Why I am (still) voting No in the Transit tax vote

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From the very beginning, the entire Transit tax referendum turned non-binding plebiscite, has been a stunning example of the inadequate leadership and poor governance we find ourselves under as a province.

Worse yet perhaps, is how the mayors plan is being promoted as a complete cure-all for the congestion that clogs our streets and highways as it does nearly every other single major metropolitan area in North America – even those with better transit than what we currently have.

I live in Surrey close to two major arteries and still can’t get home by transit after 9 pm without having it involve a costly cab ride, or a scary 10 block walk in the dark.Weekends are even more difficult and I know I’m not alone in thinking how badly public transit is lacking in many areas south of the Fraser river.

This confuses people trying to figure out why I feel so strongly about voting NO in the upcoming vote. I take transit, I understand it’s failings but because a vehicle is also a must, I also understand how frustrating it is to sit in gridlock.

Traffic jams are a very big issue in most cities in Metro Vancouver regardless of where you are driving. They cost us time, money and raise our stress levels. I strongly support better transit, but I also strongly believe that this tax is wrong, and that the arguments of better transit being the cure-all for what ails the Metro Vancouver region are disingenuous at best. These are the reasons why.

1. First and foremost, a sales tax increase is a punitive, regressive form of taxation.  

It doesn’t matter who you are, or how much you make – you will be paying this tax. Senior on a limited income? You are going to pay this. On disability? Get ready to fork over some more cash. Are you one of the working poor, a single parent, or perhaps on assistance? You are going to pay the same sales tax on your goods as Chip Wilson.

Ironically, many of the same people who opposed the HST because it was a punitive tax, are now advocating for this increase justified I am told- because transit is a worthy cause – and it is. I just don’t think this is the way to fund it.

Readers here have been very vocal in recent months about the impact rising prices on food and household goods have had on their budgets- to the point that the reduction of a 50% discount on food about to expire was a big issue. 

There are better ways to fund transit expansion,along with providing revenue for other government needs – it’s called progressive tax reform.

Why aren’t these items being considered by our mayors and provincial government? Where was the mayors discussion on having developers and property owners along mayor transit routes and expansion,help fund the projects since they will benefit the most? 

Visionary isn’t a non-binding plebiscite pushing a punitive tax.

Visionary is saying “We’ve already taken more than many people can afford- let’s find another way.”

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2013/01/CCPA-BC-Tax-Options_0.pdf

2. In the end, there are absolutely no guarantees to anything but paying more sales tax- if the province honours the results of a YES majority. 

This is yet another elephant in the room when it comes to the Transit tax vote that YES supporters never have an answer to, when I ask them why I should suddenly start trusting this government after everything I’ve seen,read and/or written about. Some refer to the Liberal tenure as the ‘decade of deceit’, with good reason.

In fact, this was a very big point in the No-HST campaign that the supporters of this new proposed tax once trotted out at every opportunity! (inconvenient truth as that may be now)

What’s suddenly changed with the Clark government? Mt. Polley? The health ministry firings? LNG prosperity funds and a gazillion jobs by 2030, no wait… 2060… or is that the year 2100 by now? ( Humour me, I honestly can’t keep track of the claims tossed out there as often as tissues during flu season…)

You get the point. This is not a government that has shown or earned much trust.

Adding fuel to this mistrust are the changes in the ballot that removed some of the specifics of individual projects that will benefit from this “Congestion Improvement Tax”

– you can read all about that here, in this piece from The Vancouver Sun:

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Changes+transit+plebiscite+ballot+keep+voters+guessing/10755759/story.html

“Changes:

Heading: The new ballot calls it a “Metro Vancouver transportation and transit plebiscite,” not a “transportation and transit referendum.” This stipulates the tax only applies to Metro Vancouver. Meanwhile, a plebiscite, which is non-binding, is being held because the vote is being conducted by the South Coast British Columbian Transportation Authority Act, which governs TransLink, and not the Referendum Act.

Wording: The main wording is tightened up to remove the rationale for the plebiscite. For instance, the ballot removes the line that states “one million more people will live and work in Metro Vancouver by 2040” and that the plan is needed to reduce congestion on roads and bridges.

Projects: Clarifies the overall plan with more succinct wording. The new ballot takes out references to “11 new B-Line rapid bus routes” for a more generic statement that the funding “will add bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes.” It also states new “rapid transit” for Surrey and Vancouver rather than citing a subway and light rail.

Explanation: The new ballot is clearer than the original in stipulating the tax will be called a Metro Vancouver congestion improvement tax and dedicated to the majority of goods and services in the region.

Ballot question: The approved question does not include the line “with independent audits and public reporting.”

Hmm. Why all the changes?

Why does the ballot not include independent audits and public reporting?

Why so vague on the specifics of the projects?

Again, no answers from the Yes supporters other than: “There is no Plan B, so hold your nose and vote YES!” Many yes supporters agree with me on all these points,admit it’s a lot of concern,but feel this time, the government can’t ignore the people.

( We haven’t even gotten into the fact that this tax increase doesn’t fund the entire cost of any of these projects, and neither the provincial or federal government has committed to dedicating those funds… but trust us they say.  Trust us…)

I look at this ballot and I shake my head. Non-binding. No guarantee’s on anything and government commits to nothing in it. You vote yes and your vote says you agree a sales tax increase should go to fund transit improvements, or you vote no.

It’s basically a very costly opinion poll, and nothing more.  If the province wanted to show good faith, it would be a binding referendum. It’s not.

3. There is no Plan B

Houston, we have a problem.

The same people who residents in Metro Vancouver elected to govern, to make hard decisions, to…lead… have no plan B. Nothing. Nada, except for Surrey mayor Linda Hepner who already said  her LRT plan is happening no matter what the vote is. ( election promise,so take that with a grain of salt)
Granted this provincial government is about as easy to work with as a porcupine in heat but regardless, what are these mayors being paid to do?

Mayors just elected have nearly 4 years to govern.Each of them needs to look at what residents in their communities need… and perhaps.. how it is that city planning has contributed to the current situation. In Surrey, poor planning has resulted in bedroom communities where a car is a must. Many of them. Some out in the middle of nowhere where it’s not feasible to run even community shuttles.

I’ve been doing a bit of research and there is a lot the mayors of our cities could do to relieve congestion… if they have the will to ruffle some feathers and do so.

