The polls are still open for an hour-and-a-half here in British Columbia, in what feels like the most significant federal election we’ve had in decades.
We’ll be up late tonight, awaiting the results.
As I’ve often said, voting isn’t the only way to help create the kind of society you want to see, but it’s an important one.
I voted earlier today and am headed home with supplies for the live-stream watching ahead.
A tip of the hat to everyone who took the time to vote in this election. I’m looking forward to seeing what our collective decision brings us tomorrow.
Today is Blog Action Day and bloggers across the world will be discussing inequality.
Last night a friend of mine and I were talking, after a meeting where the agenda was dominated by ideas promoting the sustainability of the mixed-income housing co-operative in which we both live. Our conversation turned to the BC teachers’ strike, which we agreed was a lost opportunity to focus public attention on the real issue plaguing the province’s education system, the steady loss of equality of education. These discussions share more than concern for the well-being of systems we rely on; they are connected to the growth of inequality across Canada.
Much of the conversation about inequality centres on the concentration of wealth that’s on the rise here. But that’s not the whole story, as the focus of our public infrastructure is changing to mirror those shifts in income. Our system is starving the institutions that benefit all, while promoting those that are accessible only to those who can pay.
Canada is in danger of losing its social safety net and any hope of equality of opportunity for future generations. Exercises like the CCPA’s Alternative Budget show potential for a way out of these inequalities, but it’s going to require the political will of ordinary Canadians.
You can see more posts from around the world on inequality via Blog Action Day’s participant list. One of their partners, Oxfam, has a stream of some of the best posts in Storify. There’s even a WordPress daily prompt round up.