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  • — Published Date: August 25, 2014   (Issue 43-13)
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    The Pilkey Sisters was one of the acts on the Theatre Festivals free stage this year. ~ Photo by Daniele Rudischer

    Theatre fest a success, despite ‘slight loss’: organisers

    Although 2014 Theatre Festival organisers are reporting a “slight loss” in this year’s proceeds, festival Coordinator Alina Cerminara said by email Wednesday that the festival, which ran from Aug.

    Blame for damaged fire hall cisterns under investigation

    The outcome of a dispute between the architects and the builders of Gabriola’s new fire hall about who is to blame for damage to the hall’s cisterns will likely be determined by the Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District’s (GFPID) insurance company, GFPID Administrator  Paula Mallinson said at a Wednesday meeting at the fire hall.

    Theatre festival: from educational to superlative
    Review

    Falstaff If rumour (Antony Holland, who introduced the performance) is to be believed, Queen Elizabeth I was so taken by the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in order to reprise the scoundrel for Her Majesty. Falstaff

    Theatre fest delivers a week of fun, laughter, and tears
    Review

    August on Gabriola brings us glorious beach days, the Concert on the Green, the Salmon Barbecue and, my personal favourite, the Theatre Festival: an entire weekend of fun, laughter, and tears – the good kind – like when one’s heart is so expanded by emotion that some of that watery element must express the empathy, understanding, and compassion that overflow a heart’s holding capacity.

    Making volunteer energy sustainable

    Many Gabriolan projects are being run on volunteer energy, and Sustainable Gabriola members want to figure out how to make that energy sustainable.

    Fire trustee election planned for October

    The Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District (GFPID) will hold a special meeting and election this October to replace Fire Trustee Ross Shepherd, who has moved off Gabriola.

    Raises, new truck proposed for fire department

    Raises in wages for firefighters and duty officers, and a new truck for use by duty officers and first responders were among the topics of discussion at a Wednesday Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District (GFPID) board meeting at the new fire hall.

    — Published Date: August 23, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Commons develops long range plan

    Gabriolans have many ideas about what the Commons should do.

    — Published Date: August 21, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    District funds Tourism Vancouver Island trail mapping project

    The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) board has granted a Tourism Vancouver Island request for $2,500 towards developing and promoting Vancouver Island region trails for tourists.

    — Published Date: August 18, 2014   (Issue 43-12)
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    And they’re off! Gabriolans line up to hand over their tickets to volunteer Penny Sidor as the salmon filets are ready to come off the grill. ~ Photo by Chris Bowers

    600 dinners sold at ‘successful’ salmon BBQ

    “The 59th Annual Salmon Barbeque sold 600 dinners!”

    Mounties take 7 drunk drivers off Gabriola summertime roads

    Gabriola’s RCMP  detachment “has removed numerous drunk drivers from the streets and roads of Gabriola” since the end of June, according to Corporal Markus Muntener.

    Workers wanted at resistance camp, tourists, not so much

    Everybody works at a Unist’ot’en resistance camp which has been purposefully built on the pathway of seven different pipeline routes.

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    Many Mudge Islanders chipped in to make Mudge Island’s annual auction a success, raising more than $10,000 towards fire equipment and a building to put it in. ~ Photo by Veronica Holroyd

    Mudge Islanders raise more than $10,000 on annual auction day

    The Mudge Island Citizens Society (MICS) raised more than $10,000 through an Aug.

    GERTIE group reviews first year results

    The GERTIE team is looking at the long-term sustainability of Gabriola’s community bus, now that the GERTIE project has completed its first year, according to Sustainable Gabriola and GERTIE team member Fay Weller.

    DeCourcy Island residents encouraged to slow down

    With more than 50 vehicles now on the island, DeCourcy Island drivers need to slow down in the summertime, according to DeCourcy Island Community Association (DICA) member Don Moss.

