New video aimed at increasing community engagement

The New Westminster Progressive Electors Coalition launched a new video today aimed at increasing community engagement online. It will be promoted on a number of social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over the next 4-6 weeks. “Increasingly a number of New Westminster residents want to engage on civic issues online,” says B.C. Lee, Chair of Community Engagement. “We plan to release a number of these types of videos on a range of topics over the coming months which are aimed at helping to raise awareness of our new municipal political organization.” The Coalition formally announced on November 1st that it plans to set up a formal elector organization… Read More

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved: and now we lie In Flanders fields! Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw The torch: be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915… Read More

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Coalition holds inaugural meeting to plan for 2018 civic election

Over a dozen local residents showed up for the inaugural steering committee meeting for the New Westminster Progressive Electors Coalition this week. The purpose of the meeting was to map out plans for community engagement in early 2018 and prepare a pathway to forming an Elections BC registered elector organization. “We have a great team that is committed to working collaboratively and putting the interests of our city first,” says Daniel Fontaine, Chair of the Coalition.  “There was unanimous consent on a range of issues including the fact our main goal should be to attract top quality candidates who are interested in developing a progressive and positive platform in time… Read More

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Community reacts positively to launch of NWProgressives Coaltion

That didn’t take very long! Only a few hours after launching our website and distributing a media release, the emails and phone calls started flowing in to the New Westminster Progressive Electors Coalition inbox and voicemail. “It’s heartwarming,  but I’m actually not surprised at the reaction,” says Daniel Fontaine, Chair of the Coalition. “No matter what part of town you visit, people are talking about how we need more of a balanced approach and a greater diversity  of opinions and viewpoints at city hall. Voters are looking for a positive alternative that will bring new ideas to the table. I think that’s why they are so excited about the opportunity… Read More

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Coalition launch triggers region-wide interest on Day 1

The launch of the New Westminster Progressive Electors Coalition attracted a lot of media and community interest on its first day of operation. CKNW radio was first to cover the story during their 8 am newscast whereby they conducted an interview with Daniel Fontaine, Chair of the Coalition. Fontaine tells CKNW “we know that all seven of the elected officials (on council) are all from the same political party and we’re hearing from every corner of the city that that’s not healthy for democracy and people are looking for an option to hear a different voice.” Click on the link below if you want to hear the NW story.  … Read More

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