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Place Speak: Real Time Polling Results

Check this out: Federal Election Polls Live! I am determined to vote ABC, this time around, again. That means “Anything But Conservative.” As a writer, a humanitarian and someone who is passionate about the environment and believes in a Sustainable Economy, I have little choice but to ensure Canada does not remain in the hands of Stephen Harper and his henchmen. They are out to destroy everything Canada is built on.

I came across this poll at Place Speak, that asks the simple question: “Which Party will you support in the upcoming Federal Election?  Of course, as election day approaches, pollsters across Canada want to know how the answer to this. The amazing thing about this poll is that it shows REAL TIME polling results that are neighbourhood specific in six cities across Canada! This means that I can make an instant judgment based on their polling results about which candidate is the most likely to take down Stephen Harper in my hood! This I love.

Of course, it will only be effective if all of you go there and vote and then spread the word around to your friends, family and workmates. I know I have not come across a Real Time Poll like this one. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the Place Speak Live Map!  

Anyway, have fun with this. I am.

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Curator of the Morris Belkin Gallery Writes to Harper

Here is the letter to Prime Minister Harper from Scott Watson, Director and Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. Remember on Tuesday, vote for the arts — and that means anything but conservative.

7 October 2008

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I was impressed that so much time was given over to the arts on last Thursday’s debate. But from your remarks you seem not to know which programs you cut or what those programs did. One of these was the PromArt Program run by the Department of External Affairs and International Trade, where it was once thought that promoting Canadian art abroad advanced international trade. Let me give you an example of why they thought that.

Last year, I attended the opening of a retrospective by Stan Douglas in Stuttgart, Germany. The exhibition was in two institutions and occupied over thirty separate gallery rooms. In terms of space and financial resources (the show had a budget of 750,000 Euros) this was a huge exhibition of a Canadian artist, larger in fact than any Canadian institution has the resources to mount.

Why should PromArt have given $40,000 towards this project? Stuttgart is one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the corporate headquarters of Siemens, Porsche, Daimler, Bosch, Celesio, et al. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 500 people who represented Stuttgart’s business and cultural interests. They were addressed by the Foreign Minister of Germany and the Canadian Ambassador, as well as the museum curators and the artist.

This is the program your people tried to discredit ideologically for supporting punk bands or sending writers to Cuba. Canada will now be the only G8 country without a program to promote its arts and culture abroad. I do not think withdrawing from the deep connection between business, the arts and national prestige is what we ought to be doing in a time of economic crisis – or, indeed, at any time.


Scott Watson
UBC Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

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This I learned in NFLD: ABC (Anything But Conservative)

But how do we, as responsible voters with an interest in the arts and in the environment, know how to vote strategically? I live in Vancouver Quadra — described in the media as a “toni(y) riding, or in other words, a riding made up of wealthy and therefore it is assumed, right-winged Vancouverites. Well, I know lots of people in my ‘hood, and not all are rolling in cash; many are artists, writers, university students, nannies and nine 2 fivers.

None of these people want to see a Conservative candidate representing Quadra, and there have been many discussions about who to vote for to avoid this ever happening. According to the website, VoteForEnviroment.ca, those of us concerned about the future of this planet need to throw our votes behind Joyce Murray — liberal candidate.

If you want to know how to cast your vote strategically in your riding, visit, VoteForEnviroment.ca. All you have to do is put in your postal code to find out how to do the responsible thing – ABC

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