Did You Know…Week of June 23, 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’d like to respond to an article here, 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 “The case for [PR] is fundamentally the same as that for representative democracy. Only if an assembly represents the full diversity of opinion within a nation can its decisions be regarded as the decisions of the nation itself.” — Encyclopedia Britannica Referendum Ballot Questions BALLOT QUESTION #1:  Which system should British Columbia use for provincial elections? (Vote for only one.) The current First Past the Post voting system A proportional representation voting system BALLOT QUESTION #2: If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system, which of the following voting systems do you prefer? (Rank in order of preference. You may choose to support...

2018 Annual General Meeting – How Did It Go?

Sonia Furstenau Sets Tone at North Island-Powell River Green Party AGM by Pat Carl and Megan Ardyche More than 30 people attending the North Island-Powell River (NIPR) Green Party AGM in Campbell River on June 16 heard from the David who defeated the provincial Goliath and saved the Shawnigan Lake watershed. Not so David-like anymore, Sonia Furstenau, Deputy Leader of the provincial Green Party and the MLA representing the Cowichan Valley, held listeners enthralled as she related a conversation she had with her 12-year-old son. When asked by Furstenau how he was feeling about his future, her son responded “not so good.” “Why not?” Furstenau asked. “Because of pollution,” he said, “and climate change, and Trump.” A sobering assessment for one so young. His response, though, prompted Furstenau to think of her own experience in organizing community members. Such organizing in Shawnigan was successful and taught Furstenau the value to hope. While the federal government continues to “look backward by doubling down on the decreasing returns” associated with resource extraction, Furstenau claims new approaches rooted in education must encourage the development of innovative technologies to secure a healthy, sustainable future for our children and the planet. To refuse to embrace such a future is to “download the cost of climate change onto local communities,” stemming from the numerous forest fires and the catastrophic flooding that plagues Canada and the rest of the globe.    Most worrisome for Furstenau is the Trumpian tendency of our elected representatives in provincial legislatures and parliament to “mistrust” each other and to avoid “working together across party lines.” Good ideas die on the vine because...

Did You Know…Week of June 16, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week Have Your Say About Did You Know… If you’d like to respond to an article here, 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   Referendum Ballot Questions BALLOT QUESTION #1:  Which should British Columbia use for elections to the Legislative Assembly? (Vote for only one.) The current First Past the Post voting system. A proportional representation voting system. BALLOT QUESTION #2: (You don’t have to answer this question.  If you do wish to answer, you can vote for only one choice, or you can rank your choices.) If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system, which of the following voting systems do you prefer? (Vote for the voting systems you wish to support by ranking them in order of preference. You may choose to support one, two or all three of the systems.) Dual Member Proportional (DMP) Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) Rural-Urban PR Locally   Courtenay Transportation Plan Open House DATE/TIME: June 19, 2018, 5-7 p.m. LOCATION:  Florence Filberg Centre Conference Hall Public input wanted. “When complete, ‘Connecting Courtenay’ will include long-term plans for all modes of transportation over the next 20 years, as well as five and 10 year investment strategies.” Based on the City’s past and current mass transit service (or lack thereof) and the paving of roads but not shoulders for cyclists, public input is needed. Read more. K’omoks...

Did You Know…Week of June 9, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum New Zealand gives B.C. a lesson on proportional representation How refreshing to see a thoughtful, informative piece in the Vancouver Sun. It actually addresses some of the concerns raised by PR opponents in B.C. and comments on how those same concerns were laid to rest by the New Zealand experience. And from young voters… “Young people are cut out of the political process by the vested interests who have a lot at stake in the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. It’s time to change that.” Read more. And from the Comox Valley Record… An editorial that truly does provide a balanced viewpoint on the referendum. Excerpt: “The universality of the message shows those [Liberal] MLAs are neither representing the views of their constituents or even their personal views. Instead, they are representing the views of their party, to us.” Read more. Fair Vote Canada’s AGM Here’s a panel discussion video from Fair Vote Canada’s AGM: “Panel discussion on how to make an end of PR in 2019 with Ed Broadbent, training NDP leader, Paul Gregory, green party director and Ryan Campbell, liberal activist for PR. Discussion on how to ensure that electoral reform is a challenge in 2019, with Ed Broadbent, former leader of the NDP, Paul Gregory, director of the Green Party of Canada, and Ryan Campbell, liberal activist for Reform Election.” On June 7 we got the Premier’s statement on recommendations for PR referendum Excerpt: “Today, cabinet accepted the recommendations of the Attorney General on how the referendum on a new voting system will take place. Regulations are...

2018 AGM AGENDA

June 16, 2018, 2:00-4:30 pm, Campbell River Community Centre 2:00 – 2:30 Registration open, refreshments, and socializing Pick up your name tag and copy of the agenda Determine your membership status Enjoy yourself! 2:30 – 2:40 Welcome and CEO’s remarks (Mark de Bruijn) Additions to Agenda / Approval of Agenda Introduce current Directors Introduce Guest Speakers: Sonia Theroux, Sonia Furstenau Introduce Sonia Theroux as MC 2:40 – 2:50 Sonia Theroux – Why are EDAs and the work they do important? Business portion of meeting (MC - Sonia Theroux) 2:50 – 2:52 Adoption of previous AGM meeting minutes (Mark de Bruijn) 2:52 – 3:00 Annual Report (Mark de Bruijn) 3:00 – 3:05 Financial Report (Jay Van Oostdam) 3:05 – 3:20 Election of CEO, Financial Agent, and Directors Nominations from the floor Presentations from Nominees Voting Business portion of Meeting adjourned 3:20 – 3:35 ***Refreshment Break*** Please use part of this time to consider issues in our riding that are important to you, and indicate these on the flip charts posted on the wall. 3:35 – 4:00 Keynote: Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley; Deputy Leader of the BC Green Party 4:00 – 4:25 • Presentation of Survey Results and wall flip charts Greenstorming:  how can we use the survey results and flip chart ideas? (Sonia Theroux) 4:25 – 4:30 Photos – if you have one, be sure to wear your Green T-shirt! (Doug Cowell) 4:30 Adjournment (Mark de Bruijn) More...

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