In fact, this article I located has a wealth of ideas cities should have considered in planning their neighbourhoods. https://nowtoronto.com/news/transportation/on-the-buses/

From dedicated bus lanes, to no parking zones during transit peak times to enforcement actions, much of gridlock begins and ends with our municipal leaders and how they plan and run our cities. They could be increasing Development Cost Charges or adding a new or bigger transit levy to the current charges- developers wanting to build high density will benefit from a bus route. ( an unpopular suggestion I am told, because developers tend to give good donations in civic elections…)

I can assure you this. In the private sector no plan B, means no second chance. The mayors of Metro Vancouver would do well to remember this when digging into our pockets again and again.

4. Research shows in other cities and countries, that improved transit alone doesn’t cut congestion without road pricing.

As with most things you must sign your name to, the devil is in the details.

YES side proponents in social media and in forums have been telling people that better transit will cut congestion.

In fact some have been telling me that if a No vote prevails, transit will be set back twenty years, making it sound like a No vote will instantly transform the Canada Line into an Amish wagon train form of transport! Guess what? That isn’t going to happen. Nor will the new  proposed Surrey LRT or Arbutus subway  Line stop traffic jams anywhere in the region.Why?

Because regardless of how amazing these projects are, research shows that improved transit isn’t enough to reduce congestion. And even the mayors acknowledge this in their own plan:

mayorsplan

No kidding. Why isn’t the yes side talking about this?A comprehensive road pricing strategy is a part of their plan. You vote Yes now, and the mayors still plan on introducing user pay roads ( tolls for distance traveled) 5 years or so down the line.

I mean, all one has to do is use ‘the Google’ to search ” Does transit reduce traffic congestion?” to determine in most cases, it doesn’t – not on its own.

Look at Singapore-even with exceptional transit, it was only the hefty road pricing that moved drivers to transit.http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/roads-and-motoring/managing-traffic-and-congestion/electronic-road-pricing-erp.html

This is why the mayors plan details that if a YES vote prevails, they will introduce road pricing down the road. It takes time to implement that… and there will be considerable backlash.

There is a significant and credible amount of research showing that transit improvements alone do little to ease congestion, but that paired with road pricing as a dis-incentive to drivers, it will have an impact.

What is road pricing?Alternatively known as congestion pricing, it’s how cities outside of Europe where the lifestyle is vastly different from North America, deal with congestion.

As the Georgia Straight published last year, I suspect as a way of easing drivers into the idea:

” …road pricing. It’s necessary. It’s contentious. And it’s coming to Vancouver.

As a congestion-reducing/transit-promoting strategy, it comes in myriad guises. In California, for example, the strategy appears as transponder-linked high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in L.A. and San Diego. Rates posted roadside for HOT–lane occupancy constantly change with time and traffic volumes. In San Francisco, road pricing means a soon-to-be-instituted $3 road-usage charge for all drivers entering that city’s cordoned downtown core. In Hong Kong, in Dallas, in Rio, in Rome, and in scores of other jurisdictions: if you use roads, you pay.”

In fact, the first place you would have seen road pricing is between the Port Mann Bridge and Vancouver.. that is, until the people said enough and refused to take that bridge. I suspect it will still be the first line of attack, along with Hwy 99 and the SFPR, aka the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

It’s acknowledged far and wide as a crucial part of reducing congestion, so why aren’t the mayors, provincial government and the YES campaign talking about this more before the vote? Because in my opinion, it negates the often used line that transit improvements will improve congestion. This isn’t an anti-congestion tax.

Ask your mayor about this one before you vote.

5. I’ve had enough of the premier and our mayors playing with people’s lives… and livelihoods.

Forgive me for living in a dream world, but I really do believe elected officials must put the needs of their community before anything else. Regardless of whether it is a city,a provincial riding or our province, those with power hold immense influence in decision making, and policy direction.

How many of those deemed to make these decisions, take transit? How many understand how hard it is to drop kids off at daycare, go to work, come home, pick up kids and get something for dinner… on transit? Anyone going to soccer practice on transit?

You just can’t do it easily outside of Vancouver. Its nearly impossible in Surrey or Langley. Frankly I’m very tired of people who live,work and play in Vancouver telling me how this plan will benefit me, when they haven’t even been out to this part of Surrey! There is a complete disconnect. One fellow I know recently took a planning bus tour in Surrey and was shocked to discover how much sprawl planning has occurred.

Please, don’t tell me how good this plan is going to be for all of us, unless you will come out here and find out what it’s like here first. If you’ve never been to Surrey,I don’t even want to talk to you!

This is just part of what is so disingenuous about this cut congestion tax.

Transit alone will not cut congestion. And those promoting the YES side know this.

Did the Canada Line cut traffic congestion into Richmond or Vancouver? No. There are still backups over the bridges back and forth.

Did a new express bus down King George in Surrey magically reduce the gridlock? No. In fact the bus gets stuck in traffic too.

They make it seem like a vote yes is a guarantee you won’t wait in traffic as long as you did before… 20% less reduction is the number on their website – a stretch if you ask me and a bait and switch tactic much like the Liberals have used in BC before.

Coming from politicians and politico’s,many who only take transit when a camera crew is involved, it’s a bit rich.

In closing...

I can’t tell you which side to vote for, but I can tell you how I am voting, and why. I tend to ask a lot of questions and those questions always lead to more questions that really get some people upset. But that’s how I work.

I can’t even in good conscience, advocate a yes vote with so many unknowns, so many questions and with so many changes the provincial government has made to this ballot. Everything in my gut tells me this is all wrong,in particular with the amount of fear-mongering occurring on social media from those working for or endorsing the yes side. It’s beginning to reach unprecedented desperation levels and there is a long time to go still.

I encourage every Metro Vancouver reader this tax increase would impact, to do your own research, ask questions of your elected officials and feel free to share the responses here with my readers.

Because in the words of the Dalai Lama:  “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”  Taxpayers in Metro Vancouver deserve better than what’s being served up by those with vested interests.

Hard facts and cold truth should decide fate of ineffective gun registry, not emotional rhetoric

I know many of you have been waiting for a really great post, on any of the hot political issues right now. However, I have been watching and hearing the seemingly endless emotionally driven rhetoric that champions of the gun registry are using to push for its continuation. Quite frankly, I can no longer stomach the lack of facts and truth these champions use to argue. It’s an emotional, heated issue for certain, but if one breaks down those emotional arguments and looks for the truth behind them, it is un-arguable  that there is not one bit of proof that this registry does anything but give uninformed people a false and dangerous sense of security. To say I am extremely disappointed to see Jack Layton and the NDP take the direction they have, is to understate my sentiment. I am nowhere near being a Harper-Con, but scrapping the registry that was a failure from day 1 is the only thing that man has done that speaks of sense.

