Electoral Reform: A game changer, not a game winner

I’m a big-time college basketball fan. Men’s or women’s basketball, it doesn’t matter. If a college game’s on, I’m glued to ESPN. Other big-time fans know that a basket at the buzzer won Notre Dame the 2018 NCAA Women’s National Championship on April 1. What a way to win the game!

Unlike Notre Dame’s game-winning Hail Mary basket, should the majority of voters support electoral reform in BC’s November referendum, we have only a game changer, not a game winner. In fact, the game’s not over at all because the hard work is really just beginning.

Why?

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Catalyst Paper tariffs threatening good jobs

Special to TideChange The Federal Government has been asked to address the issue of US tariffs imposed on Catalyst Paper's exports, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In March, United States Department of Commerce slapped a 22.16% protectionist...

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Blaney blasts Kinder Morgan deadline

Special to TideChange There are 157 issues to be addressed regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the company is “nowhere close to resolving these goals”, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In a media teleconference, she blasted the company...

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An Alternate Universe: Clark for Proportional Representation

While Liberal opposition to proportional representation is no secret, there is a BC Liberal insider whose thoughts regarding proportional representation they probably wish didn’t exist in the public domain. But they do exist, and the words are from none other than Christy Clark. Yes, you read that right. Clark articulates a thoughtful, informed case for changing our voting system and, at the same time, levels a powerful indictment against the politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to keep first past the post.

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NDP MP Johns introduces petition to make Canada a cycling nation

Canadians from coast to coast to coast are burdened by rising healthcare costs, soaring infrastructure expenditures and major traffic congestion. Cycling is a low cost, environmentally-friendly, sustainable solution to these challenges. Today, Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni, presented a petition with 4,247 signatures calling on the Government to support his private Members’ Bill C-312, and establish a National Cycling Strategy in Canada.

“We can foster a cycling culture in Canada by making people feel safe, by providing infrastructure that supports them, and by helping potential cyclists feel confident about the rules of the road,” said Johns who has consistently biked to work on Parliament Hill every season since being elected in 2015.

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This April Join the Courtenay-Alberni Greens for Thursday Fireside Chats at the Westerly Hotel

This April the Courtenay—Alberni Federal Green Party Association will host four Thursday afternoon chats in the Courtenay Westerly Hotel main lounge. Four experts will facilitate discussions regarding interesting Canadian issues, with local relevance and national significance that rarely make headlines. This is a great opportunity to delve into some interesting subjects and meet some local experts!

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