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Time is Near!

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Well this will be the last post before the big day tomorrow, so lets do a bit of housekeeping. First just a reminder that you can vote from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at any of the locations listed below:

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

So get out there and let your council know you care.

Second I would like to thank Albert Koelher for participating in the pgelxn blog. I would also like to thank school board trustee candidates Katie Cooke, Don Sabo, Denise MacdonaldDori Alger, Tony Cable, Trish Bella, and Valentine Crawford all for participating as well. I have chatted with candidates and it looks like this election was a lot more work than ones past so I hope that means that more people are getting out to vote. Maybe positive changes are coming for our city.

Thirdly I was sent an email the other day that gave me a huge boost. This blog takes a lot of time during election time and I do it because I want to help make Prince George a great city. So when I get emails like the one below

“Thanks for hosting all of this information centrally.  This made me feel a lot more informed regarding the candidates and perceived issues for Prince George.  I think this is the push I need to get out and vote this year. A great big thank you!  Laura”

it makes it all worthwhile. My goals has always been to get more people out to vote and with the number of views I have been getting this last week (3026 on Thursday and 2768 as of 10:08pm on Friday) I know people are finding value in this blog.

The fourth and last thing I would like to talk about is something that happened to one of the council candidates. Unfortunately Trent Derrick answers to his Prince George Citizen questions got switched with someone else and he is getting dragged through the mud for these other answers. I don’t know what happened at the Prince George Citizen, but Trent has proved me a link to his correct answers on the updated Citizen article on their website. Follow the link below

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Filling Up Fast

GOTV-Voting-HandsYesterday I created pages for the School Board Trustee candidates and they have been filling up fast. Thank you to Andrew Burton, Tim Bennett, Brenda HookerBruce WiebeDennis FudgeSheldon Harris for participating in the blog. Yesterday we finished with 1987 visit to the blog for information. Keep spreading the word and let the people of Prince George know that there is a place to help them make a decision.

I just found an article on HQPrinceGeorge.com about how Prince George has been challenged by Kamloops to beat them in Voter turn out. I think this is a great challenge and lets kick some Kamloops butt!

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2 More Councilors + 18 School Board Trustees

VoteWell we only have 5 more day until we vote for our new Mayor and Council. I would like to thank Ron Gallo and Roy Spooner for participating in the pgelxn blog. Have you decided who your voting for yet?

I have been getting a ton of e-mails from people asking for information about the School Board Trustees. I have caved to the pressure and add a school trustee page for each candidate running for those positions. I know it is a bit late in the game, but time is hard to come by right now. So I hope this will help those that have been asking and I hope that the candidates get their information in.

Today has being a crazy day on the pgelxn blog. Besides adding pages for all of the School Board Trustees, and getting at least 20 emails from all you great people, the visits to the blog have been through the roof. Today alone (as of 2:45pm) we are sitting at 1086 visits. That is amazing and I can not thank the citizens of Prince George for supporting this blog.

I got an email yesterday from Chelsea asking about when and were people can vote and what time. She had an interesting idea about how to get people out to vote. Now her idea is not rocket science, but a great idea none the less and one that I did not think about and wonder if the city has thought about it. Chelsea idea revolved around sending out a simple reminder card stating where, when, and what time you can vote. A lot of people may not know that information and a simple card in the mail could fix that. A great idea and a simple one. For those of you that do not know the When and where’s of this coming election here you go:

November 5th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 12th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 13th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • UNBC: Doug Little Lounge

November 15th, 2014 (General Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

All of this information can be found on the City of Prince George website as well.

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Wow

6384459Well yesterday was a busy day for the PGELXN Blog as 407 people visited the page to grab their information for the upcoming election, which by the way is only 10 days away. I have added two more candidates to the blog. Thank You Jason Luke and Ravi Saxena for submitting your platform and information so the citizens of Prince George can make informed decisions on November 15th.

Have you made your decision yet as to who you are voting for? Leave comments here and let us know who you are voting for and why?

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Time to Stand

people silhouettesHave you every been angry at something that has happened in your city or not happened for that matter? Have you ever thought I could do a better job at running this city? Is there a fire inside that compels you to want to make a difference in your city? Well then you should run for City Councillor or Mayor, your time is now, but that time is running out. All nomination packages have to be in by Friday at 4:00 pm.

The nomination package can be picked up at City Hall on the 5th floor during operating hours which are 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday. Or you can just follow THIS LINK to the online documents on the city website.

Stand up and let your voice be heard and help Prince George become the greatest city in Canada!

 

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Any Questions?

wpid-ate7k7qt4.jpegFor the election in 2011 each candidate was allowed to convey their platform in 500 words or less.  I found it was hard to get everything they wanted to share into 500 words.

So this election I am giving the candidates the space to share everything they hope to achieve if they are elected. Now letting candidates ramble on and on with finely groomed paragraphs of why we should vote for them is fine, but not overly fun for us citizens. We have burning questions that we want answered.

So I am putting out a call to the citizens of Prince George! Give me questions that I can put out to the candidates. I will pick the 3 best questions and we can see how they respond. You can leave your questions in the comments section and then everyone can see what questions were put down so we don’t all write the same questions. The one question I would like to ask is “What can the City of Prince George do for our Youth”.  I will pick the 3 best questions on October 11th as I start the process of contacting candidates to get they information. What issues do you need answers for?

My hope is this time we can get all of the candidates to participate this year and help increase voter turn out. Spread the word about PGELXN.com so the the citizens of our great city can arm themselves for November 15th!

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Thank You, What Now?

Now with the election over and Prince George has its new Council I am left with trying to figure out what to do next with this site. I have had a few ideas rumbling through my noodle and I have come up with three that I think would be viable options.

