Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election

Running   (for office)

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Running   (for office)

At 61, I don’t do a lot of physical running any more, although I keep telling myself that I could if I wanted to. For me, physical running is associated with being in my 20s and 30s. I slowed down after that. But this past spring a whole new kind of running hit my life – running for office! I’ve been on Boards and Commissions, Advisory Groups, Non-Profits and PTAs or PACs, depending on where I lived. Watching the world on a path to self-destruction (actually, human destruction) was no longer an option for me, however. I had to step up. I have been Green since the ‘60s, before there...

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Carole James, NDP, MLA

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Carole James, NDP, MLA

Since 2005, Carole has had the honour of working as a BC NDP MLA representing the community of Victoria-Beacon Hill to the provincial Legislature. She is a strong voice in the Legislature as the New Democrat Opposition’s spokesperson for Finance. Carole previously served as Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the BC NDP for seven years. Before serving as MLA, Carole was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She served as the President of the BC School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995.  As an MLA, Carole...

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Worth Fighting For.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 3 comments

Worth Fighting For.

The 3 pillars of a caring society should be that everyone has access to the services needed to maintain good health, education and safe, affordable housing. The needs of the individual person must be recognise as a basic human Canadian right.   We must stop trying to hide the basic needs of society by fragmenting Canadians with convenient political jargon; the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the middle class and the wealthy. Enough, we are Canadians. We are a wealthy country and we should be ashamed of ourselves for not being able to maintain the basic needs to ensure that we...

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Lori Iannidinardo NDP

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 1 comment

Lori Iannidinardo NDP

As a three-term Area Director withthe Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), Lori believes consultation, openness and accountability lie at the heart of responsible government and a strong community. Raised in the Valley, she is a life-long community advocate, experienced volunteer and activist. Lori knows a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy go hand-in-hand.  She led the development of Cowichan Bay’s award-winning Official Community Plan with its progressive and sustainable vision for the area. She has actively fought the proposed Saanich Inlet LNG project since day one,...

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Lia Versaevel, Green Party.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Lia Versaevel, Green Party.

Poverty, Panaceas & Platitudes Aplenty. There is no isolated solution to poverty issues. No matter who is doing the research, BC’s human population has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada and a lot of these humans are children. The other significant group in poverty statistics is single women, particularly elders.  The BC Greens have been exploring the concept of basic livable wages or basic income, and a poverty reduction strategy. My own research reveals an extremely complex set of variables that make up the social reality of “poverty”.  A poverty reduction plan has to...

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Mitzi Dean, NDP candidate.

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Mitzi Dean, NDP candidate.

Standing up for Esquimalt-Metchosin.           I am humbled to accept with gratitude the nomination as the BC NDP candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin. These are big shoes to fill, I know. Maurine Karagianis and Moe Sihota, Frank Mitchell, Ray Rice, Randall Garrison, and so many other New Democrats have stood up for this community for decades. And now I am deeply honoured for this opportunity to follow their exceptional example of public service, and build on their amazing work.           Women running for elected office face particular challenges, and I am proud to follow the...

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Sonia Furstenau, Green Party

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Sonia Furstenau, Green Party

Cowichan Valley. Why I’m Running. I used to believe that government governed for people first. That government served us, the people, and not just vested interests. I believed that government looked out for all citizens – for our collective health, our well-being, our environment, our economy, our education and for our communities.   The four-year fight to protect the water at Shawnigan Lake that I was so actively involved in – the one where our provincial government approved a 50-year, 5 million tonne permit to dump contaminated soil above a drinking water source for 12,000...

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The 2017 Provincial Election .

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

The 2017 Provincial Election .

Island Woman Magazine will actively support and encourage all the women  candidates on Vancouver Island that will be running in the upcoming May 9th 2017 provincial election. We invite the candidates initially to send us biographies of who they are, why they are running for office. We encourage them to state their values and their vision of what needs to be done to ensure that we can maintain and improve the quality of life that we enjoy here on Vancouver Island. Most importantly, we ask them why we should vote for them. During the campaign we will post the details of any meetings or...

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Lia Versaevel, Green Party.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Lia Versaevel, Green Party.

As an active community member, Lia has much to offer as Nanaimo-North-Cowichan’s Green Candidate.  Lia declares, “Education, health care and protection of our most vulnerable citizens will be my priorities as your next MLA, through a sustainable economy, respecting diversity.” Her core values are: vibrant economic growth, First Nations reconciliation, ecological stewardship, and restoring our education system (pre-school through post-secondary). Furthermore, Lia seeks to improve care for seniors, the disabled, and children in care. After 27 years with the Attorney General’s Ministry...

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Maria Grant

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Maria Grant

Probably the first Canadian woman to vote, Maria Grant was the first to hold public office. Maria Heathfield Pollard (Grant) wasn’t the first female social reformer to fight for women’s rights in British Columbia but she was one of the earliest and, ultimately, one of the most influential. Born into an establishment family in Lower Canada in 1854, she moved to Victoria with her parents the year that B.C. joined Confederation, married marine engineer Gordon Grant three years later and promptly bore nine children. A founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, she sought to curb the...

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