Saturday, April 30, 2011

Voting Is Step One

Just a quick reminder to all the Canadian readers of Kayak Yak that Monday May 2 is the federal election. Let's see a good turnout at the polls, people!
For anyone still making up their minds on how to vote, there's a platform comparison tool on the CBC website. Go check out the various party stands on the environment and other issues of interest to kayakers, such as... well, everything.

And another reminder, that voting is just the first step in democracy. Another important element is participating in decisions made by local government, and in May the residents of the Capital Regional District have some chances to do that again.
The CRD is hosting a series of Community Consultations about their new Regional Parks Strategic Plan. Pop over to the CRD website and take a look at the draft Plan, which is the product of a year and a half's work with a Citizen Advisory Panel and employees. Some of the parks affected by the plan are used by kayakers and small boat users. This is the time to see what the CRD is thinking of doing for our parks, and to say what we want for our future.

Here's the schedule for the Community Consultations, copied from the CRD website:
May 3 Victoria – Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street (Upper Room)
May 4 Westshore – Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, 1767 Island Highway (Kinsmen Fieldhouse)
May 5 Saanich Peninsula – Central Saanich Cultural Centre, 1209 Clarke Road (Lower Room), Brentwood Bay
May 10 Sooke – Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road (Lower Hall)
May 11 Salt Spring Island, 145 Vesuvius Bay Road (Portlock Park – Meeting Room)
Southern Gulf Island residents: public meetings will be held on Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Saturna islands in May. Watch for details on this website and in local newspapers.

Meeting Times: 6 – 7pm Open house
7 – 9pm Presentation and facilitated discussion
Unable to attend a meeting? Go to the online feedback form and express an opinion.

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