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NDP uses Singh's appeal, social media to attract younger environmental voters – Vancouver Sun

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But it’s a balancing act if party is to hold onto traditional union support

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Lauren Semple and Cheryl Lien can barely contain their excitement as the tour bus arrives at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith.

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The 20-somethings squeal and jump as the door opens and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh emerges. They are among the cheering crowd of 200, mostly party volunteers, who jostle for a selfie and a moment with their leader during a quick stop in a riding the NDP believes is theirs to take back from the Green incumbent.

“Young voters feel disenfranchised and they need someone to inspire them, and I think that’s what Jagmeet brings,” says Semple. “He tells us ‘we can do this’ and ‘we can make change.’ He is spreading that message through the channels that young people use.”

These women represent the young voters the party is trying to court through social media channels and through candidates and platforms that highlight millennials’ concerns, including climate change.

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But some political observers caution that while the party may need young voters, it must also retain its traditional union support.

“They’ve always had to do a bit of a dance with labour,” said Gerald Baier, a University of B.C. political science professor.

That labour support is not guaranteed.

Although the Canadian Labour Congress and the B.C. Federation of Labour have endorsed the NDP in this election, union leaders like Geoff Dawe, the president of Local 2 of the Public and Private Workers of Canada, said that doesn’t mean union members will automatically vote NDP.

“In the past, our national group backed the NDP, and we do have a Jack Layton poster in our local office right now,” said Dawe, whose local represents 600 workers at the pulp mill in Crofton, on Vancouver Island.

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“But we were expecting a little more attention to the state of the workforce in Canada and in B.C. None of the parties are talking about labour issues. It would be nice to hear from the NDP,” he said.

So far in this campaign, the NDP’s promises of 10 days of paid sick leave, a ban on unpaid internships outside of educational programs, and raising the federal minimum wage to $20 are aimed more at younger lower-income workers than at unionized employees of the boomer generation.

The NDP is putting a lot of effort into courting the youth vote in B.C., where the party believes the climate emergency is a winner among those under the age of 40. They hope the loss of support for the Green party will help defeat the Green incumbent in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and push the NDP over the top in other close races.

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Vancouver-Granville candidate Anjali Appadurai is among the hopefuls with environmental credentials that the NDP hope will win over younger voters in swing ridings.
Vancouver-Granville candidate Anjali Appadurai is among the hopefuls with environmental credentials that the NDP hope will win over younger voters in swing ridings. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

That’s why NDP candidates with high-profile environmental credentials are running in swing ridings. Anjali Appadurai, the former climate justice lead for the Sierra Club of B.C., is the party’s candidate in Vancouver–Granville. And Avi Lewis is running in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country.  He has traditional bona fides as the grandson of former federal NDP leader David Lewis and the son of former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis. He also has climate change credentials gained by co-writing “The Leap Manifesto” with his wife Naomi Klein. It calls for an end to fossil fuels, and a moratorium on pipelines forms the basis of the party’s environmental policies.

The party is also targeting young voters by using TikTok, the most downloaded app on the planet, where anyone can get thousands of views by uploading 15 seconds of content. It’s also planning to ramp up its social media campaigns on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. Singh will also appear in the Nintendo game “Animal Crossing” to entice young gamers to cast their ballot.

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However, Baier said it’s not enough to have followers on social media.

“Young voters often don’t turn out to vote,” he explained. “You have to knock on doors and get people out to vote, and I think that will be even more important this time around when turnout is expected to be low.”

The NDP’s campaign strategist for B.C., Glen Sanford, says the party will use “modelling behaviour” to get out the vote among social media users.

“We will use examples on social media so young people are able to see other young people voting,” said Sanford. “Not using big-time influencers, but peers. What you will see during advance polls is showing people how easy it is to vote and that this is something that a lot of young people are doing.”

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The party will also rely on help from the provincial NDP to get the vote out.

Although Premier John Horgan has not come out directly to support his federal counterpart, hundreds of provincial party volunteers and many staff, including one of the premier’s communications directors, are now working full-time on the federal campaign in B.C.

Baier believes Singh could benefit from the party’s provincial success.

“One of the things that has changed in B.C. is that Horgan got seats where the NDP never had, like in suburban Metro Vancouver, and I think that is the kind of rising tide that may lift all boats,” said Baier.

Party strategists looking at the polls know that the dead heat between the Liberals and Conservatives means they need to brace for the traditional attack by Liberals, who will say a vote for the NDP is a vote for Conservatives.

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That is why in the final days of the campaign, Singh will be talking about how the Liberals and the Conservatives ganged up to defeat NDP bills on pharmacare and a tax on corporations that earned record-breaking profits during the pandemic.

It’s a message that organizers like Sanford will be pushing in B.C.

“When people look at Trudeau and O’Toole, they see leaders that are really on the side of the ultrarich, and they know that Singh isn’t and I really think that’s the defining difference,” he said.

It’s the defining difference the NDP hopes will resonate with B.C. voters, no matter what their age.


