Monday, September 30, 2019

Response From The NDP

Thank you so much for contacting the Castlegar Campaign office. I have forwarded your concerns to our sign crew in the Grand Forks area and appraised them of the two signs in the Greenwood Ball Park.


Letter to the NDP: In the ballpark in Greenwood, there are two NDP political signs. The ballpark should be free of political signs. I don't know if that's your doing, but if it is please stop. Ty 

(The same would apply to any political entity.)

Not So

We often hear that all cultures are equal and we should embrace them more fully because diversity is our strength.

But truly, not all cultures are equal.

Some cultures allow the eating of their placenta. Others do not participate in this.

Some countries allow the killing of their unborn but 26 countries do not.

Some countries have executions without trials. Others do not.

Some cultures allow freedom of belief while others impose a belief system that all must keep.

One could go on but the point is not all cultures are equal.

They are different but that does not necessarily mean equal.

One should define their own moral values before rushing to embrace.

True strength lies in unity; unity flows from common, deep-rooted, unshakeable values and beliefs.

Only One Side Can Do This

When Michael Moore speaks to the Liberals or into CBC election coverage, there is silence. But when Dave Rubin speaks to the PPC, there is a freak-out reaction.

Liberty And Freedom

Liberty and freedom are words hardly ever spoken in Canadian elections anymore. As the people in East-Germany said in the 1950s and 60s, most Canadians will say incredulously today, “What do you mean? We are free.”

Monday, October 22, 2018

Regional District Mail-in Voting

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has mail-in balloting, enabling all eligible citizens to exercise their voting right.

Theresa Lenardon, Chief Election Office of the RDKB, says "The right to vote is basic. The mail-in ballot works well, and even it's for just a few, you are still providing that democracy."

Greenwood and many sister-municipalities do not share the view that all should be able to exercise their right to vote. They, in fact, deny it to some --- sometimes it is even many.

The bare truth is if people are not able to vote on the two voting days for whatever reason, and are further denied a mail-in vote, then what is left for them is taxation without any representation.

The Hidden Referendum Result

When the election was over Saturday, the RDKB referendum concerning a bylaw for the Kettle Valley Watershed, about increased taxes and the building of a mini-bureaucracy --- which is what it will eventually become --- mysteriously had no available results.

The referendum results were nowhere to be found.

The same occurred Sunday through early Monday, no matter where you looked.

This also concerned the chief election officer for the RDKB, Theresa Lenardon.

She said that she submitted the results to CivicsInfo BC at 1145PM Saturday, but the numbers were not reflected on their site right away. After a long day, she thought they might still be busy and she didn't look again until the next day.

Not seeing them there then either, alarmed her also.

She said she couldn’t talk to CivicsInfo BC until Monday, when they corrected their omission. She said simply, “They had made a mistake.”

Knowing that the RDKB had submitted the numbers late-Saturday and that the CivicsInfo site had a mixed-up time reflecting them, satisfies this inquiry.

Seeing the numbers up now causes the interest in this to drain.

Theresa Lenardon was very open, forthcoming, helpful and informative.

The Bylaw Vote Breakdown

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The RDKB Referendum

The RDKB referendum concerning the Boundary Watershed and increased taxes bylaw passed in the affirmative by a count of 1,535 to 1,369.

Midway, Grand Forks, Big White and Christina Lake voted in favour. All other areas responded in the negative.

A reason as to why the results found such delay in finding their way to the public --- or even internal --- domain will follow shortly.

There will also be the complete breakdown of each area as well as the RDKB view on mail-in voting.

Canada Writes Off $1,100,000,000 (US Dollar) Loan

$1.1B US loan written off. Oh, heck. What's another billion or so. Everyone knows Canadian budgets balance themselves!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

How Many Voted

Estimated Eligible Voters: 560

Total Votes Cast: 338

Turnout: 60%

Greenwood Election 2018

Votes Percent

Smith, Ed 191 56.51%
Pratt, Ron 147 43.49%

Shaw, Gerry 225 18.86%
Nathorst, Jim 214 17.94%
Bolt, John 207 17.35%
Lang, Colleen 180 15.09%

Cudworth, Lee 178 14.92%
Payne, Rob 141 11.82%
Arnell, Timothy 48 4.02%

Friday, October 19, 2018

Vote Denied

For the record: The Greenwood, BC, City Regime during the election of 2018 refused to allow mail-in balloting though they had full authority to enact it. Any persons qualified to vote who were away for the two available voting days --- for whatever reason --- were thus not able to exercise their right to vote.

The Mayor at the time of this testimonial is Ed Smith. The Council Persons are: Gerry Shaw, Lee Cudworth, Colleen Lang and Jim Nathorst.

This testimonial also declares that in this year of 2018, the right to vote belongs to the people and it is not for any government to impede it in any way.

Sorry ... Out Of Supply ... Come Back Tomorrow

This looks a lot like the lines to Soviet government-run bread stores in the seventies. Flash forward to Canadian government-run cannabis stores today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

First Impression

I went to the BC Cannabis site this morning on its first day of operation. It seemed easy to use; on the surface the delivery price appears reasonable. I selected three products that I could one day have an interest in. All three were marked sold out. Is this a new preview of the Soviet bread lines of long ago? 

BC growers who grew the best cannabis in the world --- in great abundance and are now out of business --- has its government saying the chosen products are not available. Not the best of management so far.

There were some products I would have no interest in; making a purchase of them appears flawless.

Sleep Well?

I have been using the Sleep Cycle app; it’s fun and informative. In the analysis part, it mostly rates New Zealand people as getting the best sleep. Some days, though, it says Finland or the Netherlands had the best night. But always it shows Saudi Arabia as getting the worst.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

BC Local Government Act ... Mail ballot voting

110 (1) Subject to this section and any regulations under section 168 [election regulations], a local government may, by bylaw, permit voting to be done by mail ballot and, in relation to this, may permit elector registration to be done in conjunction with this voting.

(2) For a municipality, the only electors who may be permitted to vote by mail ballot are

(a) persons who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, and

(b) persons who expect to be absent from the municipality on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.BC Local Government.

... the keyword seems to be "may".



Ontario and Nova Scotia were the first provinces to do so in Canada, but there have only been feeble attempts in the past decade to introduce online voting in B.C.


Some think there is online voting in BC, but are there facts to back it up? It would be good to have first-hand solid ones.

“In terms of electoral modernization, British Columbian municipalities would be very much the laggard,” reads the Vancouver Sun. "While B.C. has the technology and capacity for online voting, the province has yet to gather the political will to make it happen. While municipalities have been receptive to the idea, but it still remains off the table ahead of the October municipal elections."