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  • #25907
    George
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the Fair Vote Canada forum! Please read our rules here.

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    Reply to this post and tell us a bit about yourself. Why do you support proportional representation and what kind of future would you like to see for Canada? If you volunteer with FVC, what is your role and what do you envision for FVC in the next 5 years? If you are not a volunteer, that’s absolutely okay! What might you want to do or learn with FVC now that you have joined this forum? What are your hobbies, interests and passions outside of electoral reform? Also if you have any questions about how FVC works this is a great place to ask.

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    #25911
    George
    Keymaster

    Who am I?
    I’m George. I’m from the West Coast in North Vancouver where I grew up doing many outdoorsy things at the same time as enjoying city life. I went to UBC Civil Engineering and many of my hobbies surround transportation, politics and the outdoors. I love the mountains, skiing, biking, hiking, exploring hot springs, rowing, windsurfing. I am currently training to run my first ever marathon which is exciting, but scary.

    Why do I support PR?:
    Because I believe PR will allow people the freedom to express themselves through their political choices without the attitudes of fear and division that FPTP creates. I think it will allow parties to collaborate better with each other to create stronger policies, less flip-flopping on infrastructure projects, and more investment in green technology and our environment. I also think it will encourage people to come out to the ballot box to make their voice heard knowing that there vote will always contribute to electing someone who will represent them.

    What kind of future would you like to see for Canada?
    I would like to see Canada have a form of Ranked Ballot, hopefully that will be in some form of STV or STV Hybrid like the Rural-Urban PR that was proposed for BC. Municipal elections mandated to held in STV format would be an amazing thing if the federal government has that sort of power (could they?).

    If you volunteer with FVC, what is your role and what do you envision for FVC in the next 5 years?
    I am one of your moderators for this forum and I hope it will grow into a vibrant online community. I volunteered to help deliver fliers during the BC referendum, but other than that’s about as far as I have gone. I may get roped into more. Who knows. Every little bit counts! Hopefully FVC won’t be necessary in 5 years if all elections in Canada and BC are PR before then 😉

    What might you want to do or learn with FVC now that you have joined this forum?
    Hopefully help this forum grow into something that is useful both for current FVC supporters, can attract new people from across Canada, and can create a strong community with lots of resources to help us achieve our goals of PR dominance… *laughs maniacally*

    *Note: feel free to copy this post and swap in your own answers!

    #26191
    jim in oakville
    Participant

    Can we come up with a simple editable word document on a web site, that would summarize the options being considered followed by their pros and cons and a way members could vote for their preferred option.

    Options. Favoured by initials or names
    A. STV. AB, CD,
    B. MMP closed. EF,
    C. MMP open. GH,
    Etc

    A. STV
    – advantages:
    1.
    2.
    3.
    — disadvantages:
    1.
    2.
    E.

    B. MMP – Closed
    Etc

    #26192
    jim in oakville
    Participant

    “The Liberals first embraced electoral reform at their 1919 leadership convention (the one that chose Mackenzie King)”

    100 years later and here we are! Let’s get it done.

    #27847
    Steven Hurdle
    Participant

    Hi Jim, those are some good suggestions. This is the section of the forum where people introduce themselves, so you may want to post that suggestion elsewhere.

    My name is Steven. I first became supportive of PR in the wake of the BC Citizens” Assembly on Electoral Reform. Prior to that I was suspicious of PR because I associated it with party lists and that didn’t feel right to me at the time. I learned about STV thanks to the Citizens’ Assembly, and was amazed that there was a form of PR like that. Since then I’ve become better educated and support all forms of PR now. Anything is better than false majorities, wrong winners, and a system that discourage people from voting their conscience.

    #30183
    Mark Henschel
    Participant

    Hey George

    I’ve been watching this blog for the last few days and it seems that the comment tracking/reporting facility isn’t working properly.

    Not that anyone other than a tiny subset of users — maybe someone expecting a post — might notice.

    It occurs to me today that post handling might be compromised as well. For instance, where is Alan Dunne’s post of a few hours ago?

    Just wonderin’

    #30184
    George
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the heads up Mark. Did you happen to screenshot any of the issues? Back in Fall 2019 we had no spam filter so I was manually deleting spam 4-5x per week. It was a sigh of relief when we got the filter; I am hoping that is not the issue. Which thread did Alan post in?

    #30185
    Mark Henschel
    Participant

    Hi

    Well, take a look that report of the most recent post at the top of the page.

    It says that Alan posted 17 hours and ~40 minutes ago.

    Click on the date and it takes you to “Interesting Studies” where Alan’s last post seems to have been made on March 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm.

    So if Alan posted today as reported the post is MIA.

    Or… I don’t know.

    Hope this helps.

    #30186
    Mark Henschel
    Participant

    @George

    Any progress?

    #30195
    Alan E. Dunne
    Participant

    Same: I did try to submit a new post to Interesting Studies on the 10th, and would like to know if I should do it over and what is happening.

    #30201
    Mark Henschel
    Participant

    @Alan

    Thanks for chiming in.

    My posts appear OK… to me. But according to the tracking at the top of the page I might as well not bothered.

    Alan: I couldn’t find a recent post of yours. Do you see my recent three in “Worst Fears”?

    For that matter, can you confirm that you see this one?

    #30205
    Alan E. Dunne
    Participant

    Hello Mark

    Yes, I have seen and can see your three posts in Worst Fears and your post here on the 13th.

    For some months I have noticed that the “last post” at the top of the whole Forum was not updated when I replied to a topic, though the last posted on for the topic was updated. Then I started a new topic and the overall “last Posted on” was

      updated.

      Wishing you well

    #30206
    Mark Henschel
    Participant

    @Alan

    Thanks for responding.

    I noticed the same thing. My present problem is that I see a report for a post by, say, you, and find no corresponding post either listed or reported for the topic.

    A non-functioning overall “last post” report is irritating but endurable. Having posts evidently go missing and compromising the purpose of the page — faithful communication leading to understanding — is a deal breaker.

    George: where do we stand on this?

    #30248
    Alan E. Dunne
    Participant

    Hello George

    Has there been any progress? If I don’t hear anything I will try resubmitting my post in Interesting Studies tomorrow evening.

    Yours Sincerely

    #30256
    Alan E. Dunne
    Participant

    Greetings

    I did submit my post on InterestingStudies again last evening, around 9:30 p.m.. Once more it is shown as the Forum Last Update but not actually there in InterestingStudies.

    Yours Sincerely

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