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...

Did You Know…Week of May 26, 2018

Must Reads from Last Week BC Electoral Reform Referendum Is Fairness Enough of a Reason for Proportional Representation? Excerpt: “My friends and I want to know what the question is going to be,” she said. “I get that proportional representation is fairer than first-past-the-post. But that’s not enough for me and my friends. We like things the way they are. Some of my friends are Conservatives, but I’m not. But I agree with them.  Just because first-past-the-post isn’t fair, well that’s not enough.” Read more. Letters to the Editor on PR Read more and more and more. Locally   Learn About Solar Energy at Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Open House DATE:  May 29, 2018, 7-9 p.m. LOCATION: CVRD boardroom, 550 Comox Road, Courtenay As part of its commitment to community sustainability, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will be hosting a solar power and energy efficiency open house from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, May 29 at the CVRD boardroom, 550 Comox Road in Courtenay. This is a great opportunity to learn more about solar energy and how it may work for you and your home. This is also a great opportunity to learn about other home heating and energy efficiency incentives available from the CVRD. Read more. Elevate the Rainbow Intersection DATE:  June 2, 2018, 7-11 p.m. LOCATION:  5th Street & Duncan Avenue, Courtenay The Comox Valley is coming together in the heart of Courtenay to celebrate diversity and community! Join Elevate, Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley Pride, Atlas Cafe and a host of other friends and allies from across the Valley to ‘Elevate the Intersection‘ and launch...

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...

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