Participatory democracy

Congratulations to everyone who has entered their name in the 2014 municipal elections on the Saanich Peninsula

Congratulations to everyone who has entered their name in the 2014 municipal elections on the Saanich Peninsula.

It’s great to see so many people — 20 in the Town of Sidney alone — willing to add their names to this democratic process.

In addition to the 20 in Sidney, another 18 people have stepped forward in the District of Central Saanich and 18 more in the District of North Saanich. These are people vying for mayor and councillor of their community, as well as folks seeking a trustee’s chair at the board of education for School district 63 (Saanich).

This many names might seem daunting at first — how will we ever pick our candidates from among all those names?

That is where your participation comes in.

Democracy is about participation — you can’t simply sit back and let it come to you. Well, you can, but if you don’t add your voice and have a say in how things turn out on election day, you run the risk of being alienated by the system even further.

To help voters who may be undecided, the News Review will be talking to the candidates, asking them about their backgrounds and where they stand on local issues. There are candidates forums set for later this month and into November and you can find coverage of many of those right here in the PNR. Ongoing and recent stories for the election period can be found at — just look for the Election 2014 tab on the home page.

We also welcome readers’ comments on issues during the election but remember, letters to the editor should not endorse any candidates, only address the issues.

Fifty-six people have stepped up this time. Now it’s your turn to ensure there is a robust election campaign.


Just Posted

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

Victoria police concerned about missing man’s well-being

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

Fracking, economy, climate at centre of Green Party town hall in Metchosin

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and local candidate David Merner take questions from community

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Most Read