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NWSS Environment Club hosts all-candidates debate

Members of the NWSS Environmental Club – borrowed from the NWSS website.

Need something to feel hopeful about? How about a committed group of high school students who want to make their school, New Westminster and the world a better, more democratic space … even when they might not be able to cast their own ballots yet.

The NWSS Environment Club will be hosting an all-candidates debate, via Zoom, on Wednesday October 14th. And they want other students, parents and the community to join them.

“We may not be able to vote but the election will greatly affect our lives,” said Karter Deedman, the NWSS Environment Club President. “Most of all this is a public service that shouldn’t have to be organized by teenagers. We should be able to hear the plans our candidates have for our city.”

Given the club’s focus, there will be a section that focuses particularly on the environment; but the questions being anonymously collected in advance can span across any issue, as the students want people to get a sense of who the candidates are and what they stand for in a much broader sense as well. To submit a question to one or all of the candidates, the students are requesting that you use this Google form :

To join the event…

What: NWSS All Candidates Meeting
When: Wednesday October 14, 6 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 689 7483 8348
Passcode: Elect2020!

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In the world of education, sometimes we talk about taking advantage of “that teachable moment.” So thanks to the whole NWSS Environment Club for taking advantage of this moment … to show us what it looks like to really engage in community, to encourage discussion and to participate in the larger electoral process. And thanks to Karter for adding this final reflection on behalf of the club: “For true democracy to work we need to be able to hear what our candidates will do for us so this is our contribution to making our city a better place to live.”