On October 15th, the 99% of Lethbridge will be holding their own “occupy” demonstration:
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Lethbridge, Traditional Blackfoot Territory
Peacefully Assemble with The 99%!
10 am – Special “Not Your Mother’s Poetry” Broadcast on CKXU 88.3 FM.
Stop by the Station, Lower UofL SU Building
11 am – Sign making outside of City Hall
12 pm – Peaceful Assembly outside of City Hall – Beginning of the 99% Open Mic. Please keep it to under 5 minutes.
12:30 pm – March as part of the 99%. City Hall around downtown and back. Open Mic stops outside of financial institutions and Jim Hillyer, MP’s office. What is YOUR message to the 1%?
2:00 pm – Open Mic finishes at City Hall.
* The route is approximately 1km long and will be kept at a slow pace for those with limited mobility.
For those unable to march, there will be people with information mingling outside of City Hall. They would love to discuss how a better world is possible.
Alberta NDP’s Shannon Phillips, Lethbridge West candidate (insert political stripes here), has written an article titled “The Long View ” in Alberta Views magazine about Southern Alberta’s Corb Lund. Alberta Views was actually at the Word on the Street festival recently.
Lund is even-handed in his appraisal of Alberta’s politics and environment. Things are this, but they’re also that. It’s not equivocation or weasel-words. It’s a full reckoning of the situation. “The oil and gas industry is reflective of the duality of the province ,” he says.
To read her article, pick up the latest copy or read the “preview digital edition” of the magazine.
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – George Jean Nathan
In 10 days, October 18th to be exact, citizens of Lethbridge will have the opportunity to vote in a new mayor and aldermen in the municipal election. But that’s not to say they will.
In the last election, voter turnout was 22.63%. Out of the 65,835 citizens eligible to vote ONLY 14,896 actually did. Disgraceful. And to make matters worse, no one ran against Bob Tarleck for mayor, giving him that seat by default. This is the guy partially responsible for the $30M+ ABCP investment fiasco, which was only revealed after that election.
My opinion? Stop voting in the same, used-up politicians that have been getting a free ride year after year and start with a fresh city council. We have a good opportunity here to make Lethbridge suck less.
This year, many candidates have been using more than just the shotgun-approach of yard signs and newspaper ads, but have websites and engage in social media. For the first time I have been talking with candidates, openly and have gained their trust, going on more than what’s just printed on a piece of paper. They are engaging me in an open, fluid medium for all to see.
If you’re wondering who are our candidates, what the issues are and how to interact, Elect Lethbridge is a great place to start. To find out their stance on certain issues, Lethbridge Accountability is also fantastic. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, join the conversation.
And for everyone’s sake, get the hell out there and vote! Don’t be lazy!
UPDATE: Lethbridge College’s student newspaper, The Endeavour, has posted video profiles of our candidates.
With an upcoming civic election, I find this video really insightful. Although more relevant to provincial or federal politics, I am impressed with the message. We should keep this in mind when we cast our ballot:
Tommy Douglas was the socialist premier of Saskatchewan, the father of Canada’s healthcare system, and the grandfather of actor Keifer Sutherland. In this short animated video introduced by Sutherland, Douglas delivers his famous “Mouseland” parable, about the day the mice decided to elect their own to government.
Mouseland: a parable from the father of Canada’s healthcare system (via BoingBoing)