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Bill Longstaff: Why a referendum on electoral reform would be a very bad idea

The need for electoral reform in Canada has never been more stark. We have just endured nine years of government by a political party that over sixty per cent of us opposed. That is simply not democratic. We have an electoral system, but we don’t have … . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why a referendum on electoral reform would be a very bad idea

Cowichan Conversations: Guest Column-CVRD Director Loren Duncan on AAP’s & Referendums

CVRD Director Loren Duncan

We all now know why 14 of the 28 Regional districts across the Province do not have a Regional Grant in Aid, program, they are simply to difficult to control when the need is great and the will power is weak.

The long list of historic and recent Grant-in-Aid . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Guest Column-CVRD Director Loren Duncan on AAP’s & Referendums

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan News Leader Editorial Critical of CVRD’s Alternate Approval Process

Our take: Can’t democracy move with the times?

A dedicated group of people mistrusts the Cowichan Valley Regional District so much it appears willing to knock on doors in the pouring November rain and risk higher taxes to take it down.

And if it turns out the community agrees with them, then hey, that’s what democracy is all about.

But we are not writing today to take sides on the CVRD’s push to make garbage collection a public utility throughout the valley.

We are writing about the frustration being expressed by these citizens about the effort they will have to put in to making their wishes public policy.

The rest of the editorial can be found here.

 

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Song of the Watermelon: Referendums: The Perils and the Possibilities

Direct democracy is to representative democracy what extra-virgin olive oil is to refined olive oil. The latter is more cost effective and, perhaps according to some, just as good. But to the connoisseur, there is no substitute for the real stuff.

In the fourth article of his ongoing series on democracy, Toronto Star columnist . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Referendums: The Perils and the Possibilities