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Central Okanagan West (COW)

Local Government Election Saturday, November 15, 2014

Comment Form

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014 was the last next Local Government Election day across the Province.  The next election day is in 4 years.

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

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.” - Albert Einstein

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Congratulations DIRECTOR WAYNE CARSON

with 70.6% of the vote

FOR ELECTION RESULTS CLICK HERE

CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST ELECTION RESULTS AT 8:50PM

   Total votes 2008 = 597
   Total votes 2007 = 598

Population of Central Okanagan West in 2011 was approx. 9,015

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www.regionaldistrict.com/elections

Regional District Director - Central Okanagan West Electoral Area
(including Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)


(One to be elected)

Wayne Carson
Marsali MacIver
Eric Von Krosigk

Nov 15, 2014 Election Candidate Info on RDCO's website

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Would you be supportive of mandatory voting in Canada?

Yes: 171
No: 252
I don't know: 12

November 2, 2014 - 435 votes

Source: castanet.net poll

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After seeing his ideas for the next four years do you believe is in good hands with new mayor Colin Basran?

Yes: 362
No: 221

December 2, 2014 - 583 votes

Source: castanet.net poll

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2011 Census Profile for Provincial Electoral Districts February 22, 2013 from BC Stats
Excel File Download

RDCO AUDIO OF POPULATION STATS 2013 BEING SKEWED
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Map of Central Okanagan West

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SIGN THE PETITION FOR INCORPORATION

or help fund the Governance Study

The North Westside governance committee is seeking funding to assist in the collection, organization, and distribution of information to our residents. This will allow residents to make an educated choice on our future governance options and the costs/implications upon the taxpayer.

OR

SIGN THE PETITION REQUESTING A GOVERNANCE STUDY

 

Municipal Incorporation Process

The following is a summary of the municipal incorporation process:

1. An individual or group contacts the ministry to indicate that there is community support for an incorporation study and to inquire about the process for incorporation.
2. The ministry, along with local citizens, assess the local context to determine if a broad base of community support exists for considering incorporation and that the community has the characteristics that would make a municipality feasible.
3. An incorporation study committee is formed from residents that is broadly representative of the community.
4. The committee asks the minister for approval in principle to conduct an incorporation study.
5. If the minister decides that approval in principle can be given, the committee establishes terms of reference for both the committee and the incorporation study and selects an independent consultant to conduct the study.
6. The committee makes a formal request to the minister for a restructure planning grant to fund the study.
7. If the minister approves the grant, the consultant works with the committee to produce an objective study on the impact of municipal incorporation.
8. The ministry provides an offer of provincial assistance, financial and otherwise, that it will give to the municipality if it incorporates. This information is included in the municipal incorporation study.
9. The final study is presented to the community for public discussion and input.
10. Based on community input, the committee decides whether to recommend to the minister that a vote be held to decide if the majority of the electorate support municipal incorporation.
11. If the committee recommends that a vote be held and the minister agrees, an order to hold the vote will be given. Community meetings are held leading up to the vote so that local citizens have every opportunity to make an informed choice.
12. If local citizens vote in favour of municipal incorporation, Letters Patent are prepared for approval by Cabinet. Letters Patent are the legal documents creating the municipality. These include information such as the effective date of incorporation, the name of the municipality, the council size, and identifies other transitional issues such as the transfer of services to the municipality from the regional district and any improvement district dissolved as a consequence of incorporation.
13. The ministry hires an interim municipal administrator to prepare everything necessary for the inaugural meeting of council.
14. The first municipal election takes place on a date set out in the Letters Patent.

Source: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/boundaries/municipal_incorporation_process.htm

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B.C.’S 25 SMALLEST INCORPORATED COMMUNITIES:

Zeballos Population: 110
Silverton 199
Wells 234
Lytton 242
Hazelton 268
Slocan 301
Granisle 304
Tahsis 307
Sayward 307
Port Clements 371
Stewart 425
Alert Bay 443
Sun Peaks Mountain 451
New Denver 497
Port Edward 536
McBride 585
Clinton 624
Belcarra 637
New Hazelton 661
Midway 667
Greenwood 695
Pouce Coupe 726
Canal Flats 736
Radium Hot Springs 766
Port Alice 799

Source:  http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/b-c-s-tiniest-towns-set-sights-on-growth-by-reinventing-themselves-1.1828885

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.pdf icon Central Okanagan West is approx. 2,000 population without the native reserves.
With the native reserves, Central Okanagan West is approx. 9,000 population

Source: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/library/regional_stats15_summary.pdf

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Director's salary disclosed
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Jul 8, 2016

North Westside director Wayne Carson had a salary of $22,609 in 2015 and expenses of $8,945. North Westside’s elected representative is defending his compensation.

Figures released by the Regional District of Central Okanagan show that director Wayne Carson had a salary of $22,609 in 2015 and expenses of $8,945.

“The expenses come from driving throughout the district and attending meetings in Kelowna,” said Carson.

Carson, whose area also includes parts of rural Peachland and West Kelowna, points out that being a director involves significant work.

“It takes up more time than I thought it would. There’s a lot of documentation to deal with before meetings,” he said.

Carson is only one of two electoral area directors on the board (the other is Patty Hanson from Central Okanagan East). The rest of the board consists of appointments from the municipalities of Lake Country, Peachland, Kelowna and West Kelowna.

The municipal directors receive less in compensation from RDCO than the electoral area directors, with Lake Country’s James Baker having a salary of $15,776 and no expenses.

Chairperson Gail Given, from Kelowna, had remuneration of $40,661 and expenses of $1,882.

In 2015, the remuneration and benefits of all regional district employees totalled $9.9 million. Among them were 35 staff who earned more than $75,000.

Leading the pack was Brian Reardon, chief administrative officer, at remuneration of $197,110 and expenses of $12,393. Former North Westside fire chief Brian Gardiner had a salary of $91,605 and expenses of $1,774.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/385896411.html

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about item 8.1 or about the audio links below

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon 8.1 RDCO Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 1Q 2016

*Note* Please click links above for entire content

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. FINANCIAL SERVICES
8.1 RDCO Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 1Q 2016 [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208(1)]
Staff report dated April 18, 2016 outlined the purchase commitments for the first quarter of 2016. Staff outlined what contract administration and inspection services are for the Westshore & Killiney Beach Water Systems project.
BAKER/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the first quarter, ending March 31, 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

10. NEW BUSINESS
10.1 Electoral Area Governance
Director Carson requested approval for travel expenses for himself and Director Hanson to meet with Minister Fassbender to discuss electoral area governance.
CARSON/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board authorize travel expenses to Victoria for Director Carson and Director Hanson to meet with Minister Fassbender to discuss electoral area governance.
CARRIED (opposed Ophus/Findlater)
Further, Director Carson requested support from the Board for a governance study in the two electoral areas. In discussion, it was noted that a written report is required for the Board to consider what is being asked. First, the Province needs to determine if a governance study is feasible. The Directors are to report back to the Board after their meeting with the Province.

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Chair Given had to mention that it takes 10 years to incorporate to get that dig in, didn't she!!!  Chair Given seems to be loving it!!!

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.pdf icon March 10, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Director Recognized
The Regional Board acknowledged the recent presentation from the Lifesaving Society of BC and Yukon to Central Okanagan West Director Wayne Carson. He was presented with a certificate and silver medal for rescuing two young girls from Okanagan Lake last August.

