The Civil Corporation: The New Economy of Corporate Citizenship

first_img Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Civil Corporation: The New Economy of Corporate Citizenship AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

PUSD Celebrates Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

first_img Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Art Contest WinnersElementary School1st Place: Peter Devletyan, McKinley School2nd Place: Jane Kim, McKinley School3rd Place: Kate Hanloser, McKinley SchoolMiddle School1st Place: Bethany Chun, Eliot Middle School2nd Place: Nadine Satamian, Marshall Fundamental Secondary School3rd Place: Maria Muñoz, Eliot Middle SchoolHigh School1st Place: Miguel Garcia, Blair High School2nd Place: Cristian Fabian, Blair High School3rd Place: Fernando Vasquez, Blair High School Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Education PUSD Celebrates Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Essay Contest Winners Announced From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 5:52 pm Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Jackie Robinson Park and honored the civil rights leader’s legacy with service activities and essay and art contests.On Saturday, January 19, John Muir High School hosted students, staff and community members to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with “A Day On, Not Off,” a day of campus beautification, landscaping and planting. The event, sponsored by the Pasadena Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition, was designed to encourage individuals to improve their community as part of celebrating the legacy of Dr. King.Students from PUSD schools performed at the MLK Celebration at the Jackie Robinson Center on Monday, January 21. PUSD students, winners of the top three places in all categories in Pasadena’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Essay Contest, read their essays and displayed their art at the event. The winners are listed below:Essay Contest WinnersElementary School1st Place: Kacie Ossmen, Sierra Madre Elementary2nd Place: Janelle Johnson, McKinley School3rd Place: Victor Huffman, McKinley SchoolMiddle School1st Place: Johanna Dickie, Blair Middle School2nd Place: Axel Tanner, Sierra Madre Middle School3rd Place: Jordan Bray, Marshall Fundamental Secondary SchoolHigh School1st Place: Madeleine Cameron, Peace and Justice Academy at Pasadena High School2nd Place: Hyun Soo Kim, Center for Independent Studies3rd Place: Patsy Estrada, Blair High School Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Students speak about effects of new toll lanes

first_imgUSC students’ commutes to campus might have gotten pricier in recent months since toll lanes were created on the 110 and 10 freeways for drivers wishing to speed past traffic. The new tolls have inspired mixed reactions from commuter students, who have now seen the lanes in action for more than four months.Solo drivers can currently pay a toll, which consists of a fee per mile that varies with the level of congestion, to drive in the carpool lanes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the toll lanes on the 110, which can cost drivers up to $15.40 per trip to use, have sped traffic in toll lanes up by 10 mph on average, but the other lanes have slowed by about 8 mph.Some experts believe that the toll lanes are the direction that traffic infrastructure should go.“Transportation economists have argued for 50 years that the only systemic solution to congestion is a toll system, and this is a step in the right direction,” said James E. Moore II, director of the USC Transportation Engineering Program.But though low-income drivers are being offered a one-time $25 credit, some — including USC students — have protested that the tolls are unfair to those who cannot afford to pay more for their drive.“I don’t use the toll lanes because they are expensive. They are good because they do reduce traffic a lot, but I can’t see myself paying to use them,” said Andrew Minassi, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, who commutes from the South Bay by way of the 110.Undergraduate Student Government Commuter Senator Vicken Antounian said even with the changes, not all students will use the lanes.“I take the 110 daily and I don’t use the toll,” Antounian said. “For those who can’t afford it, I think that there are other options, such as taking streets or the 2 Freeway.”Moore said that the implementation of tolls is actually an ethical decision that forces drivers to think about their impact on the environment.“Say I get on the freeway at rush hour, and I slow other people up, and I foul the air. All the congestion toll is doing is taking these external costs and making them internal to my choice to travel at the time,” Moore said.The Los Angeles Times reports that the tolls on the 110 and 10 are experiments for Los Angeles County. The results will be evaluated later this year, and if they are deemed successful, the state might switch more carpool lanes to toll lanes.Commuter Rachel Scott, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism, said though toll lanes are efficient, she still has reservations.“At first I was unhappy because it’s taxpayers’ money that built the freeway, and I don’t think that we should have to pay more money to use it. But, I definitely get home and to school faster,” Scott said.Antounian believes that, overall, the toll lanes will have a positive effect on his constituency.“I think it’s great that they’ve put in the toll lanes,” Antounian said. “It makes the daily commute a little easier for students.”last_img read more