    — Published Date: August 11, 2014   (Issue 43-11)
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    Timebenders Aaron Scoones (centre left) and Jennie Tuttle channel ABBA to the delight of Gabriola’s dancers – young and old. Band, left to right: Bryan Kelly – Drums, Vaughn Stokes – bass, Scoones – vocals, Tuttle – voice, Dave Mills – keyboards, and Brendan O’Byrne – guitar. ~ Photo by Chris Bowers

    Concert on the Green 2014 ‘another great success’

    “Once again, the Concert on the Green was a great success last night” Lions member and emcee Dixon Kenny said by email Friday, “with more than 1,250 people in attendance.”

    Transport buffs discuss community forum on ferries, public transit

    Gabriolans who are interested in island transportation issues began a discussion July 27 on opening a community-wide conversation about ferry schedules and connecting the ferry more seamlessly to a public transportation system.

    DeCourcy association works to prevent island fires

    While the original mandate of the DeCourcy Island Community Association (DICA) society was to “preserve and protect the nature and the very rural aspect of this island,” according to DICA President Ian Parkinson, “now we’ve come to a point where we’re trying our darndest to keep it from burning down, and that has been the major focus of what we do here as an association.”

    DeCourcy Islanders honour memory of island developer Fred Russell

    DeCourcy Islanders took a few moments at their Aug.

    Ad hoc group plans Fall Village core discussion

    An ad hoc group discussing Village core planning expects to have its first public meeting on Sept.

    DeCourcy, Mudge mail-in voting option will likely include trustees

    DeCourcy and Mudge Islanders will probably be able to do all their voting through mail-in ballots in the November local elections.

    — Published Date: August 4, 2014   (Issue 43-10)

    Ferry ownership too expensive for one island, maybe not for five: Hodgkins

    The costs of running and maintaining a community-sponsored ferry are probably prohibitive for just Gabriola, says Gabriola Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) Chair John  Hodgkins.

    Trust staff to discuss fish habitat ditching issues with EMCON

    Trustees have asked staff to meet with EMCON – the company that maintains the roads on Gabriola – to discuss areas on Gabriola that are impacted by the riparian areas regulation (RAR).

    Steep slopes map throws wrench into Gabriola map update

    Trustees have asked staff for a report on whether Gabriola maps may be updated without  using a controversial “steep slopes and hazardous lands” map in the process.

    Legault proposes a Gabe dollar

    Gabriolan Dominique Legault wants to start up a local currency system on the island.

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    Vimy Ridge monument. ~ Photo submitted by Peter Eastick

    Remembering World War I

    Tuesday, Aug. 5 will mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s entry into World War I in 1914.

    Ferry committee posts low-use ferry runs info on website

    Thanks to BC Ferries (BCF) releasing information it once would not, the Gabriola Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) is now able to post information on their website (gabriolafac.com)

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    Cartoon by Nants Crozier, on behalf of a campaign to keep the Flying Shingle going after Chris Bowers, its current editor/publisher, leaves.

    Not dead yet!

    Nancy Crozier cartoon

    — Published Date: July 28, 2014   (Issue 43-09)

    District proceeds with railway funding

    In a weighted and recorded vote, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) board Tuesday decided 29 to 21 to proceed with granting close to $1 million to the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF).

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    Burtt Fidler (left) and Fred Kaarsemaker head out at dawn from Degnen Bay to paddle to Pender Island. ~ Photo by Eileen Kaarsemaker.

    Gabriolans paddle to turn the tide

    Burtt Fidler and Fred Kaarsemaker are “two of the several Gabriolans participating in ‘Turning the Tides, a People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea’,” says a Wednesday email from Save Our Shores member Eileen Kaarsemaker.

    Economic assessment of Ferries ‘carries on’

    A study of the economic impact of BC Ferries service cuts “carries on” Trustee Sheila Malcolmson told the Local Trust Committee (LTC) at their July 17 meeting at the WI Hall.

    Capital district links coastal tourism to housing starts

    In partnering with the Capital Regional District (CRD -Victoria and area) on a submission regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline application, the Islands Trust is learning about the degree to which tourism to the islands leads to people settling here.

    Trustees pass new farm bylaws

    The Local Trust Committee (LTC) gave third reading July 17 to bylaws meant to promote agriculture and support food security on Gabriola Island.

    Malcolmson, McDonnell argue for, against funding rail service

    Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) board members Tuesday heard presentations both for and against granting $945,000 to the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) to repair the old E & N railway.

