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COW ELECTION 2011

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Local Government Election November 19, 2011

Comment Form

Across the Province of BC, Local Government Elections are held every three years.

Saturday, November 19th, 2011 is the next Local Government Election day across the Province.

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Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. - William Feather

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Resolution targets longer terms
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - September 22, 2013

Mayors, councillors and regional district directors could be elected less frequently.

A resolution to extend terms of office from three to four years was supported by 60 per cent of delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver Thursday.

“There’s something to be said about continuity,” said Ryan Nitchie, an Armstrong councillor.

“We develop five-year plans but we’re only elected for three years.”

Catherine Lord, a Vernon councillor, also supported the resolution, which will now be forwarded to the provincial government for consideration.

“Four years gives people more time to do what they were elected to do,” she said, adding that currently, the first year is a learning curve for new politicians and the third year is focused on electioneering.

“It will also be cheaper for taxpayers to have an election every four years than three.”

However, not everyone is supportive of the shift.

“If there are four-year terms, it will be hard to attract people to make the commitment for that length of time,” said Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director.

“It’s difficult to attract younger individuals.”

Juliette Cunningham, a Vernon councillor, also has similar concerns.

“Four years is a good chunk of their life. It may make them decide not to run,” she said.

Nitchie downplays the impact of four years over three.

“People are committed to the community no matter what,” he said.

UBCM will now ask the provincial government to make the change in time for civic elections in November 2014.

Presently, there are four-year terms for municipal leaders in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario, P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

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Rural annexation study seeking financial support
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - April 11, 2012

Funding sources are still being sought for a review of rural areas joining municipalities.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee is still pursuing partners for the $100,000 to $120,000 phase two of its annexation impact study.

“We’re trying to get the province onside because its policies have created the problem,” said Rick Fairbairn, EAAC chairperson, of rural areas being annexed into municipalities one property at a time.

The Ministry of Community Development can provide grants to communities wanting to study the implications of restructuring governance, while the ministry could also be petitioned directly for funds.

Other regional districts in B.C. are also being asked to participate as the study outcome could have implications across the province.

“We’re going to give it more time for interest to come back. There has been some legitimate response coming in,” said Fairbairn.

Phase one of the study suggested several individual annexations into a municipality have a cumulative negative impact on the electoral area that has lost land.

A key concern is the electoral area has a reduced tax base and the ability to provide services.

It’s also been suggested development on land annexed into a municipality can conflict with rural uses, while an electoral area has a reduced voice at the Regional District of North Okanagan.

RDNO could also use development services reserves for the phase two study, and Fairbairn believes local municipalities could also contribute.

“By annexing properties, there is a cost for them,” said Fairbairn of municipalities being responsible for services like roads and sewer.

RDNO staff has encouraged the EAAC directors to consider a variety of funding options.

“The electoral area annexation impact study is a unique project and does not meet the criteria of most planning grants that are available,” said Anthony Kittel, regional growth strategy co-ordinator, in a report.

“Therefore, external sources of funding are limited and therefore direct petition for funding at the regional district or provincial government level is recommended.”

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Well it was another disappointing election :(

the Extra Terrestrial One with the big eyes won!

ET ... go home!

IF YOU THINK THE WAY YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT, YOU ONLY GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOT...

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“Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” ― Thomas Jefferson

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CONFIRMED CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR NOV. 19, 2011

Dave Robertson - Ran in previous elections of 2007 and 2008 - Dave's platform last election

Jim Edgson - Current Central Okanagan West Director - website

Aaron Dinwoodie - previously Westside Issues Committee before 2007.  We found Aaron to be very Aarongant!

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.pdf icon January 12, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 8.1 Elected Official Seminar

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.pdf icon January 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Elected Official Seminar.pdf

Agenda No: 8.1
Mtg Date: January 12, 2012

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin
Corporate Services Coordinator
DATE: January 2,2012
SUBJECT: Elected Officials Seminar - SILGA Members - January 18-20, 2012

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the registration fee of $291.20 (per person) for Director Hanson and Director Edgson to attend the SILGA Elected Official Seminar, January 18-20, 2012 in Kelowna be approved.

BACKGROUND
The Local Government Leadership Academy's Elected Official Seminar for Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) members is being held in Kelowna, January 18-20, 2012. The registration fee is $291.20 (includes HST).