Players, Fans React to News of Ryan Simmons’ Injury

first_imgTough news for an #okstate leader and veteran. Torn MCL and PCL for Ryan Simmons. Has had a tremendous OSU career. https://t.co/yz7VMSyNGW— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 7, 2015https://twitter.com/brendon_wm/status/651582247351402496Man this news of Ryan Simmons got me feeling all types of ways. Feel awful for the guy.— The OG (@GentsOkstate) October 7, 2015 On Tuesday evening, linebacker Ryan Simmons announced he had suffered an injury that would effectively end his collegiate career. Below is the social media response to the news from fellow teammates and fans.Here’s what OSU players had to say on social media.My brother!!! #FiveDos https://t.co/aNo0OxKGYk— Tre Flowers (@_Slimm7) October 7, 2015 @RS_52 Preciate that Ryan. Can’t wait for you to get better and make this money— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) October 7, 2015 Tough news for OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons. Says he needs knee surgery and his Cowboy career is done.— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) October 7, 2015 #OKstate MLB Ryan Simmons says he will undergo season-ending knee surgery. Tough way for the senior to go out. pic.twitter.com/P5wyBP7MNY— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 7, 2015center_img Y’all pray for my brother man! @RS_52 I know God has a plan for each of us!— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) October 7, 2015 A leader of men right here, get well soon bro?? https://t.co/n71f7bSifr— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) October 7, 2015 #okstate Ryan Simmons announces via Instagram that his season is over with a knee injury. Ends a streak of starting 32 consecutive games— Kieran Steckley (@Kieran_Steckley) October 7, 2015As you can see, it’s a huge loss for the defense and for people who know Simmons.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2016 All Stars Launched

first_imgTouch Football Australia is excited to announce it will again be involved in the 2016 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars concept. At today’s launch it was announced that Rugby League’s finest Indigenous players will clash with a new World All Stars team following a revamp of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars concept.NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg today announced that next year’s match, to be played on Saturday, 13 February at Suncorp Stadium, will feature the Indigenous All Stars against the newly-termed World All Stars.Touch Football will again feature at the event next year after debuting in 2015. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to again be involved.  “We are excited to be included in this wonderful initiative which will celebrate the outstanding contribution of our indigenous community to the game,” Maguire said. “We are looking forward to a new format and another exciting competition between the Indigenous All Stars and an All Star team made up from across the country.”Stay tuned to the TFA website in the coming weeks for all of the latest information on the Touch Football All Stars game and voting processes. To read about today’s launch, please click here – http://www.nrl.com/indigenous-all-stars-to-clash-with-world/tabid/10874/newsid/90755/default.aspx Tickets to the 2016 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match are on sale now. To purchase your tickets, head to www.nrl.com/tickets.Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

Mangok Mathiang’s Only Basket Of The Game Was The Game Winner For Louisville Against Virginia

first_imgMangok Mathiang scores game-winner.Louisville just finished its regular season with a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center. What made the Cards’ victory so remarkable was just how they got it done.After Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon put the Cavs up 57-56 on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play, Louisville had a chance to win it. The Cavaliers doubled UL point guard Terry Rozier off of a pick-and-roll, leaving big man Mangok Mathiang wide-open. Since January 31st, Mathiang had made just one of 16 field goal attempts. He had not attempted a shot in 14 minutes today. Naturally, he swished the foul line jumper off Rozier’s feed like it was second nature.Virginia’s foul-court inbounds pass landed out of bounds, and Rozier finished things off with a free throw. Louisville’s win clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.All thanks to the 6-foot-10 sophomore from Australia who found his way into the scoring column at the most opportune time.last_img read more

