Questions for Candidates in the 2018 Municipal Election
In May and in September, Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Comox Valley Global Awareness Network and Imagine Comox Valley hosted two Sustainability Forums; forums whose goal it was to bring attention to key issues relevant in the upcoming election.
Click candidate questions to find questions provided by speakers from both Forums which you might ask candidates running for election in your municipality. For a detailed outline of issues from the first Forum, please review the powerpoints here.
Ensure a diversity of housing options to meet evolving demographics and needs.
2: Ecosystems, Natural Areas and Parks
Protect, steward and enhance the natural environment and ecological connections and systems.
3: Local Economic Development
Achieve a sustainable, resilient and dynamic local economy that supports Comox Valley businesses and the region’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Develop an accessible, efficient and affordable multi-modal transportation network that connects Core Settlement Areas and designated Town Centres and links the Comox Valley to neighbouring communities and regions.
Provide affordable, effective and efficient services and infrastructure that conserves land, water and energy resources.
6: Food Systems
Support and enhance the agricultural and aquaculture sectors and increase local food security.
7: Public Health and Safety
Support a high quality of life through the protection and enhancement of community health, safety and well-being.
8: Climate Change
Minimize regional greenhouse gas emissions and plan for adaptation.
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COMOX VALLEY, BC –Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?
Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum, scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Barb Berger, chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley will be presenting an information session on the referendum and the reasons why there is a push for change. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of Proportional Representation. The presentation will also involve a closer examination of the voting systems that will be on the ballot.
On the bill as well is Jamie Deith, who has a background in systems design. He has had direct involvement with past referendums and is extremely knowledgeable about electoral systems. Deith has devised a questionnaire that allows participants to clarify whether they support FPTP or PR and rank the choices according to their answers.
As has been quoted by everyone on the spectrum of this debate, “Proportional Representation would be a fundamental change to our democracy.” What kind of democracy do you want to see?
The evening will be held at the United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox, on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The United Church expects a full house at the first-come first-seated presentation. Admission is by donation and baked goods will be available for purchase.