Apr 222015

The Alberta provincial election is on Tuesday, May 5 – get out and vote!

You may have noticed that our usual roundtable event would also be on May 5, we will be moving it to another day, so that all our SEA volunteers can get to the ballots, and our members don’t have to choose one or the other.

The SEA does not support a particular political party; we mostly want you to go and vote, and for you to make an informed choice based on what you value when you cast your ballot. To help with that, here are some resources.

  • Elections Alberta: How to make sure you’re on the List of Electors, where to find your polling station, and information about special ballots and advanced polls.
  • VoteKit: All the basics for new voters, including video tutorials in 8 languages and opportunities to practice voting before the big day.
  • Vote Compass: A questionnaire to help you determine which political party is closest to your priorities.
  • Albert Politics: Possibly the best Alberta political blog, with links to candidate webpages and other opinion pieces.
Feb 222014

Monday, April 7, 2014 will be this year’s SEA Annual General Meeting (AGM), formally starting at 7:00 pm, Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 6th Floor, Room 7. We will have greeters, but you may need to ask a security guard to let you up to the 6th floor.

Please take a look at the AGM information page for details and the agenda.

Jan 232013

The SEA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Tuesday,  April 2, 2013, starting our 6th year as a society. Now’s a good time to start thinking about some AGM related things:

  • In order to vote for any motions or Board of Directors candidates, or run for the Board, you must be a paid member of the Society. You can get a membership online, or from a Board member at our Roundtable or Brunch events, or any other time you see a Board member before the start of the AGM.
  • All Board positions are up for election: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and four Directors. You can nominate yourself or someone else at the AGM, but you can start talking to people about votes before then if you wish.
  • If you are a member, but will not be able to attend, you can assign your proxy to another member to vote on motions (not including by-law changes and elections). You must give the current Secretary 48 hours notice (contact us).
  • If you have any motions or resolutions you’d like discussed, or would like something specific on the agenda, please give us as much notice as you can, but minimum 48 hours (contact us).
Apr 152012

“It’s a charter situation and the charter says the provinces cannot opt out in the case of basic freedoms,” Trudeau said. “I believe my fundamental freedoms are being violated.”

That’s right, Re. J.J. Trudeau believes that her fundamental freedoms are being violated because the Chief Electoral Officer has ruled that “titles” includes “Reverend”.

the Alberta Election Act specifically states in section 83.3(d) that “no titles, degrees, prefixes or suffixes may be included with a name.”

That seems pretty unambiguous to me, but the privilege that religions think they deserve apparently extends to election ballots.
For Trudeau’s and others’ responses to our candidate questions, take a look at the 2012 Voter’s Guide.

Apr 012012

Apparently God doesn’t want me to vote NDP, but he couldn’t be bothered to tell me himself. I wasn’t around when this was dropped off, so there’s some helpful contact information included.

Members of the SEA have various opinions on abortion (and we’ve had the debates on Facebook to demonstrate it), but they all have better reasons than “God”.

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Mar 262012

Update: The election has been called for April 23.

Some time before May 31, 2012, Alberta will have a provincial election. We thought we’d get a jump on things and start our Voter’s Guide now for the Edmonton area ridings. The page will be updated as candidates reply with their responses to our questions on secular issues.

If you don’t see responses from the candidate you were hoping to, help us out! Give your candidate a call or a visit and ask if they were planning to respond. If they haven’t seen the survey, ask whether they’d like email or paper, and contact us, we’ll make sure they get one.

To see which riding you’re in, and get updates on the date of the election, take a look at the Elections Alberta website.

Happy voting!