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote earlier this year, in response to the ongoing debate on the gun registry, that originated on Bill Tieleman’s blog. An ardent supporter of the registry, Bill has been very vocal in favour of it, and  certainly we will have to agree to disagree.  Many are shocked that a woman who has directly experienced domestic abuse would fight against this registry, but read on for my views on why all this money could have been spent on programs and initiatives that would truly save lives.  Be sure to read the comments that follow the original post for another serving of reality.

Sometimes I just can’t keep my mouth shut.

Posted on November 13, 2009 by Laila | Edit

and this would be one of those moments.

 There has been a lot of discussion going on at Bill Tieleman’s blog in response to his post in support of the gun registry in Canada. I’m not going to get into all the details, but suffice it to say that the comments are heated and there are very few people without a firm opinion on the  matter. That’s all fine and it’s great to see the debate evolve from opinion to hard facts. But this one point is why I must open my mouth.

Using gun related spousal murders as a reason for continuing this gun registry is not only ridiculous, but possibly dangerous to women on the receiving end of domestic violence. (I really like you Bill, but I’ve got to say this). I back up my points, rather than relying on vague allusions and unsubstantiated generalities to make a case, unlike some of the largely anonymous commenters under his post.

 After looking around the net at discussions currently ongoing, it appears that there are a large number of gun registry supporters across Canada who  would have you believe that the gun registry can prevent or at least reduce the number of spousal murders in this country, especially in rural areas where rifles are more prevalent.  Bullshit on all counts.

 One commenter (the first – Maureen) had this to say:

  It was a bad week for women’s rights last week – first the gun registry attack by the NDP and Liberal enablers, a registry that has reduced gun-related spousal homicides.

 Sorry to say Maureen, but I can’t find any hard facts to back that up. If you happen to read this, point me to your information source.

 Bill says this in his post:

 Despite claims that the registry unfairly discriminates against rural gun owners, the reality is that access to firearms is a key factor in domestic homicides.

 Now, this is  partially correct, because traditionally in rural areas ,rifles are a common household item. More on this in a bit.

 However, Bill goes on to say this in the comments section:

 Take a look at the firearms deaths stats my friend. Take a look at domestic violence in rural communities.

 So, I did look at firearms death stats- with relation to domestic violence, and conveniently enough, another commenter to his post brought up a recent, 2008 report that indicates firearms are no more significant in cases of spousal murder than stabbings ( but no one seems to be stepping up to register or prohibit knives…) info quoted is from page 39

 Between 1997 and 2006, the most common method
used to kill male spouses was stabbing (69%). In contrast,
female victims of spousal homicide were equally likely to be
stabbed or shot (30% each). A larger proportion of female
spousal victims were killed as a result of physical force
such as beating, strangulation, suffocation or drowning

Over the past decade, the rate of firearm-related spousal
homicides decreased by nearly 50%

 In 1996 there were
27 firearm-related spousal homicides compared to 16 in
2006 (Chart 4.3).

Sadly enough, there isn’t a lot of recent or current Canadian research on spousal murder in Canada , but there has been research done in the past that says this:

 Guns

While the prevalence of violence using guns against women in rural and urban communities is not statistically significant, the current literature does highlight the greater accessibility and use of guns in rural areas to intimidate, terrorize and murder women who are in violent relationships (Websdale, 1998). In many rural areas, guns are part of the household, often used for hunting and protection. Nolan (1992) suggests that:

Domestic killings occur disproportionately in rural areas and it is believed that this may reflect the high levels of gun ownership in the country. Many victims of domestic violence also report being threatened with firearms. (1992:23)

 This finding has also been reiterated by Dansy Consultants Inc. who found that violence was a factor in 80 percent of the cases involving firearm homicides (1992:15). While gun ownership and accessibility may not be the sole reason for wife-killing in rural areas, the fact that they are present and accessible may accentuate their use in situations of violence. Second, it may be more viable to discharge a firearm in a rural area without being detected or attracting police attention.

 There you have it. Guns are used to kill women and men in that sometimes screwed up institution of marriage – but so are knives, fists, hammers, boots, boards, ropes, pillows and anything else the murderer can get his or her hands onto. In fact, I know, when responding to a domestic violence call,  the RCMP will  operate under the assumption that there ARE weapons in the house,unless told otherwise. Yes, you may argue that the gun registry will tell them prior to arrival if there is a registered weapon in the home,but how the hell that prevents the murderer from firing it, I don’t know. 

 Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. ( credit to Alex T. )  No gun registry is going to stop a man from pulling the trigger when he chooses to kill his wife or girlfriend.

 Please. Don’t use the excuse or pseudo-concern of women getting beaten and  then possibly murdered with rifles as an excuse to continue this  gun registry. It sickens me to hear that. It’s like saying having a license to drive will prevent deaths on the road from alcohol, or speed. They don’t, they just show you passed a test and keep track of your personal information. Again, bullshit.

  If someone really wanted to prevent needless deaths of women, they would be lobbying for much-needed changes to the Criminal Code that still treats the abusers with kid gloves( especially on a first offence) , demanding a reinstatement of mandatory charges for the abuser in BC, and educating Crown on how to handle domestic violence cases – not fighting to save a gun registry!

 The amount of money spent on this registry so far, would have done far more to prevent spousal murders, through public education programs, shelters and resources for women suffering the kind of severe abuse that often leads to murder. Especially in those rural areas where  women are often isolated and stay silent because there are no resources to go to.

 Yes, Bill Tieleman was right to call all these politicians gutless – but in my opinion, for the wrong reason. At least, that’s the way I see it

” If you don’t know what your government is doing, you don’t live in a democracy.” ~ Jane Anne Morris

” To break that unholy alliance between corrupt business, and corrupt politics, is the first task of the day.”

My dad left for home this morning, heading back for a planned fishing trip that will occupy that last precious week of his vacation. He’s a relative spring chicken still, at only 58, but I can tell you that he would ” kick your ass to high heaven” if you did him wrong! It’s kind of funny to talk with him now about all the things he used to tell me polite people should never discuss- things like politics, money and religion.  Times change, I guess, and that’s not always  a bad thing.