    Trust passes parks rezoning bylaw

    The Local Trust Committee (LTC) has finalised rezoning a number of parks that have been created over the past three terms or more.

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    Theatre Festival Coordinator Alina Cerminara: ‘Gabriola a great place to start your career if you are willing to take a few detours’.

    Cerminara’s winding career road leads to Theatre Fest. and many great productions

    Gabriola Island is amazing for giving you what you want when you work for it.

    — Published Date: August 25, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Chris’s Comments
    Life after the Shingle

    Putting together what may be the last edition of the Flying Shingle has been almost surreal.

    The View from Here
    Shingle a big contributor to Gabriola

    I believe that The Shingle has contributed a lot towards the careful planning of Gabriola Island.

    Bafflegab

    An ongoing conversation between “Gabe” a seasoned islander and a political junkie, and “Youth” a young, hesitant newcomer to the weird, whacky and often disturbing world of Canadian politics. Gabe attempts to explain the current situation with the federal government and other political disorders.

    Democracy Watch
    PM for a day

    Parliament, fortunately, moves slowly to change laws.

    Waging Words
    Death with dignity

    “Dying is nothing to fear.

    — Published Date: August 18, 2014   (Issue 43-12)

    Editorial
    Flying Shingle, volumes one through 36

    As we mentioned last week, although discussions about the Flying Shingle’s future are ongoing, there’s no guarantee that the paper will be going on.

    A Modest Opinion
    This isn’t goodbye … it’s goodbye forever

    As I’m sure none of you know, because we all know you don’t read anything else in this newspaper, The Shingle is set to shutter at the end of this month.

    Morality, the pathway to civilisation

    Morality is not just the stuff we learn in Sunday School about telling the truth and obeying your parents.

    — Published Date: August 11, 2014   (Issue 43-11)

    Editorial
    The cycle of abuse

    A 72 hour ceasefire in the Middle East ended Friday with no progress in meeting either side’s demands.

    Waging Words
    Deterrence

    Paranoid leadership systems love to refer to their more punishing behaviour as a form of “deterrence” of some as yet unrealised evil, just on the horizon. 

    Theatre of the Absurd
    The sounds of silence

    When the term “the environment” is raised in discussion, most people likely expect that the conversation will lead to a dialogue about pipelines, whales, air pollution, climate change, or idiotic schemes to move bitumen through mountains to the ocean.

    — Published Date: August 4, 2014   (Issue 43-10)

    A Modest Opinion
    And so it begins …

    All right, guys, for the last few months I’ve been slowly noticing something that I hoped wasn’t true.

    Editorial
    Seeing the future

    There have been many allegations on this island over the years about how Gabriola is inhospitable to youth who we are told abandon the island in droves on a regular basis.

    — Published Date: July 28, 2014   (Issue 43-09)

    Editorial
    Fixing blame

    It all started when Johnny hit me back. ~ Every abuser, ever, everywhere.

    Democracy Watch
    The state of the nations

    Now that the First Nations have proven in court that they still have land rights, we are going to see them negotiating with us through our own legal system and with international recognition of their land rights.

    Waging Words
    Evolution: Fact or fiction?

    There’s a scene in the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which an early ape-like ancestor of mankind discovers that he can use the bone of a dead animal as a weapon.

    — Published Date: August 25, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Chris’s Comments
    Life after the Shingle

    Putting together what may be the last edition of the Flying Shingle has been almost surreal.

    The View from Here
    Shingle a big contributor to Gabriola

    I believe that The Shingle has contributed a lot towards the careful planning of Gabriola Island.

    Robin Williams’ suicide marks state of mental health in N. America

    When well-liked, successful icons like Robin Williams commit suicide and a mental health issue is exposed, it makes people nervous.

    Bafflegab

    An ongoing conversation between “Gabe” a seasoned islander and a political junkie, and “Youth” a young, hesitant newcomer to the weird, whacky and often disturbing world of Canadian politics. Gabe attempts to explain the current situation with the federal government and other political disorders.

    Democracy Watch
    PM for a day

    Parliament, fortunately, moves slowly to change laws.