In the past, the electoral area directors have had the opportunity to attend the LGLA's Electoral Area Directors Seminar in Richmond scheduled in 2012 for Feb. 8-10 but this year the Regional Board has meetings scheduled for two of those days. SILGA is holding an Elected Officials Seminar in Kelowna Jan. 18-20.

It is the Board's policy that Board approval is required for attendance at seminars when registration is more than $100.00.

Board Remuneration and Expense Policy No. 7.15
"When the registration fee for a local course or seminar is less than $100.00, either the Chairperson or the Administrator may give approval."

This is for your consideration.

Encl. Seminar Agenda

Seminar Agenda was not published on RDCO's website.

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.pdf icon January 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

RDCO minutes are not usually published on RDCO's website until adopted at the following Board meeting.  If the minutes are not published here yet, you can check RDCO's website.  The next Regular Board meeting is February 27, 2012.

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Killiney Community Hall Service Area

The Regional Board has received the results of the recent referendum question seeking support to establish a service area to fund the operation and maintenance of the Killiney Beach Community Hall.

Of the 291 votes cast within the proposed service area, 177 people voted in favour while 114 voted against. In consideration of the referendum result, the Regional Board has now adopted Bylaw No. 1294 which establishes the service area to fund the hall at an annual cost not to exceed five cents per $1,000 of the assessed value of land and improvements. For an average property valued at $446,000 this year, the annual cost to fund the hall would be $14.49.

Retiring Directors Thanked for Service

This meeting was the last for retiring Directors Sharon Shepherd, Charlie Hodge, Graeme James, Angela Reid-Nagy and Michele Rule from the City of Kelowna and Kelly Hayes from the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. Chair Hobson thanked each for their contributions over the past term as well as their dedication, effort and service on behalf of their constituents and all residents of the Central Okanagan and wished them well in their future endeavours.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio November 28, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (108 MB)

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Killiney Community Hall Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1294.pdf

.pdf icon Item 11.2 Declaration of Election Results.pdf

Agenda No: 11.2
Mtg Date: Nov 28, 2011

TO: Regional Board
DATE: November 23,2011
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin
Chief Election Officer
SUBJECT: Utility Acquisition Policy

Regional Board Report
The Local General Election was concluded on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Advance polls were held on Wednesday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

The official results for the following are attached:
• Regional District of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area - Jim Edgson, elected
• Regional District of Central Okanagan East Electoral Area - Patty Hanson, elected
• School District No. 23, Zone 1 School Trustee (RDCO & District of Lake Country) Deborah Butler, acclaimed
• School District No. 23, Zone 11 School Trustee (RDCO & District of Peachland) - Moyra Baxter, elected.
• Referendum - RDCO Killiney Community Hall Service Area Establishment Bylaw - Yes -177 votes, No 114 votes.

This is for your information.

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

11.2 Declaration of Official Results, Local General Election - November 19, 2011 (for your information)

The local general elections were concluded on Saturday, November 29. Patty Hanson was elected in Central Okanagan East Electoral Area; Jim Edgson was elected in Central Okanagan West Electoral Area; Moyra Baxter was elected as school trustee in Zone 11; and Deborah Butler was acclaimed school trustee in Zone 1.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the declaration of official election results and referendum results for the Killiney Community Hall Service Area Establishment Bylaw be received for information.

CARRIED

12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items
Board members who are leaving- Directors Sharon Shepherd, Charlie Hodge, Graeme James, Angela Reid-Nagy and Michele Rule from the City of Kelowna and Kelly Hayes from the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area - and those who will return to the Board, were thanked for their contributions over the past term as well as their dedication, effort and service on behalf of all residents in the Central Okanagan.

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.pdf icon October 24, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

This was a director item so nothing was mentioned in the Highlights or Agenda about this award that WFN is lobbying for.

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Elections BC working on ways to increase voter turnout
Jesse Johnston - Nov 21, 2011

Turnout especially low among youth

VICTORIA (NEWS1130) - BC's Chief Electoral Officer has a few ideas to get more young people to vote.

Keith Archer says voter turnout is especially low among people between 18 and 24 years old.