We covered all three of those ‘forbidden’ topics during the odd quiet moments when the kids were either eating, sleeping or otherwise engrossed in some toys or books that kept their endless chatter to a minimum. It was great, more than great actually, to discover that dad has all the same passion as I do for ousting the Liberals, and being from Prince George, Pat Bell and Shirley Bond is on his hit list. It sounds like there are a hell of a lot of angry people up there, people who feel that Bond and Bell deliberately pulled the wool over their eyes on the HST, and other northern BC issues. Enbridge is not gaining support in Prince George because people are smart enough to know that any jobs that might be created during the construction process, are not permanent ones, and people can’t live on hope and a prayer in these ” tough economic times ” .

I was sitting in traffic on the way to a belated birthday dinner my dad planned for the kids and I when I heard the announcement about the successful HST petition, and the shocking news that Elections BC didn’t plan to do a damn thing about it.

You know what happened when I heard that? Tears actually sprung to my eyes, not of sadness, but from the hot, burning anger that was boiling my blood! I am not joking you one bit. I was so bloody angry – and still am, by the way- that Elections BC seems to have made the  same, serious mistake that I mentioned G0rdon Campbell did a few days ago :  they failed to recognize the importance, and the power, of the people’s vote. Or, to be precise,the extreme importance,and power,  of each and every signature on that petition.

The anger in Bill Vanderzalm’s voice as he belted out his declaration of  total recall over the radio waves made the hair stand up on the back of my arms, and sent goosebumps down my legs.

Just how far will this government go to keep the people from exercising their democratic rights? This entire sham of waiting for the court cases to complete is just crooked, bloody well damn crooked. It’s just coated with Liberal slime, which in my opinion, is not unlike the viscous ooze  slugs leave behind on sidewalks during their nightly travels. 

Bill Tieleman tells us why this lack of action by Elections BC is a joke:

Let’s be clear – there is no legal impediment for Elections BC to proceed – the big business coalition filed an extraordinarily late attempt to overturn the Fight HST petition just one day before it was filed – on June 29.

The big business organizations who all stand to benefit by gaining millions of dollars in HST revenue transferred from consumers to their pockets have never obtained nor even attempted to get a court injunction to stop the Initiative.

Failing that, Elections BC has no reason to block the next step – sending the draft Initiative petition legislation called the HST Extinguishment Act to a Select Standing Committee of the BC Legislature.

The Recall and Inititiative Act is extremely clear – if the petition is verified as having met the threshold, then ” … the chief electoral officer must send a copy of the petition and draft Bill to the select standing committee.”

Not “may”. Not “whenever he or she feels like it”. Not “after business groups take a legal run at the petition” – the Act says the chief electoral offier “must” – no ifs ands or buts.

So, who exactly is this big business coalition who have launched the suit, simply because they are the only ones to benefit from this Hated Sales Tax” ?  Among the participants are the following:
 
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
http://www.icba.bc.ca/about_icba/contact_us.htm
Mining Association of B.C.
http://www.mining.bc.ca/contact_us.htm
Coast Forest Products Association
http://www.coastforest.org/contact.html
 
Here is the issue I have with this truly ridiculous action. I happen to know a lot of contractors who ARE NOT IN SUPPORT OF THE HST – OR THIS ACTION STARTED BY THEIR ASSOCIATION.
Same goes for convenience store owners, and a good majority of the Chamber of Commerce members. These associations would do well to remember who all their members are, not just the large corporates who drive their agenda.
 
What would happen if we all start a boycott of anyone who is a member of these associations? Everyone has a voice, and the smaller businesses and independent operators need to speak out loudly to disassociate themselves from this action, or suffer the consequences of growing public anger over the HST.
 
There is something very wrong, and very corrupt when a government cozies up so closely to the big corporate guns who keep filling that lobbyist-filled trough Campbell and his liberal cohorts like to feed at. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read stories about who is lobbying which government minister, for lucrative deals and favours, bids and contracts. No matter where you look in this Liberal administration, you will find, time and time again, the same names involved in many different suspect deals and contracts.
 
In fact, I recently had a really good chuckle when I saw among the recipients of the Order of BC, some really interesting Liberal movers, shakers, and supporters :  Dan Doyle ( who has QUITE the history in the Ministry of Transportion, as well as other plump and juicy appointments) , John Furlong, Milan Ilich and Brad Bennet .  Things that make you go hmmmmm…
 
But I digress.
Oddly enough, Gordon Campbell congratulated petitioners today, calling the successful action ” A celebration of democracy.” The Globe and Mail has the complete story here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/gordon-campbell-congratulates-hst-petitioners-on-win/article1670923/
 
“B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is hailing the passage of the anti-HST petition as a good day for democracy.“We should recognize that this really is, kind of, a celebration of democracy. The reason we have an initiative and referendum legislation in place is to give citizens those tools,” the Liberal premier said Wednesday while in California to address the State legislature.

“So to those who felt that it was important enough to motivate them to sign the petition and move it forward, congratulations to them.”

~snip~

But Mr. Campbell rejected the suggestion that the milestone comes at the expense of his Liberal government, which is already suffering from an erosion of party support over the issue.

“It’s at no one’s expense,” he said. “It’s actually a way that public democracy actually works, and encourages people to participate in public policy and public life. Every time people do that, there’s a benefit.”

He said he expects a thorough debate on the issue when the petition eventually goes to a committee of the legislature for discussion on what happens next.

The news that Elections BC will not act on this HST petition is simply more proof that the idea of political freedom in BC is just that – an idea. You and I – all of us – have been  passionately critical about this HST , and we have all vehemently expressed our dissatisfaction with the way Gordon Campbell and the liberals have repeatedly ignored the demands of those who elected them to office as our chosen representatives. 
 
   Key words :  Chosen representatives.
 
We elected you in, and we can kick your ass out. And we will, each and every one of you if we have to. 
 
Recall in the Fall.  Find your voice. Take action and  Be a part of history.
 
 
 More information from another source :
 
 
**** The Liberals and this coalitition of businesses would have everyone believe that all business in BC supports the HST, when exactly the opposite is true.
 
If you are a business in BC, and want to tell  the public your story of how the HST has impacted your bottom line negatively, I want to post your story here! You can email me at lailayuile@live.com, and include your business name, how the HST has impacted your livelihood and if possible, a photo of yourself in front of your business.  I welcome responses from all parts of the province!!
 

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

At long last, a return to Bits and Bites,Tuesday June 8th, 2010

Good evening, my loyal friends and readers!

