Elections Canada reported that as of September 8 at 11:59 pm, it had issued a total of 660,139 special mail-in ballots to electors and 196,887 have been returned to the agency.
Of the ballots issued, 556,906 — just over 84 per cent — went to electors who want to vote by mail while they reside at home, and 185,322 of these have been returned. People who are in Canada but outside of their riding have been issued 54,904 and 7,640 have been returned. [More]
– Anne Jamieson, MLPC Candidate, Vancouver South –
When distributing copies of Renewal Update (RU) and talking with people in my riding, we notice that everyone is very responsive to the RU issue that clearly exposes “the irresponsible snap election” for what it is: a barefaced tactic by the Trudeau Liberals to try to consolidate their power during what they consider to be an opportune time for them. In the middle of a pandemic with a fourth wave already taking place is apparently an opportune time for them. Wildfires displacing people in BC is also no deterrent to calling an election at this time. The fact that people have no time or opportunity to discuss the serious issues that should be discussed during an election is considered to be a plus for the powers that be. [More]
Lack of affordable housing is a problem that plagues hundreds of thousands of people across this country. Housing advocacy organizations at the national and community level are organizing and raising their voices demanding that government authorities, regardless of who is in power, have an obligation, a duty to guarantee affordable housing for all.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada (ACORN) is one such organization. The last week in August it launched its organizing campaign leading up to National Housing Day in November. [More]
When it comes to the severity of the housing crisis, homelessness and poverty in this country, the talking points of the cartel parties pledging a million units of this, 600,000 of that, show just how out of touch and non-serious they are about the problem facing the people. Housing insecurity, COVID-19 evictions, outright homelessness, overcrowded, mold and pest-infested housing, poverty and food insecurity are real problems for a significant number of Canadians. This reality is totally ignored in the numbers game played by the cartel parties. They are in fact pledging new ways to pay the rich, the bankers, mortgage brokers, developers, in the name of “housing programs” while ignoring the actual conditions faced by so many people. [More]