#1 I do nothing and let this site sit for the next three years until the next election when I blow off the dust and try to give apathetic voters one less excuse to not vote.

#2 Turn it into a Prince George Watchdog type of sight were the citizens of Prince George can go to find out what is happening in their city and what council is doing right or wrong.

#3 Turn it into a site that promotes Prince George and shows off the great qualities of Prince George that the citizens, tourist don’t know about and shows the global media a side of Prince George that gets lost in the negativity.

I am leaning towards option#3 as of now, as it was inspired by a twitter hash tag #iheartPG. I think this is an area that needs help and I’m sure it is something Prince George citizens could get on board with, plus a little positivity makes the world go round. Let me know what you think I should do with the site by leaving a comment in the comment section or if you have an idea leave it in the same area I look forward to hearing from you.

I would like to thank everyone that visited the site over the last month an a half. It has been a great learning experience for me as I had just gotten into blogging when I started this one. I have made some new friends and talked to a lot of people about our democratic system. I am passionate about politics and I’m not sure where that passion came from. I hope that I can redirect this passion in hopes of inspiring others to vote and stand up for what they believe in. Thank you everybody for making this a great experience for me and I look forward to the next election and the improvements I can make on this blog next time.

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Results & A Whole Lot of Head Scratching

Well November 19th has come, gone and left us in a state of confusion. People wanted change and the voting public only voted in 3 new council members. The voting public is another area that has left me and many others confused. The cities inhabitants complain about Snow Removal, Potholes, Crime, Train Noise, Air Quality and yet only 27% of the Prince George Population decided to get out and vote. When I ask people if they had voted or were going to vote most didn’t care about the election what so ever. How could people not care about who is running their city. It’s an aspect of life that touches and influences all other aspects of your life. How? Well when your city raises property taxes to cover the growing debit of the city, that takes money out of your pocket. Money that could be spent on food, cloths, a place to live or that Big Mac you crave. When the city decides to let a business open next to your house that brings the value of your neighborhood down, again more money out of your pocket. Crime is a problem in every city, and Prince George is not an exception to this. When someone you know is assaulted,  robbed, raped, vandalized, or killed your city has failed you by not having enough police officers on duty for the city. When the company you work for leaves town or closes because there is not enough business you are again being let down by your municipal government. This is just a few examples and some may not apply to you or you haven’t experienced yet. The point I’m trying to get across is people need to vote. I don’t want to sound cliché, but there are people around the world fighting and being murdered for that right and we don’t care.

I am an avid Twitter user and the conversion that has been going on for 3 days now, since the November 19th election, is why do people not exercise their right to vote and how do we get people exercise that right. With idea’s being thrown out left and right here are a few that have gotten the most attention:

Online Voting: has been brought up and I think this is something that should be happening now. The internet is a huge part of our lives and using it as a tool to vote only seems natural. The cities of Vancouver and Surrey are looking at online voting, but nothing has come of that yet. The city of Markham, Ontario has been using online voting since 2003 and has seen increases to the tune of:

  • 91% of online voters said they would be “very likely” to vote online in the future
  • 88% of online voters in 2006 cite “convenience” as their primary reason for voting online
  • Markham saw online voting jump 48% from 7,210 in 2003 to 10,639 in 2006

Online voting does not come without some negative aspects to it. According to a discussion paper on internet voting  done by Elections B.C. in August of this year, is that it is harder to guarantee a fair election online. With a person sitting in a chair at home casting a vote there is no way to guarantee that the right person is casting the vote. If someone got a hold of a PIN number in my name then we are dealing with fraud. There is also the problem of Hackers getting into the system. From the articles I have been reading it looks like online voting is coming, it’s just a matter of time and security.

Compulsory Voting: which is used in Australia at all levels of government makes it mandatory to vote. Failure to vote results in a fine of $20 if a satisfactory explanation is not given (for example, illness or religious prohibition). If this fine is not paid then a court hearing is held for the offense. The percent of the population that this affects is about 5% so it does get a vast majority of the voters out during election time. Now there are pro’s and con’s to this system. The Pro’s obviously is higher voter turn out which in turn maximizes the amount of campaign cost reimbursement. The Con’s are that it goes against human rights of a persons right to choose wither or not to vote.

It is hard to understand why it is that people don’t want to vote and I’m sure we’ll be talking about voter apathy for years to come. I’m sure everyone has their reason for not voting all polished up so that when asked they can have a viable answer. Some don’t have an answer at all they just have no interest. As Carol Hanisch once said “The Personal is Political” and one day the people who do not vote will get affected in some form by their government. Until that day we, the people who do vote, will be left scratching our heads trying to figure it out. Maybe a study should be undertaken by UNBC’s political science department to find out why voter apathy is so high in today’s society.

Oh yeah the results of Prince George’s municipal election. If you haven’t already heard the results here is the breakdown of the count:

Mayor

Council

Shari Green: 6148

Lyn Hall: 9038

Dan Rogers: 5043

Brian Skakun: 8553

AlexHuber: 1104

Murry Krause: 7555

Brandon Lewis: 683

Albert Koehler: 6996

Eugene Fetterly: 474

Cameron Stolz: 6809

Bruce Fader: 298

Dave Wilbur: 6586

Garth Frizzell: 5850

Frank Everitt: 5342

Jordan Gadsby: 4910

Debora Munoz: 4617

Myrt Turner: 3952

Dorothy Friesen: 3348

Harry Ulch: 2643

Brad Gagnon: 2493

Scot Afflect: 2491

Joanne Dickenson: 2387

John Beebe: 2338

Travis Shaw: 1536

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