 I have to thank all of you for your continued patience and let you know how much I appreciate your faithful stops even though the pages here have remained vacant of posts for some time. All I can say is that sometimes life lobs you a hard-ball, and then sometimes life burns in two or three in succession, and as a result, I’ve had to take time to attend to my health and my family. I’ve still been working on various stories behind the scenes, but at a far less dedicated level than previously. I promise to be back to filling these pages with insight and revelations as often as I can over the summer, and who knows, you may even see a special feature of  the Laila Yuile Road Trip across BC…

And out of the starting gate today… It seems there was much ado about nothing at the Basi-Virk trial today, as we all wait -again- to find out the decisions of the two jurors who were not sure if they could continue their duty well into 2011.  I invite all of you to tune into my three favoured sources for all things Basi- Virk ( Railgate) ,each of which posts continued and detailed updates on the proceedings: The Gazetteer, my good friend BC Mary’s site, The Legislature Raids, and of course, my friend Bill Tieleman, who has had some interesting experiences in the past when it comes to Railgate related incidents.  

Next up, I have to say that if there is any grace, any tiny blessing in the horror that continues down south with the BP oil disaster, it is that it may jolt the minds of locals who have yet to form an opinion on the Enbridge pipeline, of which I have been blogging about since last year.  see these posts for my coverage of this issue:  Support divided for Enbridge Northern Pipeline, Close Call on BC coast should be “Wake-up call” for all British Columbians ( contains links to several other posts of mine, and a great video link of the Exxon Valdez) . I called it then in the first post about the fact that the alleged moratorium against tanker traffic is baseless, as did others before me- but did anyone listen then?

I think, I hope, that they are all listening, and watching now. What we have here in BC is unique, precious and must be saved and preserved at all costs for future generations.

I was thinking about all of this when I was surfing through YouTube recently, when I found the  following two videos.

The first is taken from Question Period in the Legislature, March 23rd, 2010. The entire video is worth watching ,but is you are short on time, FAST FORWARD TO the 2 minute mark and pay close attention to what Premier Gordon Campbell says in his rare moment of speaking in the house.  He says , quite clearly, ( and I paraphrase here ) that if the First Nations say no to the Enbridge pipelines, THEY WILL NOT PROCEED…. This is a very,very important moment caught on tape.

Now, the following video was taken the day BEFORE premier Gordon Campbell’s great speech declaring that if First Nations were opposed, they would not proceed with the pipeline. The date is March 22nd, 2010

This video shows the Coastal First Nations press conference  stating unequivocably that they will not allow, support or endorse in any way, the Northern Gateway project and the Enbridge pipeline. Clear as a  bell to me. 

So. Please tell me why this project has advanced to the environmental review stage, and why Enbridge is still spending tons of money emailing people like me their glossy new project brochure?  ( PDF)

And, if that wasn’t enough, check out this link  to the great people at the Dogwood Initiative :

By arranging to attend as official representatives of Enbridge shareholders, I and whoever comes with me have a once-in-a-year chance at holding Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel to account, by asking him point blank questions on the record. For representatives of First Nations who make it to the AGM, it’s a unique chance to assert their jurisdiction in front of senior executives, the Board of Directors, shareholders, and the financial media.

This year the AGM team included myself, Vice Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Terry Teegee, Chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) of the Wet’suwet’en, and Nikki Skuce from our colleague organization Forest Ethics.

I’m not gonna lie; trips like this are always stressful. There’s the logistics (e.g. my Greyhound bus broke down on the way to Calgary), the preparation, making sure media know why you’re there and what you’re doing, and the worry up until the end that something’s not going to go according to plan.

But somehow it always works out, and this time was no different. Super Calgary volunteer John Vickers pulled through with an entire series of professionally designed posters to be used as rally placards outside the meeting; we were able to speak with TV and print media about the issue; John and Terry did an amazing job of asserting First Nations’ jurisdiction over the project; and, we got Patrick Daniel on the record admitting to three crucial points:

(1)    That Enbridge hasn’t been completely upfront with all of the shippers they’ve been negotiating with about the inadequacies of the review process for the project.

(2)    That the broad opposition to Enbridge’s oil pipeline and tanker project creates “significant” risk for the company, which the Board of Directors discusses virtually every time they meet.

(3)    That the “protocol agreements” that Enbridge has signed with some First Nations don’t actually indicate support for the project, and that at current count, there are zero First Nations he is aware of that are publicly supporting it; in contrast to the 28 who are publicly opposing it. Enbridge’s project is on shaky ground

These statement’s by Daniel proves what we knew all along, the Enbridge project is on shaky ground. More importantly they give us the opportunity to drive home the message that Enbridge is in for a fight they can’t win

Campbell proved he was a liar with the HST, and continues it with Enbridge. 

The premier needs to put an end to this and stick to his word, for once. We do not want an environmental disaster here, in this place of incredible beauty and diverse ecosystems.

Speaking of the HST, a curious note to mention here , direct from my blog stats. WordPress shows me what search terms people used to find my blog ,and one of the top search terms for the last month has been : ” How much will my HST rebate cheque be if I am low-income?”

What does that tell you? People are freaking out about paying the HST and already counting on getting some money back. Yes, we know  the Liberals are going to issue rebate cheques for those among us who are hurting, but it is far too little in the end to save any of the woefully lagging Liberals. Especially now that the First Nations in BC have joined the fight.  (Let me guess if that is going to help. ..or hurt, the treaty process…)

Last, but not least, there will be more to come this week on an interesting angle to the South Fraser Perimeter Road, and let me tell you, it’s quite a PR angle that may not have been discussed yet.  Call me a tease, but that is all I’m going to give you right now.

A quick bit of insanity for you relating to the Canada Line: Who exactly decided giant orange Cheeto Bears make any kind of sense at all coming out of this wall ?  Yep. I thought so.Seriously, what’s the deal with these bears, and more importantly, how much did they cost?

Under the  ” Bet you won’t see this in the Sun or Province ” banner, I bring to you a very Proud to be Canadian moment from our friends at The Galloping Beaver ( and let me tell you, this would be a crowning blogger moment, if I may so so myself!)  

The Galloping Beaver – Banned in Guantanamo

Friday, June 04, 2010

We get mail :

Greetings,

Your website is one I have long visited and I was quite surprised when I was visiting Guantanamo last month and I was not allowed to visit your website while at the base. I received a notice that the website was not allowed to be accessed by the “administrator” (military censors) (not an exact quote). I was quite surprised, went to other websites that I thought might be more controversial but had no problem and checked at various times to get on to your website (I was there for almost a week this visit) but I never could get on to your website.