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Media Release – September 24, 2021 – Guelph Police – guelphpolice.ca

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Home Invasion Investigation

On the morning of September 16th, 2021, three adult males and an adult female forced their way into an apartment in a residential building located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph.

An adult male resident was struck with a firearm, and other weapons were brandished during this incident. The male resident and an adult female resident were ultimately able to lock themselves in a room and contact the Guelph Police Service for assistance. The three males and female fled on foot.

The male resident was transported to hospital, treated for his injuries and released.     

Police later located the three males inside another apartment in the building and they were subsequently arrested.

Through investigation, police identified the female involved and a warrant was issued.

This was a targeted incident and there is no concern for public safety. 

A 26 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 27 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 29th.

On September 23rd, just before 9:46am, police observed the female as a passenger in a motor vehicle driving near the intersection of Wellington Street West and Fife Road. A traffic stop was initiated, and an adult male driver fled the area on foot.

The female was subsequently arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed 1.18 grams of Fentanyl.

Further investigation revealed that both the vehicle and the vehicle plates were stolen.

A 30 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Assault With A Weapon x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With OIC Undertaking
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

Please note that police found a second adult female in the vehicle during the traffic stop. She was also subsequently arrested.

A 23 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She will appear in court on January 14th, 2022.

The male who fled the vehicle on foot was not located.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Jenifer Nadalin at 519-824-1212 ext. 7523, email her at jnadalin@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Road Rage Incident Leads To Weapon Charges

On September 23rd, 2021, just before 6:01pm, a road rage incident occurred between two adult male drivers, which lead to both males exiting their motor vehicles out front of a residence located near the intersection of Starwood Drive and Eastview Road in the City of Guelph. One of the males then pulled foldable knife out of his pocket, opened the blade and held it out in a threatening manner. He eventually left the area in his vehicle.

At 10:32pm, the male who had the knife turned himself into the Guelph Police Service station and was subsequently arrested.

A 29 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Assault With A Weapon
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose

He will appear in court on January 11th, 2022.

Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation

On September 23rd, 2021, just before 4:52pm, a collision occurred between two motor vehicles near the intersection of Dawson Road and Speedvale Avenue West in the City of Guelph. The collision resulted in minor injuries but significant damage to both vehicles.

Anyone with any dash camera footage in the area or any information at all is asked to contact Constable Lindsay Porterfield at 519-824-1212 ext. 7182, email her at lporterfield@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Stolen ATV

Some time between midnight and 8am on September 23rd, 2021, a shed in the backyard of a residence located near the intersection of Edinburgh Road South and Waterloo Avenue in the City of Guelph was entered. An ATV was then taken, as its key was left in the ignition.

However, the vehicle wasn’t in good working order and was difficult drive, so it was abandoned around the corner from the residence, and was recovered by police at 9am.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Joshua van Breda at 519-824-1212 ext. 7417, email him at jvanbreda@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to never leave keys in the ignition of an unattended motor vehicle.

Multiple Motor Vehicle Collisions And Driving Complaints

Over the past 24 hours the Guelph Police Service received reports of 14 motor vehicle collisions and 11 driving complaints occurring throughout the City of Guelph.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow the rules of the road in order to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

Calls for Service in the last 24 hours: 227

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Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week – Summerland Review – Summerland Review

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Good afternoon and happy Friday!

Before you start off your weekend full of sunshine, cooler weather and pumpkin patch adventures, catch up on some of this week’s news headlines from the Okanagan-Shuswap region.

Woman found dead at Highway 33 and Nickel Road in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP launched an investigation after the body of a woman was found at Highway 33 and Nickel Road in the city.

Police said they don’t have much information surrounding the woman’s death or the cause of it, but the investigation is ongoing.

Fundraisers set up for family of Penticton murder victim

Fundraisers have been set up for a Penticton murder victim’s family.

Taig Savage’s mother, Tracey, previously lost two other children in a house fire. The goal of the fundraisers is to support her as she goes through losing a child in a tragic way for the third time.

One dead in Vernon shooting

One person died and another person was taken into police custody after a morning shooting in Vernon on Monday (Sept. 20).

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said the victim and the man in custody are known to each other. As he is still in custody, police said there is no further threat to public safety.

Boaters want Shuswap Lake channel dredged but obstacles deter city

Boaters have been asking the City of Salmon Arm to dredge the channel that leads into Shuswap Lake, but the mayor and his staff say that the high costs and government requirements to dredge are keeping them from doing it.

Staff added that dredging is a temporary solution and has a short life span.

And that’s all for this week. Have yourself a good and safe weekend.


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Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the third day of player interviews for media week that included Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, and Michael Porter Jr. in a stacked session. Gordon was chill, Barton was excited, Green was professional, Rivers was insightful, and Porter showed readiness to take the leap. Then, Ryan discusses the ESPN player rankings that are filtering out and what they had to say about the Nuggets and Nikola Jokić.

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