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.pdf icon March 10, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS
The Board congratulated Director Carson on receipt of the Life Saving Society of BC and Yukon Award for his role in rescuing two young girls from Okanagan Lake in 2015.

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North Westside eyes governance
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Jun 24, 2015

North Westside residents are being urged to take pen to paper to push for governance changes.

The North Westside Communities Association currently has three petitions circulating that will be presented to the Regional District of Central Okanagan for consideration.

“People are tired that everything (taxes) goes up without any explanation of the reason,” said Bob Andrews, NWCA president.

One of the petitions calls for RDCO to initiate an incorporation study for the North Westside while the other petitions demand a stronger community voice and a review of water options.

About 100 people attended a recent town hall meeting to discuss the relationship with RDCO.

“The vast majority sitting there are unhappy with how money is spent and how our director gets outvoted every time,” said Andrews, adding that he believes it is difficult to obtain information from the regional district.

“People want to know the cost for an employee or the cost of power. They want to know if regional district staff are efficient.”

Wayne Carson, a long-time resident who has been North Westside director since November, isn’t surprised by the petition campaigns.

“People aren’t happy with conditions as they are. They want a voice in their local affairs,” he said.

“It all comes back to governance and authority over tax dollars.”

However, Carson won’t say if he supports municipal incorporation as a feasibility study is required to look at the pros and cons.

“You don’t jump off a cliff. There’s a process to follow,” he said.

RDCO officials attended the town hall meeting hosted by the NWCA.

“If was democracy in action. We heard a lot of concerns and it is good for us to engage directly with residents,” said Brian Reardon, chief administrative officer.

However, Reardon insists RDCO’s two rural directors (the other is Joe Rich/Ellison) have a voice at the board table.

“When you look at the resolutions, especially from January until now, I count 23 resolutions that area directors made or seconded that the board supported,” he said.

Some North Westside residents have suggested that the community should take direct control over the water system because of dissatisfaction with RDCO operations.

However, Reardon says there are few options for that to occur.

“It’s a regional district asset managed on their (residents) behalf. If the community wants direct control over the utility, they would have to incorporate,” he said.

Source: vernonmorningstar.com/news/309358601.html

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Carson and Director Stacks birthday being on March 12, 2015 because this was a Director item

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be March 23th, 2014.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

You can speak at the March 27th Regional Board Meeting at 9:00am just before they pass the budget.

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Expenses released for rural areas
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - Feb 27, 2015

Waging election campaigns led to a variety of approaches in rural communities.

Elections B.C. has released financial documents related to the 2014 civic elections in electoral areas.

“I never do spend a nickel,” said Herman Halvorson, who reported no expenses for his successful bid to be the Regional District of North Okanagan’s rural Enderby director.

“If people want me, I’m available and if they don’t, I’m OK with that. I go around and talk to people and knock on doors.”

Halvorson says he didn’t seek campaign donations because, “I don’t want to be beholden to anyone.”

Pearase, who was rural Enderby director for a term, spent $735 on her campaign, with $150 coming from her and $200 from Bob Cowan, a former alternate director.

In rural Lumby, incumbent director Rick Fairbairn held on to his seat by spending $2,884.

“I got challenged and I felt there was an opportunity to find out opinions from Area D residents,” he said.

“I had to respond and that included signs and advertising.”

Fairbairn’s campaign was primarily self-financed although there was $124 from Kevin Acton, Lumby mayor.

In the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, long-time Falkland director Rene Talbot was re-elected after spending $184, while challenger Kelly Stalker had expenses of $1,717.

There was a three-way race for North Westside director in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Topping the polls was Wayne Carson, who spent $3,500. Of that, $500 came from Carson and $1,000 from resident Ian Kilpatrick.

Marsali MacIver had expenses of $2,578, with $805 coming from herself and $1,000 from resident Dave Robertson. Eric Von Krosigk, who came in third, reported expenses of $4,557, and while he provided most of his own funding, $500 came from former North Westside director Jim Edgson.

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

2014-2015 Regional Board and Central Okanagan Hospital District

At the Inaugural meeting of the Regional District Board and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board, oaths of office were taken by each of the Directors. Kelowna Councillor Gail Given was acclaimed as Chair of the Regional District Board and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board during the Inaugural meeting. West Kelowna Councillor Duane Ophus was elected as Vice-Chair of both boards. The Regional District Board consists of 12 voting members representing the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the District of West Kelowna. The Westbank First Nation is represented with a non-voting member.

Regional Board Members
Chair Gail Given Councillor, City of Kelowna
Vice-Chair Duane Ophus Councillor, District of West Kelowna
Wayne Carson Central Okanagan West Electoral Area
Patty Hanson Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
Colin Basran Mayor, City of Kelowna
Maxine DeHart Councillor, City of Kelowna
Tracy Gray Councillor, City of Kelowna
Brad Sieben Councillor, City of Kelowna
Luke Stack Councillor, City of Kelowna
James Baker Mayor, District of Lake Country
Cindy Fortin Mayor, District of Peachland
Doug Findlater Mayor, District of West Kelowna
Chris Derickson Councillor, Westbank First Nation (Non-Voting Member)

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. Corporate Services

6.1 Declaration of Official Results, Local General Election, November 15, 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
The Chief Election Officer report of November 18th outlined the official results of the 2014 Local General Election for the Regional District of Central Okanagan and School District No. 23.

BASRAN/SIEBEN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the 2014 Declaration of Official Results, Local General Election.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Declaration of Electoral Area Director Election Result

On Saturday, November 15th, an election was held for the Regional Director to represent the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Chief Election Officer Mary Jane Drouin has declared the result to be official.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “In the election for Central Okanagan West Director, Wayne Carson has been declared elected receiving a total of 414 votes out of a total 586 ballots that were cast. There are an estimated 7,807 eligible voters in the Electoral Area.”

Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director

Candidate - Votes - % of Votes Cast
Wayne Carson - 414 - 70.6%
Marsali MacIver - 125 - 21.3%
Eric Von Krosigk - 47 - 8%

In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, incumbent Patty Hanson was not challenge and was acclaimed as Director for the next four year term. In addition, Zone 1 School Trustee Deb Butler and Zone 2 School Trustee Moyra Baxter have also been elected by acclamation.

Smith adds, “Regional Board appointments from our member municipalities will be confirmed after their Inaugural Council meetings in early December. Six Directors will be appointed from the City of Kelowna, two from the District of West Kelowna and one each from the District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.”

The Inaugural Board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm Monday, December 8th where Directors will take their oath of office and a Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected.”

(November 19, 2014)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

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New rules coming for local election spending
by Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - Nov 17, 2014

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes

VICTORIA – Municipal election campaigns are like mushrooms that pop up every few years, with voters still in the dark about who's fertilizing them with how much money.

That's why the B.C. government waited until the first elections for four-year municipal terms were held to examine how campaign spending should be regulated, says Coralee Oakes, B.C.'s minister for community, sport and cultural development.

Oakes promised there will be new rules on spending and donations from property developers, unions and other donors to municipal council and school board candidates by the next province-wide municipal vote in 2018. A legislature committee started working on it in October, with recommendations due by Nov. 27.