Addiction mental illness complicate help for the homeless

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling with addiction or untreated mental illness, prodding them to get help. It takes police and other agencies, working together to provide for their needs.And it takes a prosecutor who was tired of managing the unending cycle of homelessness — jail-street-jail-street-jail. Hil Kaman left his job prosecuting the homeless and took up the challenge of finding solutions. For starters, he helped put together a team that would track the 25 most costly and vulnerable cases, and hover over each one individually until he or she was in treatment or housing.“It was when everything else seems to have failed,” said Kaman, who became the city’s public health and safety director 17 months ago.“They’ll bring someone to jail several hundred times, bring someone to the emergency department dozens of times — the (people) resistant to treatment and other alternatives. It was a call to say, ‘Isn’t there anything else that we could do?’”In two years, Everett’s specialized team has found some form of housing for 14 chronically homeless people on its by-name list. The city’s newly formed community outreach enforcement team has gotten more than two dozen people into long-term treatment, primarily using beds paid through a partnership with a non-profit that helps officers deal with the opioid crisis. The city also set up a flex fund that accepts private donations to help pay for motel rooms, bus tickets and other costs.It’s among an array of strategies the city has tried. There is still much work to do: Everett, a city of 110,000 north of Seattle hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, and surrounding Snohomish County saw a 65 per cent jump in people living outside between 2015 and 2017 — one of the largest increases on the West Coast in that period, according to a one-night count earlier this year.The number of unsheltered chronically homeless — those who have been homeless for longer than a year while struggling with a serious mental illness, substance use disorder or physical disability — has grown steadily in the Everett region, more than doubling since 2015. That’s even as the city and county added more supportive housing.Kaman and others say a combination of the opioid epidemic, poverty, lack of unskilled jobs, rising rents, and a shortage of affordable housing have made it even harder for those who fall into homelessness to get out.The problem is not limited to Everett; up and down the West Coast, the high cost of housing has forced thousands of people to live on the streets, a trend that opioids have exacerbated.“These are expensive places to live. It’s expensive for everybody. But the burden falls the hardest on people with the biggest problems,” said Steve Berg, vice-president for programs and policy with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.___In 2011, roughly one in every five opioid-related deaths in Washington state took place in this county. That was the peak, but heroin deaths remain high and deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are climbing. Last month, county officials partially activated its emergency co-ordinationcentre, typically used for natural disasters, to respond to the opioid crisis. So far this year, health officials have collected 2 million discarded needles.In this former lumber town on scenic Puget Sound, where thousands of workers assemble the newest Boeing airplanes, the crisis had become so dire that this year Everett city officials became among the first to sue the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin. The city blames Purdue Pharma for an addiction crisis that has overwhelmed city resources and deepened its homelessness problem.Kaman joined the city’s mayor, police chief, city council members and others who drove to Seattle in September for the city’s successful argument that a federal judge allow its lawsuit against the drug manufacturer to proceed.While that case works through the court, social workers and police officers are fanning out to find people camping under the freeway or living in RVs or the woods and try to connect them to services. Many of them initially deflect treatment, or are too ill to even know they need aid.James McGee, a heroin addict who was living in his minivan on the streets, was among those who got help.The 27-year-old started popping OxyContin prescription pills after a shoulder surgery. When the drug manufacturer changed its formula, he switched to cheaper heroin. He first told himself he would never shoot up. Then he did.“You draw that line, tell yourself you’re not going to pass that, and the next thing, you do,” McGee said. “Then you keep going and going. Before I know it, I’m sticking needles in my body, doing heroin and meth every day.”He eventually lost his job at Costco and his apartment. Shortly after overdosing in the parking lot this summer — and being revived by someone who had overdose-reversal spray at hand — McGee walked into a police station and pleaded for help. Kaitlyn Dowd, a social worker embedded with Everett police, helped connect him to treatment about 100 miles away.Now he’s living in sober housing, more than 90 days clean, working a construction job and attending as many recovery meetings as possible. “I never thought I would taste recovery like this,” he said. “Everyone deserves a second chance.”___For every person who finds a treatment bed or permanent supportive housing, many more wait. Until this summer, when a second facility opened, the county had only 16 publicly funded detox beds for its 785,000 residents. Many must go out of the county, or even state, to find beds.Experts say lack of on-demand treatment and a shortage of appropriate housing to meet specific needs are among the biggest barriers to helping people off the streets. Without permanent housing, advocates and city officials say the homeless will end up back on the street after completing their treatment, repeating the cycle.Kaman said the city has been moving the chronically homeless into private rental units using vouchers, but the region’s low vacancy rate makes that much more challenging.That’s part of the reason Everett is pushing ahead with a low-barrier permanent supportive housing project on city land. The project with Catholic Housing Services will house 65 chronically homeless people without first requiring they be addiction-free or deal with other issues. Residents will have access to mental health, recovery and other services and around-the-clock on-site staff.Studies have found that such housing can save taxpayer money when compared to the costs of serving chronically homeless in emergency rooms, shelters and jails.But so many chronically homeless people in the Everett region are on the waitlist for housing that those units will fill up when it opens in 2019.