"Part of the solution to engaging that group in the electoral process is to ensure that all of the administrative barriers that may be in place to discourage people from voting are removed," Archer says.

Making the registration process easier is at the top of list.

Archer wants to approach high school students before they graduate to ensure they're automatically signed up to vote when they turn 18 years old.

"Permitting early registration at the age of 16 would permit Elections BC to work with schools and the driver licensing program to ensure maximum exposure to the registration process for young voters," Archer explains.

"Many high school teachers have expressed support for this concept as it would allow meaningful action by their students in the context of civics education."

Archer also wants to look at online voting, at least on a trial basis.

"We would likely look at adopting this in a byelection before it's adopted in a general election," Archer says. "So, we're probably thinking of byelections after the 2013 provincial election, even in the event that the legislative change takes place."

Archer notes some municipalities are also discussing bringing in online voting in time for the 2014 election.

In addition to these changes, he is recommending a more efficient voter registration process and questioning whether it's necessary to have two Elections BC representatives watching each ballot box.

The recommendations come from the Election Advisory Committee, which consists of two Liberal MLAs, two NDP MLAs, and a Green Party MLA.

Archer hopes to make his case for the legislative changes to the BC Legislature sometime during the next sitting.

The entire report can be viewed here.

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Three pursuing North Westside seat - October 16, 2011 Vernon Morning Star
click for a larger copy

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Remember that the current Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson did not object to GranFondo bicycle event closing Westside Road for on July day for a few hours, and did not object to the WFN application for a gravel pit next to La Casa resort.  He wanted to purchase a fireboat and did not object to the North Westside Communities Association request to start taxing by way of a property tax to help pay for the Killiney Beach Hall when the Killiney Beach Community Hall was built by volunteers and run for years by volunteers who raised money.  There were a few grants-in-aid as well.  The property tax would be like the Hall gets a large grant-in-aid every year.

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TWO CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST DIRECTORS???

Why are there going to be two Central Okanagan West Directors ... two for WFN and only one for everyone else???

I am pissed off.. how about you??

We should start a petition against this. We are being voted out by approx. 700 WFN members??

okanaganlakebc.ca wants two Directors too then!!!

.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Corporate Services:
002 - Administration (pages 127): Discussions are underway regarding the Service Agreement with Westbank First Nation. Legal counsel is to provide an assignment of services document to transfer services to District of West Kelowna per the service agreement.

Board:
001 - Board (Page 165): There will be an election in November. Discussions have been initiated with the Provincial Government and Westbank First Nation to determine the process that would allow the WFN to become a full voting member of the Regional Board.

047 - Mosquito Control (Page 9): The BC Ministry of Health has approved 2011 Program funding in the amount of $269,900 to reduce mosquito larvae by treating approximately 300 known breeding sites on public lands and more than 11,000 roadside catch basins within the Regional District and its member municipalities. Residential Taxes in the amount of $31.5k are budgeted to be collected for the program in 2011. These monies will be carried over to 2012 to augment the Nuisance Control Program if Provincial Funding is not received. A five year contract has been awarded to BWP Consulting for Nuisance Mosquito
Control Services. WFN has been added to the Grant Program and is now included in the monitoring and treatment area.

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DID DIRECTOR JIM EDGSON BREAK HIS PROMISE?

(Daily Courier, Thursday Oct. 11, 2007) Incumbent director Jim Edgson says he won’t accept renumeration from RDCO for representing the people on WFN because he can’t do much for them except “be their service representative”
http://www.rocdoc.ca/platform.html


In the RDCO, Rural Directors receive an annual stipend of $14,000 plus supplements of $3,500 for the first 5000 electors and an additional $2,100 for population over 5000.  The $2,100 comes from the large electoral population of the WFN lands in the Central Okanagan West.  While the WFN residents pay a part of the annual stipend and first supplement through taxes to the WFN to pay for Regional Services on WFN land, the $2,100 supplement would be been paid by the ratepayers of the area outside of the WFN.  After due consideration, I have decided not to accept the additional $2,100 supplement.

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It doesn't look like Director Jim Edgson kept his promise to not accept the supplement for WFN does it?

In 2010 COW Director Jim Edgson's expenses $8,929 was almost 1/2 the amount he was paid as COW Director $21,335.

$164,310 for Chief Administrative Officer???

