|83,529||ROBERTSON, Gregor VV||77,005|
|61,903||LOUIE, Raymond P VV||62,273|
|62,595||JANG, Kerry VV||61,931|
|62,698||DEAL, Heather VV||61,386|
|62,316||REIMER, Andrea VV||60,593|
|57,640||STEVENSON, Tim VV||56,639|
|DNQ||TANG, Tony VV||53,874|
|67,195||BALL, Elizabeth NPA||51,607|
|68,419||AFFLECK, George NPA||51,146|
|74,077||CARR, Adriane GRN||48,648|
|63,134||DE GENOVA, Melissa NPA||56,501|
|129/129||Voting Divisions Reporting||135/135|
|(including ADV, SVO, and Mail)|
|181707/425348 -43%||Ballots Cast / Registered Voters||144,823/418,878 – 35%|
It is only fitting that we conclude our count down to the election tomorrow, as we started, by listening to our young voters.
“I realized that this was the big secret of democracy — that change can occur by starting off with just a few people doing something.”
― Michael Moore
by Mike Andruff
by Mike Andruff
Achieving our goal of 209,440 voters turning up at the polls will be no easy feat. Here now are the 101 ways to leverage your vote on voting day:
- go to the polls with all of your family members
- call your neighbours on Friday and go to the polls together
- talk to your book club and set a time you all plan to vote
- email your annual block party list of neighbours and plan a group vote
- talk to your fellow employees this week and set a vote time together
- think of a mobility challenged person and offer to help them
- for those 18 and older after class this week stand up and suggest a group turn out
- if you have a study club, talk to your group about setting a time to vote on Saturday
- if you play sports, talk to your buddies about a time to vote on Saturday
- people working on Saturday, talk to your fellow workers about voting on Friday
- talk to that person you miss and use the subject of getting out to vote as an ice breaker
- at your group’s next weekly meeting, add voting Saturday to the agenda
- use a talk radio call to remind people to vote
- write a letter to the editor asking people to vote
- put a sign by your front window reminding people to vote on Sat.
- put a sign in your car window this week to remind people to vote
- ask you church congregation to vote as a group on Saturday
- when you go for coffee with your friends this ask them to join you Sat. also
- on your way to vote, stop in on a neighbour and check to see if he/she has voted yet
- sit by you phone on Sat. and call a list of friends to remind them to vote
- text message your friends on Sat. to remind them to vote
- when you go to the pub Friday night, buy your friends a drink, and tell them to vote Sat.
- this week have a voting party after you and your friends go to the advance polls
- instead of having a two martini lunch this week got to the advance poll and vote
- instead of buying a lottery ticket this week, go and vote instead
- on Saturday, invite your friends for lunch and then go vote together
- after visiting the temple this week, encourage your friends to meet to vote Sat.
- after soccer on Sat. go vote with the coaches
- before watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, call your buddies and vote
- call your hockey pool buddies and go vote as a group
- get your gardening club members to join you on Saturday at a designated time
- this week, ask you quilting group to vote as a group
- instead of posting a blog this week, go vote, and then post about the experience
- Take a picture of your polling station and text it to a friend
- email your Ultimate team and ask them to vote
- go to your network meeting this week and remind them to vote Sat.
- employers remind your staff to vote this week
- in publishing your newsletter this week, remind people to vote
- BC Lions/Canuck fans, with no games on Saturday go and vote
- after your chess club meets, invite your opponents to go vote with you
- before going to the Legion this week, call your friends and vote first
- before you go babysit this week go vote and then ask you kids parents if they have
- after your martial arts class ask your fellow martial artists to vote with you
- Skype your friends this week and ask them to go and vote on Sat.
- after your yoga class, ask your friends to join you and vote on Sat. or earlier
- when you go to the dog park this week, ask your friends if they have voted
- on your iPad or iPhone, FaceTime your friends on your way to the polls
- Tweet to your followers that they need to vote on Sat or earlier
- this week at Weight Watchers invite your friends to vote with you
- when shopping this week, remind the cashier to vote
- when working as a cashier this week, remind shoppers to vote
- ask your friends on facebook to join you to vote
- this week talk to your tennis group and go as a foursome to vote
- when taking your skates off after practice this week, invite your team to vote with you
- after your weekly badminton game, ask your fellow player s to join you to vote
- after your weekly game of mahjong, ask your friends to go vote with you
- talk with your mothers support group and plan to push your strollers to the polls
- get your weekly poker group to join you at the polls
- when you are commuting by bus, ask the drive to pa the vote on Sat.
- post an entry on your community list serve to go out and vote Sat.
- put a reminder in your email signature this week to vote on Sat.
- at your weekly bridge club, ask your friends to join you to vote on Sat.
- send a note to your car club members to have them drive over to vote on Sat.
- if you are a candidate, set up a phone bank to call your supporters
- if you have an elderly person in your building/block offer to help them go to vote
- help a visually impaired person get to the polls
- if you are a member of a running club, get your friends to run to the polls with you
- if you know someone who complains about the City Hall, call them to make sure they vote
- ask your hairdresser to spread the word to vote on Sat.
