Student Vote Canada 2013
Focus On Democracy
Student Vote BC 2013: It’s easy to be a leader and spread the message that democracy is important
Student Vote Nova Scotia 2013: What happens when voter turn out drops below 50%, do we still get to call ourselves a democracy or do we shut the whole thing down?
Nova Scotia means New Scotland in Latin and is the recognized English-language name for the province. In French it is called “Nouvelle-Écosse,” which is a literal translation from Latin to French. The province was first named in the 1621 Royal Charter granting the right to settle lands including modern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and the Gaspé peninsula to one man, Sir William Alexander, in 1632.
Darrell Dexter (born September 10, 1957), the same year as me, is a Canadian lawyer, journalist and former naval officer who is serving as the 27th and current Premier of Nova Scotia, since 2009. A member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party(NDP), he has led the party since 2001. He became Premier in 2009 after his party defeated the governing Progressive Conservative Party. He is the first NDP premier in Atlantic Canada – EVER!
The 39th Nova Scotia general election will only be held when the provincial government passes “an Order in Council calling an election”, because the Nova Scotia Elections Act does not provide for fixed election dates.
No Assembly may continue for longer than five years and forty days after the issuing of writs for the previous election, making an election probable for 2013, as the writs were issued on May 5, 2009.
Knowing an election is imminent, Nova Scotia teachers are emphasizing the importance of democracy and created this website to get the student vote out.
Abbotsford Municipal Election 2014
The City of Abbotsford comprises a council-manager form of local government. According to Wikipedia, the city manager position in this form of municipal government is similar to that of corporate chief executive officer (CEO), providing professional management to the board of directors. Council–manager government is much like a publicly traded corporation. In a corporation, the board of directors appoints a CEO, makes major decisions and wields representative power on behalf of shareholders. In council–manager government, the elected council appoints a city manager, makes major decisions, and wields representative power on behalf of the citizens.
The mayor and council were elected on November 19, 2011. The mayor is Bruce Banman. Councillors elected in 2011 are: Patricia Ross (10.6% of popular vote), Henry Braun (8.5%), Les Barkman (6.6%), Simon Gibson (5.5%), Bill MacGregor (5.5%), John Smith (5.3%), Dave Loewen (5.3%), Moe Gill (5.2%). School trustees elected are: Cindy Schafer, Stan Petersen, Korky Neufeld, Shirley Wilson, Rhonda Pauls, John Sutherland and Preet Rai.In the month before our 2011 municipal election, our District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Chairperson, resigned to run as a School Trustee. The new Chairperson was appointed without even a public meeting. It will be interesting to see if more appointments happen around our next Municipal election. If we continue to allow appointed leaders, we cannot call ourselves a democracy.
While provincially we now have a new, stable, majority government, Prime Minister Harper is re-newing his government, preparing for our 2015 federally election. Locally we will need to replace councillor Simon Gibson, who is now both Abbotsford-Mission’s Member of the Legislative Assembly and a sitting Abbotsford City councillor. Legally, if Councillor Gibson keeps sitting a couple more months until November 2013, we can avoid an expensive municipal by-election, which could cost as much as $250,000. Local politicians will be getting their ducks in a row in preparation for our 2014 full municipal election.
Democracies Create Founding Doucments
When a group of people declare themselves a democratic nation or society, they create a founding document called a Constituition, which explains their purpose. Even non-government organizations have a Constitution to remind themselves how they were created and how they operate.
The constitution is the fundamental law of Canada, reflecting the underlying and unifying values of our society. It spells out the basic rights of each person; it serves as a framework for all other laws and policies, and cannot be easily changed. However, it can be changed and updated through a democratic process, and it is important to keep it alive, by popularizing and using it, and by campaigning for its reform or amendment. Please be encouraged to seek and read your constitution in its entirety.
Many parents around the world have wished that their nation would follow it’s Constitution and stop the awful abuses of family courts. Lawyers will often say that judges have only studied one course in law school about Constitutions, and place absolutely no power in these documents, even though law books claim these documents are the highest law in any democracy. This was the reason that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau embedded the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms inside the Canadian Constitution, so that all Canadians would also recognize these rights as the highest Canadian law. All Canadian parents – even divorced parents – have the Constitutional right to equal parenting time, but Family Court judges are failing to act as the Guardians of the Charter, and failing to uphold our Constitution, the highest Canadian law, as declared by the Parliament of Canada.
Warning: The Constitutional argument for equal parenting time has been written about by senior lawyers for many years, but no experienced family lawyer would ever make this unsuccessful argument the primary strategy of a family court action in our present broken legal system.