    Dear Gabby

    Remember me?  I first met my dear friend Greta when she was the invisible girlfriend of my son.

    Vegeteers’ corner

    It seems to me that every time I turn around there is information popping up in the media about food and diet: gluten intolerance, localism, free range this or that, GMO crops, raw food, and of particular interest to me, veganism.

    Waging Words
    Death with dignity

    “Dying is nothing to fear.

    What on Earth?
    The write stuff

    In 1936 a trust was set up to ensure in perpetuity the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the then Manchester Guardian.

    — Published Date: August 24, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Welcome to Gabriola!

    — Published Date: August 22, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Commons hosts 9th annual Fall Fair

    The Gabriola Commons will be hosting the ninth annual Fall Fair on Sunday Sept.

    — Published Date: August 18, 2014   (Issue 43-12)

    A Modest Opinion
    This isn’t goodbye … it’s goodbye forever

    As I’m sure none of you know, because we all know you don’t read anything else in this newspaper, The Shingle is set to shutter at the end of this month.

    Dear Gabby

    We moved here last fall and have met some good people, newcomers like us, and I’ve been happy with the fact that you can golf pretty well all year ‘round.

    — Published Date: August 11, 2014   (Issue 43-11)
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    Plaque at Sapsucker Woods. ~ Photo by Sharon McInnes

    Just for the Birds
    Goodbye and thank you!

    This is my last Just for the Birds column.

    No ordinary man: a tribute to DeCourcy Island’s Fred Russell

    Note: This story first appeared in the March 2011 issue of the DeCourcy Tidelines. Parts of this article have been updated to reflect Fred Russell’s passing on July 22, 2014

    Focus on Food
    Gluten-free? Why now?

    In March of 2014, gluten-free food officially became the number one top food trend in Canada.

    Waging Words
    Deterrence

    Paranoid leadership systems love to refer to their more punishing behaviour as a form of “deterrence” of some as yet unrealised evil, just on the horizon. 

    Theatre of the Absurd
    The sounds of silence

    When the term “the environment” is raised in discussion, most people likely expect that the conversation will lead to a dialogue about pipelines, whales, air pollution, climate change, or idiotic schemes to move bitumen through mountains to the ocean.

    — Published Date: August 4, 2014   (Issue 43-10)

    The Timebenders
    They’re baaack . . .

    I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

    A Modest Opinion
    And so it begins …

    All right, guys, for the last few months I’ve been slowly noticing something that I hoped wasn’t true.

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    Connell Sheehan, still the youngest Salmon Barbeque volunteer, nails up the barby sign as per tradition. ~ Photo by proud grandpa Graham Sheehan

    T’was the Night Before Salmon

    Twas the night before Salmon And all over Gabe Worked the great Gabriola potato brigade; Volunteers from all over – some girls and some boys – With explicit instructions on how to deploy.

    Regional Director’s Report
    June/July 2014

    This report will cover me for June and July.

    The Sword, the Cup, and the Commons
    The power continuum

    It seems to me that power exists on a continuum.

    Dear Gabby

    I have three goldfish in my pond and apparently one of them is a female.

    — Published Date: July 28, 2014   (Issue 43-09)

    On the Line

     Chinook fishing has slowed dramatically in the past week, after months of relative consistency.

    Democracy Watch
    The state of the nations

    Now that the First Nations have proven in court that they still have land rights, we are going to see them negotiating with us through our own legal system and with international recognition of their land rights.

    Dear Gabby

    I love that it has been warm, because then I get to swim and I look real good in a bathing suit.

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    Ethel Thayer (BJ Godson), comforts and reassures Norman Thayer Jr. (Mark Smith) after he admits he forgot where he was, while looking for berries in the woods. ~ Photo by Lawrence Spero

    Players’ ‘On Golden Pond’ lives up to its story

    Gabriola Players’ staged reading of On Golden Pond had lots to live up to for those who fell in love with the movie.

    Waging Words
    Evolution: Fact or fiction?

    There’s a scene in the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which an early ape-like ancestor of mankind discovers that he can use the bone of a dead animal as a weapon.

    What on Earth?
    To teach my sisters

    There are plenty of people I don’t like (mostly, but not exclusively, politicians), but there aren’t many people I actually hate.

