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Mandatory voting low-hanging fruit in the garden of electoral - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by CHANTAL HÉBERT
In the garden of electoral reform, mandatory voting is a low-hanging fruit that all parties seem content - for now - to leave on the branch.
That may change if a special parliamentary committee on electoral reform appointed to make recommendations to Justin Trudeau’s government ends up deadlocked over the big-ticket item on its agenda.
In the wake of Trudeau’s promise to put in place a different voting system in time for the 2019 federal election a cottage industry of electoral experts has sprouted.  Full Story >
A look back... by JAMIE NESBITT - Bulletin Editor
Running hounds exciting
and frustrating sport  Full Story >
Gwynne Dyer - The Iconoclast of Timbuktu
Nobody got punished for blowing up the giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley in 2001. Nobody has been sent to jail for blowing up much of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria after ISIS captured it in May 2015. (It was recaptured last March.) But Ahmed al-Mahdi is going to jail for a long time for destroying the religious monuments of Timbuktu, and he even says he’s sorry.
Appearing befor the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday, the former junior civil servant in Mali’s department of education said “All the charges brought against me are accurate and correct. I am really sorry, and I regret all the damage that my actions have caused.”  Full Story >
Just a few words... by Jon Nesbitt
Birthdays
Wednesday, August 31 – Jack Fowler
Kerry Anderson
Friday, September 2 – Crystal Torkelson
Saturday, September 3 – Ed Fosen
Dianna Endersby
Sunday, September 4 – Gina Nesbitt
Monday, September 5 – Marj Baillie
Tuesday, September 6 – Garth Smith
Anniversaries
Mits and Clara Iwaasa – September 5, 1959

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Life as I know it! by Colleen Crawford
Stepping back into my field of dreams  Full Story >
Sports by Bruce Penton
CANADA EXCEEDS OLYMPIC EXPECTATIONS  Full Story >
City considers volunteer bylaw officer’s program 

100 Women Who Care organize Brooks chapter 

Bandits’ training camp begins Thursday 

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