- if you have a friend leaving on a trip on Sat. get them to the advance poll
- if you have family members who have never voted, encourage them to start
- after choir practice this week plan to meet the choir at the pols on Sat.
- after your skating on Sat. invite your friends to go vote with you
- challenge a good friend to see who can get more people out to vote – a vote-off
- get the members of your curling rink to vote on Sat.
- change your voice mail message this week to include this: “Please vote on Saturday.”
- take an ad out in the paper the reads: “Please vote on Saturday.”
- post when you will be voting on Google calendar and invite people
- Write this: “Please vote on Saturday.” on a piece of paper and stick in on the fridge
- remind yourself to vote by putting a sticky note on the bathroom mirror – Vote Sat.
- after this week’s bowling game, ask you team to join you on Sat. to vote
- if you co-habit a rental unit with others, go to vote as a household
- after your visit to AA this week, ask you friends to go to the polls with you
- if you have a cycling team, make arrangements to cycle over on Sat.
- post a note on a community billboard “Please vote on Sat.”
- if you live in a building with a shared laundry, place a reminder “Vote on Saturday”
- at your weekly sales meeting, remind your staff to vote on Sat.
- if you are a nurse, post a reminder at your station Vote on Sat.
- if you have a notice board at your work place, post a reminder to Vote on Sat.
- put a reminder in your return address mail label. Please Vote Saturday
- use a reminder in all your text messages to Please vote Sat.
- if you have a community committee meetings this week, invite members to vote Sat.
- if you go to the casino with friends this week, get them to meet you at the polls Sat.
- if you are an adult online gamer, get your Vancouver gamers to join you t the polls Sat.
- Ask your barber to mention the Vote on Saturday to his clientele
- make a youtube video tasking your viewers to Vote on Saturday
- repost this blog post on your blog to increase the following
- set up a tweet deck to cycle a tweet encouraging your followers to vote on Sat.
- Instagram your friends an image of you and your group heading into the polls
- if your a professor/lecturer have a class discussion on voting
- take a friend to vote, because good friends, don’t let friends not vote!
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by Mike Andruff
Sadly in Canadian politics, we often are faced with voting against an incumbent, not necessarily for a candidate. Such is the case in the Vancouver civic election.
- Open, and transparent governance was promised (2008) but never delivered
- Gated communities were built for a few, but never promised
- Sought after neighbourhood consultations were denied
- Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond are as green as Vancouver
- Homelessness was to be eliminated but is still rampant
- Affordable housing was promised but not delivered
- Community centres were bullied (evictions)
by Mike Andruff
Having voted on the first day of the advance poll (at City Hall), here is my experience to aid your understanding of what to expect.
For those of us with a Notice of Voter Registration card, one must take it to vote because it has a Universal Product Code (UPS bar code and number) to identify you in the voting system. If you do not have one, you can register directly at the registration table. To do so, you must supply two pieces of identification to verify your identity and residence.
Next you swear an oath that you have not previously voted in the election.
You are then provided with the ballot in a privacy folio cover and a black marking pen. The ballot is one you have used before. On one side it has the 119 candidates listed for each type of office we vote for. As before, you must select no more than the specified amount of candidates for mayor, council, school board and park board. The other side of the ballot has three questions for the capital spending. Both sides must be completed.
Private stalls are provided with a table and chair for you to complete your ballot.
After completing your ballot, you are directed to a machine which swallows it and digests the contents of your ballot. The privacy folio is returned to the attendant. One assumes that this is the new system that the City has touted.
At this point, the nice attendant may offer you a sticker to tell the world you have performed your civic duty in the City of Vancouver. Take it, and wear it proudly.
by Mike Andruff
Reflecting back on the life of this blog, examining Who is fit to run this City, it seems that most of the discussion has focus on confrontation between ideology and democracy.
Here are three of the most read posts:
They focus on the will of the block voting council vs. the will of the neighbourhoods. From building gated communities for a select few, to seeking the revenue of community centres, to closing the books at City Hall, the current civic government has their own agenda. Many agree with them, and many do not.
Some will say Vancouver is the leader of “green”. To that, you are encouraged to compare and contrast Vancouver to Burnaby or Surrey. Does Vancouver appear more advanced in the world of “green”?
This election comes down to selecting the style of governance you want. You can go with the incumbents and accept that their vision will represent your best interest (you are invested in their ideology), or you can invite change for openness and transparency (the more democratic model). In either direction you choose to go, you must do one more thing on or before November 15th, and that is to VOTE!
by Mike Andruff
I have spent the last couple of weeks following the candidates starting with the Italian Cultural Centre, Heritage Hall, St.James, Pt.Grey, Dunbar, Hastings CC, Kensington CC, Brittania CC, Killarney CC, The Billy Bishop, and Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. If each site averaged 150 members of the public (high, but trying to provide a metric) then the candidates spoke to say 1,500 voters. The following are my reflections on the candidates and the parties.
