People Protesting Prorogation.

Saturday, 23 January 2010
11:00 – 11:45
1584 7th Ave (7th and Victoria in general)

January 23 is a National Day of Action with rallies and protests happening in dozens of cities all across the country. Canadians are angry and feel that Stephen Harper is abusing his power to help his government evade the power and scrutiny of our parliament. So stand with your fellow Canadians, be seen and heard, show that you care about democracy.

*The Issue*
Proroguing means:

1. All 37 bills being debated in Parliament are thrown in the trash. Discussion on bills starts from scratch in March, wasting months of hard work by all parties. These bills included new crime legislation, limits on credit card insurance rates, etc.
2. Committees investigating accusations of torture of Afghan detainees stop working
3. Discussions and decisions about the pension crisis affecting Canada’s seniors stops
4. Questions about Canada’s inaction at the Copenhagen climate-change summit are silenced. Opportunities to move forward with Canada’s plan for sustainable development are stalled for over a month.
5. Your MPs cannot raise your concerns in Ottawa


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Winter Events.

Hello New Democrats.

At our last meeting we made some great breakthroughs and have many important events coming up soon!

1) HST Public Forum.

– January 15th

6:00 p.m.

– Room 7-158

– MLA’s in attendance.

– After this event, there will be a couple of tables reserved for the NDP and YND at the College Heights Pub. This will give an opportunity for students to sit around and meet some MLA’s, ask them questions and get to know them in a relaxing atmosphere. There is no cost to attend either event.

2) Blood Drive set up.

– January 19th

7:00 p.m.

– NUGSS Board room

– The YND and the Young Liberals on campus will be holding a blood drive towards the end of March. This meeting on Jan 19th is for the Canadian Blood Services to educate us on the specifics and health information. This info session is MANDATORY for people in the clubs who wish to participate in organizing and sitting at tables in the agora. Is is important that all of you show up.

– Tables will be set up in the week preceding and after reading week.

3) NDP Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser.

– January 21st

6:00 p.m.

The Twisted Cork 1157 5th Ave

– Tickets are $40 each. (If you cannot afford it and would like to attend, please call the number below)

– Come join BC New Democrat MLAs Robin Austin, Gary Coons, Doug Donaldson & Bob Simpson at the Twisted Cork for a fun get together and a Wine & Beer Tasting. For Tickets & Information, call 250-962-2020.

4) YND tables and Clubs Days.

– General Days: January 18th- 22nd.

Official Clubs Days: January 20th & 21st.

– We have just receive many new materials from the Federal and Provincial NDP. The big focus federally it Youth Unemployment, and Provincially the main battle is the HST.

– We will need people to sit at the tables for the official clubs days and help out occasionally for the other days in that week.

5) Club Elections.

– Nomination period is now open.

– Election will be held at first club meeting in February.

Anyone who is part of the club may be a candidate for any position on the club executive.

– All incumbents need to restate their wish to be a candidate for their current position or a different one.

– If you wish to run for a position please e-mail me at or let me now in person.

This semester is going to be a BLAST !

– Jonathan Van Barneveld

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Winter Semster Kick-off! Thursday Jan 7th.

Hello New Democrats.

I hope your winter break was fun and relaxing, but now all the work begins.

We have an upcoming meeting and I will see you all there on:

@ 6:00 p.m.
in 6-348

Preliminary Agenda:

HST Public Forum (Jan 15th)
Blood Drive
Public Awareness Campaign
Liberal co-host events
Club Elections
New Democrat Policy

Let’s kick off this semester with a strong presence.

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Some More Updates.

Hello New Democrats.

Here is a few things from our last meeting and some important dates to remember for activities.

**  NOVEMBER 20th, from 10-3 at the Civic Centre, the Fraser Institute is hosting a free seminar. Everyone is welcome and lunch is provided. Topics include:
– Obamacare: Should the US adopt a Canadian-style health care system?
– HST: Hurtful or helpful sales tax?
– BC Prosperity: The future of BC’s economy

**  NOVEMBER 21st, 11a.m., Local constituency people are meeting at the African Café for coffee. This is just to sit down, relax and chat. If you are interested in coming and enjoying a cup of java, let me know.

**  Before the semester is over, we would like to do a “Baking-give-away” either on campus or downtown for the homeless.

** We will be setting up a debate with the Young Liberals on campus, most likely for January. They have expressed interest and are extremely willing to co-operate.

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November 5th Meeting.

Hello Young New Democrats.

We have an important meeting on THURSDAY Nov 5th. at 6:00pm room: 6-348

This meeting is to address the organization and planning for a co-hosted event on November 12th.

We are going to be working with the local NDP riding associations to host a public informational session on the HST. This will be a big event and a good opportunity to show the general Prince George public that was exist and are active.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Jonathan Van Barneveld

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NUGSS AGM Wednesday 28th

Hello YND members.

This is just a reminder to attend the NUGSS AGM this Wednesday (28th), at 9:30 a.m., near the Thirsty Moose if you are available. This is an important meeting for the student society and we need a good showing from the club.

Thank you.

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Mid October.

Hello UNB YND, here are a couple of upcoming things to let you know about.

Thurday October 22nd: We will be having a bake sale in the Agora. If anyone would like to help out, we need some desserts made and some volunteers to sit at the table for various portions of the day (particularly from 10:30-11:30).

Wednesday October 28th: This is the NUGSS AGM requires all clubs to be present. It is important that some portion of our club shows up to make its presence known. If you are available at 9:30am that day, please drop by the NUSC Event Space (by the Thirsty Moose).

We will be having a meeting soon, I will let you know when the details are hammered out.

Jonathan Van Barneveld

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