"What we found is that for a lot of the organizations, if you're not in election mode, they are not formed," Oakes said. "So we knew that if we were to do stakeholder engagement, we need to do it when the elections were happening."

Some urban municipalities see substantial campaign donations from special interests, with only the requirement of disclosure long after votes are counted. In Vancouver, where developers and civic worker unions spend heavily, Mayor Gregor Robinson's Vision Vancouver party and challenger Kirk Lapointe's Non-Partisan Association were pushed to voluntarily disclose their major donors before Saturday's vote.

Imposing campaign reform on local governments is an awkward task for the ruling B.C. Liberals, who have refused to give up their multi-million-dollar advantage in corporate donations over the NDP and other challengers.

NDP leader John Horgan said Monday the opposition will soon table its annual private member's bill calling for the elimination of corporate and union donations from provincial campaigns, as has been done in other provinces and at the federal level.

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Carson ready to serve North Westside area
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Nov 19, 2014

Wayne Carson is the new director for North Westside.

The North Westside’s new elected representative says he wants to focus on residents’ needs.

Wayne Carson rose to the top of the polls Saturday, receiving 414 votes in Central Okanagan West. He was followed by Marsali MacIver at 125 and Eric Von Krosigk at 47 votes.

“My platform was all about community and restoring its voice,” said Carson, who takes over from retiring director Jim Edgson.

“I want them to have input on services and taxes.”

Carson wants to establish advisory committees to review key community issues and then take any recommendations to town hall meetings for input.

“We can come up with plans that truly represent the community,” he said.

Carson will now sit around the board table at the Regional District of Central Okanagan, an organization he had a significant conflict with last year.

Carson, who had been North Westside fire chief for 19 years, resigned Sept. 16, 2013, claiming he had no choice given allegations and job changes being made by the regional district.

He was originally suspended by the regional district for three days in June but details around that circumstance have never been made public.

Carson then returned to duties after the suspension but a leave of absence began July 8, 2013. RDCO has always indicated that Carson requested the leave but Carson has denied that occurred.

Carson says he has moved on from the dispute and can work with RDCO staff.

“It will be a straight-forward management issue. When I was the chief, I worked for them and now as director, they work for me,” he said. “It’s a matter of doing an elected official’s job. If everyone does their job, everyone gets along.”

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Voter turnout extremely low in North Okanagan
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Nov 17, 2014

Most North Okanagan residents ignored the democratic process Saturday.

Voter turnout was extremely low in all communities during civic elections.

In Vernon, 9,644 people, or 30 per cent, voted out of 32,045 eligible voters.

“Thirty per cent is about average if you look at the rest of the Okanagan communities,” said Patti Bridal,” Vernon’s director of corporate services.

“Of course, as the chief election officer, we would love to see a larger turnout, but as long as we can maintain 30 per cent, I am satisfied.”

The highest voter response in the region Saturday was 39 per cent in Enderby.

“Ideally, I always hope for 100 per cent but when you look at the 39 per cent compared to previous elections, I am very pleased,” said Tate Bengtson, Enderby’s chief administrative officer.

“I was pleased to see a lot of first-time voters and hope this positive trend will continue in future elections.”

In Coldstream, voter turnout went from 32.5 per cent in 2011 to 30 per cent this year (the number of eligible voters has increased during that time).

“It’s slightly lower than we expected but we’re still pleased,” said Keri-Ann Austin, Coldstream’s director of corporate administration.

Saturday’s voter turnout was 30 per cent in Armstrong while it was 29 per cent in Spallumcheen and 24 per cent in Lake Country.

In Area D (rural Lumby), voter turnout was 28 per cent, while it was 16 per cent in Area F (rural Enderby).

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Video of part of the forum held at Killiney Beach Hall

We are very disappointed that the Regional District did not lend out its audio system for the forums and that the forums were not recorded for everyone who could not attend.  Not everyone can make it to the forums.  I don't want to just know the issues, I want to know the solutions.

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Unofficial City of Kelowna Election Results Nov. 15, 2014

New mayor and council elected

Unofficial numbers show Colin Basran will serve as Mayor after receiving 16,755 or 57 per cent of votes.

The unofficial votes for 2015 -2018 City Councillors are:

Luke Stack with (16,651)

Gail Given (15,691),

Maxine DeHart (15,683),

Mohini Singh (15,561),

Brad Sieben (12,666),

Tracy Gray(11,588),

Ryan Donn (9,622) and

Charlie Hodge (9,519).

The unofficial 2014-2018 school trustees are Chris Gorman, Rollie Cacchioni, Lee-Anne Tiede, and Lee Mossman.

Official confirmation of results is expected later this week, once voting documents have been reviewed.

For full results per poll, visit kelowna.ca/election or check out the mobile election “app” on your smartphone.

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Advance Voting Complete in Regional District Director Election

Advance Voting opportunities are over now in this year’s Regional District election for Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director.

In the two advance voting opportunities 227 people cast ballots to choose a new Regional Board Director. That compares with 104 advance votes in the 2011 election and 114 in 2008.

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “This Saturday, November 15th is General Voting Day in the Central Okanagan West Regional District Director election. The polling places will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm for resident and non-resident electors.”

There are two locations in Central Okanagan West. Qualified voters may cast a ballot at either Constable Neil Bruce Middle School (2010 Daimler Drive) or the Killiney Beach Community Hall, (516 Udell Road in Killiney Beach).

Voters must bring along two pieces of acceptable identification that proves their current residence and who they are and one must have a signature on it. Qualified voters must be at least 18 years of age on the date that they vote; a Canadian Citizen, a resident of British Columbia for six months prior to voting day and a resident of their Electoral Area for at least 30 days before voting day. Non-resident electors must have owned property in the electoral area for at least 30 days prior to voting and must also complete a consent form signed by the majority of the owners of the property.

Smith reminds that those people who meet the voting qualifications and live on Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are eligible to vote in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director election.

As well, those voting by mail ballot must have their completed ballots returned to the Chief Election Officer prior to the close of voting at 8:00 pm on Saturday in order to be counted.

If people have any questions about voting and qualifications and whether they live within the Electoral Area boundary, they can check out the Elections Information links and detailed map on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/elections, email elections "at" cord.bc.ca or call 250-763-4918. After the polls close results will be available as they are received at www.regionaldistrict.com/electionresults.

For general information on General Voting day only while the polls are open, please call the Election Hotline at 250-469-6339.

(November 12, 2014)

Source:  RDCO What's New

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Central Okanagan West Election Information

General voting for qualified electors for a new Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director will be held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th at the following locations:

1. Killiney Beach Community Hall – 514 Udell Road
2. Constable Neil Bruce Middle School – 2010 Daimler Drive, West Kelowna

Information on voter qualifications and locations is available at www.regionaldistrict.com/elections. Results will be available after polls close at www.regionaldistrict.com/electionresults.

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Ballot Candidates Confirmed for Electoral Area Director Election

The following individuals have been officially declared as candidates for the Saturday, November 15th Regional District of Central Okanagan election.

Regional District Director - Central Okanagan West Electoral Area

(including Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)

(One to be elected)

   Wayne Carson

   Marsali MacIver

   Eric Von Krosigk

In addition to General Voting on Saturday, November 15th, advance polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 5th and Wednesday November 12th at the Killiney Beach Community Hall and new this year, the first floor Boardroom at the Westbank First Nation office, 301-515 Highway 97 South.

