Sunday, November 09, 2008

Vote Early

Early voting is popular in this year's civic race. Through the first two days of voting, the Now reports turnout being nearly as high as the entire advance voting period in 2005. There was also advanced polling on Thursday. Voters wishing to beat the rush or unavailable on November 15 can vote on Wednesday at the Shadbolt Centre.

Even advance voting has caused some conflict between TEAM's Lee Rankin and the BCA's Richard Chang who was accused of campaigning too close to a voting location.

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Rankin has stated that he desires to escalate this matter to the police. If he does, BCA is not going to let him go easy. I however think this only goes to show you how much Lee Rankin hates BCA and next city council should be a firework waiting to explode, especially if Richard Chang gets elected and then disqualified the next day, Lee Rankin is going to have what he wants, and he too will get what he wants and that is not going to be pretty.

11/09/2008 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it really shows how sleazy the BCA is and how important it is to have someone with guts to take on the BCA. The Burnaby Now said Chang and his supporters were electioneering in the building where people were going to vote...how disgusting is that.

11/09/2008 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do expect from one of Corrigan and company's patronage appointments to the parks committee? Sleaze attracts sleaze.

11/09/2008 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this apply to the sleaze that occurs in Team Burnaby??

11/09/2008 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No...the sleaze all dripped into the IV.

11/09/2008 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong there.

Look around.

Three campaign managers, one lasts only 5 days.

One complete change in the Executive in less than one year.

Team Burnaby is on its second President (it's not hard to be a President and also run for council, the easiest thing to do was to just simply hold off the monthly meetings in October and November).


One candidate exits.

A pending lawsuit against Team Burnaby.

The sleazebags are definately in Team Burnaby.

11/09/2008 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who care, here is Robert Burnaby's predicted order of finish from 2005.
Please note where Begin and Evans are located in this very bad prediction:

x Nick VOLKOW, Burnaby Citizens (incumbent)
x Sav DHALIWAL, Burnaby Citizens (incumbent)
x Lee RANKIN, TEAM Burnaby (incumbent)
x Pietro CALENDINO, Burnaby Citizens (incumbent)
x Colleen JORDAN, Burnaby Citizens (incumbent)
x Paul McDONELL, Burnaby Citizens
x Barbara SPITZ, TEAM Burnaby
x David MYLES, Burnaby Citizens
Dan JOHNSTON, Burnaby Citizens (incumbent)
Gary BEGIN, TEAM Burnaby
Leslie ROOSA, Burnaby Citizens
Ron CHURCHILL, TEAM Burnaby
Mark HILFORD, TEAM Burnaby
Gary EYRE, TEAM Burnaby
Garth EVANS, TEAM Burnaby
Jeffrey CHIU, TEAM Burnaby
Andrew CHISHOLM
Nancy HARRIS
Parvin CHAMI


We anxiously await your 2008 prediction.

11/10/2008 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puffery from someone who obviously is biased.

Gary finished second behind Rankin, and Spitz was just short of being on council.

Prediction?

Corrigan will win.

With a vote from myself.

No vote for Chisholm.

The BCA should do well, with a few votes for them from myself.

No votes for Team Burnaby.

11/10/2008 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tough luck...no votes from the three sweaty, single nerds in their parents' basment who are the only readers of Robert Burnaby.

11/10/2008 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The committee to re-elect Lee Rankin is pretty darn desperate. Maybe the polls showing a BCA sweep are accurate after all? This milestone would be in the name of Doug Drummond and his broken nose. Good things come to those who wait!

11/10/2008 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the sweaty nerds who never figure things out right and who keep supporting Team Burnaby?

If there is a BCA majority, blame it on Team Burnaby. They were the ones that kept going on about a TB majority led by Lee Rankin.

11/10/2008 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol..TB majority led by Lee Rankin. You dont have to be a sweaty nerd to know how funny that is. BTW, Barbara Spitz does not sit with Team Burnaby, in case you are going to vote Mr. Bob Burnaby.

TB had its own chance getting top talents to run for the mayor, and would easily win. But TB is now a lost cause and if there is to be a merge of opposition, it will not be TB. But can BCA's rookie councilors be willing to establish their own party afterwards? If Anne Kang decides to launch a challenge for the finance committee membership, or chairwomanship!? I dont think the opposition will mind supporting her who may well be a political superstar and I am certainly she could be an excellent female Obama of Burnaby in the near future. If a change is not to be this election, if the people do want a change next time, then maybe, a change will be possible. We should see about it but I expect to see future political stars making a headstart starting from this election.

11/10/2008 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tod Fraser would be a great young voice for Burnaby - I think the momentum is behind him. I think he would bring a plan with the strong foundations of ecodensity (without the cheesy name) to Burnaby. He should be groomed for mayor to eventually replace Corrigan.

