Soccer community is constantly searching for field space – Michael Replies

We are blessed here in North Vancouver with a mild climate that allows us to get out and enjoy outdoor recreation activities throughout the year. Eddy, my SPCA rescue dog, and I get out to enjoy the hiking trails everyday, rain or shine. In my youth, before show biz, I participated in many team sports including soccer, flag football, hockey and baseball, organized and disorganized, at home, community leagues and school. I particularly like soccer as a recreational sport because the simple equipment (a ball and maybe special shoes) makes it an affordable, egalitarian past time. Besides the obvious health benefits of sports activities we also learn social skills from games, kids develop motor skills and we all have fun when participating in recreational- and who can argue with having more fun in our lives? It is very important that the City protect park space and retain green spaces for the enjoyment of all. Although the climate is mild here it is also wet and if you’ve ever walked across a field of grass, you know how soggy they can get here and that’s why it’s inportant to have artificial turf fields here. I favour having artificial turf playing fields attached to school yards so children can play there during the day and the school district and user groups could pitch in with some maintenance.

Michael Charrois

Dear Michael
The North Shore Girls Soccer Club and North Vancouver Football Club would like to thank you for volunteering your time to participate in the 2011 civic election. We would  like to provide you with the opportunity to express your views on the issue of sports fields in North Vancouver City and District.
The NSGSC and NVFC membership will be invited by e-mail, prior to the upcoming civic/school board elections, to review your responses to the questions below.  The questions are being distributed to all nominated candidates for both the City and District of North Vancouver Councils, and the North Vancouver School Board and the responses will be posted on a to be announced website.
The North Shore Girls Soccer Club and North Vancouver Football Club represent approximately 7,500 families in North Vancouver who are involved in the game of soccer. The soccer community is constantly searching for field space  to practice and play games. 

North Shore Outlook asks Michael some questions

As part of its coverage of the upcoming federal election, the North Shore Outlook newspaper will  pose three questions to each North Vancouver candidate every week.  Everyone will be asked the same questions. Response  to each question is limited to a maximum of 100 words.
Questions asked of Michael and his responses:
1. What are the main election issues facing the residents of North Vancouver?
Only the New Democrats can be trusted to defend and enhance our Health Care System- we invented it and we’ll make sure it’s there when you need it. Affordability – we  all are working harder and longer, our debts pile up and we can’t get ahead. User fees, road tolls, the HST.  Only the BC New Democrats vote against Harper’s Sales Tax. This election is about priorities- do we invest in killing machines or healing machines? Do we nurture creativity, love and respect or, like a stern authoritarian father, do we simply punish those who are different?
2. How will you ensure that these issues will be addressed by the federal government?
Jack Layton and the New Democrats have a history of working well with others. Working with previous minority governments. New Democrats were instrumental in the establishment of our Health Care System and Public Pensions. From the Climate Accountability Act to the motion to ban tanker traffic off the coast of BC, New Democrats have successfully worked to protect and enhance a sustainable environment. We care about the world our children will inherit; after all, we’re all in this together.
3. How would you explain politics to your eight-year-old niece or nephew?
We all have rules we have to follow. Kids don’t have much choice and have to follow their parent’s rules (I know, how fair is that!?) but adults get a chance to change the law. In an ideal world, we would all have a chance to vote on every rule, but there are a lot of laws and people are busy, so we pick people to be our representative and send them to Ottawa for the laws of Canada. Voting in an election is picking the person who you think most closely represents your ideas or the person who you think will work hard to make the world a better place. We put our trust in our representatives and sometimes we get disappointed when they don’t do what they said they were going to do.

Michael In The News

BC Local

Waiting for a writ


Michael Charrois, who ran in the 2008 federal election,
has been reacclaimed as the NDP’s North Vancouver candidate.
Greg Hoekstra photo
By Greg Hoekstra – North Shore Outlook
Published: March 02, 2011 3:00 PM
Updated: March 02, 2011 3:25 PM
Michael Charrois has been a doctor, a detective, and, most recently, a knife-weilding demon hunter.
Being a professional actor, you see, means being able to wear a number of different hats.
“I spent yesterday stabbing some guy in the neck,” quips Charrois, of his work as a hand double for the TV series Supernatural. “Show business. It’s good work, if you can get it.”
But if the name Micheal Charrois rings a bell, it might also be for another reason.
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