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You CAN Vote, do it Early Today!

This is your right. Voting this year is more difficult. That is because the ruling "Conservative" Party is anti-democratic and know that they are unpopular - that voter suppression helps them. Perhaps you think this is an exaggeration, but today's voting situation speaks for itself.

Traditionally there were many ways to vote on election day, this because it is always hard to squeeze in, when you are working or otherwise busy, when you can't get to another polling station, etc.

This is the first time on election day you can ONLY vote in your own polling station. All other elections before now allowed you to swear in your vote and show proper ID so that you could vote in a different polling station if you couldn't get to your exact one.

Which polling station do you go to? If you don't already have a voter registration card or yours is not accurate: you need to know your postal code. You need to be on the Elections Canada website. On this website you will find a not simple data heavy web form that will eventually tell you the polling place for you. Polling stations close early this year, most at 7pm here in BC and others, like mobile stations, as early as 1:30.

What is the website is overwhelmed? It surely will be. It was this morning. It's an obvious bottleneck. There aren't any widely available maps showing all the polling stations, so I can't just print a map because I have a good data connection and show it to others. (This would be a good thing to make if you are trying to get out the vote!) Fortunately, each party and 3rd Parties also have websites which list where to vote, so use those if electionscanada is down

Talk to people. Most people remember the polling station from the last election. Together we can figure it out and get people out to defeat this anti-democratic party now in power.


Depending on where you live, vote strategically. That will mean Liberal or NDP. Of in the very rare exception, Green. Do not rely on national polling averages such as Local polling is more accurate to a specific riding. has the best resource for this, and it's members, who have all pledged to vote together strategically to defeat Harper, have chosen (by pre-vote) which party to support in very close ridings so that everyone pulls together and there is a clear victory. Please consider doing this.


Whoa Canada - Stop Harper


6201 vs 79,452

Dear Cyclists,

This is the number of votes a candidate must have over their opponent in order to get elected to Parliament. [1]


This is the number of votes that gave Stephen Harper his "strong, stable, conservative majority government" in 2011.[2]

At the end of the day, after all the issues have been debated and the attack ads aired; after all the hands have been shaken and the babies kissed; when the party leaders park their campaign busses and the candidates sit with their teams to watch the results come in, they know it all comes down to this basic math: 1 more vote than your opponents to win your seat, and less than ten thousand votes in a dozen or so ridings to win an election.


This is the number of days left until Election Day.


This is the number of Leadnow members who have signed the Vote Together pledge.

Almost 50,000 of these people live in Conservative swing ridings and 15,000 live in the 11 ridings where we have teams on the ground ready to get out the vote for the candidate best positioned to beat the conservative in their riding.

And just this past Saturday the Vote Together campaign hit another milestone - volunteers in 26 communities from coast to coast to coast hosted events as part of the Vote Together National Day of Action. Check out our new report back video and consider pitching in to keep the momentum going.

When members of the Leadnow community came together to help build our 2015 election campaign, you knew that vote splitting would be the biggest obstacle to bringing change to Ottawa. It's amazing to see momentum continuing to build - every day more and more Canadians are pledging to Vote Together for change on October 19.

We can do this, but only if we can make sure that everyone who signed the pledge actually gets out to the polls. Studies show that a phone call, or a doorknock from a volunteer can significantly increase voter turnout, and we need your help to reach as many voters as possible.

We're going to need everyone pitching in what they can to make sure our Get Out The Vote efforts are as effective as possible. Every donation helps us pay for the crucial materials, technology and volunteer support that we'll need to contact Vote Together pledge signers in the days leading up to Oct. 19th.  Can you pitch in $10, $25 or $50?

Donate today!

Thanks for your continued support.

With hope and respect,

Amara, on behalf of the Leadnow team

P.S. If you prefer to donate by cheque, please send your cheque payable to "Leadnow" to:
PO Box 2091, Stn Terminal
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3T2

Please include a note with your cheque, so we know who it's from.

To donate by phone you can call us toll-free at 1‑855‑LEADN0W (1‑855‑532‑3609ext 2.

We also accept donations by PayPal, Interac e-Transfer, Vancity Credit Union instant transfer, or pre-authorized payment from your bank account. See here for details:


[1] Anam Kazim wins for NDP in Calgary-Glenmore after recount

[2] Tallying the Conservative win in 14 ridings: 6,201 reasons to be frustrated, PO Box 2091, Stn Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3T2 — 1‑855‑LEADN0W | 1‑855‑532‑3609



Meet @ Creekside Park at 7pm‎, Saturday Night, the end of Summer


Bike Smut: Come Again @ Rio Theatre July 23rd
The world's only collection of erotic bicycle movies is back! July 23rd here to the Rio Theatre
Doors 9pm/ Show 9:30pm
Tickets $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Strictly +19 for entry with 2 pieces of ID. Fully licensed bar
Bike Smut is a collection of short erotic films made by inspired cyclists from all over the world. It is creative, funny, and aware! The night also features Q & As and performances.
The Bike Smut Film Festival is now in its 8th year and has never been just a single person's vision, rather, a coalition of the horny work together to bring this synthesis of transportation and sexuality to life.Calling all bikers for 90 minutes of radical DIY bike loving woman centered man centered trans queer gay bikesexuals under-presented Sex Movies.ONE NIGHT ONLY. It's your only chance to see these films as they are only screened to a live audience, no internet, no DVD.

