Please just vote

British Columbia has a provincial election coming up on May 9th, 2017. The current Liberal government has proven time and time again that marine and freshwater fish in particular, and the environment in general, are not even in consideration for real and meaningful protection under their governance.

In the recent past anadromous fish values were swept under the rug with the Kokish River run of the river hydroelectric project, today it is the “Site C” dam proposal, tomorrow it could be anywhere, the Thompson, Dean, Skeena, Nimpkish rivers or any of your favourite streams.

The flora and fauna of this great coast have no representative in this government, so if you care, go and vote one in, from whichever party, because the only steelhead management plan that this government is currently seeing through is the extirpation of the species through much of its range on the south coast.

Municipal elections

Here in Greater Victoria, sewage treatment has long been a topic of conflict, and to this day we do not have comprehensive sewage treatment for the 350,000 or so residents that live here. There are 2 pipes that run over a kilometer out into the ocean pumping many million litres of screened, raw untreated sewage into the Pacific Ocean daily at Clover Point and McLoughlin Point. Untreated means pharmacueticals, solvents, chemicals (liquid plummer, paint, nail polish remover etc.), heavy metals, and whatever other good stuff the general public can’t be bothered with disposing of properly. All of these are present and unfiltered. In the last few years there has been a push to finally fix this, involving the federal, provincial, and municipal governments. It is a complex issue and there are good arguments on each side to consider; however, my point is not about sewage as much as it is about the ability of small groups that don’t represent the larger populace being able to dictate policy, with real world effects on us all.

Below are the approximate overall 2011 (and some 2008) voter turnouts in percentages for mayoral, council, and schoolboard positions in various communities across the greater Victoria region.

*Saanich 2008- 20.61% and in 2011-25.4%

Central Saanich 2001- 32.4%

North Saanich 2011- 41.5%

Esquimalt 2011- 18.0%

Victoria 2008-27% 2011-26.29%

Sidney 2011-31.0%

Colwood 2011-26.8%

Metchosin 2011-48.8%

Langford 2011-14.0%

Sooke 2011-41.9%

Oak Bay 2011-42.0%

View Royal 2011-27.9%

None of these numbers reflect a real majority, just like with our provincial (fuck off Christie!) or federal (Harper’s continuing hatefuck of Canada) elections

So, to those of you who think that voting does nothing, explain to me how one individual municipality’s (Esquimalt) mayor, that didn’t receive a single vote out of the paltry 18% (2300 votes) of voters that bothered to turnout, was able to kaibosh a 750 million dollar regional plan to provide sewage treatment to hundreds of thousands of people. It’s an easier answer than you think. Vote and stop allowing people to control your life with almost none of the actual voters in their region’s support. The people you (don’t) vote in actually have a significant amount of power over decisions that are made on rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, watersheds that affect entire ecosystems.

The Cowichan River weir/low flows crisis this past few years is entirely about who the rich landowners around Lake Cowichan vote for in the provincial, federal and municipal elections. They have a great deal of power because they vote for people who enforce their wishes for beachfront over the health of an entire famous aquatic ecosystem. If you want to change this kind of moral bankruptcy, start by voting against people who are running their own personal fiefdoms in your community with a meagre amount of real support.

BC municipal elections are held across BC on Nov.15/2014, whether you live here or not, if you care about salmonids or their larger environment please vote in your local municipal election.

*I used a variety of sources for comparison of these numbers including the municipalities own websites, various local newspapers, and vision victoria’s regional summary.

http://victoriavision.blogspot.ca/2011/11/voter-turnout.html

As such any inaccuracies listed are my own bleary eyed mistakes.*

Fuck political apathy, fuck Esquimalt’s mayor, fuck millions of litres of sewage, fuck harper and his imaginary terrorism, and fuck all of you turds who don’t vote, I hope you all have a nice sewer backup come Nov.16

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vote for the sea run cutthroat party

I’m not going to endorse a philosophy, candidate, or party or talk about why you should vote one way or another in the upcoming provincial election( go “party party!”) but I do have to ask why does the election prattle always seem to come down to go jobs fuck yeah, lets go chainsaw some baby eagles versus I want to save the world as a utopian paradise where the fairies and gnomes can run free? Is there no in between? Please try harder because I’m sorry but the economy is already shit here after quite a few years of supposedly pro economy liberal policies, and adrian dix is the same scumbag who had his dick in the apple pie of the bc economy previous to the liberals. Neither of these parties holds the BC economy, environment, social security, health care system etc. dear in any way. It is clear that some creativity and imagination is required to solve the very interconnected issues we face locally as well as in BC as a whole, especially with regards to the economy. Not the same old red/blue, capitalist/socialist nonsense that further obscures the fact that there is nothing much new on the table. The pipeline isn’t the future of the BC economy, so how about stop talking about it like it is. Short term resource extraction is not the magic bullet to sustain or fix the economy because if it was then BC’s economy would be like Alberta’s. Heavily subsidising resource industries that produce resources that every other country wants and then selling them for peanuts isn’t a plan for the future. So please vote, and vote for people regardless of party who put the future of the people of this province first because Glen Clark, Ujjal Dosanjh, Gordon Campbell, Christy Clark, Adrian Dix didn’t, haven’t and won’t.

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