.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules.pdf

* Note: below is only a snippet of the Financial Disclosure Schedules, click link above for entire contents

RDCO REMUNERATION AND EXPENSE FOR 2010
click to read a larger copy

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This is how we figure that Director Jim Edgson may have RENEGED and accepted the Supplement for the portion of pay he would receive for WFN

Board of Directors Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw No.1247, 2008 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1102

PDF file icon Population of Central Okanagan West 8,018 - 2006 census

$14,000 base pay x 25% = $3,500

so $14,000 + $3,500 = $17,500 for 5000 constituents

plus 5% for each 1000 constituents would be

5% x 3 (3,000 constituents) = 15%

so $14,000 x 15% = $2,100 for 3,000 constituents

= TOTAL of $19,600 a COW DIRECTOR WOULD EARN for 8,000 constituents

compared to how much some of RDCO staff earn!

As you can see above this section, COW Director Jim Edgson received $21,335 which may have included the supplement for WFN portion.

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Jim Edgson on the BUNNY population in Kelowna

“We don’t have a problem (in) Westside because we have coyotes to deal with them,” Findlater said, somewhat jokingly.

A comment which led Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson to chime in.

“And coyotes deal with the problem in our area too–(as do) hawks, eagles and owls.”

But, for Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, what to do with a problem bunny population was no laughing matter.

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okanaganlakebc.ca is appalled at Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson's response to chickens roaming on other peoples property.  Listen to what Director Edgson told these poor people with chickens roaming on their property in the August 22, 2011 audio of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board meeting below.  Unbelievable!  It is really funny isn't it COW Director Jim Edgson?

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More about current 2008-2011 COW Director Jim Edgson here.

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Dinwoodie announces candidacy
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 66092 - Oct 16, 2011


Photo: Contributed - Aaron Dinwoodie

Former Westside Regional District Director and President of the B.C. Municipal Association announced his candidacy for Westside Regional District Director on Friday October 14.

Aaron Dinwoodie is looking for votes in becoming the next Westside Regional Director on November 19.

Dinwoodie says he has a strong work ethic, extensive experience, and excellent working relations with Senior Government, Westbank First Nation,and Regional District of Central Okanagan.

" I feel their is a real opportunity to work on enhancing one of the jewels or British Columbia, The Westside Electoral Area "

Dinwoodie's platform includes:

- Strong cooperative inter-governmental relations

- Holding the Federal Governments feet to the fire with respect to equitable funding for RCMP Policing Services, and Community Policing Programs to keep our Community safe.

- Ensuring Westside Electoral area receives equitable funding for rural roads, interface fire protection.

- That safety improvements continue to the Westside Road, an important alternate emergency route to the William Bennett Bridge.

- Working with the IHA to encourage service delivery on the Westside that makes sense.

- Protecting Watershed Resources & our natural environment.

- Preservation of green space, fore shore & walking trails for enjoyment and good health for our residents.

Dinwoodie has over a decade of service in local government experience.

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What if there wasn't a single candidate on the election platform that you would vote for?

Do you feel that Directors should earn more, so that there is more of a selection of candidates? How can we choose from more candidates?

Do you feel that a Director should be earning more than some of the staff at RDCO?

Do you feel money may be the issue, and that is why there are only 3 possible election candidates to represent more than 8,000 people that live in Central Okanagan West?  What if there was only one eligible election candidate to vote for or no candidate?

How do you feel about having only one of 3 possible election candidates represent your area?

What if the one and only Director that is voted in, won't speak to you?

Do you feel there should be more than one Director representing 8,000 people so that you have at least 2 or 3 Directors that you can go to for help if the only Director won't speak with you?

Campaign Costs in 2008
Director Jim Edgson raised $6,260 and spent $5,960. Contributors included MLA Rick Thorpe and former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray. Candidate Dave Robertson raised and spent approximately $800.

How is it that an MLA who doesn't even live in the area be permitted to contribute to another candidates campaign is beyond us?

Why doesn't a campaign contributor have to live within the electoral boundary?

 Why doesn't a Director have to live in the area he is representing?  Don't you consider an election candidate who lives in another area, a conflict of interest?

Are you concerned that another more populated area within one electoral area boundary, can out-vote your area because teh other area is more densely populated and elect a candidate for your area?

