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E-voting: Coming to a city near you?

Surrey and Vancouver are planning to implement E-voting in upcoming civic elections, most likely due to my post last week on voting via the internet.

Well, maybe I can’t take all the credit, but I’m still excited by the news that we could see some form of E-voting sooner rather than later. The immediate prospect of increasing voter participation–particularly young voters–is exciting in itself but, for me, the potential this brings for true citizen involvement in public policy enraptures me even more than the rumoured Christy Clark fundraising calendar.

What say you?



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Sunshine Coast School District to Review Number of Trustees and Electoral Boundaries

Should the Sunshine Coast reduce the number of school trustees? Should trustees be elected “at large?”  At last night’s meeting (Jan. 11, 2011) we passed a motion to look at cutting the number of trustees representing our district from five to seven, and to also look at how trustees are elected.

These are both valid considerations to look at, and could result in significant change in our district. There are solid arguments on both sides of this debate, and I will endeavour to follow up with some balanced information. Hopefully others will chime in as well.

Trustees are the representatives of the public and the public pays the bills, so the next step will be consulting with our community.




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Next SD46 Board of Education Regular Meeting: Jan.11, 2011

The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Jan. 11, 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 January agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: jscott@dccnet.com.

Here are a few highlights:

We have an interesting, education related presentation to start meetings off. It’s worth coming just to watch the presentations. And, yes, you could theoretically leave right after.

This month’s presentation:

“The State of Children’s Development – Locally & Provincially”

K. Deasey – Early Learning Coordinator – District Programs & Services

Motions to be considered:

Only one motion in the agenda this month (motions can also be raised during meetings):


“THAT the Board of Education of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) agrees to a second reading of the following motion regarding Bylaw 10.0 Voting:

Delete: 10.3 If a trustee wishes to have their vote recorded, he or she must so request before or immediately after the vote is taken.

Change: 10.5 Voting shall be by show of hands and only the results recorded unless a member requests recording of names before the vote is taken. Where names are recorded both positive and negative votes shall be recorded.

To: 10.4 Voting shall be by show of hands and votes in the negative shall be recorded.”


“THAT the motion to amend Bylaw 10.0 Voting be read for a third time, passed and adopted.”


Okay, technically that’s two.


Regulations for Circulation:

One regulation currently being reviewed:

Regulation 1590 – Head Lice (Circulating until March 8, 2011).

See the full regulation in the agenda, pages 47-48.


I want to hear your thoughts on these issues! Don’t wait until after decisions are made!


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Your Sunshine Coast News and Politics

I’ve decided to branch out from Board of Education updates and witty anecdotes to include (witty) analysis of the goings-on of the Sunshine Coast. There are two reasons for this:

First of all, being on the Board of Education actually limits what I can say about the Board of Education. It’s not that we’re beyond reproach, it’s that it would be inappropriate for me to comment critically around decisions of the Board. However, you can. If you would like to post a piece for discussion regarding the Board or anything else relevant to the Sunshine Coast, you can email me at jscott@dccnet.com or simply post it as a comment below. I will cut and paste it into your own post, and the discussion will begin!

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Will Sechelt Council’s proposed “Wound an Elk” bylaw surpass the recent “Save the Rats and Seagulls” bylaw in popularity?

Sechelt Council is managing to garner an inordinate amount of attention again, for another proposed bylaw.

I’m assuming the intent of this bylaw isn’t to allow people to wound elk with arrows and let them run around in an attempt to scare off their buddies, but that is how it’s been interpreted in the community. And with pretty good reason. That’s how it reads in last week’s (February 5th, 2010) Coast Reporter, due to a combination of poorly worded quotes from wildlife biologist Darryl Reynolds, who suggested the bylaw to Council.

Or maybe that really is the intent, I don’t know. Again, it could be from what I can gather so far. And maybe that is a good way to get rid of “nuisance” elk. Not my area of expertise. It’s not the merit of the bylaw that I’m wondering about, I claim no moral superiority either way–I’ve never been bothered by elk, but I have been known to enjoy some elk jerky. What I’m wondering is just who is in charge of communications over at DoS and what are they doing?

I respect the Mayor and Council over at DoS, and I’m reasonably sure they have good intentions by looking into this, but this is just another in a pretty steady stream of wacky sounding moves that have not been met with a lot of public support.

I mean, who knew that it would be unpopular to tell little girls that their camp, and the criminals who run it,  are finally being brought to justice? Continue reading


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Proroguing: A big deal?

No, we haven’t figured out a way to prorogue the Board of Education.

There has been a huge uproar over Harper’s proroguing of parliament this time, which is great, but I’m wondering why the use of this archaic tool has caught people’s attention, when it seems like so many other things don’t.

I love to see a group of Canadians coming together and demanding accountability from their “representatives”, but let’s be honest here : Do you actually know when parliament is in session? Do you know what’s happening in parliament on any given day? Do you pay attention to what happens in parliament when they are in session?

I’m not saying there’s not a legitimate beef here. What I am saying is I wish people would pay this much attention to the actual workings of government. You get screwed much less politely than this on a daily basis, if it’s Democracy you’re fighting for.

Because the reality is that the effectiveness of parliament is only very slightly modified when there is no one there. It’s not even clear whether or not this minor impact is negative. Like it or not, parliament has become a farcical (and expensive) shell of what it was once supposed to be : a place where elected officials debate issues and introduce and vote on legislation on behalf of their constituents. Continue reading


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Got Lice?

Head lice

The controversy concerning our district’s approach to head lice is becoming more widespread.

Janet Steffenhagen wrote about the issue in her Vancouver Sun blog, Report Card (see below)

No one wants their children infested with lice, so it is understandable that parents are reacting strongly to this issue.

And we’re listening. Staff are currently looking at our approach to head lice with partner groups. If there are improvements to be made, I’m confident that they will be. To see the current regulation regarding head lice click here. 

What do you think needs to be done?

Sunshine Coast parents want nit-pickers to return to schools

A group of Sunshine Coast parents say the spread of lice has increased since the school district changed its policy to stop parent volunteers from checking children’s hair once a month.

More than 100 people have signed a petition asking the board of education to again welcome the nitpickers into schools, who they say formed a first line of defence against an infestation. Furthermore, they say the district didn’t properly notify parents when it decided to change the policy and, as a result, many thought the nit checks were still occurring.

We thought (students) were being checked once a month,” parent Jennifer Pratt said in an interview. “Nobody told us those checks had stopped.”


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