Did You Know … Week of October 20, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum   Fair Vote Canada/BC is buying some major newspaper ad space Monday October 23: We’re buying the front page of the Province - it’s a wrapper like Jim Shepard did so we get the inside page, too. (We were hoping for a day a bit later than that but were told it was all booked - maybe the Liberals have their pictures of Nazis and party hacks on the other days, who knows).  Wed or Friday Oct 24 and 26: We will have a 4 page insert in 39 local papers across interior/northern BC.  These things cost more money than FVC has ever spent on anything. But we just couldn’t say NO to reaching that many people in their communities! Click here and donate to this hugely important effort from Fair Vote Canada/BC, or donate to some other pro-PR group in BC. It’s getting down to the wire and groups across BC are working incredibly hard to reach all possible voters. Andrew Coyne in Vancouver: Why Pro Rep won’t turn BC into a dystopian hellhole DATE/TIME: October 25, 7-8:30 pm LOCATION:   SFU Harbour Centre Campus, Vancouver  …and it will be live streamed on Facebook. If you’ve never listened to Andrew Coyne on proportional representation, now is a good time. He’s an incredible advocate. Understanding the referendum – information sessions Courtenay DATE/TIME: October 27, 1:30-3:30 LOCATION:   Rotary Room, Florence Filberg Centre DATE/TIME: November 12, 4:30 pm LOCATION:   Courtenay Public Library DATE/TIME: November 15, 2:30 pm LOCATION:   Courtenay Public Library  DATE/TIME: November 17, 2:30 pm LOCATION:   Courtenay Public Library Campbell River DATE/TIME: October 25, 7-9 pm...

Did You Know … Week of October 13, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Understanding the referendum – upcoming information sessions DATE/TIME: October 15, 7-9 pm LOCATION:   Fanny Bay Hall, 7793 Old Island Hwy DATE/TIME: October 27, 1:30-3:30 LOCATION:   Rotary Room, Florence Filberg Centre DATE/TIME: November 12, 4:30 pm LOCATION:  Courtenay Public Library DATE/TIME: November 15, 2:30 pm LOCATION:  Courtenay Public Library DATE/TIME: November 17, 2:30 pm LOCATION:  Courtenay Public Library Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems, has created a quiz which leads you through an enlightening questionnaire to help determine what you value in a voting system, and identifies if you lean toward FPTP or PR. If you lean toward PR, this quiz will identify which of the three proportional systems in this referendum most resonates with your values. Be forewarned, you will have to do a simple math equation to prove you are human before you can access the site. This is because the opponents to proportional representation seem to be attacking proponent sites. Sample ballots for PR systems If you would like to check out sample ballots for the three PR systems in BC’s referendum, check them out here. Fact checker for proportional representation Check out myths, misconceptions and untruths at this fact checker. This site was hacked twice, shortly after it first went up in June and again in September; check out that article here. How first-past-the-post distorted New Brunswick’s election results One journalist’s take on the New Brunswick election outcome. …but hopes are dashed for another minority government No deal: Green Party won’t formally side with Liberals or PCs in N.B. Read more. Locally   Women...

Did You Know … Week of October 6, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum   New video explaining the three systems The BC Conservative Party comes out on the side of clarity and honest discourse Here’s an absolutely stellar video from Justin Greenwood, Deputy Leader of the BC Conservative Party. Greenwood calls out the BC Liberals and their leader, Andrew Wilkinson, for the fear tactics they are using to defeat proportional representation. Greenwood goes through the ballot, demonstrating how simple it is, and he ends with a call for honest debate and discussion on the issue rather than the negative campaign the No side is waging. …meanwhile, PR opponents are now in full-blown fear-mongering mode Read more. Democracy in 2018 In this CBC Ideas program, Michael Enright explores the state and practice of democracy in 2018. Among others he interviews Christopher Cochrane, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Cochrane proposes that what we need to do is to actually put forward policies that aren’t necessarily deeply ideological but that take seriously our commitment to making people’s lives better. Understanding the referendum – information nights DATE/TIME: October 13, 4-6 pm LOCATION:   United Church, Cumberland (at Penrith & First) DATE/TIME: October 15, 7-9 pm LOCATION:   Fanny Bay Hall, 7793 Old Island Hwy  DATE/TIME: October 27, 1:30-3:30 LOCATION:   Rotary Room, Florence Filberg Centre Each of these information nights includes the “Would You Rather” exercise, which will help you discover what matters to YOU - what YOU value - in a voting system. Of course attending in person and participating in the exercise is best, but now you can also do the same exercise...