Current Director Jim Edgson stated this by way of the local newsletter sometime around the last election.

In the RDCO, Rural Directors receive an annual stipend of $14,000 plus supplements of $3,500 for the first 5000 electors and an additional $2,000 for population over 5000.  The $2,100 comes from the large electoral population of the WFN Lands in the Central Okanagan West.  While the WFN residents pay a part of the annual stipend and first supplement through taxes to the WFN to pay for Regional Services on WFN land, the $2,100 supplement would be been paid by the ratepayers of the area outside of the WFN.  After due consideration, I have decided not to accept the additional $2,100 supplement.

Above are just some of the concerns that okanaganlakebc.ca has about the election process.

Do you think the election process should be changed?

If you have an idea or solution how to resolve these things about the election process, you can make a comment by filling out this form and your comment will be posted here on okanaganlakebc.ca.  Maybe the powers that be will read your comments and take your solution into consideration?

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Occupy the Polls - Register and Vote - Change is Pragmatic - Not Automatic
 

Do you want a Director that doesn't take a petition seriously?

Aaron Dinwoodie back in 2006, when he was a member of the Westside Issues Committee through the RDCO, told okanaganlakebc.ca that people only signed the 2006 garbage petition asking for smaller transfer stations at each subdivision that they only signed the petition to get okanaganlakebc.ca off their doorstep.  Do you want a Director that doesn't take a petition seriously?  Just about everyone signed the petition.

 

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein

 

 

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Government is like business, if you don't support them, they don't stick around long.

 

 

"A nation of sheep soon begets a government of wolves."
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You can't fix stupid, but you can vote'em out!

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CONFIRMED ELECTION CANDIDATES

Dave Robertson - Ran in previous elections of 2007 and 2008 - Dave's platform last election

Jim Edgson - Current Central Okanagan West Director - website

Aaron Dinwoodie - previously Westside Issues Committee before 2007.  We found Aaron to be very Aarongant!

IN okanaganlakebc.ca's OPINION THERE IS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE WE WOULD VOTE FOR AND THAT IS DAVE ROBERTSON

DAVE NEEDS TO WORK ON WFN THIS TIME AROUND BECAUSE IT WAS WFN WHO ELECTED OUR CURRENT DIRECTOR JIM EDGSON IF YOU LOOK AT THE STATS.

Central Okanagan West Election Results ADV -
Killiney
North
ADV -
South
South Killiney
North
Total
Votes
 
Jim Edgson 2008 53 30 216 88 387

64.8%

Jim Edgson 2007 29 35 172 128 364

60.9%

Dave Robertson 2008 28 3 64 115 210

35.2%

Dave Robertson 2007 10 4 45 175 234

39.1%

   Total votes 2008 = 597
   Total votes 2007 = 598

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2008 # votes at Killiney Beach, Dave Robertson = 143
2008 # votes at Killiney Beach, Jim Edgson = 141

2007 # votes at Killiney Beach, Dave Robertson = 185
2007 # votes at Killiney Beach, Jim Edgson = 157

Out of approx. 2000 eligible voters
Total votes at Killiney Beach 2008 = 284
Total votes at Killiney Beach 2007 = 342

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2008 # votes in the South, Dave Robertson = 67
2008 # votes in the South, Jim Edgson = 246

2007 # votes in the South, Dave Robertson = 49
2007 # votes in the South, Jim Edgson = 207

Out of approx. 5330 eligible voters
Total votes in the South 2008 = 313
Total votes in the South 2007 = 256

EVERYONE IN THE NORTH WESTSIDE ROAD AREA NEEDS TO GET OUT AND VOTE THIS TIME AROUND, OR WFN AND SOUTH WILL BE ELECTING YOUR DIRECTOR AGAIN!!!

Remember Director Jim Edgson was in favour of the .pdf icon WFN gravel pit next to La Casa resort and he was also in favour of Granfondo closing down Westside Road for a day summer of 2011 to have a bicycle event, until North Westside Road residents caught on and had that reversed.

Government is like business, if you don't support them, they don't stick around long.

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WHAT?

Candidates are not required to reside in the jurisdiction in which they are running.

Nominations open for RDCO elections
by Castanet Staff - Story: 65553 - Oct 4, 2011

Nomination papers are now being accepted for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Director and School Trustee elections on November 19th.

