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I’m hearing from more than one person that this election is very confusing for them, especially those who are young and/or who are not regular political junkies. They aren’t sure what the parties really stand for, whether some candidates are better than others, and whether they should vote strategically — or even how to do that.This is my attempt to help out with a short guide that’s not written in the often coded language of most news articles. It is necessarily incomplete and inevitably informed by some of my personal preferences.
People who read this blog regularly know already that I’m a centrist moderate, with a weakness for good-hearted conservatives and pragmatic lefties. I do retain a special place for the odd fiery rabble-rouser, right or left, if I think they’re making telling points. I place value on people who have put in some time learning about their communities and city politics and shown a commitment to causes. And I prefer those who can make their case without too much hyperbole or outright lying — though that’s a tough condition in this fractious round. Finally, it matters to me what a political party or candidate actually accomplishes or proposes that can be realistically accomplished. (Sometimes I’m too cautious and I acknowledge that.)
With all that, I’m not going to recommend very many individual candidates, as others have. It’s not that kind of election.
This time, it’s a choice among parties, not candidates. All of the candidates from all of the parties are sticking to their party line. Vision votes like a bloc, and the NPA candidates are almost indistinguishable, just lining up behind their mayoral candidate without even being introduced. You’d have to go to a lot of all-candidates’ meetings to get a real sense of any differences. I haven’t had time to do that, as a one-humanperson band. And, even then, I think I’d end up differentiating more on the basis of style and rhetorical ability than anything else.
I also don’t believe in recommending political choices as though they are right for all voters. Everyone comes with different values and questions. And this blog post is not for those who are diehard Vision only, NPA only, or COPE only voters. You guys know what you’re doing. It’s for those in the middle, who are thinking about picking a mix, who are thinking about switching from the way they voted last time, who are wondering to stay with old choices.
Join us on October 4th, bring some wheels and ride to celebrate the Arctic with friends and family to be part of the solution!What: Ice Ride, RSVP on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/859315850745777
Where: Connaught Park, 2390 W 10th Avenue
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014.
RSVP here for Ice Ride, so that we know you're coming.
As climate change melts the Arctic, it becomes a big target for the oil industry. Companies are looking for oil using using destructive exploration techniques and want to eventually drill in these icy, northern waters. We are building a global movement to shine a light on what's happening in the Arctic so we can help put a stop to the destruction before it happens. By joining Ice Ride you can be part of this movement, through action!
Ice Rides are happening in communities around the world this Saturday. This is a family-friendly ride that will go at a pace to accommodate everyone who's participating and we will have first aid trained people at the ride, but you are responsible for your own safety.
RSVP here and we'll see you on Saturday!
West Coast Organizer, Greenpeace Canada
PS. We're also encouraging you to go to solidarity events for Sisters-In-Spirit Vigil organized by The Native Women's Association of Canada. Family members, indigenous community members, and concerned people gather for a vigil on October 4th on Parliament Hill to honour the growing number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. For more information visit: www.nwac.ca