by BLC Admin on November 17, 2013
The next session of The Burgundy Luncheon Club is officially back on on Friday, Nov 22nd at The Terminal City Club in Vancouver from 12:00 noon to 1:45 pm. Let’s make this awesome tradition of interesting people converging around interesting ideas continue!
The speakers that are coming will give you the insider perspective on three very timely topics – Alise Mills (renowned political commentator with CBC and CKNW) will give you the ins and out of the Senate reform debate, Mike Klassen (Director of Provincial Affairs, BC for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB) is doing a return appearance this time to discuss the recent CFIB report on overspending by city governments (and apparently even our own – shocking!), and Rob Attwell (Board Chair for the Neil Squires Society) will explain how an innovative levy on your cell phones can help technology become accessible to people with disabilities.
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by BLC Admin on June 11, 2013
The next session of The Burgundy Luncheon Club – the last before we break for the summer – is Friday, June 21st at The Terminal City Club in Vancouver from 12:00 noon to 1:45 pm.
We will be highlighting three people who are involved, in one way or another, in “turnaround situations”. Tim Louis will talk about his efforts to turn around the fortunes of Vancouver’s left-wing COPE civic election machine; Jamie Biggar will talk about his efforts to turn around what appears to be general apathy among young voters across Canada; and Province sportswriter Ed Willes will look into the dismal record of Vancouver’s pro sports teams and see if there’s any hope of us shaking our reputation of whiners, divers, losers and underachievers.
This event will be sold out. Seating is limited to 40 people. Reservations are required – contact details are below.
by BLC Admin on May 22, 2013
The next session of The Burgundy Luncheon Club is Friday, May 31st. Details further below.
Please send me an email request if you’d like a seat. You’ll receive a reply confirming your spot or informing you of your status on the waiting list. Reservations are required, seating is limited to 40 guests. Cost is $40 cash at the door.
This month we will, of course, devote our entire session to looking into the aftermath of one of the most interesting and stunning election results in BC’s history. Our three guest speakers will each offer a unique perspective from three key points of view, as you’ll see below.
We’ve certainly learned a lot about polling this past week, haven’t we? This has not been lost on us here at the BLC.
So, based on extensive online and telephone polling and highly structured focus group work that I have done beforehand, from a very representative selection of BLC members (that would be George Burns and I), and cross-checking algorithms and mathematical models, throwing in outliers and throwing out the liars, squaring the roots and rooting out the squares, factoring in standard deviations and factoring out the deviants, I will unhesitatingly offer a pretty bold forecast and state quasi- unconditionally, with no major caveats, guaranteed roughly 20 times out of 20, with 100% or so accuracy, that this will be an exceptionally interesting event. And, to the same degree of certainty, with the application of the standard discount and small print associated with these events, I forecast that this May 31st session will sell out. So – get your ground game into action, and email me your RSVP for a seat ASAP or you will be stunningly upset about not being able to join BLC session next Friday.
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by BLC Admin on May 10, 2013
As we gear up for The Burgundy Luncheon Club’s Election-Night Party next Tuesday night at the Terminal City Club – details below – I thought I’d share with you some photos that I received yesterday from Ronnie Ross, the principal at Grandview ¿uuqinak uuh Elementary School.
You’ll likely remember that we held a BLC special pre-election event at The Cultch on January 28th, with net proceeds of the evening donated to Grandview through the Vancouver Sun “Adopt-a-School” program. Huge thanks again to BC Liberal Mary Polak, BC NDP’s Shane Simpson, Vancouver Sun’s Fazil Mihlar, Tsawwassen First Nation’s Kim Baird and Angus Reid Public Opinion’s Mario Canseco for being part of our panel for a fun and informative evening.
Ronnie sent the following note to me with the pictures:
“Rick, please be sure to pass along to all your members and supporters a very deep Thank-you for the generous support of our lovely community.”
by BLC Admin on April 17, 2013
The next session of The Burgundy Luncheon Club is Friday, April 26th – and we are throwing out the BLC rule book for this “BC Election Special”. We are going to have an absolute barnburner. Needless to say, this session will be massively sold-out. Email me ASAP if you’d like to reserve a spot.
Next Friday the 26th will be the 11th day of the 28-day election campaign. The first Leaders’ debate will take place on CKNW earlier that morning, and the televised debates are slated for the Monday following our session. Timing is perfect to get off-the-record and frank thoughts from our guests – and here they are: