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Climate change, sustainable energy to be highlighted at five Victoria-region federal election candidate debates. Sooke will host one of five federal debates.
[sam_ad id=”90″ codes=”true”]Renewable energy, green jobs, oil tankers, pipeline expansion, greenhouse gas emission reduction and the impact of climate change on future generations will be the focus of five candidates debates set for southern Vancouver Island starting Sept. 16 in Sooke and including dates in Victoria, Sidney, Langford and Esquimalt.
A prelude to the October 19 federal election, the debates are the final phase of the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s year-long Energy and the Next Federal Election speaker series. The initiative is intended to make climate change a federal election issue by highlighting its impact on the economy, jobs, health care, the environment, food security and the quality of life faced by this and future generations.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The debate series is co-presented by the BCSEA Victoria Chapter with the Dogwood Initiative, two non-partisan environmental organizations. Major party candidates in each of southern Vancouver Island’s four federal ridings have received invitations.
Beginning with Sooke Mayor Maja Tait on Sept. 16, impartial moderators will chair the debates to ensure good dialogue and a respectful atmosphere. A series of prepared questions will be asked and additional queries will be welcomed from the audience.
“We launched this initiative because we, our sponsors and our community feel that the federal government has a critical role in addressing climate and energy issues,” says Marion Pape, Chair of the BCSEA Victoria Chapter. “Citizens have a vote and a voice, and these five debates will help ensure we elect candidates who are committed to a sustainable energy future.”
The BCSEA is dedicated to informing and empowering British Columbians around sustainable energy. The Dogwood Initiative works to inspire citizens to take back decision-making power over the air, land and water we all depend on.
Debate sponsors include Vancity Credit Union, Generation Squeeze, Moksha Yoga, CFAX 1070, the First Unitarian Church of Victoria Social Responsibility Coalition, the United Church of Canada, Victoria Presbytery, and other sponsoring churches.
The debate schedule by riding. Each evening runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
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- Sept. 16, Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd., Sooke.
- Sept. 29, Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road, Esquimalt.
- Sept. 21, First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria
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- TBA, St. Paul’s United Church, 2410 Malaview Ave., Sidney
- Sept. 24, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 798 Goldstream Ave., Langford
For more information: http://www.bcsea.org/chapters/victoria
Contact: Jeff Bateman, firstname.lastname@example.org; 250.642.2056
BCSEA Victoria Chapter: Marion Pape, email@example.com; 778-265-4567