What has Styrofoam ever done to the Young New Democrats?

Last weekend, British Columbia's Young New Democrats gathered in Penticton to debate the heady issues of global, federal and provincial politics. According to meeting minutes leaked to Public Eye, the revolutionary vanguard passed resolutions endorsing the Hands of Venezuela campaign and exiled Haitian Prime Minister Jean Bertrand Aristide's return to power. Take that evil dictators and running dog capitalists! Tremble in fear at the wrath of the Young New Democrats!

Other resolutions called for the repeal top income bracket tax cuts, a moratorium on further development in community watersheds and the elimination of the significant projects streamlining act. But there was also an intense discussion of more mundane matters.

The Young New Democrats introduced a resolution banishing the presence of Sytrofoam at their events. But, at the last minute, cooler heads realized paper replacements and reusable dishware might not always be available. So amendments were passed allowing the use of Styrofoam and plastic but only "as a last resort." The following is a copy of those leaked minutes.

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YND Convention Minutes - Penticton - October 16 and 17

Saturday, October 16

Call to Order 8:45 am

M/S/C to move adoption of the agenda until after the Orders of the Day

Orders of the Day - Carole James

Adoption of the Agenda:

M/S/defeated to amend the agenda to move workshop on the Youth
Rights Charter until after elections on Sunday

M/S/C to provide an informal environmental caucus on Sunday at 12:00
pm

M/S/C to thank the Okanagan people for their land at 9:45 on Saturday

M/S/C adoption of the agenda

M/S/C to recognize Okanagan people's territory and to thank them for use of
their land

Orders of the Day - Mayor David Perry

M/S/C to elect Jarrah Hodge as Convention Recorder

M/S/C election of Scott Hart and Miriam Martin as harassment officers

YND Executive Reports

- Submitted by all those executive members unable to report to a caucus.

Policy Resolutions

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the BC Young New Democrats endorse the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the following regulations become policy
for BCYND leadership campaigns:

Any member of the BC Young New Democrats may officially declare their candidacy for the Co-Chair position on the BCYND executive after the first convention call by completing the BCYND Leadership Declaration form attached and submitting to BCNDP provincial office and any member of the BCYND steering committee.

Once declared and subject to Elections BC regulations, privacy legislation, BC NDP policy, BCYND policy, and in consultation with the communications committee as per bylaw II in the BCYND constitution a candidate may obtain a membership list of the BC Young New Democrats from the BC NDP provincial office for campaigning purposes only.

M/S/ therefore be it resolved that the next NDP government repeal the tax cut for the top income bracket.

M/S/C amend to read “that the BCYND call on the next NDP government to repeal the tax cut for the top income bracket at the next Provincial Council meeting.

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the BCYND call on the next NDP government to repeal the tax cut for the top income bracket at the next Provincial Council meeting

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that updated membership lists will be sent
to Regional Coordinators quarterly; and

Be it further resolved that the membership secretary shall follow-up to
ensure all Regional Coordinators have received the quarterly mailing

M/S/ therefore be it resolved that the BCYND support:
1. The repeal of the 3 week waiting period and two year time limit on Welfare.
2. A review of the welfare regulations in general with the view of eliminating restrictions that may lead to denial of basic necessities.

M/S/C amend to add a section 3 reading “mobilizing opposition to defeat the so-called "Safe Streets Act"

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the BCYND support:
1. The repeal of the 3 week waiting period and two year time limit on Welfare.
2. A review of the welfare regulations in general with the view of eliminating restrictions that may lead to denial of basic necessities.
3. Mobilizing opposition to defeat the so-called "Safe Streets Act"

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the YND offer "at-cost", subsidized, or sliding-scale tickets to all YND events; and

Be it further resolved that the YND call on the BCNDP to offer "at-cost", subsidized, or sliding scale tickets to all BCNDP events.

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the BCYND all on the Provincial government to immediately issues a moratorium on all developments in community watersheds, pending the eventual transfer of their control to the relevant municipal governments and Regional Districts; and

Be it further resolved that the BCYND support the repeal of Bill 75: the Significant Projects Streamlining Act.

M/S therefore be it resolved that Canadian and all other unilateral troops be pulled out of Haiti and be replaced by UN troops and UN election monitors; and

Be it further resolved that Aristide be allowed to return to Haiti.

M/S/ defeated amend to replace the first clause with "therefore be it resolved that the YND support the intervention of the UN"

M/S/C to sever the two therefore be it resolved clauses.

M/S therefore be it resolved that Canadian and all other unilateral troops be pulled out of Haiti and be replaced by UN troops and UN election monitors.

M/S/C to amend to remove "and be replaced by UN troops and UN election monitors".

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the BCYND supports the withdrawal of Canadian and all unilateral troops from Haiti.

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that Aristide be allowed to return to Haiti.

M/S therefore be it resolved that the YND will only use paper products or other biodegradable materials and not use Styrofoam for any of their events.

M/S/C amend to replace "will only use paper products or other biodegradable materials" with "will use reusable dish ware"

M/S/C amend amendment to add "wherever possible".

M/S/C amend to add "and where not possible, that Styrofoam and plastic be used as a last resort".

M/S/C therefore be it resolved that the YND will use reusable dish ware wherever possible, and where not possible, Styrofoam will be used as a last resort at all YND events.