First, some broad comments. #vandb8, they were not. Debate offers a statement, and then rebuttal by the candidates. This format is more typical for the mayors. With sometimes up to 20 candidates speaking, at best we witnessed a town hall meeting. The candidates generally introduced themselves, answered questions in sequence, and then summarized their position. Some of the moderators hijacked the meeting with their own agenda. This effectively took the candidates out of the equation. This happened with the Metro Vancouver Alliance meeting and at The Billy Bishop.
If campaigning on the road is a means of honestly reaching out to the public, several candidates were noteworthy. While I can’t talk of all those who deserve a note, I’d like to give you my three star selection, and then honourable mentions.
The candidate attending almost every meeting I saw, and earned the respect of the audience with her speaking ability, and her common sense was Adriane Carr – first star. Next I believe Melissa DeGenova managed to stay on topic most frequently, and was able to clearly give her party’s position when opportune – second star. And third star goes to George Affleck for his steadfast participation, calm demeanour and fair-mindedness. This is high praise for these three, given that there are 119 candidates. Your score card may differ from mine, but I’ll wager that you didn’t go to as many meetings as I have.
Here are my honourable mentions:
When I hear Jeremy Gustafson, he has the cadence and likeness of Dan Ackroyd. However, he too was a tireless worker along with his fellow Cedar candidates. His points were direct and meaningful, and his gregarious nature tickled the audience with warmth and acceptance.
Meena Wong has a wonderful presence. It is too bad that her policies don’t carry water. The $1/day transit pass is presumptuous of the transit system, at best. Her taxation of empty condos, ignores the economic impact and breach of civil liberties of such a policy. With a more practical platform, Meena would have done significant damage to the incumbent. She had the best participation record of all mayor candidates.
RJ Aquino represents youthful presence, but like Ms. Wong, his policy formula was flat. Wards and the 20 over 5 planks had a deficit of practicality. Good presence, but not enough meat in his message.
Raymond Louie frequently faced adversity from the audience, but he took it well, and delivered his message convincingly. He was effective in reaching his audience, and skillful in his delivery. Aside from Mr. Louie, the only other Vision candidate I saw was Andrea Reimer. No other Vision incumbents attended, or caught my attention at any of these meetings.
All of these candidates, and all of the other attendees of town halls, with their entourages, were very hard working candidates campaigning for your vote. They deserve our utter respect for being committed to the campaign process.
I’d like to share a few comments on the parties. For a candidate in Vancouver, he/she must align with a party. Independent candidates can be as good as we saw in Bob Kasting, but in the end, they are not electable in Vancouver.
Two parties impressed me as they emerged in the meetings. Neither was noticeable in the beginning, but as the meetings have progressed, they found their legs. Both Vancouver First and the Cedar party displayed a credible presence. Neither stand a chance in the election because of another unfortunate aspect of our electoral process, campaign funding. Both are significantly underfunded compared to the big two. Funding would allow them to more effectively convey their messaging. Sadly, few will hear them.
So why does a nut like me go to this length to address “Who is fit to run this City?” Because I can, and because with social media, I have attempted to bring the experience to you dear voter. You need all the information possible to get you into that polling booth ready to vote. So any time between now and November 15th study this blog, talk with your friends and family about this election and then – VOTE!
by Mike Andruff
The report of a recent study published today suggests that politicians are the least-trusted professionals in Canada. Further that for those under 45 years old, 1 in 5 say public corruption led them to stop voting.
Many voters aged 18-35 won’t vote until the system changes. They want their vote to count. This means the first past the post voting scheme must be replaced with a more representational system.
So corruption, better representation, lack of understanding of the reasons why they must vote, and a “what’s in it for me” attitude, are the numerous barriers to getting the youth vote out. All good reasons which justify their decision not to vote.
Additionally, we have the new eligible voter. New to the country and unfamiliar with how things work in this domain. Understandably, an education process must occur before these individuals have the confidence to place their vote as they see fit.
Many, many reasons why people don’t vote. So here it is, the most compelling reason you must vote:
It is your civic duty.
All this is roiling in our little city, while war planes fly, and good Canadians are put in harms way for the sake of protecting the freedoms and peace we have right now. Peace and freedom come at a cost. Millions of souls have paid the ultimate price for how we enjoy our freedom today. It is ironic the we wear poppies until the 11th to remember the fallen, and then just 4 days later we do a good job of forgetting them ’til next year by refraining from exercising our civic duty.
You might not like the system we have, but it is the only system we have. You can use this system to create the change you desire. Look at the candidates and parties in this election. Some of them offer changes to the system right now. Some of them will advocate for a fairer electoral system right now.
If the great journey starts with the first step, then the electoral reform you desire must start with the first vote.
Let your friends and family be your guides. Talk with them about voting. Seek the answers you need to effectively start the changes you desire. Then on November 15th, stride down to your local voting district, and VOTE!