Vote, Think About Peacekeeping, All On October 14

Canadians aren’t necessarily known for being over-the-top about their patriotism.

But we are Canadians, and that is a cool thing. Here is a day where you can celebrate it BIG TIME.

October 14, 2008.

Make sure that you VOTE on October 14! Get yourself registered in your riding, and take time to get down to the polls before they close at 8 p.m. Apparently voters in the 18 – 24 age range are notoriously apathetic about voting. I disagree somehwat – we aren’t apathetic, necessarily. We just recognize that democracy isn’t as simple as it seems, and our votes don’t always change things the way we want them to.

Does that mean we shouldn’t vote? Absolutely not. That’s the way voting works, right? If we all did it, maybe our votes WOULD change something. Or keep something the same, if that’s what we want of course.

So on October 14, VOTE! And vote early – early enough that after you cast that ballot, you can still make it to the Arts Centre Mainstage, where at 7:30 p.m. Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie will speak on the topic of “Nato’s Failure and Canada’s Success in Afghanistan.” Here’s a little background on the speaker:

With more than 35 years military experience, retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie is considered by many to be the most experienced peacekeeper in the world. Since retiring from the Canadian military in 1993, he has shared his experiences in print and became a best-selling author. Armed with expertise on conflict resolution, the courage to think for himself in crisis, and an obvious unconventional streak, MacKenzie’s story is sure to captivate the audience.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Ticketmaster for $25 for RDC staff and students, $35 for members of the public. Look out for complementary tickets at the BA Fall Mixer tomorrow (4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Far Side: COME!!) and elsewhere around the College. You can get tickets at, the RDC Bookstore, or at 403.340.4455.

Mark down October 14 in your calendar, and get involved!  

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