M/S/defeated to amend constitution to read:

Article Four - Provincial Council

4:01 The Provincial Council shall consist of the Youth Representative from each Constituency Executive and the Executive Council

4:02 The Provincial Council shall meet at the call of the Executive Council at least once between conventions.

4:03 Subject only to the convention and the constitution, the Provincial Council shall be the governing body of the BCYND between conventions.

4:04 It shall be the right of any individual member of the BCYND to attend meetings of Provincial Council

Co-Chair Debate

Workshop - Protest School - Barb Burke

Caucus Meetings

Sunday, October 17

Call to Order 9:30 am

Youth Rights Charter

M/S/C adopt preamble of revised version

M/S/C amend to replace "parallel shrinkage…" with "and a tax on social programs and working people."

M/S/C adopt clause entitled "Quality Jobs"

M/S/C amend to remove the word "balanced"

M/S/C adopt "No War" clause

M/S/C adopt "Training Wage" clause

M/S/C amend to strike the words "such as McDonalds"

M/S/C amend to change title of clause to "Living Wage" and to add ", which must be repealed", at the end of the clause.

M/S/C amend to replace "large corporations" with "employers"

M/S/defeated to remove the word "to"

M/S/C to adopt "Quality Education" clause

M/S/C to strike "the" and "of their parents"

M/S/C amend to strike the words "such as Sweden and Switzerland."

M/S/defeated to strike last sentence

M/S/defeated to change title to "Free Quality and Accessible Education"

M/S/C amend to change the title to "Free Quality Education"

M/S/C to strike clause beginning with "that grasp the social…"

M/S/C adopt Transit clause

M/S/defeated amend to remove "and indeed, every citizen."

M/S/C amend to replace "transit" with "transportation" throughout the clause.

M/S/C remove word "citizen" and replace with "every person".

Amendment to Agenda

M/S/C to amend the agenda to move to caucus reports and elections, suspending discussion on the Youth Rights Charter.

M/S/C to amend the agenda to add renewal of chartered clubs.

M/S/C that all currently chartered clubs have their charters renewed.

Caucus Reports

Regional Caucuses

Interior - Mike Ouellette

Northern

-4 members in attendance
-Discussion about member contact and Northern involvement
-Allyson Roussy elected Northern Coordinator

Lower Island
Shea Warner

Upper Island
Kate Curtis

Lower Mainland
-Discussion of high school outreach, Surrey-Panorama Ridge By-Election, and regional events
-Cadence Warner elected Lower Mainland Rep.

Kootenays - Vacant

Other Caucuses

Women's
-Executive report submitted by Jarrah Hodge
-Discussion of event planning and women's issues
-Jarrah Hodge elected Women's Coordinator
-22 members present

Pride - Ashley Silcock

High School
-M/S/C to endorse Katie Sardinha's motion that the YND not use Styrofoam at future events
-18 members present
-Katie Sardinha elected High Schools Coordinator

Campus Clubs - Kory Yamashita
Visible Minorities
-Discussion about Multiculturalism Committee
-Duc Tran acclaimed Visible Minorities Coordinator

Disabilities
-Melanie Vogels elected Disabilities Coordinator

Aboriginal
-Starleigh Grass elected Aboriginal Coordinator by Convention (too few to have a caucus)

Elections

Co-Chair:

Nominated - Mike Palecek
Brianne Duhamel
Ryan Stewart - Elected
Marion Pollock - Elected

Federal Youth Liaison:

Nominated - Katie Riecken
- Elected Kathryn Whithead

Membership Secretary:

Nominated - Thomas Hubert
Sam Heppell - Elected

Communications Coordinator:

Nominated - Brendan Hurley - Acclaimed

Secretary:

Nominated - Sophie Isbister
Scott Hart - Elected

Treasurer:

Nominated - Sophie Isbister - Acclaimed

Labour Coordinator:

Nominated - David Manchester - Acclaimed

2 Members-at-Large for Steering Committee:

Nominated - Jarrah Hodge - Elected
Kate Curtis - Elected
Allyson Roussy

Provincial Council Delegates and Alternates:

Nominated - Mike Ouellette - Delegate
Katie Riecken - Delegate
Sophie Isbister - Delegate
Jarrah Hodge - Delegate
Scott Hart - Alternate
Sam Heppell - Alternate

Policy Review Committee Representatives:

Aboriginal: Vacant

Advanced Education: Nathan Lane

Anti-Racism and Multicultural: Duc Tran

Arts and Culture: Cadence Warner

Economy: Jeff Dean

Education: Jason Phillippo

Federal/Provincial Affairs: Vacant

Good Government: Jeff Dean

Health: Kory Yamashita

Housing and Municipal Affairs: Brendan Hurley

Justice and Human Rights: James Studer

Small Business: Adam Friesen

Social Services: Paul Browning

Transportation: Ian Backus

Standing Committee on Agriculture: Vacant

Standing Committee on the Environment: Paul Browning and Jen King

Party and Constitutional Affairs: Sam Schechter

M/S/C defer the remainder of the YRC discussion to the new YND Executive.

M/S/C adjournment

2 Comments

Is anyone else completely scared that these twits will be the new executive assistants, caucus researchers, communications, and constituency staff (and god forbid ministerial assistants) should the NDP gain seats?

In a word: yes.

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