    Theatre Fest presents World premiere comedy about Gabriola

    Local writer Darien Edgeler will be opening the Gabriola Theatre Festival with his new one-person act, Gabriola Gumshoe: The Case Of The Coffeehouse Conflagration.

    — Published Date: August 25, 2014   (Issue 43-13)

    Kudos to the Shingle and her editors

    Dear Editor, In the years I have been on Gabriola the Flying Shingle has always been at the centre of what was happening on the island.

    Hoping the Shingle will rise again

    Dear Editor, It saddens me that we are losing The Flying Shingle.

    Mentors needed, welcomed by Gabriola youth

    Dear Editor, Re: Seeing the future (Aug. 4 Flying Shingle)

    Thanks for a great little paper

    Dear Editor, Time has come today Discussing how I feel about the last issue of our paper is a difficult task.

    Saying so long to the Shingle

    Dear Editor, So long, it’s been good to know you, So long, it’s been good to know you, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

    Hoping Shingle’s long history will continue

    Dear Editor, On behalf of myself and my wife, Jacinthe, I just want to wish you a wonderful retirement and a continued life of good health and happiness.

    — Published Date: August 18, 2014   (Issue 43-12)

    WW 1 memorials should include its imperialist and racist history

    Dear Editor, While we are busy “commemorating” the war of 1914-1918, it is worth remembering why it was fought at all.

    Sorry to say so long to the Shingle

    Dear Editor, We are very sorry The Shingle is closing down.

    Hydro wrong to charge for digital ‘legacy’ meters at analog prices

    Dear MLA Doug Routley, I have asked BC Hydro to explain the new code FM in the digital meter that was going to replace the one installed on my home.

    — Published Date: August 11, 2014   (Issue 43-11)

    Vickers’ wise words

    Dear Editor, Re: Janet Vickers’ “The Sword, the cup, and the Commons” I thoroughly enjoyed Janet’s essay, in particular: “Power from within meets the centre of the continuum in community before it reaches a critical mass where the conscience reminds the discouraged mind that it can’t afford to shut up.”

    The Shingle will rise again

    Dear Editor, I heard tonight that my favourite weekly in the world may be closing.

    — Published Date: August 4, 2014   (Issue 43-10)

    Canada’s treatment of Khadr inhumane

    Dear Editor, Thanks to Steve O’Neill for reminding us in your 14 July edition that Omar Khadr is still suffering in a Canadian prison from perhaps the greatest deliberate cruelty ever inflicted by a Canadian government on a citizen of Canada.

    Only in Saskatchewan you say? Pity

    Dear Editor, The Saskatchewan government, on hearing of the fires caused by smart meters, has pulled its plans to use them.

    — Published Date: July 28, 2014   (Issue 43-09)

    Good intentions, bad parking pave the way to hellish roads

    Dear Editor, “Let them park on the roads,” cries Marie Antoinette Malcolmson, attempting to rationalise a decision to reduce the number of parking spots required of commercial developers, and completely ignoring the minor miracle than no one has been injured or killed in the Saturday morning dodgeball game on the roads surrounding the Agi Hall market.


    As Long as the Rivers Run
    A series of articles about the European invasion and colonisation of Canada.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 1
    Déjà vu All Over Again

    I began this series of articles at a time when the Snuneymuxw treaty negotiations were in full swing and it had become clear that lands on Gabriola would be among those involved in the treaty settlement.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 2
    One Little Two Little Three Little White Men…

    We return to our intrepid Empire builders on the shores of North America somewhere around the mid 1500's.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 3
    Four Thousand, Five Thousand, Six Thousand White Men…

    Stage One Continued If you tuned in to the ongoing saga of First Nations relationships with European infiltrators at or after the Oka standoff, you will be surprised to discover that the French colonials were originally seen as the invaders of choice, before “Wolf the Dauntless Hero came and planted firm Britannia's flag”, etc.,

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 4
    Seventy Thousand, Eighty Thousand, Ninety Thousand White Men…

    Stage One Goes On… We left our First Nations heroes on the cusp of getting involved, without benefit of counsel, in legal discussions with some not very nice empire builders (or is “nice empire builder" an oxymoron?).