So, please take my congrats….I would consider it an honor to be barred by those thugs!

Best regards,
Candace

H. Candace Gorman

Well … just … wow. We at The Beav also consider it an honour to be visited by Guantanamo human and civil rights lawyer Candace Gorman.

Ms. Gorman was successful earlier this year in freeing one of her clients from Guantanamo and maintains The Guantanamo Blog to “provide updates on developments concerning the plight of the detainees, the ongoing injustice of current U.S. detention policies in the “War on Terror” and efforts to hold accountable those men and women responsible for the war crimes”.
Today she writes :

Of course Bush only spoke about his joy in waterboarding KSM…..I wonder how he will respond to questions about waterboarding Abu Zubaydah (some 100 times) as the government has now been forced to admit Abu Z was not al-Qaeda or taliban …. just some shmuck who had the misfortune to be captured by my criminal
Government…….

Another recent blog entry asks you to lend your support to a military lawyer who refused to prosecute a man who was tortured into confessing. Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveldis is now at risk of losing his 19 year military career for doing so.

Thanks for making our day, Candace, and for all your fine work defending justice and the rule of law from thugs.

Email published with permission of author.

Congratulations to all the busy beavers posting over there, and if you haven’t been to visit, why not head over and check them out?  Consistantly great posts that hit the mark every time !

Last, but not least, I would like to thank my army of ” helpers”, who without which , it would be all that much harder to write the blog. You know who you are, and I thank you today for all that you do to get these stories out.

Take care , and see you again soon!

How much will the HST cost you? Figure it out for yourself with the HST hit list !

Gordon Campbell says that the HST won’t cost British Columbians very much.

 image from :  http://scoutmagazine.ca/2009/07/25/province-to-screw-restaurant-business-in-broad-daylight/

In fact,he says it will only cost the average British Columbian a couple of hundred dollars a month, but the benefits are far greater! That is right folks, Gordon Campbell is going to be doing us all a HUGE favour with this HST!

 But wait – Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s claims are even better.

At a Surrey Board of Trade meeting in September of last year, he actually told the rather disbelieving audience this:

 ” … That’s not to say that every product will be cheaper, but it’s safe to say that every product will be cheaper than it would have been without the HST. “

I think he forgot how many small business owners were in the audience that day, but I can assure you – they have never forgotten the line Colin tried to schmooze them with that balmy fall day.

Well, it is a new year,  a new season, and the anti HST petition is in full swing. Personally,  I still can’t wrap my head around that quote above.

If Gordon Campbell is so confident that this HST is a wonderful opportunity for our province and the people for British Columbia, why was he reduced to making personal attacks against one of the organizers of the Fight HST initiative, Bill VanderZalm,in a post throne speech and in a Liberal Caucus press release? 

Why isn’t he out on the road now, making sure British Columbians know exactly how good this tax is for them? Hmm? Where is he ?

Oh yes… I forgot. He’s busy supporting Kash Heed during his troubles involving an RCMP investigation ! (  remember Kash – deny deny deny) 

( I totally digress here but why did he support NorthVancouver MLA  Jane Thornthwaites decision to stay on in the face of a drunk driving charge, but thinks Kash should step down??)  Oh wait. Having been there himself, he must know what she is going through….

 And, I think , he must also be quite busy concocting an explanation for the massive stink arising from the BC Place / Casino Royale debacle….  ( this story seems to have been smothered in the MSM  recently and seems doomed to fall silent if not disseminated through the underground media, far and wide). The links in this post are the most recommended reading I could suggest, apart from the ongoing outrage on the Basi-Virk publication ban.

Thank God for Sean Holman, of Public Eye Online, who – without those  ongoing monthly $10.00 donations – would never be able to continually bring us these kind of breaking stories!!!  ( I rarely endorse, but this is an exception – I truly believe we need Sean’s in-depth investigation to keep our government accountable, so fork over your beer/wine/pizza/sushi/*-bux money for a really good cause)

ANYWAYS…. getting back to the HST…. would you like to know what I think?

 I think the Liberals are desperate. Like, grasping at straws, desperate. Begging on your knees desperate.

 I think they are so worried about the reality of this HST, and all the government cuts they have made that have unfortunately preceded the introduction of this latest money grab,that they will do anything  they can to deflect attention away from the effort to fight the HST,and the massive opposition among the residents of British Columbia.  

I say, let’s really find out how much the HST will really cost us.

Let’s stick to the facts of what this added tax will mean for people across BC.

The organizers of the Fight HST group ( www.fightHST.com), have asked editors of newspapers  across British Columbia to publish the HST HIT LIST, created by a group calling themselves  www.angryformerliberals.ca 

So far, I haven’t seen the list anywhere. Have you ? This was released in  September of last year and I have seen yet to see this in a large publication.

That’s why I have it here for you today, so you can find out NOW, what this tax will mean for you and your wallet, if you don’t work with all of us to stop this tax.

The list  contains many of the items that were previously exempt from PST ( 7%), but would now be taxed under the new HST -adding an extra 7% to the cost of each of those items, or services.

To make it even easier for everyone, that means you will pay an extra 7 cents in taxes for every dollar in the cost of the item !

To calculate your cost for a years worth of HST for your family, check each item on the list that affects your family, and beside it, write the weekly/monthly/yearly cost for that item.

At the end of the list, total all individual amounts and multiply by 7% to see how much this tax will REALLY cost you…..

Ready? To get a copy of the chart, click on the PDF format file below:

HST Hit List

After you’ve picked yourself off of the floor, head on over to the FIGHT HST website and find out where, when and what you need to do, to stop this tax in its tracks – no matter where you are in British Columbia. 

Canvassers are knocking  on doors in your neighbourhood right now. Be sure to make your opposition known by signing the initiative sheet being presented by FIGHT HST volunteers!

** A big thanks to Gary E. for letting me know about the HST calculator, courtesy of the BC NDP. By clicking on that link, you can enter your estimated expenditures for a quick calculation on what you will be paying out in this tax. Keep in mind that this does not include the hidden costs that might be built into the price as smaller merchants and businesses try to recoup their losses from the HST.

Fight for B.C.- Fight the HST! Elections BC gives approval to begin Citizens Petition April 6th – sign up now!!

 

Wonderful news  for all of you HST haters out there, and it was no surprise to anyone came on one of the warmest, sunniest days so far this year!    

