Should We Change the Way We Vote?

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Letter to the Editor Canadians now have an opportunity to change the way we vote in federal elections—or keep it the same. All MPs should be seeking input from their constituents. If you haven’t received an information package about this, you should check Jamie Schmale’s website at http://www.jamieschmale.ca. Under the … Continue reading

Jamie Schmale Pushes Back against the Liberal Red Tide

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Karen Graham Voters in our riding of Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock turned out in droves to cast their votes, following the national trend of high voter turnout with almost 68% of registered voters showing up at the polls, slightly higher than the national average. Unlike the majority of Canadians, however, … Continue reading

Jamie Schmale Pushes Back against the Liberal Red Tide

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Karen Graham Voters in our riding of Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock turned out in droves to cast their votes, following the national trend of high voter turnout with almost 68% of registered voters showing up at the polls, slightly higher than the national average. Unlike the majority of Canadians, however, … Continue reading

Want Young People to Vote? Include them in the Conversation

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David Gray-Donald Only 39% of Canadians aged 18-24 voted in 2011. In the 25-34 age bracket, the turnout was only slightly higher at 45%, whereas in the older demographic aged 55-74, over 70% of eligible voters went out to cast their ballots in that year. Numbers in the previous three … Continue reading

Schmale Shares Coffee and Concerns At Sylvia`s

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Karen Graham The crowd at Sylvia`s last Thursday who joined Conservative Candidate Jamie Schmale’s “Coffee with the Candidate” were for the most part not the undecided voters seeking information on which to base their October 19th decision , but committed Conservative supporters there to show candidate Jamie Schmale they were … Continue reading

Liberal Candidate Hosts Bethany BBQ

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Karen Graham It was a slim crowd who joined Liberal Candidate David Marquis and his campaign organizers last Saturday afternoon at the Bethany Athletic Club to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the candidate in an informal setting to learn more of his plans for Parliament.  It was the … Continue reading

Mike Perry First Candidate to Host Local Meet and Greet Event

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Karen Graham Last Tuesday, NDP Candidate Mike Perry was at the Legion offering some insights to the platform his party is proposing in the upcoming federal election. He first outlined the Fair Vote System, a new way of allocating seats in Parliament which is based on proportional representation which was … Continue reading

Green Party no Longer a Single Issue Organization

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Sarah Sobanski Green Party candidate William MacCallumfor the Halliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding is an environmental activist in the community – he would work towards a moratorium against wind turbines increased to 2 kilometers instead of .5 kilometers in a residential area –but he recognizes that other issues are important too. “I’m … Continue reading

Cyclist Champions Environmental Rights in Municipalities Across the Country

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Sarah Sobanski Clean water, clean air and healthy soil are not a part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Derek Olive, of the Blue Dot Music Cycling Tour, rode his bike from Toronto to Millbrook’s Pastry Peddler to inform citizens of Cavan-Monaghan that this needs to change. “You … Continue reading

Jamie Schmale Seeks His Turn at Bat for the Conservative Party

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Karen Graham After eleven years helping incumbent Barry Devolin increase the strength of the Conservative’s support in the riding in the past four elections, Schmale is anxious to take the reins himself.  In 2003, he ran against Devolin for the conservative nomination, and while he lost that race, he signed … Continue reading

Will 2015 be the Last Unfair Election?

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Sarah Sobanski “There have been four majorities over 150 years of the electoral system, where the elected party received 50 per cent of the vote as well as seats (in the House of Commons),” NDP’s Craig Scott told a room full of concerned citizens at Millbrook’s Municipal Office Thursday. Hosting … Continue reading