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 5
    Millions of Little White Men

    The End of Stage One While our First Nations protagonists are coming to terms with the reality that the white man's government cannot be trusted, let me explain how the Europeans of the 18th century made peace with themselves over their rude behaviour as guests in other peoples' lands.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 6
    A Few Missed Bits

    As we have arrived at the end of stage one of the European invasion of Canada, there are three loose ends that I want to weave into the fabric of our narrative.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 7
    Knocking Them Down

    Stage Two Shingle readers may recall that the British invasion of Canada was effected through three stages (Sucking them in, knocking them down, and sitting on them).

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 8
    Of Agents, Bureaucracies, Missionaries and Other Deadly Weapons

    Stage Two goes on Last article we looked at how the colonial government used the Indian Act, and the Indian Commissions to “knock down” (render irrelevant) First Nations' resistance to the theft of their lands.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 9
    Education, the Great Equaliser

    A Stage Two AND a Stage Three Affair Education of Canada’s Aboriginal children has been a handy little device used to accomplish two goals for the price of one.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 10
    Education, the Great Equaliser, Part Dos

    OK. Let’s review. What is the “big deal” about education for First Nations and other Aboriginals?

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 11
    And Then There’s BC … Perfecting the Performance of Passing the Buck, OR The Sins of the Great-Great-Grandfathers.

    BC, being the hardest part of Canada to reach from Europe, was the last province of Canada to be invaded by the Europeans.

    As long as the Rivers Run: 13
    The Resistance: the Tip of the Iceberg

    Stage Four Now that we’ve dealt with the 1885 rebellion, let’s look at the more typical ways in which Canada’s indigenous peoples resisted colonization.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 14
    The Resistance Continues…

    As we’ve seen, First nations and Metis became separate communities towards the end of the 18th century.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 15
    And Then There’s BC… Part Two

    The Resistance Continues As mentioned previously, there were positive aspects about the fact that BC was the last province of Canada to be invaded by Europe.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 16
    The Ice Beneath The Waters: The Heart of the Resistance

    Perhaps you have noticed that except for BC, there was little or no overt resistance by the Aboriginal communities to colonisation, between the 1895 rebellion, and the resurgence of activism in the early 1920’s.

    As long as the Rivers Run: 17
    The Bottom Line

    I have no qualms in embracing the label of “bleeding heart socialist”, and it will surprise no-one that I reject the neo-classical religio-economic belief system.

    As Long as the Rivers Run: 18
    Last Thoughts and Loose Ends

    Once more I’ve come to the end of this discussion.


    Frequently Asked Questions About First-Past-the-Post and BC-STV

    Following is the first of two sets of FAQs about the Single Transferable Vote, and our current voting system.

    No common ground on voting systems

    The debate on BC’s proposed shift to a Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system charged into high gear March 17 at a public forum at the Community Hall.

    How the STV proposal came to be

    Thanks to a strange accident of circumstances in which Gordon Campbell won popular support but lost the election in 1996, then nearly wiped out the New Democrats in 2001 with only fifty seven per cent of the popular vote, he kept a promise made in opposition (one of the few he has ever kept), and proposed to make a change to our electoral system.

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    Denise Savoie and Jean Crowder open the forum ~ Photo by Chris Bowers

    VOTING FORUM
    Power to the people? It’s not happening

    The real problem with democracy is that power is increasingly coalescing in the offices of party leaders, according to Vancouver Island University (VIU) prof.

    Proportional Representation:
    Why the Citizens’ Assembly chose the Single Transferable Vote

    Why is the single transferable vote (STV) the other choice of voting system for BC on the referendum this coming May 12, 2009?


    Dear Gord #58

    So Mr. Premier, as this may be my last epistle to your august self, I’ve been contemplating how best to bid you adieu and maintain the same sense of decorum and high literary standards that have always earmarked these epistles.

    Dear Gord #57

    I was hoping you’d take a page from Danny Williams’ book of political etiquette and quit within a week of announcing your resignation.

    Dear Gord #56

    Congratulations on your retirement. That will teach me to write my column a few days early!

