I’m reprinting this from Think City’s last email message out. Please read and participate!
Vancouver and many other BC municipalities suffer from declining voter turnout, the taint of big money influence on elections, a lack of neighbourhood accountability, and a host of other democratic challenges.
But the laws governing local elections are going to change.
Last fall, Premier Gordon Campbell announced a new local government election task force to consider sweeping legislative changes to how municipal elections are conducted in this province.
Fair Voting BC and Think City are gathering citizen views on reforms to submit to the provincial government, Vancouver city council, and the Vancouver parks board. Make sure you have your say!
- Should there be a ban on corporate and union donations?
- Should the city move to a neighbourhood-based or wards electoral system?
- Should landed immigrants get the vote?
- Should citizens directly elect representatives to regional boards (e.g., TransLink)?
The province’s task force will submit its recommendations on modernizing local government election rules to the legislature on May 30 for implementation prior to the fall 2011 civic elections.
Please go here right now to complete the 2010 Civic Electoral Reform survey by March 1, 2010.
- TAKE ACTION: Click here to complete the survey
Every year, the City of Vancouver goes through a public consultation on the annual budget. This process has left much to be desired in terms of the actual consultation process. Each year, for the past three years, Think City has run it’s own, parallel Citizen’s Budget survey, to provide an additional means of feedback to the public that would otherwise be missed. Once the Think City survey is complete, the Think City executive present the results to council on March 31st.
Please take three minutes to fill out this survey and let Mayor Gregor Robertson and the rest of City Council know what you want in this year’s budget.
Let’s make sure citizens’ voices are heard, when city council decides the priorities for this year’s budget.
One of the projects I’ve been working on over the past year or so is Dream Vancouver, a Think City project.
Think City and I need your help with our just launched Dream Vancouver survey — it’ll take just a few minutes.
We are moving forward with developing a citizens’ agenda this fall on the topics that had the most support at last October’s Dream Vancouver conference — affordable housing, transportation and citizen engagement. We want to generate public discussion and gauge support on these three issue areas.
Do you want free public transit downtown? Does the city need to reform the at-large voting system? Should the city maintain rental units by banning condo conversions?
These are just some of the questions the survey poses. It is Think City’s intention to present the findings to the public this fall, as we head into a civic election.
To take the survey, click here.
Thanks for helping out Dream Vancouver by taking this survey!