Voters in Central Okanagan West Electoral Area should visit the election section on the Regional District website (regionaldistrict.com/elections) before they head to the polls. It explains where they can vote and what the qualifications are required for voting. It’s also important to note that qualified electors living on Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are eligible to vote in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area director election.

Some people may choose to vote by mail ballot. The same voting qualifications apply and application forms must be completed and submitted to the Chief Election Officer as soon as possible in order to allow enough time to receive and return completed mail ballot packages. Mail ballots must be received before the close of voting at 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th. Those received after that time will not be eligible and will not be included in the voting results.

Incumbent candidate Patty Hanson was unopposed at the close of the nomination period for the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Director position and will return to represent the area for a four year term through the fall of 2018.

(October 20, 2014)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be November 13th, 2014.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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From WayneCarson.ca

More All Candidate Forums

Two more opportunities for the residents of Central Okanagan West to ask questions of the three candidates seeking the Directors position.

1/ Wednesday October 29 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Road in Killiney Beach.

2/ Thursday October 30 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Wilson’s Landing Fire Hall on Westside Road just south of Lake Okanagan Resort.

Any residents from Trepanier, Brent Road, Crystal Mountain or IR 9 & 10 in West Kelowna that would like me to attend a community gathering to explain my platform and ask questions contact me at 250-558- 9484 or leave a contact in the comment section of this post.

For more info about the election, click here.

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THIS IS BULLSHIT, THEY WANT TO RECORD WHO LIKES WHO!!!

AND THE PROCESS IS TIME CONSUMING TO APPLY, YOU NEED A COMMISSIONER OR SERVICE BC CENTRE TO MAKE YOUR SOLEMN DECLARATION, AND DOESN'T THAT COST MONEY IF YOU DON'T LIVE IN VICTORIA?

THE NEW RULES ARE DEFINITELY MADE TO STIFLE DEBATE!!!

YOU ARE NOT ALLOW A VOICE UNLESS YOU COMPLY WITH ALL THIS CRAP THAT STOPS YOU FROM HAVING A VOICE.  WE RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE BREAK THE LAW, AND THEN MAYBE THEY WILL GET RID OF THIS STUPID LAW!!!

WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, AND WE CAN'T AFFORD THIS DECLARATION, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR GAS OR THE TIME, WE ARE TOO BUSY TRYING TO EDUCATE YOU ABOUT THE ELECTION!!!

THIS IS NOT DEMOCRATIC

Solemn declarations must be authorized:
 * by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia, or
 free of charge by:
* Elections BC staff in Victoria
* local election officers
* Service BC Centre staff (servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations)


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Click here for more information about Third Party Advertising.

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.pdf icon Here is some more info about Marsali

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2014 COW Candidate Wayne Carson posted about the All Candidates forum held Oct 15, 2014

ALL CANDIDATES FORUM – Killiney Beach Hall

First off only two candidates attended the meet your candidates forum. The Kelowna entry was unable to make it and no information on him or his platform was made available beyond his name.

Good turnout and many good questions and concerns were raised and addressed. The reoccurring sentiment of the crowd seemed to be the lack of any voice in local affairs of the communities who pay the taxes. I strongly concur.

Water, what it costs and the transparency of the process that got us where we are was certainly the leading topic. I would demand an in-depth audit of the current financial status of the Regional water and waste-water functions. While on water, a review of the strategic plan for all the water systems in the Central Okanagan West area is necessary.

Hands off the Transfer Site. There was overwhelming support for the site as it exists. Some concern was expressed regarding the new Provincial Recycling Program, which does not appear to be receiving acceptance from the users.

Timber Ridge was brought up as a concern by a resident. The current Director stated in the October Board meeting the developer will want to proceed aggressively and that seems to be the case.

My buddies the Ratepayers showed with their usual litany of unfounded and false allegations, talking about division and dissent within the community while accepting no ownership in it. I could not be more proud of the time I was involved with the fire department and past community association board members and of the excellent working relationship of these individuals and groups which helped achieve many projects for the community. We saved thousands of dollars and made our community better. These are the facts. As the saying goes you are entitled to your own opinion NOT your own facts.

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Is this forum just for the North Westside Seniors Association?

We just found out about the forum on Oct 13, 2014 when we checked Wayne Carson's website.

We did not see anything about it on the bulletin board at Valley of the Sun. 

   It would be nice to have an audio recording of the forum for the people who are unable to attend, so we sent emails to Marsali and Wayne plus Bob Andrews President of the Communities Association on October 13, 2014 asking if they could arrange it.  We also sent an email to RDCO CAO asking about the audio system as well.

ALL CANDIDATES FORUM – OCTOBER 15

The North Westside Communities Association President Bob Andrews has spoken with his Board and a date has been set in cooperation with the North Westside Seniors Association for an all candidates forum. I welcome this early opportunity to reach the snowbirds and seasonal residents that are leaving us for warmer climates as well as the many residents and taxpayers with questions and concerns. The date is Wednesday October 15 2014 at 7 P.M. at the Killiney Beach Community hall just off Westside Road – 516 Udell Road. This is your opportunity to ask questions and express concerns in regards to taxes and services and how they are delivered. The forum is open to all residents and taxpayers within the Central Okanagan West Electoral area which extends from Westshores to Brent Road and includes all unorganized areas in between. You are all welcome – please try to attend and bring a neighbour.

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This how to contact Marsali MacIver (candidate for Central Okanagan West Nov 2014)

Phone: 250-545-9309

Email: marsali "at" xplornet.com

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Its about community - vote for Wayne Carson - Central Okanagan West

http://www.waynecarson.ca/

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Election 2014: Third candidate for North Westside
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Oct 10, 2014


Central Okanagan West Candidate - Eric Von Krosigk
Eric Von Krosigk is running for North Westside director
Image Credit: Photo Submitted


There’s another option for North Westside voters.

Eric Von Krosigk will run against Wayne Carson and Marsali MacIver for Central Okanagan West director in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“It’s my time to give back to the community,” said Von Krosigk, a winery development consultant, adding that issues of concern are water, tourism and infrastructure.

He also wants to see a continued focus on road upgrades, including Westside Road.

“There are a lot more areas that need improvement,” he said.

Von Krosigk lives in Kelowna. He doesn’t believe his lack of residency in the Central Okanagan West electoral area will prevent him from representing the needs of residents.

“It’s my backyard. I spend lots of time there,” he said. “It’s such an interesting area and there is lots of potential there.”

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Nomination Period Closes for Regional Director / School Trustee Elections

Nominations have closed for candidates running in two Electoral Area Regional Director and School District No. 23 Trustee Zone elections scheduled for Saturday, November 15th.

Three people have decided to let their names stand in the election for a Regional District director for the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

There will not be an election required for the Regional District director position in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area as Patty Hanson is the only person who submitted nomination papers.

There will not be an election required for Zone 1 (Lake Country/Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas) or Zone 2 (Peachland/Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) School Trustee as only one person has filed nomination papers in each Zone.

