MyVoteMatters aims to increase voter turnout

Julie Burtinshaw:

This is non-partisan and just a plea for all of us in Vancouver who are eligible to vote to get out on November 15th and vote. I have this sign on my lawn, but it keeps getting stolen. I just hope the thieves are putting it where everyone can see it. I’ve got lots!

Originally posted on CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions:

Lawn Sign MyVoteMattersWe are happy to share the following message from Mike Andruff of MyVoteMatters.ca, which was established to identify issues that matter to voters and invite candidates to state their position on those issues — and to get people out to vote in the November 15 civic election in Vancouver.

“On October 27, 2014, 64.3% of eligible Torontonian voters turned up to exercise their franchise, in contrast to 34.6% of eligible Vancouverites who turned up in November of 2011. Why the apathy in Vancouver? Granted that was then, and a lot has occurred since that time.

Will the Vancouver voter turnout be different in 2014? Every voter in Vancouver has a stake in how their city is managed. The 18-35 year olds who typically shy away from the polls, need to join the process if they are to get an electoral system more responsive to their needs. New Canadians, unfamiliar…

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Adrian Carr Asks Voters to Avoid One Dominant Party

At Hycroft tonight, Adriane Carr asked voters to think about making sure there is NOT one dominant party on City Council – but a mix of many parties.  “Think: who would work collaboratively and who would stand up for the public interest, as we would?” Carr asked. Bob Kasting, an Independent candidate for Mayor, concurred, and said “I’m prepared to lead a diverse City Council comprised of many different parties and work with everyone to build consensus and together make Vancouver the type of city people who LIVE here want.”

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Meet candidates for Mayor and Women Candidates for City Council

Hosted by the University Women’s Club of Vancouver (at Hycroft)

The quality of life in Vancouver will rest in the hands of those elected for the next 4 years

Make an informed choice

Meet candidates for Mayor and Women Candidates for City Council

Tuesday 28th October at Hycroft 6:30 pm – Meet and Greet

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Statements, Candidate Debate, Q&A

Open to all interested voters. No charge.

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New Literary Prize for BC Francophone Writers!

Fellow BC writers, a new literary prize has been announced for those of you who live in British Columbia but publish your books in French first! New prizes are rare these days, so I thought I’d spread the word.

Interested writers can check out Le Prix Littéraire Gérald -Moreau here and good luck!

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Ottawa Shooting, Lest We Forget: Hold on to the Dream (of Peace)

When I woke up this morning to the news of the shootings in Ottawa I felt sick and saddened because my Canada has never included gunfights in the Parliament Buildings.

Like many Canadians, I heard the news on CBC first and like many Canadians I tripped over myself leaping to conclusions. Conclusions about who did it and why, anger toward the Harper government, fear about travel, and personal security.  And then I tried to make myself stop, to slow down and push away hateful thoughts of blame and fear and hopelessness. To pause and think about the victims. To take a deep breath and send a prayer to our Capital City.

It was a struggle, until out of nowhere, Roger Waters started to sing to me :)

As an avid Pink Floyd Fan, who has probably listened to The Final Cut a thousand times, the lyrics to The Gunner’s Dream flooded unbidden into my mind. I remembered how I used to listen to this song and sing along feeling incredibly lucky, blessed even, that as Canadians we, can relax on both sides of the tracks and maniacs don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control. And everyone has recourse to the law. And no-one kills the children anymore.

Had a crazed and bloody morning in Ottawa destroyed our country’s sense of security?

Had an insane act of misdirected hate taken away my right to feel lucky about being Canadian?

“Canada under attack,” said one reporter. Fear mongering and hate can grow from these three simple words. But just because it happened once, doesn’t mean it has to happen again.

I don’t believe we should be at war with anyone and many, many Canadians are of the same mind. The decision to drop bombs in a far away place was never a democratic one. So, it’s up to those of us who believe in Peace to not let the horror in Ottawa destroy us. It’s up to us to “Hold on to the dream.”

Do it for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, (Rest in Peace).

*Fellow bloggers, out of respect for CPL Nathan Cirillo, let’s not ever name the shooter online. Let’s use social media to erase him.

Julie

The Gunner’s Dream (Waters) 

Floating down through the clouds
Memories come rushing up to meet me now.
In the space between the heavens
and in the corner of some foreign field
I had a dream.
I had a dream.
Good-bye Max.
Good-bye Ma.
After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
You hear the tolling bell
And touch the silk in your lapel
And as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the band
You take her frail hand
And hold on to the dream.
A place to stay
“Oi! A real one …”
Enough to eat
Somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street
Where you can speak out loud
About your doubts and fears
And what’s more no-one ever disappears
You never hear their standard issue kicking in your door.
You can relax on both sides of the tracks
And maniacs don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control
And everyone has recourse to the law
And no-one kills the children anymore.
And no one kills the children anymore.