    Dear Gord #55

    So Mr. Premier, at the recent meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities, you compared yourself and your finance minister, Colin Hansen, to “skating partners” stating that your implementation of the generally despised HST was a bit “rushed”.

    Dear Gord #54

    Well Mr. Premier, it would appear that there are only two options for you and your government regarding the Hated Sales Tax now that the courts have decided that they agree with your statement that the whole exercise was “a victory for democracy”.

    Dear Gord # 53

    So Mr. Premier, how’s your summer going?

    Dear Gord #52

    So Mr. Premier, how’s your summer going so far?

    Dear Gord #51

    So Mr. Premier, I understand that you intend to spend your summer convincing people that the HST is a good thing.

    Dear Gord # 50

    Mr. Premier, I need your help, and I don’t know who else to turn to for this assistance.

    Dear Gord #49

    Well Mr. Premier, it seems you’re finding out what happens when you try to run a government on a bankrupt ideology.

    Dear Gord #48

    Ah Mr. Premier, you must be basking in the afterglow of the Olympic experience.

    Dear Gord #47

    Mr. Premier, you seem to have kept a fairly low profile for the last few weeks, although there has been a lot going on politically.

    Dear Gord 46

    Well Mr. Premier, you must be getting excited what with presenting yourself as a poster boy at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, and then Christmas, and then the Olympics just a few short weeks away.

    Fried: Sunny Side up
    (A slightly sardonic series of satirical ruminations on the federal political scene.)

    God knows I try to make sense of the political antics in this fair country.

    Dear Gord 45

    Well Mr. Premier, it’s been an interesting few days with all this Olympic excitement.

    Dear Gord 44

    Now Mr. Premier, hang on to your hat.

    Dear Gord 43

    If what you and Minister Hansen say is true (and even previous Liberal Minister Christy Clark is having trouble swallowing this line) and you didn’t think about the idea of the HST until the election was over, I’d like to suggest that you and your Minister not think about a few other things.

    Dear Gord 42

    So Mr. Premier, this harmonized sales tax thing appears to have not been well received by the citizens of BC.

    Dear Gord 41

    Well Mr. Premier, you’ve been unnaturally quiet since your successful bid to reclaim your political throne.

    Dear Gord 40

    Well Mr. Premier, you did it.

    Dear Gord 39

    Mr. Premier, hopefully this is the second last missive I shall be penning to your right honourable self.

    Dear Gord 38

    With a provincial election just around the corner and remembering that it’s always good to look at where we’ve been to better see where we might be going, I thought it advisable to compile a list of your government’s actions, decisions and their consequences over the past few years just to remind voters and to provide some sense of where we would be heading should your government get re-elected on May 12.

    Dear Gord 37

    Mr. Premier, I wonder, has anyone mentioned to you that there’s an election coming up in May?

    Dear Gord 36

    As the May election approaches, I’ve become increasingly aware of the fact that politics, at least the way we appear to be currently practising this art in BC and in Canada, seems to be increasingly negative, partisan, divisive and unhealthy.

    Dear Gord 35

    Well, welcome to 2009 Mr.

    Dear Gord 34

    You know Mr. Premier, I’ve been a political junkie for as long as I can remember.

    Dear Gord 33

    Well Mr. Premier, it was interesting to see you on television a couple of weeks ago when you presented your ten point solution to address the economic tsunami and the impacts it might have on our fair province.

    Dear Gord 32

    Mr. Premier, in spite of establishing dates for both the spring and fall sittings of the legislature, you have once again cancelled the fall sitting.

    Dear Gord 31

    Gord, Gord, Gord. I continue to be amazed at the new lows to which both your government and your political associate Prime Minister Harper will sink!

    Dear Gord 30

    Mr. Premier, I realize you’re in Beijing at the moment, enjoying the Olympics.

    Dear Gord 29

    Well Mr. Premier, you’ve managed to be spoken of by almost every citizen of British Columbia on Canada Day and beyond.

    Mainlanders react to another increase in highway tolls

    Tongue-in-Cheek Press People living on the mainland of British Columbia and in the interior are once again complaining about the newest increase to highway tolls recently announced by the BC Highways Corporation.