In the past year we showed consensual non-consent / forced haircuts from Chicago, golden showers and swampy dendrophilia from Gainesville, greasy cock -and-ball torture from Berlin, spaghetti-western anarchists from Montreal, gender queer Mario Brothers from Geneva, hardfem, bicycle-mounted, cavalry-archers hunting to feed their sexual appetites in Phoenix, and a hardcore, ginger-on-ginger bisexual, bikesexual educational film.
This year the submissions are from Oakland, Chicago, Phoenix, Montreal, Toronto and for the first time ever we have a film made in San Palo, Brazil!
The "Come Again" theme has inspired bicycle lap dances, Craigslist hookups, androgynous ice cave explorations, Chinese bondage pegging lessons, bike cops taken hostage until they squirt and wheelchair porn!
This synthesis of transportation and sexuality is everything you could imagine it to be: creative, ethical, aware, explicit, tantalizing, candid, and silly.
The only time you can see these movies is at a screening. Bike Smut does not release DVDs or put the movies online. The only way to see Bike Smut is live and in person (they way it should be!) but don't worry; though Bike Smut comes and goes as quick as a one-night kick stand, it's definitely not one you will regret in the morning.
For More Info:


Fwd: [BIKEHUB] Perspective On Streets

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: K E Ohrn
Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM
Subject: [BIKEHUB] Perspective On Streets

Peter Ladner writes in Business In Vancouver about the remarkable change taking place in the world of Vancouver transportation.
People are learning about the immediate, real and personal benefits of active transportation.  And are finally putting real emphasis on those who use their feet to get around. His remarks on reaction from the Chattering Classes and the politically active to the newly proposed Burrard Bridge changes are instructive as signs of major decline in motordom's dominance, and the rise of new thinking about transportation.
It can't change fast enough for me; and this progress gives me hope that sanity may be slowly creeping into public life in Vancouver.
New Burrard changes -- let's get them approved 

__._,_.___If you are concerned about cycling throughout the Lower Mainland please join HUB.  Go to for details.


WeCycle’s Inaugural Trailer/Cargo/Trike/Bike Ride for Bicycle Based Businesses!

WeCycle's Inaugural Trailer/Cargo/Trike/Bike Ride for Bicycle Based Businesses!
Saturday, June 27 at 10:00am
Creekside Park in Vancouver, British Columbia
Welcome World! WeCycle will host its first ride during Velapalooza 2015!

We're excited to meet people who want to be part of the project, or that just want to ride their cargo bikes around to show...


Donthave1million Rally June 24

This would be a good protest to support. However we also need to figure out some direct action. Maybe stop investing in the stock market and start investing in our own communities?

Wednesday, June 24:
Don to speak at #donthave1million rally

Don will be speaking at the rally organized by the Vancouverites for Affordable Housing on Wednesday, June 24 at 5pm. 

Rally details from Vancouverites for Affordable Housing: 

To keep the momentum going from the May 24th that raised awareness about the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver, Vancouverites for Affordable Housing has planned their next rally for June 24th, this time with a focus on asking our government to collect and provide essential data.

Experts agree that a variety of factors have been propelling the unsustainable and stratospheric housing prices (and its effects can be felt throughout the housing continuum, from low income housing to rentals), but the piece of the puzzle we have the least information about may be the driving force behind it all.

When pressed by MLA David Eby, Housing Minister Rich Coleman responded he's not going to research the issue of foreign capital and ownership. Without the data – we can never move forward towards finding solutions!

"Give Us Data" on Foreign Ownership & Capital Rally
Location: Vancouver Central Library
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 5 to 6 pm 

Confirmed speakers: Eveline Xia, rally organizer, Prof. Penny Gurstein, Director of UBC's SCARP Program, NDP MLA Jenny Kwan, NDP MP Don Davies, and MLA Green Party candidate Pete Fry.

Click here for more details and to RSVP on Facebook


Fw: [Velolove-Vancouver] CycleHack Vancouver event this weekend

YI bike nerdsz! 

CycleHack Vancouver is this weekend!


Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.


What is CycleHack Vancouver?


CycleHack Vancouver is a 48 hour event that is gathering together a diverse range of people with different skills and experiences of transit to look at cycling in a new way. The organizers looking for those with key knowledge and background in transit to join us during the weekend to spark conversations and drive good ideas.


Over the weekend of June 19th - 21st we're joining a network of over 25 cities around the globe and tooling up citizens to take a pro-active, DIY approach to reducing the barriers to cycling.

Whether you cycle, drive or walk; make, design, code or just have great transit ideas this event is for you! We're giving voice to all those who use our roads, and helping them prototype, build and test new ideas that make the experience of cycling more accessible, safe and fun.

This first-ever CycleHack Vancouver Event is supported by the Vancouver Maker Foundation and will be hosted in Maker Labs! Find out more about CycleHack Vancouver and the Global Movement here -


Advance tickets here (if you're City staff, let me know you're coming and you'll be put on the guest list for FREE):


More information about the CycleHack movement, including their library of hacks from previous events: ‎


Fwd: Survey on distracted driving

the BC govt is asking for YOUR OPINION on "distracted driving". If you
feel like it, fill in the survey below...but NOT while driving in a