Those people returning Nomination papers for the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area directors elections and the School District No. 23 Zone 1 (Central Okanagan East Electoral area and District of Lake Country) and Zone 2 (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves #9 and #10) elections have until 4:00 pm Friday, October 14th to file in order to have their name listed on the ballot.

Late nominations will not be accepted.

Two qualified electors from the jurisdiction for which a person is nominated must sign the nomination papers of any potential candidate.

As well, candidates must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age on election day, have lived in BC for six months and not be disqualified from voting.

Candidates are not required to reside in the jurisdiction in which they are running. Successful candidates will sit for a three year term which expires in the fall of 2014.

Potential candidates in the Regional District elections should contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Election Officer in order to book an appointment prior to the deadline to ensure their nomination papers are complete.

Appointments can be booked by calling 250-763-4918 and asking for the Election officials.

Candidates for Zone 1 School Trustee may also pick up and file nomination papers at the District of Lake Country election office, while those in Zone 2 may do the same at the District of Peachland election office.

A nomination deposit of $100 is also required for School Trustee candidates.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan website has a page of information and links for those people who may be considering running for local office (regionaldistrict.com/elections or Quick Links/2011 Election and Candidate Information). Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Potential candidates may wish to consider the time commitment, remuneration, financial disclosure and reporting and other legal responsibilities that come with holding public office.

Our website Candidate Information page also has links to pertinent bylaws in the Regional District and to the detailed and informative ‘Candidates Guide for Local Elections in British Columbia’ and ‘Campaign Organizer and Elector Organization Guide’, prepared by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. You’ll also find links to the Local Government Act and Provincial webpages explaining the Regional District form of local government.”

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Did you know that Central Okanagan West is known as Electoral Area J?

.pdf icon SLP 2002 Redefinition of Electoral Areas, Boundary, Directors - May.pdf - Electoral Area J
1.0 Letters Patent dated August 24, 1967, as amended, and further amended by deleting the description of Electoral Area G and Electoral Area - Westbank and substituting Electoral Area J, to be known as the Westside Electoral Area
1.1 Deleting the description of Electoral Area I and substituting Electoral Area I, to be known as the Ellison/Joe Rich Electoral Area
3.0 Westside Electoral Area shall have 3 directors

.pdf icon LP 2007 Westside District Municipality - Oct 4 - OIC653.pdf

SLP Oct. 4, 2007 - from RDCO Board Agenda October 15, 2007
AND WHEREAS the Westside District Municipality lying within the boundary of the Regional
District of the Central Okanagan is incorporated, effective December 6,2007;
AND WHEREAS section 782 of the Local Government Act provides that the Lieutenant
Governor in Council may, by the issue of letters patent, transfer from the regional district to the newly
incorporated municipality the jurisdiction for the services in respect of all or a specified part of the service
area, with provisions that the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable:

ELECTORAL AREA J
5.0 Letters patent of the regional district, as amended, are hereby further amended at the description
of Electoral Area J by deleting the phrase ''to be known as the Westside Electoral Area" and
substituting the phrase "to be known as the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area".
5.1 Letters patent of the regional district issued by Order in Council No. 332, approved and ordered
on May 2, 2002, are hereby amended by deleting section 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9.
5.2 The regional district shall hold an election for director for Electoral Area J, Central Okanagan
West Electoral Area
, on November 17,2007.
5.3 The term of office for the director elected as described in section 6.2 of these letters patent shall
commence upon the date of the first meeting of the regional district board in December 2007, or
when the director takes office, whichever is later, and ends, according to the Local Government
Act following the 2008 general local election.

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Regional District Director and School Trustee Candidate Nominations Open

Nomination papers are now being accepted for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Director and School Trustee elections on November 19th.

Those people returning Nomination papers for the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area directors elections and the School District No. 23 Zone 1 (Central Okanagan East Electoral area and District of Lake Country) and Zone 2 (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves #9 and #10) elections have until 4:00 pm Friday, October 14th to file in order to have their name listed on the ballot. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Two qualified electors from the jurisdiction for which a person is nominated must sign the nomination papers of any potential candidate. As well, candidates must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age on election day, have lived in BC for six months and not be disqualified from voting. Candidates are not required to reside in the jurisdiction in which they are running. Successful candidates will sit for a three year term which expires in the fall of 2014.

