Last month, we reported the Non-Partisan Association's caucus would be meeting on January 28. But that schmooze-fest has since been postponed without being re-scheduled. Could this be the result of the recent bout of bloodletting on the association's board of directors, which culminated in an extraordinary phone call between Alex Tsakumis and brother muckraker Allen Garr? Meanwhile, in other daytimer news, the provincial New Democrats will be having the first provincial council meeting since convention on February 19 at The Empire Landmark Hotel. That meeting will be preceded by a party executive strategy session on Febuary 4, where bigwigs will be doing some deep thinking on how to keep the New Democrat membership occupied for the next four years. Might we suggest shiny things as one option? The following is a copy of the email announcing the council meeting.
From: Joanne Banfield
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 11:35 AM
Subject: FEBRUARY PROVINCIAL COUNCIL NOTICE
Provincial Council Delegates
Provincial Constituency Presidents
A reminder that the deadline to book your hotel for the February Provincial Council is today and the deadline for receiving Notices of Motion is tomorrow. Please also find attached a copy of the revised draft October 2005 minutes.
To: Provincial Council Delegates
BC NDP PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
The next Provincial Council meeting will be held Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm (approximate) and Sunday, February 19 from 9:00 to 12 noon (approximate).
Thursday, January 26 is our deadline to book guest rooms. After this time, the hotel may be full, or may charge higher rates. Please call the hotel's toll-free reservations number (1-800-830-6144) and identify yourself as part of the BC NDP meetings. Our rate is $80 single or double. Please be advised that the hotel will ask for a credit card to hold the room.
Meeting Location: The Empire Landmark Hotel (Crystal Ballroom), 1400 Robson Street Vancouver.
Parking: The parking lot at the hotel is $10 per day. Enter from Robson Street. For those delegates staying in the hotel guest rooms, you may charge your parking fee to your room.
Closest SkyTrain: Burrard Station next to the Hyatt Hotel.
travel: Please book air travel in advance to take advantage of discount airfares. Unionized carriers are given priority. All transportation costs will be paid equivalent to the cheapest form of transport available.
Expense CLAIMS: Complete a General Expense Claim form (available at registration) and attach all receipts and leave with Party staff. Hotel, parking for hotel guests and taxes will be charged directly to the Party account.
Notices of Motion: A reminder that only Notices of Motion that are received by Provincial Office three weeks in advance of the Council meeting will be given priority at the meeting. Please submit your Notices of Motion by email to Joanne Banfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
DELEGATE ORIENTATION: There will be a one hour orientation session for new and/or first-time delegates on Saturday at 8:00 am. Space is limited so please pre- register prior to January 27 by email to Joanne at email@example.com.