The following people have filed nomination papers by today’s 4:00 p.m. deadline:

Regional District Director - Central Okanagan West Electoral Area
(including Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)


(One to be elected)

Wayne Carson
Marsali MacIver
Eric Von Krosigk


Regional District Director - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

(One to be elected)

Patty Hanson

School District No. 23 Zone 1 Trustee
(Lake Country /Central Okanagan East Electoral Area)


(One to be elected)

Deb Butler

School District No. 23 Zone 2 Trustee
(Peachland /Central Okanagan West Electoral Area /Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)


(One to be elected)

Moyra Baxter

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The final list of candidates will be determined at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 17th as candidate nominees have until then to withdraw from the ballot.”

While general voting will take place on Saturday, November 15th, advance polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 5th and Wednesday November 12th at the Killiney Beach Community Hall and new this year, the first floor Board room at the Westbank First Nation office, 301-515 Highway 97 South.

Smith adds, “We certainly encourage voters in Central Okanagan West Electoral Area to determine well before they head to the polls, where they can vote. It’s also important to note that qualified electors living on Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are eligible to vote in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area director election. You can find information on who can vote, where to vote and when to vote by following the Elections Information link on the Regional District website, regionaldistrict.com/elections.”

“On our website,” he says, “we have posted very detailed maps outlining the boundaries for the Central Okanagan West election including the Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10. People can zoom in using the magnify tool to see specific street and address details.”

Some people may choose to vote by mail ballot. The same voting qualifications apply and application forms must be completed and submitted to the Chief Election Officer as soon as possible in order to allow enough time to receive and return completed mail ballot packages. Mail ballots must be received before the close of voting at 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th. Those received after that time will not be eligible and will not be included in the voting results.

(October 10, 2014)

Source: RDCO Whats New

 

.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Appointment Of Deputy Chief Election Officer

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

Purpose:
To appoint a Deputy Chief Election Officer for the 2014 Civic Election

Executive Summary:
Pursuant to Section 41 of the Local Government Act (LGA), the local government must appoint Election Officers to conduct an election. The Chief Election Officer and a Deputy Chief Election Officer was appointed in February 2014. It is felt at this time, that in case one of the officers is unable to carryon with their duties during the election process, it is the desire to have another deputy appointed.

The duties and powers of the Chief Election Officer include:
• Ensuring that a sufficient number of ballots are prepared for an election;
• Ensuring that each voting place is supplied with a sufficient number of ballots, ballot boxes and voting books and has an area that may be used as a voting compartment;
• Taking all reasonable precautions to ensure that a person does not vote more than once in an election; and
.. Doing all things necessary for the conduct of an election in accordance with the Electors and Elections part of the LGA and any regulations and bylaws under this Part.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT in accordance with Section 41 of the Local Government Act the Regional Board appoints Hazel Christy as Deputy Chief Election Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.2 Appointment of a Deputy Chief Election Officer (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT in accordance with Section 41 of the Local Government Act the Regional Board appoints Hazel Christy as Deputy Chief Election Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Nominations Open for Regional Director / School Trustee Elections

Nomination papers are now being accepted for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Director and School Trustee elections on November 15th.

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 10th 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 four year term which expires in the fall of 2018.

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 required for School Trustee candidates.

In addition, qualified voters expecting to be absent from the jurisdiction and unable to vote on either Advance voting days, November 5th and 12th, or on General Voting Day, Saturday, November 15th or electors who may not be able to vote due to physical challenges, illness or injury, are eligible to vote by mail ballot and must allow enough time to receive and return their ballot.

In order to vote by mail, resident and non-resident electors must be a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age as of the date they vote, have resided in BC for six months immediately before registering to vote and have lived in the Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for 30 days immediately before registering to vote and they must not be otherwise disqualified from voting.

Electors who wish to vote by mail must complete and return the appropriate application forms before November 13th to the RDCO Elections Office at 1450 KLO Road; by email elections@cord.bc.ca; or by regular mail to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4. If you are a qualified elector and your application has been completed correctly, a ballot package will be mailed to you. You must allow the appropriate amount of time to receive and return your ballot. If time doesn’t permit mailing, you should arrange to pick up a package from the Chief Election Officer or have it couriered.

In order to be counted, those using the mail-in ballot option must ensure the completed ballot package is received by the Chief Election Officer no later than the close of regular polling at 8:00 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, November 15th.

The Regional District website has links for more information regarding mail ballots and the application form along with other details on Who Can Vote, Where To Vote and When To Vote. Just visit regionaldistrict.com/elections.

(September 30, 2014)

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FAIR ELECTIONS ACT, WHAT A FARCE?

Wouldn't it be great if we had a fair elections act so that seniors, the people on welfare and disability have the same opportunity to donate or not donate to their political party to help pay for advertising?

A complaint went into the BC Ombudsman about it.  People with the most money, have the biggest influence.

It would really make our day, if someone else would also make the same complaint.

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Local Government Elections – What Every Candidate Needs to Know

The next general Local Elections are November 15, 2014. A new brochure outlining the basics of running for office is now available through MLA offices and online.

The brochure covers such topics as eligibility, getting nominated, managing campaign contributions and expenses, campaigning and advertising. Read more

Some key election dates:

September 30, 2014 Nomination Period Begins
October 10, 2014 Nomination Period Ends
October 10, 2014 Declaration of Candidates
October 14, 2014 Nomination Challenge Deadline
October 17, 2014 Nomination Documents Originals to local Chief Election Officer Deadline
November 5, 2014 Advance Voting Day
November 15, 2014 General Voting Day
February 13, 2015 Disclosure Documents Filing Deadline

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You have until October 10, 2014 to file your nomination papers.

MacIver enters Westside race
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Sep 26, 2014


Marsali MacIver is running for North Westside director,— Image Credit: Photo Submitted

The race to represent the North Westside Road area is heating up.

Marsali MacIver will run against Wayne Carson as Central Okanagan West director in the Regional District of Central Okanagan Nov. 15.

“The community association has been involved in liaison work with the regional district so this is about continuing on with the work between the community and the regional district,” said MacIver, 62, who is currently president of the community association.

MacIver’s primary goal is to represent residents in the area the retired communications officer has called home since 2000.

“I want to preserve the lifestyle we all moved out here for and to do that, we need to continue communications with the residents and take that information back to the regional district,” she said.

“I like living where I live. I like the lifestyle and the people. At times, people want hands-off management and I believe that’s possible.”

Another issue of concern is water rates in the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates neighbourhoods.

“The more water you use, the less you pay and that doesn’t make sense,” she said.

MacIver says she also wants to ensure residents’ interests are considered when it comes to policing and road maintenance.

But while some residents have concerns about the condition of Westside Road, MacIver insists that great strides have been made.

“I’m impressed with the work the Ministry of Transportation has done so far from the Kelowna end to LaCasa and from LaCasa to O’Keefe, that will change,” she said.

“I would like to give them a chance to implement it.”

Current director Jim Edgson is not seeking re-election.

What is meant by hands-off management?

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Slate vows tax freeze
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 122584 - Sep 10, 2014

Carol Gran, Dale Olson and Graeme James vow to give City Hall back to the people of Kelowna if elected in November.
This may be the new face of municipal politics in Kelowna.

Following in the footsteps of the successful FourChange group that successfully elected three councillors in 2011, a new political party is hoping to take control of this year's municipal election in November.

Taxpayers First was unveiled in a news release late Tuesday night.

The political group is endorsing an initial slate of three candidates with a platform of sweeping changes within City Hall and a pledge to freeze taxes for the entire four year term of the next council.

