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Catch The School Trustee All Candidates Meeting On Coast Cable

It was a great turnout last night for the School Trustee all candidates meeting. Thanks to Coast Reporter for organizing the event and thanks to Coast Cable for filming. If you missed it you, don’t despair, you can watch it from home!

Tuesday November 15th 7:00 pm
Wednesday November 16th 9:00 am
Thursday November 17th 7:30 pm

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Advance Voting Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9th) is the first advance voting day–your first opportunity to choose who will represent you on local boards and councils for the next three years!

Advance voting polls will be open from 8am-8pm, at the following areas:

  • Gibsons Community Centre (700 Park rd.): for Gibsons area candidates and SCRD area School Trustees and Directors.
  • SCRD office (1975 Field Rd): for SCRD area Trustees and Directors (including “A” and “B”).
  • Seaside Centre(5790 Teredo Street): for Sechelt Trustees, Councillors, and Mayoral candidates.

If you would like to cast a vote for yours truly for School Trustee, and you live in School District Rural Area 2 (West Howe Sound, Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, Sechelt Indian Government District) you can vote at either the SCRD Field road office or the Gibsons Community Centre.

Get out and vote!

 

 

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What’s the “Occupy” movement about? Democracy.

The “Occupy” movement spreading quickly throughout the US and Canada is a call for real democratic reform.

I’m not anti-business, not even anti-rich people, but I am very excited about the movement and the potential for positive dialogue and change in our society. I don’t think the goal of the movement is to brand all corporations as bad, but to illuminate the fact that the citizenry (the other %99) have virtually no say in how corporations operate within our respective countries.

I’m not as interested in whether or not business execs are rich, but I am interested in how they got rich. Was it from cheap public resources? Policies favouring one corporation over another? Pouring waste chemicals into public rivers? Slavery? Deceptive advertising? Those are the things citizens deserve a say in, and politicians, beholden to the groups that fund their war chests, have repeatedly not acted in the public interest in these matters.

The heart of the movement isn’t about taking from the rich, it’s about highlighting the fact that citizens in our “democracy” are not allowed to participate in the decision making process regarding matters of public policy.

Though it kills the status-quo-nicks, the fact that there isn’t a hard list of demands from the participants is sort of the point! This isn’t a special interest group lobbying for their own specific benefit. The reason the movement has gained momentum is that young people will be demanding a say in every area of public interest. As hard as it is to fathom for some of us, young people are simply not going to be satisfied with our centuries old system of having a handful of people deciding for them all matters of public import.

Our system isn’t horrible, it’s just not democratic. More and more people are wondering why that is. There are going to be true democratic reforms–it’s inevitable–just a matter of how it comes about.

Politicians (and media) that continue to dismiss this movement as an unorganized group of misfits do so at their own peril!

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Education Committee meeting, September 29, 2011

Education Committee September 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the School Board Office Continue reading

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Will the HST saga bring democracy to BC?

As this chapter of the HST struggle winds down, let’s consider the potential impact of the process. For me, as a proponent of true democratic reforms, this has been a monumental struggle. The results of the referendum are less important than the fact that citizens–hard-working folks that pay the bills and whose lives are directly impacted–were given the opportunity to have a say in public policy! Continue reading

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Board of Education Regular Public Meeting, Tuesday May 10, 2011

The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be (tonight) May 10, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full May agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: jscott@sd46.bc.ca

Here are a few highlights: Continue reading

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Too many trustees? Trustee Variance Public Hearing (February 23rd, 7pm)

A reminder that there will be a public hearing on February 23, 7:00pm, Chatelech Secondary School to hear public input on the following motion:

“That the Board of Education of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) explore the options of reducing the number of trustees from seven to five and changing electoral areas, including an ‘elected-at-large’ model.”

This discussion is all about public representation in the public school system, so community input is is of the utmost importance to me in considering changes to our current system of electing trustees.

Since trustees are the representatives of the people, my personal feeling is that if enough people are wanting changes to our system, then we should change it. I’m a big believer in more direct democracy in our society, and I’m critical of governments that don’t allow it. I don’t think all things should be decided by “The People,” but I think this is a perfect example of an issue that could be.

So I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.

If enough people are clamouring for change on this issue, then I will support that. Trustees are your representatives, so if you think having less trustees will be beneficial, then I will support that. If you think there is a more equitable way to elect trustees, I’ll support that, too.

People do need to speak up, though, because the opposite is also true: if there isn’t a significant amount of people calling for change on this issue, then I am less likely to support going through the process of requesting that the Minister of Education make changes to our system.

Personally, I am going to be guided by the will of the people on this one.

So get the feedback flowing in: at the public hearing, via email, snail mail, blogs, tweets, skywriting, however! Just get it in!

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