət (home), in Courtenay on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The event takes place at Mark Isfeld School, and doors open at 6:30. Start time is being finalized – between 7:00 and 7:30. The event will explore the following questions: What does Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people look and feel like? How does this idea of “Reconciliation” translate into our day to day human relationships? This audience interactive play puts real, tough, current issues on the stage about the blockages we all face moving towards Reconciliation.  It asks the “What now?” question in regards to Reconciliation, and compels audiences to think about Reconciliation not as a “thing of the past”, but something that permeates many aspects of all of our lives. What Is Forum Theatre? Forum Theatre is an opportunity for creative, community-based dialogue. The play is performed once, all the way through, so the audience can see the situation and the problems presented. The story builds to a crisis...

Did you know…Week of December 16, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week Site C Well, the decision is made.  Read Sierra Club’s press release from December 11th. Excerpt:  “Today is a dark day. The government has passed up its chance to stop this misbegotten project. Instead, it has betrayed First Nations and all those who voted in hope of stopping Site C.  History will not look kindly on this decision. While the blame must be shared with the previous government, which recklessly proceeded without a proper review, this government has now assumed responsibility for the harsh environmental and social impacts to come.” “Today’s decision also underscores the need for electoral reform in B.C. It is highly unlikely projects such as Site C and Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project would have been approved under proportional representation. Voters who want to see politics done differently, including a reduction of the influence of powerful insiders, need to come together to vote in favour of proportional representation next fall.” Watch Andrew Weaver on Power & Politics, responding to Premier Horgan’s decision. Calling budding photographers… Canadian Geographic is holding a “Show Us Your Riding” competition.  They are “We’re looking for the best photos from each and every one of Canada’s 338 ridings to see what democracy looks like where you live! Landmarks of political history, issues that should be addressed, or even politics in action.” Kinder Morgan The poll Vancouver Sun poll on whether or not you agree with the NEB’s decision to approve Kinder Morgan is still active.  Check it out and cast your vote.  Right now it shows 69.21% of people in support of the NEB’s decision on...

Did you know…week of December 3, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week BC Greens Weekly Update  If you’re not a member of the BC Green Party you’re not getting these weekly updates.  I really like their format.  In fact, the format of these Must Reads is somewhat similar.  The weekly update that came out on Sunday leads with Site C.  If you’ve been wondering exactly what the BC Greens’ position is on Site C, read this. There’s much more in this weekly update, including Sonia Furstenau on salmon farms and the blood and effluent being pumped into the water in Clayoquot. Site C There are lots of options to let the government know you want them to cancel Site C (if that is, in fact, what you want). CHEK News is doing a poll.  Cast your vote here.  When last I checked, it was 78% in favour of cancelling and 22% in favour of going ahead with it.  It’s a quick, easy way to weigh in on this decision. Tiny House Warriors If you don’t know about these folks, they are AMAZING.  There is a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build tiny homes along the proposed Kinder Morgan route, to show Indigenous presence and claim. Check out their Facebook page.  Here is an update I got this week: Project Update: Tiny House Warriors - W’sanec Territory Build Posted by li kellerWe are so thrilled to announce that we’ve surpassed our $10,000 goal and this tiny house is now complete! Last week, together with a group of Secwepemc Nation Tiny House Warriors, the tiny house left the build site making important stops on its way to blocking...

Did you know….

Must Reads from Last Week OPINION Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’ PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing. By Andrew Nikiforuk 23 Nov 2017 | TheTyee.ca Excerpt:  What does a status quo politician do when he wants to hide his aversion to real change?  “Deliverology is an information-oriented approach to politics. It’s something that wouldn’t be out of place in Orwell’s ‘Minitrue.’ Fundamentally this ‘deliverology’ looks like manipulating constraints on the public by the powerful (to keep them in power) through the medium of information.” And that’s what Trudeau is now doing. He refused to deliver on electoral reform and won’t be able to deliver on climate change. Read more Keystone XL and petition of our Federal Government: Excerpt:  State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over. If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source. Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights. The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and,...

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