Former Kelowna Councillors Carol Gran and Graeme James and realtor Dale Olson.

According to the slate, once elected, they will introduce a bylaw at the first meeting in December prohibiting tax increases for for the entire four year mandate.

They would also move to order an outside operational audit that will allow City Council to make what they term "intelligent and informed changes."

"City Hall's own projection is that Kelowna property taxes will increase over 23 per cent in the next four years, an unacceptable and unaffordable increase for the majority of Kelowna voters," states the news release.

"Local governments have a licence to take your money at will...voters have given up and at election time only 25 per cent bother to vote."

Taxpayers First cite two examples of waste within City Hall over the past six years...the $800,000 public washroom at City Park and a $2.2M building at the Glenmore landfill.

They also claim top bureaucrats, including pensions, are far beyond those commonly received in the private sector.

"Kelowna taxpayers should be made aware that our top Kelowna bureaucrats have awarded themselves the most lucrative public pension plan found anywhere in Canada - even better than the top provincial and federal employees pensions."

Introduction of a zero tax increase bylaw is one of five promises outlined by Taxpayers First.

The others include:

Return City Hall to the taxpaying public - They intend to provide public time at each regular council meeting
Review all bylaws with a goal to reduce red tape
Use Public, Private Partnerships for large expenditures
Allow for binding referendums at election time - Use the election process for public input and referendums instead of the Alternative Approval Process
To date, two of Kelowna's eight sitting councillors are not seeking re-election.

Andre Blanleil announced he is retiring from public office while Colin Basran is running for mayor.

Two other councillors, Gerry Zimmermann and Robert Hobson are believed to be leaning towards stepping down.

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New Kelowna party promises tax freeze
AM1150 - 9/10/2014 - by Harry Callaghan

In a first for Kelowna, a partisan political party will run candidates in this November's municipal election.

Two former city council members and one would-be politician have formed what they call the Taxpayers First Party.

Former councillors Carol Gran and Graeme James are joined by Dale Olson and say their number one mandate is to freeze Kelowna property taxes for four years. The group says a projected 23-percent increase in taxes over that same time period is unacceptable.

"At City Hall it's easy to say, 'well it's only another hundred dollars a year or it's only another ten dollars a month,' but when you're a senior citizen and you're on a fixed income and it doesn't change but everything around you does, life gets to be really seriously difficult, " said Gran on AM 1150's Early Edition.

Gran said the average family in Kelowna struggles to make ends meet and people are getting frustrated with what they're seeing at City Hall.

"300 of our employees make over 75-thousand; maybe they deserve to make that kind of money but when you're sitting on the other side and you're nowhere near it, and you're counting every last penny, it makes life really difficult," Gran said.

Gran was asked by Early Edition host Phil Johnson why they did not field a mayoral candidate at the same time.

"Well, we had to make a decision about how to handle this. I know there is some trepidation when it comes to slates; people worry about special interest groups taking over council, so we decided to come out with three. We'll see what happens if there's someone. They'll have to support what we're doing," she said.

The trio also points to an 800-thousand dollar washroom in City Park and a 2.2 million dollar building at the Glenmore dump as examples of wasted money.

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Former chief seeks director seat
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 27, 2014


Wayne Carson wants to be North Westside Road director.— Image Credit: Photo Submitted

A strained relationship with the Regional District of Central Okanagan isn’t keeping Wayne Carson from entering politics.

Carson will run for Central Okanagan West director Nov. 15 even though he had a high profile battle with RDCO last year that ultimately led to him leaving his job as North Westside fire chief.

“This isn’t about sour grapes. I believe the concerns of residents need to be addressed,” he said of his decision to put his name before voters.

Carson, who had been chief for 19 years, resigned Sept. 16, 2013, claiming he had no choice given allegations and job changes being made by the regional district.

He was originally suspended by the regional district for three days in June but details around that circumstance have never been made public.

Carson then returned to duties after the suspension but a leave of absence began July 8, 2013. RDCO has always indicated that Carson requested the leave but Carson has denied that occurred.

A former hotel manager in Vancouver, Carson has lived in the North Westside area since 1986. He was with the fire department for 21 years.

He believes there is a need for new representation at the regional board (current director Jim Edgson is retiring).

“We have no control in our community. We have seen changes to the water system and (garbage) transfer site. We have parks and no improvements have been made,” he said.

“There doesn’t seem to be any effective input from the community. We need a strong voice in the community to take a message to the regional district and get maximum bang for our tax buck in the community.”

Nomination papers are now available for the Central Okanagan West position.

Those people picking up nomination papers have between 9 a.m. Sept. 30, 2014 and 4 p.m Oct. 10, 2014 to file their completed nomination papers.

Information about running in the election is available at www.regionaldistrict.com/elections.

“Potential candidates may wish to consider the time commitment, remuneration, financial disclosure and reporting and other legal responsibilities that come with holding public office,” said Bruce Smith, RDCO communications officer.

Carson wants assurances that RDCO will get mail-in ballot details out early to residents who are away for the winter or have seasonal property.

“This is about accessibility to vote in the community,” he said.

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Local Government Elections – What Every Candidate Needs to Know

The next general Local Elections are November 15, 2014. A new brochure outlining the basics of running for office is now available through MLA offices and online.

The brochure covers such topics as eligibility, getting nominated, managing campaign contributions and expenses, campaigning and advertising. Read more

Some key election dates:

September 30, 2014 Nomination Period Begins
October 10, 2014 Nomination Period Ends
October 10, 2014 Declaration of Candidates
October 14, 2014 Nomination Challenge Deadline
October 17, 2014 Nomination Documents Originals to local Chief Election Officer Deadline
November 5, 2014 Advance Voting Day
November 15, 2014 General Voting Day
February 13, 2015 Disclosure Documents Filing Deadline

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June 11, 2014 we just heard some news that ex Fire Chief Wayne Carson will be running in this next local election in November 2014

We also just heard that Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer Rhoda Mueller is on stress leave for a few months and that Deneen McArthur who was Deputy Chief Election Officer in Feb 2014 is now the contact person for dog control.

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.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Edgson noted that Lake Okanagan Resort has been sold. He announced that he will not be seeking re-election this year.

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Regional director retiring
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 117134 - Jun 13, 2014


Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet File Photo
Jim Edgson

Central Okanagan West Regional Director, Jim Edgson is calling it a career.

Edgson, first elected to the Regional District of Central Okanagan board in 2007, announced at the board table Thursday he would not be seeking another term.

"This has not been a hasty decision or one that was done without considering all that it means to those I serve and serve with and to those in my personal life," said Edgson in a statement released Friday morning.

"I have stated in the past that I believe all politicians have a shelf life and it is my belief that now is the time to encourage other people to step up to the plate and serve Central Okanagan West, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, the Province of BC and Canada."

Edgson stated many of the issues he campaigned on over his three three terms have been accomplished, are in the process of being worked on or are planned.

One of those is the condition of Westside Road which he has long said needs major upgrades.

"I continue to be excited about the improvements in Westside Road and in knowing that there is an improvement plan in place for that road in the future."

Voters will elect a new regional director when they go to the polls November 15.

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HAVE YOU EVER READ THE ELECTION ACT BEFORE?

WHO HAS MONEY TO TAKE AN ELECTION CANDIDATE CHALLENGE TO SUPREME COURT?

