Referendum info session in Courtenay

British Columbians will be voting this fall, from Oct. 22 through to Nov. 30 on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR) for our provincial elections. The voting package from Elections BC will arrive in the mailboxes of registered voters between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018.

In view of the upcoming referendum, the CV Council of Canadians will be hosting an information session with Barb Berger, chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley on Sat., Oct. 27 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Rotary Hall, Filberg Centre, Courtenay.

“Our electoral system in BC is old. Like the rest of Canada, we inherited our first-past-the-post (FPTP) system from the United Kingdom. We didn’t choose it. It was chosen for us when BC joined Confederation in 1871,” said Sue Smith, of the CV Council of Canadians, in a press release. “With every FPTP election, there is frustration from people knowing that their votes will not count and their concerns will not be represented in the legislature. The pushback from the public to be heard on issues that affect their lives and their communities continues to grow.”

How can proportional representation help? What is this referendum all about? Berger will address these questions, FPTP and the three PR choices on the ballot.

Also Jamie Deith, a systems designer, extremely knowledge on electoral systems will lead guests through an enlightening questionnaire he’s designed to help determine what Canadians value in a voting system and if we lean toward FPTP or PR.

“The referendum is an historic opportunity to adopt a voting system that is fair, inclusive, engages all voters and allows our concerns to be heard,” said Smith.

Join the discussion, Sat., Oct. 27 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Doors 1:00 pm. Rotary Room, Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Rd., Courtenay

Just Posted

Comox Valley Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive entering final days

Deadline for donations is Saturday, November 17

Agreement signed to purchase, restore, manage Kus-kus-sum

A memorandum of understanding has been officially signed to purchase, restore and… Continue reading

Cumberland moves one step closer to single-use plastic ban

Council discussed a phased ban, starting with plastic bags and straws

Police investigate liquor store robbery in Courtenay

On Nov. 13 at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP received… Continue reading

School District 71 board sworn in

A new four-year term for the school district Board of Education commenced… Continue reading

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Most Read