B.C. Politics & Government: School Board Elections 2014

Contents (click on title and scroll up a little to beginning of section):

Sample questionnaire to candidates

Advice Regarding the Vancouver School-Board Election

Advice Regarding the Abbotsford School-Board Election

Advice Advice Regarding the Anmore-Balcarra School Board Election

–Re Burnaby School District

–Re Coquitlam School District

–Re Port Coquitlam School District

–Re Port Moody School District

–Re Surrey School District No. 36

–Re Richmond School-Board Election

Sample questionnaire (with instructions) to candidates:

We offer this questionnaire as a guide to voting in the school-board elections being held in British Columbia in November of 2014.   It would be helpful if in each school district some existing or ad hoc organization would send this questionnaire to each school-board candidate, requesting that the candidate’s responses be returned by a date that makes it possible to publish those responses among interested voters in order to inform them before the voting date.  Please note that this questionnaire needs to be individualized to indicate the organization sending it and the candidates’ names.  The questionnaire will be the responsibility of each organization sending it and not of British Columbia Parents and Teachers for Life, except in Surrey School District, where BC Parents and Teachers for Life or a special committee will be responsible for its distribution.

Introduction to a Questionnaire to School-Board Candidates in the Year 2014

[return address]

[name and title] __________
Candidate for the Office of School Trustee
______________School District

Dear _____________:

Believing that voters are entitled to all relevant information about the principles of candidates for public office, we are requesting that you indicate “Yes” or “No” responses to the following questions.  Following the questions you may give written comments on your answers, but please limit your comments to no more than a total of 50 words.  We intend to distribute your answers to citizens who we believe will be interested in your responses.  Please return the signed questionnaire by fax or e-mail attachment to _______________ [fax number] or e-mail bcpt4life@gmail.com [within Surrey; a different e-mail address for other districts] by October 30th in order that we may communicate your responses to others.

Sincerely yours on behalf of the Committee for Informed Voters [or alternate name chosen for the local committee]  in _____________ School District _________,

________ [name of sender]

Questions to School-Board Candidates in the 2014 Election in School District _________:

To indicate your answer, write a check or “X” after “Yes” or “No” following each question.  Leave the line blank after the response you do not choose.

1.     If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools, if discussing marriage, treat marriage
between one man and one woman as the norm in
Canadian society, and not present unions between
those of the same sex as equivalent to such
marriages?   Yes _____  No ______

2.      If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that schools not refer students to abortion-providing agencies and not refer students to agencies which in turn refer them to abortion-providing agencies?
Yes _____  No ______

3.    If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools not present euthanasia or assisted suicide
as desirable?  Yes ______  No ______

4.     If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools respect the role of parents, as prime
educators of their children, in teaching their
particular code of morality regarding same-sex
unions, abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide?
Yes _____  No ______

5.   (To candidates for office as Surrey School Board Trustees)

Will you work to rescind Regulation 9410.2 (concerning sexual orientation and
gender identity) and to have the school board initiate an open discussion with
parents and taxpayers to address the issues involved.
Signature of School-Board Candidate:

_________________________________

Name of Candidate (Please print.):

__________________________________

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Advice Regarding the Vancouver School Board Election:

The following is personal opinion, but it comes from one of our contacts who is deeply concerned about the parental rights of parents of traditional morality:

Please consider the following list of candidates which I have thoughtfully put together.:

School Board
DENIKE, Ken (Vancouver 1st)
WOO, Sophia (Vancouver 1st)
Vote only Ken Denike and Sophia Woo (Vancouver 1st).  They are running a very tough race.  Voting more will lower their chance to win.  Their position to protect all children in schools has been proven.  We must work hard to help them win.  If they can erect lawn signs in front of your house or posters at stores, please email estherwan123@gmail.com.

The following in Chinese is from the same informant.  Your editor does not know Chinese, so we likely have included more than just the advice regarding the school board race:

關心溫市的朋友,

選民若運用敏銳的政治觸覺,都會知道這是許多年來一個很不尋常的選舉,選民必須盡全力參與,並謹慎的投你每一票。溫哥有8個提前投票日,詳情請閱 幾天前我送上的電郵或上網:http://vancouver.ca/your-government/2014-municipal- election.aspx,若這幾天時間內不在溫哥華,或行動不方便往投票站,可郵寄投票,請跟網上指 引:http://vancouver.ca/your-government/vote-by-mail.aspx

今屆市選有119個候選人、11個黨團參選,故必須策略性投票,只投支持的幾個,以期確保他們勝出。校委只投Ken Denike及Sophia Woo,他們今次角逐十分艱鉅,多投其他校委候選人,會減低他們勝出的機會。至於其他候選人,看來都走政治正確路線。請考慮以下名單,這是經過細 心考慮,並徵詢有資歷的前輩意見所作出的決定。

你若願意在家門插 Ken Denike 或 Sophia Woo 的名牌,或商戶海報,請電郵 estherwan123@gmail.com

Advice Regarding the Abbotsfpord School Board Election:
Advice Regarding the Abbotsford School Board Election (from a trusted advisor in that area):