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE THIS NOV 2014 ELECTION???  ARE THEY ELECTED BY DEFAULT?  YES BY ACCLAMATION.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE ARE NO CANDIDATES?  IT DOESN'T SAY!!

Seems that the system needs some tweeking, don't you think?  Shouldn't there be a section 61 (f) that if there is no candidate what happens, HAHAHAHAHA THE JOKES ON US!

ELECTION ACT
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 106
Part 5 — Candidates
Division 2 — Candidates
This Act is current to May 21, 2014

Declaration of candidates and election
61 (1) Immediately following the end of the nomination period under section 56, the district electoral officer must publicly declare the following:
   (a) that the nomination period for the election is closed;
   (b) that the individuals whose nomination documents have been accepted for filing are candidates in the election, subject only to a court order under section 66;
   (c) the names of the individuals who are candidates in the election;
   (d) if there is more than one candidate for the office to be filled, that an election by voting is to be held and the general voting day for that election;
   (e) if there is only one candidate for the office to be filled, that the candidate is elected by acclamation.

Challenge of candidate
66 (1) The nomination of a candidate may only be challenged by an application to the Supreme Court in accordance with this section.
(2) The time period during which an application may be made is between the time the individual becomes a candidate in accordance with section 63 (1) and noon on the 4th day after the end of the nomination period.
(3) A challenge may only be made by a voter of the electoral district for which the election is being held or by another candidate for the election in the electoral district.
(4) A challenge may only be made on one or more of the following bases:
   (a) that the individual is not qualified to be nominated or elected;
   (b) that the nomination was not made in accordance with Division 1 of this Part;
   (c) that the individual is not in fact nominated as an independent candidate, as stated in the nomination documents;
   (d) that the usual name given under section 54 (2) (c) in the nomination documents is not in fact the usual name of the individual.
(5) At the time the petition commencing a challenge is filed in the court registry, the court
   (a) must set a time for the hearing that is adequate to allow the court to give its decision on the matter within the time limit established by subsection (7), and
   (b) may in its discretion fix the place for the hearing.
(6) The individual making a challenge must notify affected individuals by
   (a) immediately notifying the district electoral officer and the affected candidate of the challenge and of the time and place at which it will be heard by the court, and
   (b) within 24 hours of commencing the application, serving on these individuals the petition, the accompanying affidavit and a notice of the time and place for the hearing.
(7) Within 72 hours after the end of the period for commencing a challenge, not including Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays, the court must hear and determine the challenge.
(8) On the hearing of a challenge, the court may issue an order
   (a) confirming the individual as a candidate,
   (b) declaring that the individual is not a candidate,
   (c) declaring that the individual is or is not entitled to have the usual name indicated in the nomination documents used on the ballot, or
   (d) declaring that the individual is not nominated as an independent candidate.
(9) For certainty, the jurisdiction of the court under this section may be exercised by a master of the court.
(10) The decision of the court on a challenge under this section is final and may not be appealed.

Nomination deposit
55 (1) In order to be effective, a nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $250.
(2) The nomination deposit under subsection (1) must be held by the chief electoral officer to be dealt with as follows:
   (a) if the individual for whom it is paid receives at least 15% of the total votes accepted and counted in the election, the nomination deposit is to be returned to the financial agent of the individual;
   (b) if the individual for whom it is paid dies before the close of general voting for the election, the nomination deposit is to be returned to the financial agent of the individual or to another person determined by the chief electoral officer;
     (b.1) if the nomination deposit is in relation to a nomination under section 57 for an electoral district that is disestablished before an election is held, the nomination deposit is to be returned to the financial agent of the individual for whom it was paid;
   (c) in other cases, the nomination deposit is forfeited and is to be paid to the consolidated revenue fund.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THOUGHT MAYBE AARON DINWOODIE WOULD BE RUNNING AGAIN THIS YEAR, HE IS NOT:

Political pioneer passes away
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 114692 - May 7, 2014

West Kelowna has lost one of its more polarizing but effective political figures.

Aaron Dinwoodie, seen here checking election results during his 2007 mayoralty bid in Westside, died Tuesday at the age of 54.
Aaron Dinwoodie, who spent 11 years as a Westside Director on the Regional District, passed away Tuesday night.

He was 54.

He passed away at Vancouver General Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Dinwoodie served four terms as an area director for the Westside. He was first elected in 1996 and served until 2007 when the position was eliminated after Westside voted for incorporation.

He did run for mayor of the newly formed Westside municipality but finished second to Rosalind Neis.

"He was very energetic and liked to take charge of issues on the westside," said Regional Board Chair, Robert Hobson.

"He was ambitious. He was interested in becoming the UBCM president and became the UBCM president through a lot of hard work."

Hobson recalled Dinwoodie as a smart politician who was able to get along with other politicians at all levels of government.

"He was quite good at lobbying for things that he felt would be of interest to his taxpayers. He knew how to talk to those folks."

West Kelowna mayor, Doug Findlater, sat across the table from Dinwoodie on the Westside Governance Committee for four years.

After the region voted to incorporate in 2007, Findlater served as Dinwoodie's alternate on the regional board for six months before elections were held.

"Aaron did a lot of good for this area despite his problems. He was an effective Regional District Director for this area," said Findlater.

"He was very good at getting access to grants for us for infrastructure. That's one of the advantages of being president of the UBCM - you have access to those folks and committees that allocate the funds."

Dinwoodie was also instrumental in a change of governance which saw the westside go from two separate regions with its own area director to one region represented by three directors.

Since losing a bid to recapture his regional seat in 2011 Dinwoodie had returned to private business and spent a lot of time in the Philippines.

Dinwoodie's daughters Lauren and Allison say their father will be missed dearly and they will provide funeral information when it is available.

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Gray will not run in Nov.
Castanet.net - by Trevor Rockliffe | Story: 111289 - Mar 18, 2014

The mayor informed his Council colleagues of his decision not to run earlier this week.

“As a courtesy to any others who may wish to seek the position, it is important that I make my intentions known at this time,” said Mayor Gray. “However, we still have a lot of work to do in the next eight months and I expect our Council team to remain focused on following through on our plans.”

Mayor Gray was first elected as a councilor in 1986, serving in two terms before being elected mayor in 1996 and re-elected mayor in 1999, 2002 and 2011.

“This last Council has been the perfect formula for Kelowna – such a motivated, disciplined and decisive group focused on efficiency and streamlining city processes,” said Mayor Gray. “We really have a collective vision that we’re going to move opportunities forward and make sure our citizens are engaged early in the decision making process.”

He said improving all forms of transportation has been a priority throughout his time in public service. He cites the Mission Greenway, Rails With Trails and the growing network of off-road paths as essential to getting more people out of their cars.

“At the same time, I have been advocating for a second crossing of the lake for 18 years, and I think we now have the ear of the Premier -- because the W.R. Bennett Bridge is going to reach its capacity by 2025 or 2027.”

Kelowna’s municipally-owned international airport is another point of pride for Mayor Gray, who served as chairman of the airport committee during his three terms as mayor.

“I entered public office knowing that YLW is the single biggest asset to Kelowna’s business opportunities and lifestyle. In those 18 years, it’s gone from the 17th busiest airport in Canada to the 10th busiest – passing places like Hamilton, Regina and Saskatoon.”