Elections BC has given approval to the Citizens Initiative Petition, which gives  FIGHT HST organizers 90 days to collect 10% of registered voters  signatures in all ridings – starting April 6th, until July 5th of this year!  All to kill the HST ( Hated Sales Tax)!  For full details of the press conference, head over to my friend Bill Tielemans blog : http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2010/02/fight-hst-launches-bc-citizens.html 

If successful, the petition will force the government to do one of two things:  hold a province wide referendum on the HST( in essence, the opportunity to say yeah or nay to the HST ) – OR –  legislate an end to the HST in the legislature. 

Either way, over 1500 volunteers have already signed up, and now that Elections BC has given approval to this petition, even more  people are likely to see how easy it can be to stop this tax  by  the very simple task of gathering signatures  from other registered voters who are outraged at the prospect of yet another dig in their wallets. 

This is an important moment in BC, one that  must signify to Premier Gordon Campbell that we are indeed a democracy in B.C., and the people will have their say. In my experience, there is nothing more powerful than a group of people working together for a common goal, and this is your chance to be a part of history and say ” No More! ” to  Campbell.   What could be simpler than handing someone a pen and asking them to say No with you? 

If you would like to sign up and volunteer along with myself and thousands of others across BC, head on over the FIGHT HST website and click on the Volunteer banner highlighted in red near the top. It’s that easy. You don’t even have to know your riding, all you need to know is that you want to stop the most Hated Sales Tax ever, the HST !! 

FIGHT FOR BC – FIGHT AGAINST THE HST !!

September 2009 Stop the HST rally - Vancouver

 

Now, scroll down and see one of the most interesting reports on the 2010 winter Olympics I’ve read yet.

Bill Tieleman leaves the Bill Good Show

A sad day, in my eyes, as Bill announces he has not been able to reach an agreement with CKNW for his appearances on the station.

http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2009/11/bill-tieleman-leaves-bill-good-show-on.html

 Bill will continue to share his views on everything political in his 24 Hours column, The Tyee and of course, his blog! As well, Bill has recently made  a couple of appearances on the blogger panel of CBC’s show Politics and Power, so watch to see where Bill pops up next.

The decision is in: Supreme Court of Canada rules “secret witness” in Basi-Virk trial, will remain a secret.

A victory that may see the trial beginning as soon as January 201o!

Bill Tieleman has the ruling on his site now, and will be following with his analysis as the day continues, so be sure to check back shortly. Here is an excerpt of his breaking news story from moments after the decision was handed down:

Basi-Virk Special Prosecutor Bill Berardino has won a landmark appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada this morning when the court overturned two BC lower court rulings on the issue of secret witness testimony in the BC Rail corruption case.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision means testimony about why a police informer must have his or her identity protected will take place with defence counsel, media and the public all excluded – leaving only trial judge Anne MacKenzie and the Special Prosecutor team present in BC Supreme Court.

The decision also means the trial of David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi will proceed as early as January 2010 – unless defence lawyers are successful in having it dismissed with an abuse of process motion they plan to introduce soon.

Former BC Liberal government ministerial assistants David Basi and Virk face breach of trust and fraud charges over allegations they provided confidential information about the $1 billion privatization of BC Rail in 2003 to lobbyists acting for a bidder in exchange for money and other benefits. Aneal Basi faces money laundering charges related to the case.

The case exploded into public view when police raided the BC Legislature in an unprecedented search for evidence on December 28, 2003 but the case has been repeatedly delayed from going to trial over disclosure of evidence issues. Defence lawyers say there are now “millions” of pages of evidence.

 

Sometimes I just can’t keep my mouth shut.

and this would be one of those moments.

 There has been a lot of discussion going on at Bill Tieleman’s blog in response to his post in support of the gun registry in Canada. I’m not going to get into all the details, but suffice it to say that the comments are heated and there are very few people without a firm opinion on the  matter. That’s all fine and it’s great to see the debate evolve from opinion to hard facts. But this one point is why I must open my mouth.

Using gun related spousal murders as a reason for continuing this gun registry is not only ridiculous, but possibly dangerous to women on the receiving end of domestic violence. (I really like you Bill, but I’ve got to say this). I back up my points, rather than relying on vague allusions and unsubstantiated generalities to make a case, unlike some of the largely anonymous commenters under his post.

 After looking around the net at discussions currently ongoing, it appears that there are a large number of gun registry supporters across Canada who  would have you believe that the gun registry can prevent or at least reduce the number of spousal murders in this country, especially in rural areas where rifles are more prevalent.  Bullshit on all counts.

 One commenter (the first – Maureen) had this to say:

  It was a bad week for women’s rights last week – first the gun registry attack by the NDP and Liberal enablers, a registry that has reduced gun-related spousal homicides.

 Sorry to say Maureen, but I can’t find any hard facts to back that up. If you happen to read this, point me to your information source.

 Bill says this in his post:

 Despite claims that the registry unfairly discriminates against rural gun owners, the reality is that access to firearms is a key factor in domestic homicides.

 Now, this is  partially correct, because traditionally in rural areas ,rifles are a common household item. More on this in a bit.

 However, Bill goes on to say this in the comments section:

 Take a look at the firearms deaths stats my friend. Take a look at domestic violence in rural communities.

 So, I did look at firearms death stats- with relation to domestic violence, and conveniently enough, another commenter to his post brought up a recent, 2008 report that indicates firearms are no more significant in cases of spousal murder than stabbings ( but no one seems to be stepping up to register or prohibit knives…) info quoted is from page 39

 Between 1997 and 2006, the most common method
used to kill male spouses was stabbing (69%). In contrast,
female victims of spousal homicide were equally likely to be
stabbed or shot (30% each). A larger proportion of female
spousal victims were killed as a result of physical force
such as beating, strangulation, suffocation or drowning

Over the past decade, the rate of firearm-related spousal
homicides decreased by nearly 50%

 In 1996 there were
27 firearm-related spousal homicides compared to 16 in
2006 (Chart 4.3).

Sadly enough, there isn’t a lot of recent or current Canadian research on spousal murder in Canada , but there has been research done in the past that says this:

 Guns

While the prevalence of violence using guns against women in rural and urban communities is not statistically significant, the current literature does highlight the greater accessibility and use of guns in rural areas to intimidate, terrorize and murder women who are in violent relationships (Websdale, 1998). In many rural areas, guns are part of the household, often used for hunting and protection. Nolan (1992) suggests that:

Domestic killings occur disproportionately in rural areas and it is believed that this may reflect the high levels of gun ownership in the country. Many victims of domestic violence also report being threatened with firearms. (1992:23)

 This finding has also been reiterated by Dansy Consultants Inc. who found that violence was a factor in 80 percent of the cases involving firearm homicides (1992:15). While gun ownership and accessibility may not be the sole reason for wife-killing in rural areas, the fact that they are present and accessible may accentuate their use in situations of violence. Second, it may be more viable to discharge a firearm in a rural area without being detected or attracting police attention.