He's a change we can all believe in! Exactly like Obama.

11/11/2008 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Tod Fraser???

11/11/2008 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on the comments above, politicos must be smoking funny cigars in the campaign backrooms. Either that or they are harvesting magic mushrooms as they canvass...

Team's toast

11/12/2008 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and buttered.

11/12/2008 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the 2008 list of candidates:

http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca/cityhall/elections/nmntno.html

11/12/2008 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most would already know by now who the candidates are.

11/12/2008 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was for the person who didn't know who Tod Fraser (aka. Obama 2) was.

11/12/2008 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tod Fraser (aka: Obama)? Good gawd man.

He looks like a prime candidate for
Playgirl magazine or at least one of those surfing magazines.

Put swim trunks on him, pose him at the beach at Deer Lake and you have a picture women would go for.

He's definately no Obama.

11/13/2008 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Team Burnaby's "negative" advertising of BCA as the NDP (oh no!) backfired. Maybe they ought to have looked at the last federal election's Burnaby results before they attempted that. Who was the braindead campaign manager who thought up that brilliant idea?

11/15/2008 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More correctly, WHICH of the braindead campaign managers thought up that brillant idea.

In fact, I figure Raymond Leung did real good in all of this. He led Team Burnaby into the ground.

Anyone who has voted more than once in Burnaby knows the BCA is tied to the NDP. Big deal.

The NDP is definately back in Burnaby.

Guess who their next target will be.

The BC Liberals. (and to think all of that crap talk about the BC Liberals helping Team Burnaby to victory as was goin' on here).

The NDP. They're definately back.

They're here..

They're there..

They're everywhere.

11/15/2008 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tod Fraser actually did decently - best true independent... but better luck next time.

11/15/2008 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is completely off topic, but I was talking with one of my friends yesterday. He's a 20 something Filipino. He's born and raised here in Burnaby. He tells me that he didn't do any research on the candidates or topics, but instead just voted for anybody with an Asian name. That greatly disappointed me. Not the fact that he would vote for an Asian candidate, but the fact that he only voted for them because of their ethnicity. I find it ignorant and irresponsible to waste a vote like this. It points to racism and segregation. Which I suppose is ironic because our group of friends is multicultural.

This isn't an isolated incident. The more you talk to people about this style of voting, the more clear it becomes that it is common place to vote based on ethnicity.

Canada is a land of immigrants. It is land of freedom, multiculturalism & prosperity. It bothers me to know that people take that for granted and choose to only associate with their own. It's even more sad and frustrating when you break it down even further and you see that people like my friend are ignorant enough to believe that just because they have the same hair colour that they have the same issues and goals.

When I read the candidates bios and I see their credentials, I take note of the ones that have only associated with groups that only support a specific ethnic group. To me those candidates are only in it for one thing and that is to create advantages for their ethnic community only. Everybody needs to do a better job of integrating into our community. People need to be more inclusive.

People need to pledge more of an allegiance to their new homes, community, and country. Having your own festivities and such is fine, but segregating yourselves is disrespectful to the people already living in the community, and creates racism.

11/16/2008 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is disrespectful to forbid your friend to vote, period. I believe it is only 100 years ago when black people could not vote, let along running for president, I suppose white people should despair that 90% of the black people voted for Obama, because seriously, how qualified exactly is Obama? And we all knew what happened to Nelson Mandela in South Africa at a time when the politicians in South Africa are mostly white, but the visible "minority" is well over 50% of the population, no different than Burnaby.

What is racist to me thus is that think your friend is trying to discriminate people with a different origin while forgetting that your friend may very well relate to these people's hardship in life to adapt to the new style of living as an immigrant to Canada. It is difficult I suppose to typical Canadians, majority of which are Caucasian, to understand and I do not expect them to.

However, I believe that parties have to capitalize on this opportunity, rather than viewing this as a crisis, for those who are versed in Chinese characters. BCA is smart to use the two rookie Chinese Canadians as mostly pawns since when is the last time they had a Chinese Canadian on their team and I give kudos to them. But it should that only parties that can celebrate the ethnic diversity in the community.

11/17/2008 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is disrespectful to forbid your friend to vote, period."

He did not forbid his friend to vote.


"I believe it is only 100 years ago when black people could not vote"

No such prohibition existed in Canada. However Chinese people did not receive the right to vote until the late 1940's.



"let along running for president,"

There is no such position in government in Canada.


"I suppose white people should despair that 90% of the black people voted for Obama, because seriously, how qualified exactly is Obama?"

No more qualified that let's say Sarah Palin or McCain or Clinton when he first ran.

