CIVIX Weekly Round-Up: July 26

July 26th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Today, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian and international politics. For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

Stop the Presses! Missed ad delays appointment of acting mayor

Langley, British Columbia Mayor Peter Fassbender ran (and won) in May’s provincial election. Fassbender (who is now the Minister of Education) planned to step down as mayor in July, but later agreed to take a leave of absence so council could select an acting mayor and avoid a costly by-election.

According to the Langley Times, rules require that the appointment of an acting mayor must be preceded by an advertisement in a local newspaper for two consecutive weeks. The ad ran on July 11, but was not published again on July 18 due to an error. The acting mayor will be elected on July 31 at a special meeting of council.

You’ve gotta fight for your right….to post election signs.

Okotoks, Alberta city councillor Laurie Hodson wants to see more elections signs in town. Hodson wants to abolish existing rules that only allow election signs on private property.

“It is a charter of rights violation,” said Hodson, according to the Okotoks Western Wheel. Hodson feels that free and democratic societies should allow candidates to advertise on public property, and that the current laws favour incumbents who already have name recognition. He acknowledges that an abundance of signs can be an “eyesore,” but believes they can help create an “air of excitement” about the election.

Gifts fit for the (future) king?

You may have heard that a certain royal baby was born this week in England. Prince George Alexander Louis is third in line to be the king of Canada, following his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William.

What do you get for the kid who will soon have everything? The federal government has announced that Canada will be making a $100,000 donation to a Canadian child-focused charity, as well as a handcrafted blanket and a selection of Canadian children’s book in both official languages. I have a feeling Robert Munsch’s Paper Bag Princess will be one of the books selected. In stark contrast, Australia’s gift to the future monarch is a baby crocodile.

Ideas to improve voter turnout in York Region has done a phenomenal job of reporting on the upcoming Ontario municipal elections. One story, published last week, even mentions CIVIX.

They asked residents, politicians and ratepayer groups for ideas on how to increase voter turnout, and they received a number of great responses. You can read them all here, but here are some examples:

  • Younger candidates and new faces to increase excitement
  • A task force to review the election process
  • More political discussions at home
  • Offer more pre-election debates
  • Using names for wards, not just numbers

Do you have any of your own ideas to add?

Canada’s 13 Premiers gather in Ontario

The semi-annual Council of the Federation premier’s meetings were held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. For the first time, the meetings included six female premiers: Nunavut’s Eva Aariak, British Columbia’s Christy Clark, Alberta’s Alison Redford, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, Quebec’s Pauline Marois and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kathy Dunderdale.

What did they talk about? Energy, employment, bullying, emergency preparedness and the Senate were topics of discussion, according to the CBC. CFL picks were also on the agenda, at least according to Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski on Twitter:


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