Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Election 2013

Desperately Seeking Signatures

All-candidates meeting at Stó:lō Resource Centre April 30

Released by Sheila Muxlow, WWP


oday, the WaterWealth Project officially released the WaterWealth Declaration, a citizen pledge that asks the political candidates of the Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Hope ridings to take a strong stance on protecting the waters of the Fraser Valley.


Over the past several weeks, the WaterWealth Project team has spoken with hundreds of local residents throughout this region, listening keenly to what they care about and what concerns them.

“In talking with local residents, we were overwhelmed by the enormous sense of community pride that exists in the living rivers, lakes and streams that flow throughput the Valley,” said Sheila Muxlow, Director of the WaterWealth Project. “We also heard about a lot of real concerns. People feel our water quality is not what it used to be and are fearful of what will happen to our home waters unless more is done to protect them. These shared values and concerns directly informed the language of the Declaration.”

Citizens who sign the Declaration affirm their support for 100% community control over decisions that impact home waters. They pledge to vote for the candidate who promises to do the most to protect lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.

“We’re going back to the community and asking for signatures with a passionate team of local volunteers. We’re knocking on neighbourhood doors, setting up information kiosques at popular community hangouts and connecting through Facebook and Twitter”, said the WaterWealth Project’s Laura Cameron. “We’ll also be formally asking all the candidates to sign the Declaration. On May 15th, we’ll present the winning candidates the signed Declarations to deliver a clear message: People in the Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Hope ridings care about their home waters and will hold elected representatives accountable.”

Community members will also have a chance to hear their candidates’ position on issues that relate to water at an all-candidates’ discussion organized by the WaterWealth Project on April 30th at 6 pm the Stó:lō Nation at 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack. In the days after the event, the campaign will issue graded report cards on each candidate’s positions on water.

The WaterWealth project, a non-partisan and non-profit organization, is actively seeking volunteers to join its energetic team in reaching out to as many people as possible in the lead up to the provincial election.

“We have an open invite to anyone who wants to join our efforts. This is a true community-drive initiative and we’re really excited that so many local residents want to be involved,” said Cameron.

Community members are invited to sign the Declaration online at www.thewaterwealthrproject.com. Information on volunteer opportunities the Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday Volunteer Blitzes and other Declaration-signing events can be found online or by phoning 604-858-8021.

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