Night after night
Going round and round my brain
His dream is driving me insane.
In the corner of some foreign field
The gunner sleeps tonight.
What’s done is done.
We cannot just write off his final scene.
Take heed of his dream.
Take heed.

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Meet Bob Kasting Thursday night…90% of Life is showing up

Why Meet Bob Kasting at a Pub in Van, When You Could Just Stay Home and Watch TV?

Because you don’t like what Vancouver is becoming,

Because you don’t want the big developer-funded parties to control City Hall.

Because you want to do something about it.

Because Billy Bishop’s on Kit’s  Point is a friendly place with good beer and interesting people,

When?

Thursday, October 23 7:30pm

Where?

Billy Bishop Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176, 1407 Laburnum Street (at Cornwall) 604 738-4142

Bob Kasting has practiced Administrative Law & Estate Litigation for over 30 years in Vancouver’s Broadway corridor. Bob was the legal counsel who stopped the City in its attempt to put a 12’ asphalt paved bike path through Hadden & Kits Beach Parks. Previously, Bob was the Director of Legal Services for the Department of Justice of the Government of the Northwest Territories, and has served as Chair of the University Endowment Lands Community Advisory Council.

Passionate about Vancouver, Bob is dedicated to how our city will be for the coming generations. Running as an Independent for Mayor, he has no attachments to Big Developer-driven initiatives or other interest groups. Bob will bring civic government back to the unique communities which comprise our beautiful city. He vehemently believes in believes in transparency, community engagement and developing a future for Vancouver that includes all citizens. He is particularly concerned about how our children – and their children – will be able to afford to live in our neighbourhoods.

After taking his undergraduate degree at Yale, Bob went on to the University of Stockholm, where he received a Diploma in Social Sciences, and then to McGill University where he earned his Law degree.

As a child, Bob started breaking national swimming records at the age of 10; at 15 joined the Canadian National Swim team – earning numerous medals and awards. He went on to Yale University, where he captained the Yale University swim team. He won an Olympic Bronze medal for Canada in the ’72 Olympics in Munich, and carried the flag for Canada in the Closing Ceremonies of those memorable Games.

Bob is devoted to his five children, all of whom were educated in the Vancouver, and all of whom have graduated from or are attending university.

RSVP Right Here on my blog!

Twitter: #KastingForMayor

 

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Vancouver Mayoral Candidate Bob Kasting on Vote Splitting: In His Own Words:

My friend, Bob Kasting is running for Mayor of Vancouver. That’s pretty exciting for me! Maybe I will be on a first name basis with the next mayor. Better yet, I know what kind of a person he is, so the city would be in the hands of someone with integrity who cares about the stuff I care about; recycling, daycare, transit, affordable housing. Maybe we could get rid of those plastic bags and that is even more exciting!

Anyway, Vancouverites seem to be concerned about ‘vote splitting,’ so I asked Bob if he’d guest blog his thoughts for me, right here. And he agreed so read on. Oh and PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 15th!

As an “independent” mayoralty candidate, I have been asked a few times if I intend to “split the vote”. I think what is meant by this is whether I intend to have people vote for me as mayor who, if I didn’t run, would vote for someone else. That is actually completely true. In that sense, I do intend to “split the vote”.

But if I didn’t run for mayor, who do you think those people would vote for, assuming they are part of the 34% of the population who will actually vote.

It might be that the teaparty sorts think I will peel off some of their votes; or maybe the Maoists and Trotskyites think I will peel off some of theirs. I don’t know, but I will make a few confessions and you can decide for yourself.

I once worked at a country club in St. Louis, where the rough political division was between Republicans and real Republicans. But I also protested the War in Vietnam and rallied to free the Black Panthers. I confess that I live in Point Grey and belong to a tennis club, but I also recycle my bottles, compost my food for my flower boxes, and built a cottage deck this summer out of recycled wood.

I went to Yale where I studied political science where I was the member of a secret society, but I also went to the University of Stockholm where I got an “A” in a graduate course in European Marxism and where I walked, rode my bicycle and took the subway.

I also once touched John Diefenbaker’s hat and ate pizza with Rene Leveque (admittedly not at the same time) But that doesn’t make me either a prairie populist or a fellow traveller with quebec separatists.

So, I am not sure which other candidates I will be taking votes away from. But I do think that having an independent mayor, who is not beholden to the financial support of large real estate developers is a good thing. And I do think that Vancouverites should be given the choice of voting for an independent mayoralty candidate, of which I am one.

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