Democracy Week

Recently, a Democracy Week event was put on by the Vernon Students’ Association at Okanagan College.

The low voter participation rate by young people in Canada should have us all worried about the future of our democracy.

In 2011, only one in three first-time voters went to the polls. Elections Canada responded by initiating Democracy Week, a civic education project to engage Canadian youth.

Recently, a Democracy Week  event was put on by the Vernon Students’ Association at Okanagan College.

The association deserves a  great big thank, you for its efforts. And kudos as well to all of the representatives from  the four federal political parties in North Okanagan Shuswap for taking the time to attend and co-operate in this non-partisan event.

But there is a sad note:  we may have seen the last Democracy Week in Canada. The Harper government’s Fair Elections Act passed this spring (with much opposition) will prevent Elections Canada from sponsoring events like Democracy Week to encourage people to get out and vote in the future.

Canadians deserve better.

Cindy Derkaz

Liberal candidate


Just Posted

IPE donates to North Okanagan group

Good Food Box, the IPE 2019 Charity of Choice, receives $5,700

Vernon Walk For Alzheimer’s looks to expand

Annual event slated for May 3, 2020, is also looking for new committee members

Vernon’s October 2019 the coldest on record

This past month of October was the coldest since at least 1989

City of Vernon offers winter safety reminders

Reminders geared toward keeping safe while heating your home and driving in the winter

Feedback sought at North Okanagan regional district’s open house

Learn more about the district’s projects and services offered Nov. 27

VIDEO: Canadian allergists’ group wants Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects

Some doctors say the medication is over-used because of its easy availability

Costco relocation will create congestion on Kelowna roadways: resident

At least one Kelowna resident is unhappy with the proposed relocation of Costco within the city

“I thought, enough is enough”: B.C. teen takes on bullies through social media

‘I thought, enough is enough. I wanted to try something to stop it.’

World’s largest Indigenous tourism conference hits Kelowna

The Syilx, Nlakápamux and Secwépemc Nations are hosting the 2019 IITC

Audit finds Canada’s fisheries in decline and response lacks urgency

Report says 17 per cent of fish stocks are critically depleted, up from 13.4 per cent in 2018

Small group of Cherry fans protest his firing at Rogers HQ

One sign at the Toronto rally: ‘Rogers cancels Don, we cancel Rogers’

Third man dies after Kamloops hit-and-run

Three men have now died as a result of the fatal collision on Nov. 3

Nearly half of B.C. drivers nervous in winter conditions: BCAA

‘Wait and see’ approach common practice for 32% of B.C. motorists

Autism support dog refused bus access for being a ‘pet’

B.C. grandmother files complaint with TransLink, calls for better awareness of service dogs

Most Read