    Dear Gord 28

    Well Mr. Premier, you and your band of merry Ministers must be pleased with yourselves having finished off this session of the Legislative Assembly with your signature blend of arrogance, partisan pomposity, and your obvious distain for accepted parliamentary procedure.

    Dear Gord 27

    Well Mr. Premier, it’s been an interesting month!

    Dear Gord 26

    Mr. Premier, I appreciate that you’re busy but, I’m surprised, nay astonished, that you haven’t had one personal comment or reaction about the increase in BC Ferries fares over the past five years.

    Dear Gord 25

    Mr. Premier! It would appear that certain of your Ministers and minions have a remarkable tendency to develop recurring cases of hoof and mouth disease!

    Dear Gord 24

    Mr. Premier, there are a number of things that have caught my attention in the last little while.

    Dear Gord 24

    Mr. Premier, there are a number of things that have caught my attention in the last little while.

    Dear Gord 23

    Well Happy New Year Mr.

    Dear Gord 22

    Well Mr. Premier, it’s getting close to the end of the year, and I figured this would be a great time to take a look at the overall performance of you and your government over the past twelve months.

    Dear gord 21

    Ah Mr. Premier, although you’ve provided me with enough material to write a daily column lately, what with the extra few bucks that the new Vancouver Convention Centre will cost us (over 400 additional million, wasn’t it?)

    Dear Gord 20

    Well Mr. Premier, you do keep me on my toes – metaphorically speaking.

    Dear Gord 19

    Well Mr. Premier, it feels like summer’s over and I’m looking forward to the excitement that comes with the fall session of the Provincial Legislature.

    Dear Gord 17

    Hope you’re enjoying your summer Mr.

    Dear Gord 16

    Mr. Premier, I just wanted to take this opportunity to review the events of the past few weeks for your government, tie up a few loose ends and get ready for summer.

    Dear Gord 15

    Mr. Premier, every time I even remotely consider terminating this one-sided dialogue with your honourable self, you serve me up a platter of new and deeply disconcerting decisions that pull me back into the process and leave me aghast with your apparent capacity to be out of touch with the world the rest of us appear to inhabit!

    Dear Gord 14

    Well congratulations on finally getting to meet the Governator!

    Dear Gord 13

    Gord! I thought I was going to be able to leave you for a while, hoping that the antics of your superegos, Stephen and George, would attract my attention.

    Dear gord 12

    Well Mr. Premier, as much as I’ve enjoyed our admittedly one way conversations over the past year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I must admit that it doesn’t seem to be having the impact I had hoped for when we began this monologue.

    Dear Gord 11

    So welcome to 2007 Mr.

    Dear Gord 10

    As it’s getting close to Christmas and Chanukah, I thought I’d send out my wish list for BC for this time of year.First

    Dear Gord 9

    So when I got back from vacation, I heard that you cancelled the regular fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly because it was reported you stated that debating issues in the Legislature was nothing but 'busy work'.

    Dear Gord 8

    As much as I value our in-depth conversations, my focus this time is on your philosophical colleague, Stephen (Steve) Harper.

    Dear Gord 7

    Well it’s summer and in the fine tradition of your government, you’ve managed to slide some hefty pay increases to the senior political staff and top bureaucrats, arguing that “we have to make sure that we have compensation that's fair and reasonable.”

    Dear Gord 6

    Let’s talk about BC Ferries this time and let’s cut through the bureaucratic mumble-jumble and the pretension that BC Ferries is a private corporation.

    Dear Gord 4

    You know Gord, as much as I enjoy our ongoing (admittedly one-sided ) conversation, at the moment my attention has been ripped from your exploits and riveted on those of the newly minted, minority Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his hordes of Republican wannabes.

    Dear Gord 3

    Well it’s been while since I’ve taken pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard.)

    Dear Gord 2

    When I first contemplated penning a regular missive to your right honourable self, I thought perhaps it might be both cathartic (for me) and an incentive to at least consider looking at the decisions you and your government are making in a different light.

    Dear Gord 1

    It would appear that your plan to completely privatize BC Ferries and to ensure that only the wealthy will be able to afford to live on the Gulf Islands is close to success.

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