Did You Know … Week of September 22, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week There will be no Must Reads next week as much of the NIPR Executive will be at the Green Party of Canada biennial general meeting in Vancouver. BC Electoral Reform Referendum   Who do you trust in the electoral reform debate? Take this week’s poll in the Tyee. You are able to see the results so far, and it’s clear at least Tyee readers do not trust the BC Liberals or local business leaders/lobbyists. PR Fact Checker With so many questionable claims flying around in the context of the upcoming BC referendum, how can voters separate the beef from the baloney? In the heat of the debate over voting systems, passion often trumps accuracy, yet voters need access to reliable information to make good decisions. To fill this gap, Fair Vote Canada BC is pleased to offer BC voters a proportional representation Fact Checker. This new website subjects claims made in the context of the referendum debate to scrutiny by a duo of academics with expert knowledge on the subject, Dr. Dennis Pilon and Dr. Brian Tanguay. Women and the vote Elections BC is investigating a right-wing group running anonymous ads attacking electoral reform This blog has previously included articles from the Independent Contractors Business Association (ICBA) and their fight against electoral reform, and about the money that is arrayed against proportional representation in BC. Now Elections BC is investigating a group called Wake Up Vancouver which has not registered with Elections BC as a third-party advertiser but which is nevertheless running ads. Read more. In fact, one of their Facebook posts references a...

Did You Know … Week of September 15, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum   Here’s a brief video on the power of proportional representation Dogwood has weighed in on the referendum Dogwood has put out a blistering post on “Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post.” How do migrant crises in Europe intersect with BC’s referendum on electoral reform? Bill Tieleman, a member of the official opponent group in BC’s referendum, is rubbing his hands with glee at the result in Sweden’s recent election. He’s been posting and tweeting everywhere that the result was caused by a proportional voting system gets us. Of course, the migrant/refugee crises in Europe has nothing to do with their voting systems and everything to do with crises in the Middle East and Africa. Those crises will only be exacerbated as climate change starts adding millions more refugees to the flood. Canada is following in the footsteps of those countries who are ‘strengthening’ their borders because it’s expedient and appeals to voters, rather than acknowledging that more and more migrants will be on the move in the future. Read more. Excerpt: “That both Andrew Scheer and Michelle Rempel supported far-right activists to score points against Justin Trudeau is telling. Canadians like to believe we are exceptionally tolerant. Environics pollster Michael Adams argues that Canada is particularly resistant to xenophobic populism, partly because of our immigration history. But the current situation reveals a different story: Canada’s openness is more about exceptional geography. In a 2017 study, Michael Donnelly from the University of Toronto found that Canada is no more tolerant than similar countries, and argued our resistance to populism is because we’ve been spared migration crises. That’s...

Did You Know … Week of September 8, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum   An information night on proportional representation Feeling confused about the systems on offer in this referendum? Join Barb Berger of Fair Vote Comox Valley and Jamie Deith for what promises to be an interesting and enlightening evening. Jamie Deith has devised an exercise that he will conduct with the audience, an exercise that will clarify what values are most important to YOU in a voting system. You won’t want to miss this event! DATE/TIME:  September 12, 7-9 pm LOCATION:    Comox United Church, Beach Ave., Comox Meet the big business lobbyists desperately fighting to stop BC’s electoral reform referendum This is what the Independent Business Contractors Association of BC is putting on their Facebook page: This is an important article to help you understand what we’re fighting for in BC. These groups are bringing out the big guns. For anyone to be this hysterical about improving our voting system, you know there’s got to be big money at stake! Read more. Six reasons why electoral reform in B.C. would be good for the climate First Past The Post is a winner-takes-all system that allows a minority of the electorate to empower leaders who disregard existing climate policy, public will, and the burning reality of “Hot House Earth.” Read more. Word of the week: Whiplash  /ˈ(h)wipˌlaSH/The feeling in your neck from years of watching hard-fought climate policies, electoral reform promises and international agreements drop to the cutting room floor for political expediency, while court decisions overrule what seemed like inevitable political outcomes.  From The Narwhal Locally   Rise for climate action Events took place outside Nicholas Simons’ office,...

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