Next month, we have the opportunity to vote in municipal elections; these elections include the vote for school trustees. In the 2011 local elections, only about one third of eligible voters in Vancouver cast a ballot. While voter turnout has been declining at all levels in recent years, I hope that the dialogue begun during the job action will continue and perhaps inspire more voters to cast their ballots.
In Vancouver, there are nine trustees (plus one student trustee) on the board of education, and on Thursday, October 23, we will be hosting a forum for candidates running for these positions. We have invited all candidates, and are asking you to send us the questions you'd like to ask them. With many more candidates than positions, we realize that we cannot have an open floor with questions for each to answer, and thus we are going to select a range of questions from those submitted to us to ask of the candidates during the forum. Beyond that, we are going to invite the candidates to respond to the remaining questions in writing. Finally, we are ensuring that our schedule will allow Vancouver parents the opportunity to "scrum" with the candidates, asking them questions individually.
The forum will be held at John Oliver Secondary School Auditorium:
530 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 and close at 10:00 pm beginning at 7 pm. Childminding will be available. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! And please send your questions for the candidates to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, October 22.
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