White people did not 'despair'. Many voted for Obama. The results prove that. Also the environment of politics in the United States is much different than it is here in Canada.




"And we all knew what happened to Nelson Mandela in South Africa at a time when the politicians in South Africa are mostly white, but the visible "minority" is well over 50% of the population, no different than Burnaby. "

Not even a comparative. A silly one.


What is racist to me thus is that think your friend is trying to discriminate people with a different origin while forgetting that your friend may very well relate to these people's hardship in life to adapt to the new style of living as an immigrant to Canada.

Why did they come to Canada in the first place? Not to bring their old country here, but to start anew.



It is difficult I suppose to typical Canadians, majority of which are Caucasian, to understand and I do not expect them to.

Dumb statement since many Caucasions are also immigrants (Italians, Germans, Australians, Irish, Scotttish, French, Swedish,
Slovakian, etc. etc.)


However, I believe that parties have to capitalize on this opportunity, rather than viewing this as a crisis, for those who are versed in Chinese characters.

Wrong. There's no real 'need' to do so. Parties should stick to economics and not be a soft bed to those from any ethnic group.


BCA is smart to use the two rookie Chinese Canadians as mostly pawns since when is the last time they had a Chinese Canadian on their team and I give kudos to them.

Itr's not important to note who
was their last Chinese Cdn. on their team. They did however elect an Asian in 2005, in the name of Sav Dhaliwhal.



But it should that only parties that can celebrate the ethnic diversity in the community.

Wrong. Toss out the celebration of ethnic diversity and just get on with the task of presenting what they feel would be good for everyone no matter if the citizen is Chinese, or Croatian.

11/18/2008 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wrong. Toss out the celebration of ethnic diversity and just get on with the task of presenting what they feel would be good for everyone no matter if the citizen is Chinese, or Croatian."
His or her friend likely is an Asian. But I guess it unfortunate that Asian Canadians have to be forced upon choices given by the Caucasian majority. Is it wrong to support Obama because he is black? Is it wrong to support Hillary because she is female? The answer to both questions should be a resounding no. Like I said, South Africa learned, Burnaby needs to learn and if the visible minority continues to be under represented, then it is because of their own un-doing. I believe it is time for our own Obama to come along, and I believe the Obama of Burnaby will be someone like Richard Lee who will easily be related to the visible minority in the city. And I too welcome his/her friend to continue believing the kind of change everyone does believe in.

11/18/2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"His or her friend likely is an Asian. But I guess it unfortunate that Asian Canadians have to be forced upon choices given by the Caucasian majority."

Well now, look at just who is being racist here? Have you ever considered the fact that the Indo-Canadian group also a part?

"Is it wrong to support Obama because he is black?

No, it isn't, but that in itself shouldn't be a factor. Americans were looking for change and for blacks in the U.S. he is someone to relate to, but you simply have to understand that the political and cultural environment in the United States is much different than it is here in Canada.

Is it wrong to support Hillary because she is female?

No. Canada has since had a female
Prime Minister and has a black female governor-general, and British Columbia has since had a female Premier and Lt. Governor. There are many female Mayors and council members.

"The answer to both questions should be a resounding no. Like I said, South Africa learned, Burnaby needs to learn"

Er, execuse us... there's a huge world of differcence between Burnaby and South Africa.



and if the visible minority continues to be under represented, then it is because of their own un-doing.

Most Canadians see beyond that so-called 'underrepresentation' and see to elect politicians based on who they are and not what they are.



I believe it is time for our own Obama to come along, and I believe the Obama of Burnaby will be someone like Richard Lee who will easily be related to the visible minority in the city.

You're dreaming or hallucinating towards something within your own area of comfort. Richard was already front and centre before this blog came along. Richard works for all people, not just those who are Chinese Cdn.



And I too welcome his/her friend to continue believing the kind of change everyone does believe in.

Well most voters want the kind of change that brings results, not some kind of Obama like change.

As mentioned, the U.S. is vastly different than Canada, and if you figure the same thing will happen here as did in the U.S., well it has in many places already been done.

Vancouver has had members of the Chinese community run for and won political office there, and there are a number of Asians in the Legislature in Victoria.

Might also add that British Columbia has also had a Chinese Cdn. Lt. Governor, and also one (currently) who is of First Nations origin.

Burnaby Willingdon is reprented by an MLA who is originally from a country in Africa.

Burnaby Willingdon was previously representated by a female MLA.

Burnaby North at one time had a female MLA.

Burnaby Edmonds is represented by an MLA who is Asian.

11/18/2008 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is racist, Chinese are selfish, and women are incompetent. Fuck you all...Save the trees

9/30/2009 2:20 PM  

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