 There you have it. Guns are used to kill women and men in that sometimes screwed up institution of marriage – but so are knives, fists, hammers, boots, boards, ropes, pillows and anything else the murderer can get his or her hands onto. In fact, I know that when responding to a domestic violence call,  the RCMP will  operate under the assumption that there ARE weapons in the house,unless told otherwise. Yes, you may argue that the gun registry will tell them prior to arrival if there is a registered weapon in the home,but how the hell that prevents the murderer from firing it, I don’t know. 

 Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.  No gun registry is going to stop a man from pulling the trigger when he chooses to kill his wife or girlfriend.

 Please. Don’t use the excuse or pseudo-concern of women getting beaten and  then possibly murdered with rifles as an excuse to continue this  gun registry. It sickens me to hear that. It’s like saying having a license to drive will prevent deaths on the road from alcohol, or speed. They don’t, they just show you passed a test and keep track of your personal information. Again, bullshit.

  If someone really wanted to prevent needless deaths of women, they would be lobbying for much-needed changes to the Criminal Code that still treats the abusers with kid gloves( especially on a first offence) , demanding a reinstatement of mandatory charges for the abuser in BC, and educating Crown on how to handle domestic violence cases – not fighting to save a gun registry!

 The amount of money spent on this registry so far, would have done far more to prevent spousal murders, through public education programs, shelters and resources for women suffering the kind of severe abuse that often leads to murder. Especially in those rural areas where  women are often isolated and stay silent because there are no resources to go to.

 Yes, Bill Tieleman was right to call all these politicians gutless – but in my opinion, for the wrong reason. At least, that’s the way I see it.

Make it real. Make it happen. Fight for yourself, and your province, at a Fight the HST rally near you.

Generally, I’m more inclined to use the power of my words to protest and fight the many injustices forced upon us by the current out of control Liberal government, rather than run around carrying signs and protesting.

 The prospect of the HST , however, has spurred me to greater action.

That’s why I’ll be heading down to Canada Place tomorrow, rain or shine, to help out organizers and throw my support behind the people who have put political differences aside to  create a Citizens Initiative to fight for the people of BC, and fight against the HST. I’ll have my camera in hand and will bring you a full report from my perspective, after the rally.

Despite what the governments very well oiled PR machine has been spinning out, the fact remains that this HST is not going to help people like you and I.

 It’s not going to make it easier to become a homeowner for the first time, nor is it going to make it easier to provide a good life for you and your kids.

 What it will do, is hit you where it hurts most- the wallet. And with rising costs reflected in the prices products and services we all consume, It’s time to find your voice , stand up and say ” NO MORE!”  Come and join us tomorrow at :

CANADA PLACE in Vancouver, at 12 noon – sharp ( Saturday September 19th)

Hosted by former Premier Bill VanderZalm, with the following confirmed speakers:

Tom Shields– M.C. (Former Mayor of Osoyoos)
 
Bill Vander Zalm – Host (Former BC Premier)
 
Carole James – Leader of the Official Opposition
 
Vicky Huntington – Independent MLA – Delta South
 
Chris Delaney – Deputy Leader, BC Conservative Party
 
Jordan Braun– Deputy Leader, BC Refederation Party
 
Barry Morely – Community Business and Professional Association
 
Sylvia MacLeay – Council of Senior Citizens of BC
 
Bill Tieleman – No BC HST Facebook Creator / 24 Hours columnist.
 
Green Party Leader Jane Sterk has declined to participate
  
For more information,go to http://fighthst.com/

 

But wait – you don’t have to be in Vancouver to show your support – there are rallies planned in communities all across British Columbia!

Rallies are being planned to occur simultaneously on Sept. 19, all beginning at noon (unless otherwise posted) in the following cities/towns. Please email the organizer directly to volunteer to help.

Don’t see your area? Email info@fighthst.com

100 Mile House organizer: Janet Derepentigny
EMAIL: downtime123@gmail.com
Location: 100 Miler Gear Garage (across from Tim Hortons)

Kamloops organizer: Chad Moat
EMAIL: chamoa1@telus.net
LOCATION: Spirit Square

Kelowna Organizer: Matthew Reed
EMAIL: leadingtheway2008@gmail.com
LOCATION: The Sails, walk to First United Church
NOTE: Time is 12:30PM for this event.

Nanaimo Organizer – Janet Irvine
EMAIL: janetnanaimo@gmail.com
LOCATION: Maffeo-Sutton Park, Lions Pavilion
NOTE: Time is 1:00PM for this event.

Oliver organizer – Paul McCavour
EMAIL: pandju@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Highway 97 near Super Valu
NOTE: This rally begins at 3:00 p.m.

Osoyoos organizer: Paul McCavour
EMAIL: pandju@hotmail.com
LOCATION: junction of Highway 3 and 97

Penticton organizer: Wendy Dion
EMAIL: plantsrus@hotmail.com
LOCATION: The front of MLA Bill Barisoff’s office (Main Street)

Prince George organizer: Mike Summers
EMAIL: votemike@telus.net
LOCATION: Pat Bell, MLA office – Central

Quesnel organizer: Martin Eastman
EMAIL: eastman.martin7@gmail.com
LOCATION: Lebourdais Park
NOTE: This rally begins at 1:00 p.m.

Revelstoke organizer: Vanessa Smith
EMAIL: rvsmith@telus.net
LOCATION: Grizzly Book & Serendipity Shop

Vancouver organizer: Chris Delaney
EMAIL: chris@chrisdelaney.com
LOCATION: Canada Place

Vernon organizer: Miles Lehn
EMAIL: mileslehn@shaw.ca
LOCATION: Courthouse Steps

Victoria organizer: Brad Slade
EMAIL: fighthstvictoria@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Rear lawn of the Legislature.

Williams Lake organizer: Dave Ligertwood
EMAIL: dligert@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Boitanio Park, at the Stage

 

 

Make it real. Make it happen. Fight for yourself, and your province.

 Ordinary people CAN achieve extraordinary things…