“Housing is as, if not more, important than any medication” or other services, said Tom Sebastian, CEO of Compass Health, Snohomish County’s largest behavioural health provider.His agency is developing an 84-unit housing project for mentally ill and addicted homeless on a vacant lot in downtown Everett.Compass Health doesn’t typically develop housing, but “because there’s that shortage, we feel a driving sense to step into that breach to do something to help solve that problem,” Sebastian said.For those who can get housing and services, stability can be a lifeline.Garrick Heller, 35, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, said he would be on the streets otherwise.Several years ago, he was involuntary civilly committed because he posed a danger to himself or others. He spent time on the streets, in shelters and eventually at a locked psychiatric facility run by Compass Health. Over time, he gradually moved into more independent living situations run by Compass Health.Now he lives in a small studio apartment, where he sleeps on an air mattress. He gets mental health counselling and other services within blocks of his home. A service helps him pay his bills and rent, which is one-third of the $735 he gets in monthly disability payment.Heller said he regularly takes his medication and works hard each day to stick to his treatment plan. He plans on looking for a job soon and wants to pass his GED.“Getting myself back to normal — that took a long time,” he said. “I’m determined to get better.”___Finding solutions to homelessness is expensive. Voters in the city and county of Los Angeles since last year have passed a pair of ballot initiatives that will raise about $4.7 billion over the next decade to pay for thousands of affordable housing units and homeless services.In May, a non-profit pledged $100 million to help San Francisco cut its number of chronically homeless in half in five years by creating more permanent housing and increasing mental health services.In Sacramento, where the number of people living on the streets has soared 116 per cent over the past two years, the city and county last month agreed to spend tens of millions of dollars to co-ordinate services for those with mental illness and substance abuse problems. Steering them toward permanent housing is a cornerstone of the new effort.And last month, King County, which includes Seattle, partnered with the Ballmer Group and others in a new program that will pay incentives to agencies that provide outpatient treatment on demand.The hardcore homeless represent a major financial burden on Everett, putting pressure on the jail, emergency room and other services. In one extreme example, officials estimated one person used about $500,000 in such resources in one year. Another homeless man spent 800 nights in jail over eight years for trespassing and other nuisance crimes.Hard cases resist easy solutions, but Everett’s team persists.Teams try to serve people where they are — in streets, in the woods or under freeways. Volunteers with The Hand Up Project — many of whom are recently homeless and recovering addicts — have been hitting familiar haunts to find others who might be ready for recovery.One rainy day, they found 34-year-old Robart Blocher living high up in the trees in a two-story fort he built out of discarded materials. He is addicted to meth, he said, and suffers from social anxiety disorder and other mental health issues, making it hard for him to go to places and seek help.He used to make $14.50 an hour as a chef until his addiction, a series of bad choices and medical issues forced him to find shelter in the woods. He had been living in a basement apartment, but got kicked out when his roommate died. Then he moved into a trailer and couch surfed. He eventually lost his job.A recent report found there is nowhere nearby where someone working a full-time minimum-wage job could afford an apartment that was not subsidized or shared with others, and that’s Blocher’s experience: “Nowadays, no way,” he said.When the outreach team approached Blocher, offering to help him into treatment, he seemed receptive. He said he needed a mental health evaluation — but he had to deal with other stuff first.The volunteers back off, for now. They will return.___In the past, Hil Kaman had prosecuted 38-year-old Joshua Rape. For years, his life has been a revolving door of jail stints, shelters and couches, and street-wanderings.A specialized team of mental health professionals, housing and recovery experts, social workers, jail staff and officers worked to build a relationship with him. There were times when he’d tell them he wanted to get better but then he would disappear: “I was pretty evasive and elusive,” Rape recalled.Opioid outreach specialist Amy Austin kept after him.“She was all over me,” he said, recalling how she went searching for him a year ago when he missed an appointment after relapsing.“I just wanted him to know that he could always come and find me,” she said.When he decided in jail this fall that he was ready for treatment, the team got him into a motel until a slot opened up. They took turns checking in daily as he waited more than a week for a treatment bed. In October, they drove him to catch a bus to the recovery centre 200 miles away.“We’ve all been counting down the days until he’s been ready. We’ve tried so hard to get him engaged,” said Dowd, the social worker. “We’ve known him for a long time. We all want to see him being successful.”Now he’s back in Everett, having wrapped up 30 days of inpatient treatment. He goes to outpatient treatment and recovery meetings several times a week.For the first time, the man who has been homeless for six years will have his own place — a one-bedroom apartment that he’ll move into this month, using a housing voucher.“I had to make multiple attempts at doing this,” he said. “But it’s working out. It can be done. You have to work for it.”___This story has been corrected to show Everett was among the first cities to sue OxyContin’s maker.___Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets post minor gains amid steel tariff talk