Mayor Gray says he also believes that “healthy cities need a healthy downtown” and has supported efforts to enhance town centres for commercial and residential appeal.

“Also in the last three years, something else I’ve found gratifying is Council’s progress in building stronger, respectful relationships with Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Indian Band. And, more generally, embracing the importance of diversity for our community.”

Mayor Gray says he’ll leave office “knowing the die is cast on a number of important projects that will be completed during the next term of Council.” Some of those projects include an Interior Health building downtown, two new downtown parkades, John Hindle Drive, Phase 2 of Stuart Park, City Park improvements and, pending public approval processes, construction of the new Kelowna Police Services building and a boutique hotel and convention centre on Queensway Avenue.

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Findlater surprised at new term limits
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 109839 - Feb 26, 2014

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater

West Kelowna's mayor was surprised by a provincial government announcement Tuesday increasing term limits for municipal, regional district and school board governments from three to four years.

The extra year is on top of other municipal election reforms announced by the province back in September of last year.

Doug Findlater says he was surprised by the announcement because the issue has come before the Union of BC Municipalities Assembly on a few occasions, including last year, but was always narrowly defeated.

"Generally the smaller municipalities and regional districts are not supportive because they feel it's a long commitment for people and they would probably have trouble getting quality people to run," says Findlater.

"The larger cities and some of the medium size, like us, could go for it. But, if you asked our council we'd probably split on it."

The one positive is the expense of holding a municipal election.

Findlater says it costs West Kelowna in the neighbourhood of $75,000 to hold a municipal election.

"If this goes through you would have that expense every four years not every three years."

That means the municipality would save more than $75,000 (assuming election costs would rise) every 12 years by holding three elections and not four over that span.

The downside is accountability.

"I'm one who is just fine with having us politicians on a little bit of a shorter leash and I think the three year term does that."

As for whether the fourth year will have an affect on his decision to seek a third term as mayor, Findlater says it's something that has to be considered along with health and family support.

But, it hasn't changed his current plan.

"My plan is to run again. I'm putting the elements in place," says Findlater.

"I'm putting a little money aside. I have a campaign manager. I'm thinking about my platform. It's a go."

Findlater is winding down his second term as mayor of West Kelowna.

He served one year as a councillor before he was elected mayor in 2008.

Several other proposed changes announced in September included:
•Disclosure and registration by third-party advertisers.
•Sponsorship information requirements for all election advertising.
•A campaign finance disclosure statements to be filed 90 days, rather than 120, following an election.
•Banning anonymous contributions.
•Enabling a key role for Elections BC in the compliance and enforcement of campaign finance rules

One change that won't be made right away is when you vote.

Despite a resolution by UBCM, 2014 municipal elections will still be held the third Saturday in November.

That is expected to change to the end of October in 2018.

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Long-time Kelowna city councillor eyeing retirement
By Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - November 08, 2013

Robert Hobson, the longest serving member of the current Kelowna city council, has been a councillor for 25 years and has been chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan for 20 of those years.

Unless he has a major change of heart, the longest serving member of Kelowna city council will not seek re-election next year.

Robert Hobson says he is “heavily” leaning towards not running in 2014, after 26 years on council—20 of them combined with serving as the chairman of the Central Okanagan Regional District board.

“It will be tough, but I think it’s time,” said Hobson, who will be 65 when the next municipal election rolls around in November 2014. Hobson said he expects to have finalized his decision before next summer, but at this point he can’t see anything changing his mind.

Hobson said he strongly considered not running for re-election in 2011—a move he said his wife urged him to make—but he felt there were problems that needed to be addressed at the regional district, so he came back for another term. But now those organizational issues have been addressed and a new chief administrative officer has been hired for CORD.

Hobson said there were issues concerning regional parks which have also been addressed.

Hobson, whose wife and family members live in Edmonton and who became a grandfather six weeks ago, commutes to the northern Alberta city on weekends. He said he has been doing that for nearly five years and the travel schedule is taking its toll. He said he is currently subdividing his property in the lower Mission area of the city.

During his years on council, Hobson, a planner by profession, has been viewed as a pragmatic, moderate voice of reason, often concerned with heritage, planning and social issues.

At times he has been viewed as the polar opposite of another long-time city councillor, local businessman Andre Blanleil, a city council member for 20 years.

The owner of a large and successful chain of electronics stores, Blanleil is often seen as right-wing and a voice of the business community on council.

But Blanleil has said that characterization is not always correct. In fact, he likes to point out how often he and Hobson agree on issues. “Over the years, I think Andre and I have moved (politically) and met in the middle,” Hobson told the Capital News. “It’s now like we both know where each other is coming from.”

Blanleil could not be reached for a comment on his political future but there is speculation he may not run again either in 2014.

Coun. Mohini Singh, who is currently serving her first term on council and who said she wants to run again, said losing Hobson and possibly Blanleil would be big losses for council and the city.

She said while she does not always agree with Blanleil, he has a wealth of experience and has been a very good councillor over the years.

She said replacing the knowledge and experience Hobson brings to the council table will be impossible.

“I would hate to see either them go,” said Singh.

She said before she makes up her mind to run again for a council seat, she wants to make sure her family and her employer, the Ministry of Agriculture, support such a move.

For Hobson, it’s time to move on.

He said even if he changes his mind and decides to run again in 2014 (as he did in 2011), he would not seek the CORD board chairmanship again. “I think it’s time for some new people to step up,” he said.

Hobson said leaving council will be difficult and while he has enjoyed all the councils he has served on, the current one is made up of nine individuals who he feels work very well together.

During the last 2 1/2 decades, Hobson has served under three mayors—Jim Stuart, Walter Gray (twice) and Sharon Shepherd.

Often considered a possible mayoral contender himself but never running for the job, Hobson said he was happy to serve as a councillor and chairman of the regional district.

He prided himself on not using election signs and his reputation and the work he did as a councillor always was enough to make him one of the most popular candidates when the votes were tallied.

For 14 years he served on the executive of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and is a past president of the organization that represents the 153 municipalities across this province.

He has also sat on many provincial boards including the Municipal Finance Authority and the B.C. Buildings board.

He is currently a director of the Municipal Pensions board and said he will continue in that role after the next election as his term does not expire until 2015.

Meanwhile, speculation is growing about the political future of Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray.

Gray said Wednesday it was premature for him to make an announcement about next year’s election but said out of respect for others thinking about running for the job, he would decide by the spring.

He said he plans to talk individually to each member of his council about their plans before making his decision.

At least one city councillor said he would consider a run for mayor if Gray does not seek re-election.

Luke Stack said while he has not made a firm decision to run, he would only consider doing so if Gray was not in the race.

If Gray does run again, Stack said he would likely seek re-election as a councillor.

Another councillor who could consider a mayoral bid is Colin Basran.

Basran would not comment on any plans for such a run, saying until Gray makes his intentions known it would not be right to talk about a possible mayoral bid.

But, like Stack, he said if Gray was to run again, he would not consider challenging him.

Coun. Gail Given said she is leaning toward running again but has not made up her mind, while Coun. Maxine DeHart said she thinks it’s too early to decide.

Coun. Gerry Zimmermann said he has not made up his mind either.

He said while he is really enjoying being a councillor, his wife will retire next year and there are things they would like to do, and see, together as a couple. He said he will likely make a decision by late spring or early summer.

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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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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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