Potential candidates in the Regional District elections should contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Election Officer in order to book an appointment prior to the deadline to ensure their nomination papers are complete. Appointments can be booked by calling 250-763-4918 and asking for the Election officials. Candidates for Zone 1 School Trustee may also pick up and file nomination papers at the District of Lake Country election office, while those in Zone 2 may do the same at the District of Peachland election office. A nomination deposit of $100 is also required for School Trustee candidates.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan website has a page of information and links for those people who may be considering running for local office (regionaldistrict.com/elections or Quick Links/2011 Election and Candidate Information). Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Potential candidates may wish to consider the time commitment, remuneration, financial disclosure and reporting and other legal responsibilities that come with holding public office. Our website Candidate Information page also has links to pertinent bylaws in the Regional District and to the detailed and informative ‘Candidates Guide for Local Elections in British Columbia’ and ‘Campaign Organizer and Elector Organization Guide’, prepared by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. You’ll also find links to the Local Government Act and Provincial webpages explaining the Regional District form of local government.”

(October 4, 2011)

Source:  Regional District of Central Okanagan What's New

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Election information 2011

RDCO Elections Bylaw No. 1243

Past election results

Where to vote

If you need assistance to vote

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On General Voting Day, the following voting locations are open for qualified voters between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm

Central Okanagan West
Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, 2010 Daimler Road
Killiney Beach Community Hall, 516 Udell Road, Killiney Beach

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Central Okanagan West electoral boundary

consists of Brent Road located on the other side of Peachland, Trepanier, Native Reserves 9 and 10, plus Westside Road.

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In 2007 and 2008 Brent Road located on the other side of Peachland, Trepanier, Native Reserves 9 and 10 voted and cancelled out Killiney Beach voting station where 2007-2011 Director Jim Edgson resides.  In the 2011 COW election lets hope everyone at Killiney Beach voting station gets out to vote so we can override the other areas.

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Is this maybe a reason why only two candidates ran in the 2007 and 2008 COW election?

Is the distance between North Westside Road BC and the Regional District of Central Okanagan office at 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna BC where Regional District of Central Okanagan Board meetings are held, which is a 45 minute drive each way on a very windy and dangerous Westside Road BC be a reason there were only 2 COW election candidates to choose from in the 2007 and 2008 Central Okanagan West election, and will this fact be a deterrent in future local government COW elections?  This fact alone would be the sole reason why one person would not want to be a candidate.  Driving in the dark or early morning is not the best time to drive Westside Road due to all the deer, and driving in the winter when the roads are barely plowed is just one more reason.  Putting your life at risk is just not worth it!

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Four-year terms eyed for councils
Kelowna Capital News - By Tom Fletcher - June 01, 2010

VICTORIA—A task force on local elections has recommended tighter spending rules for candidates, and a four-year term of office for those elected to municipal councils and school boards.

The task force of councillors and B.C. Liberal MLAs decided not to place limits on campaign contributions by individuals, businesses and unions. Requiring disclosure of all donations and placing limits on candidate spending is sufficient to allow voters to make up their minds, said Community and Rural Development Minister Bill Bennett, co-chairman of the task force.

Kelowna’s mayor, Sharon Shepherd, said she had no problem with proposals when asked about them Monday.

The task force also recommended against giving businesses a vote in local elections. Some coastal communities have seen an industrial tax revolt led by Catalyst Paper, which unsuccessfully argued in court that local councils have loaded too much of the local tax burden on their mills.

Bennett said another task force is looking at the imbalance between residential and business taxes in some communities, but the principle of one-person, one-vote was deemed more important than businesses being taxed without representation.

“You look around the world and you see that there is no corporate or business vote anywhere in the world, except for downtown London, England, and nobody lives in downtown London, England,” Bennett said.

NDP community development critic Scott Fraser said the B.C. Liberals didn’t want to impose limits on campaign contributions at the municipal level because they have refused to do so provincially.

Corporate donations have put the B.C. Liberal Party far ahead of the NDP in campaign money collected in recent years, and NDP leader Carole James has repeatedly called for a ban on corporate and union donations to provincial parties.

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