“I will give you 6 names that will get my vote. Of the remaining 10, there is not one I can recommend.  So I will vote for only 6.”  Here are the six names of those he planned to vote for:

Cindy Schaffer…. Incumbent

Shirley Wilson…..incumbent

Harold Kokot…….new

Rhonda Pauls…..incumbent

Phillip Anderson…….new

Tadeus Kuczinski…….new

 

 

 Advice Regarding the Anmore-Balcarra School Board Election:

Our trusted informant recommends:
Celia CHIANG

Advice Regarding the Burnaby School Board Election:

Our trusted informant recommends the following:
Janice Beecroft
Heather Leung
Marie Parente
Ben Seebaran
Keith Tong
Franca Zupano

 Advice Regarding Coquitlam School District Election

Recommended by our informant:

Gaily ALTY
Barb HOBSON
Zongshu LUO
Diane SOWDEN

Advice Regarding the Port Coquitlam School District Election

Recommended by our informant:

Liam COUGHLAN
Judy SHIRRA

Advice Regarding the Port Moody School District Election

Recommended by our informant:

Melissa HYNDES
Keith WATKINS

 Information About the Surrey School District Election

To see the candidates and brief statements by them,  click on View the Candidates“.     Then click on each candidate’s picture to bring up a longer statement and a video for each candidate.

Recommended candidate:  David Matta.  (His website can be found here.)
Sikander Hayat’s reponses were mainly positive (See below.)

Richmond School-Board Election
Advice from the same informant as for Vancouver

11月15日列治文市選

親愛關心列治文城市的朋友:

選舉投票,人人有責。有關列治文選舉資料,例如:提前投票日或郵遞投票等,可上網查閱:
http://www.richmond.ca/electionservices/general.htm

以下名單由有經驗及熟識又愛護列市的人士提供,歡迎參考。

Richmond Civic Election 2014
Visit http://www.richmond.ca/electionservices/general.htm for election information.

Voting is everyone’s business.  Do vote and vote wisely

Candidates [for the position of school trustees] for your consideration:
(Changes in recommendations made after a report from the December 5th trustees’ debate)

Jonathan HO (Richmond Community Coalition)
Kenneth HO (Richmond Reform)

 

Advice Regarding the Surrey School District Election

Responses of Surrey trustee candidates to our questionnaire:

Responses to our questionnaire have come so far (as of November) from David Matta and from Sikander Hayat.  David Matta’s responses were entirely positive from our point of view.  Sikander Hayat’s were mainly positive.

Here are Sikander Hayat’s responses:

“Here are my views on your questions:

 

To indicate your answer, please write a check or “X” after “Yes” or “No” following each question.  Leave the line blank after the response you do not choose.
1.     If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools, if discussing marriage, treat marriage
between one man and one woman as the norm in
Canadian society, and not present unions between
those of the same sex as equivalent to such
marriages?   Yes

​. This topic is an adult topic and a personal choice for each individual, hence keep it that way. I will not promote or demote any groups. Marriage has been between a man and a woman since the beginning of time. I would not put too much emphasis on it and I would leave it like that. Little minds need to focus on their education and do not need more distractions than what they already have.


2.      If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that schools not refer students to abortion-providing agencies and not refer students to agencies which in turn refer them to abortion-providing agencies?
Yes

​. This should be students’ parents’ call. If parents are responsible for the upbringing of their children, then they should be the ones with rights over their own children. I

t’s parents who are always there for their children.


3.    If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools not present euthanasia or assisted suicide
as desirable?  Yes

​. I do not like the idea of telling / encouraging anyone to take his/her life away. Surrey Schools need to focus on teaching students how to rationalize situations and make informed decision. We need to instill the qualities of self confidence and being hopeful in our students, not hopelessness.  ​

4.     If elected to office, will you seek to ensure that
schools respect the role of parents, as prime
educators of their children, in teaching their
particular code of morality regarding same-sex
unions, abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide?
I do not believe in promoting or demoting any groups based on their gender. I believe that we all live only once, hence we deserve to have our beliefs and likes/dislikes, but that should stay just personal. I do think that usually parents are the ones that give birth, nurture and support the child for many years, and end up having to face the consequences of the shortcomings of their children. Because of all that and a lot more parents go through for their children, they deserve to have the final say in their kids’ matters. Schools need to focus only on the pros and cons of having sex before the age of 18, without putting emphasis on “with whom” to have sex. 


5.   Will you work to rescind Regulation 9410.2 (concerning sexual orientation and
gender identity) and to have the school board initiate an open discussion with
parents and taxpayers to address the issues involved.

 

​If there is enough evidence that the said regulation was passed without appropriate consultations with all the stakeholder groups (parents, teachers/staff, and community members), or ignored the recommendations from the stakeholder groups,  or if enough parents demand its resignation, then I would vote to resigned it and initiate an open discussion with all the stakeholders, including parents. Surrey Board of Education must make policies that reflect the wishes of our Surrey community.

 

Please contact me if you have any other questions.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

 

Sikandar Hayat,

Candidate, Surrey School Trustee


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