first_imgTORONTO – Stock on both sides of the border eked out minor gains Tuesday as investors continue to focus on a back-and-forth in Washington over tariffs the White House wants to impose on steel and aluminum imports.The plans have faced opposition from other Republicans and business leaders who fear they could ignite a trade war and damage the global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 3.91 points to 15,545.19, with mining and materials companies offsetting drag from the energy and industrials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 9.36 points to 24,884.12. The S&P 500 index was up 7.18 points to 2,728.12 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 41.31 points to 7,372.01.“I do think there is a calming of nerves on the trade risk front and I think that’s helping the market be a little bit calmer today,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“But I would caution that we fully expect volatility, especially on the trade front, to come back into the forefront of investors’ minds, and that we are still deep in negotiations on NAFTA.”The TSX fell 1.8 per cent while U.S. stocks tumbled 3.7 per cent during a three-day losing streak last week after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports.The president reaffirmed his plans during a news conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the U.S. has long been “mistreated” by trade deals and has been dealing with a massive trade deficit.He reiterated that if he’s able to make a deal with Canada and Mexico to improve the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, “there will be no reason to do tariffs” on steel and aluminum from the two neighbours.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 77.53 cents US, up 0.47 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the April crude contract was up three cents to US$62.60 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.75 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$15.30 to US$1,335.20 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.16 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthday

first_imgFRANKFURT — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling over how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The shared currency, launched on Jan. 1, 1999, was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II. Britain, notably, opted out, but today 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.The euro is credited with increasing trade between members. But countries have struggled to adjust to trouble after giving up two big safety valves: the ability to let their currency’s exchange rate fall to boost exports, and to adjust their own interest rates to stimulate business activity.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort Nelson Chamber concerned about lack of clarity on proportional representation question

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce says it is concerned that the provincial government has not provided members of the public and the business community with enough clarity to make an informed decision in the upcoming referendum on Proportional Representation.During the 2018 BC Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting, BC Chambers voted in favour of a resolution to have a non-partisan panel appointed to look at the likely outcomes of an alternative system prior to issuing a referendum, comparable to the previous Citizens’ Assembly, examining the implications of the proportional representation. In particular, the Chambers say the panel should look at proportional representation’s implications on rural/urban divide.The Chambers also voted in favour of the Province clearly defining the system of proportional representation that is being considered well ahead of any referendum, and to confirm that no changes would be implemented without a clear overall majority with support in each riding. “British Columbians need to be provided with concise, understandable information so as to be able to make an informed decision.” said Bev Vandersteen, Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce.The Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce said today that it is calling on the provincial government to slow the process down and implement the suggestions proposed by the BC Chamber.last_img read more