Topic: b.c. municipal elections 2018

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How Port Coquitlam's mayor and 2 boxes of doughnuts stole the show at this year's UBCM

Long after people stop thinking about most of the resolutions and politicians at last week’s conference, the general public will likely still remember Brad West.

Port Moody council picks acting mayors in random draw

Councillors Meghan Lahti, Hunter Madsen and Steve Milani were chosen to take on most of the traditional duties of mayor in three-month rotations, as Rob Vagramov takes an indefinite leave of absence to contest a sexual assault charge.

Surrey police force would likely take 4 years to set up, not 2, says former Delta chief

A former police chief who has advised Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum about transitioning local RCMP to a municipal force says the move could take longer than the mayor plans.

Surrey council passes motions to scrap LRT, start municipal police force

Surrey's new mayor isn't wasting any time getting to work on his two biggest campaign promises — scrapping the city's plan for a $1.65-billion LRT line and replacing the Surrey RCMP with a municipal police force.

Kennedy Stewart sworn in as Vancouver's new mayor

Stewart, elected as an independent, oversees a council where no party has a majority.

Luck of the draw: Cindy Fortin remains Peachland's mayor after name picked out of a box after tie vote

Cindy Fortin was re-elected mayor of Peachland, B.C. on Monday, after her name was picked out of a box following a judicial recount that ended with a tie vote.

Delta mayor-elect vows to push forward with Massey Tunnel replacement plans

A new bridge and better transit options are required to ease the city's traffic congestion, George Harvie says.

Saanich mayor-elect on young council, local economy and homelessness

Fred Haynes says Saanich was looking for a new approach, and he discussed how he plans to handle key issues in a conversation with All Points West host Robyn Burns.

Election brings new school trustees for North Okanagan-Shuswap after last board fired by province

After two-and-a-half years, the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has a board of elected trustees. The previous board was dismissed en masse by the province in 2016 over what it termed financial troubles and a loss of public confidence.

Tie in Peachland mayor's race means decision could come down to a draw

An unofficial recount shows incumbent Cindy Fortin and challenger Harry Gough each with 804 votes.

2 promises within 2 years: Surrey mayor-elect vows to replace RCMP, scrap LRT for SkyTrain

Doug McCallum says he aims to meet his two key promises within two years: a new local police force to replace the RCMP and scrapping the already-approved LRT and building SkyTrain instead. But that could be hard to do.

Ken Sim concedes Vancouver mayoral race

Two days after Vancouver's municipal elections, former Non-Partisan Association (NPA) mayoral candidate Ken Sim has conceded the election.

Nanaimo's new mayor, Leonard Krog, on housing and moving past last council's troubles

"I think the people who got elected are very conscious of the responsibility they’ve been given not to make us a laughing stock but to restore the reputation this city deserves."

Near whiteout: Where's the diversity on Vancouver's new council?

More than half of Vancouver residents are people of colour, but nine of 10 newly elected councillors appear to be white.

Burnaby mayor-elect Mike Hurley on housing, demovictions and working with council

While Mike Hurley will be the city’s next mayor, he faces a council dominated by Derek Corrigan's party — the Burnaby Citizens Association.

Former Somali refugee elected Victoria city councillor in first election he votes in

For Sharmarke Dubow, a former refugee from Somalia, the Victoria municipal elections over the weekend were a groundbreaking day — he cast a vote for the first time and was elected city councillor.

Voter turnout drops for Vancouver municipal election

Few Lower Mainland cities saw more than 40 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots this weekend to decide their new local governments, according to preliminary election results.

Vancouver mayor-elect throws support behind city-approved pot shops

Kennedy Stewart says the 19 cannabis outlets that have played by the city's rules should be given preference under the new legal framework.

Some mayoral races in B.C. were decided by just a vote or 2

Vancouver was far from the only close race — and far from the closest.

Most anti-SOGI school trustee candidates fail to pick up seats

"We're pleased that, overall, communities around the province rejected these candidates," says Glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers Federation.

Collaboration key for Vancouver's new mayor and council

For the past 10 years, Vancouver has been led by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his municipal party, Vision Vancouver. But last night, that unified approach changed when independent candidate Kennedy Stewart and a mish-mash of three parties took power.

Prince George city council is now 25 per cent millennial, Lyn Hall back as mayor

Few changes in mayor's positions in northern B.C. cities, but some new faces hope to shake things up on council.

Leonard Krog will resign provincial seat after being elected mayor of Nanaimo

For the past two years, Nanaimo's city hall has been wracked by infighting — including a lawsuit the city filed against previous mayor Bill McKay, investigations by RCMP and special prosecutors, as well as the departures of over three dozen city staff.

New mayors elected as political dynasties fall in elections across B.C.

This is the first municipal vote in B.C. since new campaign finance rules were implemented that limit corporate and union donations. It also saw big change in some Metro Vancouver cities.

Kennedy Stewart has been elected mayor of Vancouver

It was an extremely close race between Stewart and NPA's Ken Sim.

Colin Basran wins in Kelowna, Ken Christian also re-elected mayor in Kamloops

Victor Cumming is the new mayor of Vernon while John Vassilaki won in Penticton.

Kennedy Stewart elected mayor of Vancouver

For the first time in more than three decades, Vancouver has elected an independent mayor, choosing Kennedy Stewart from a crowded field of contenders.

George Harvie elected mayor of Delta; Lois Jackson, mayor since 1999, wins council seat

Harvie, the city's former chief administrative officer, bested Coun. Sylvia Bishop and former police chief Jim Cessford.

#BCVotes: British Columbians head to the polls — and pose for the camera

If you didn't take a voting selfie, did you even vote?

Some voters face long lineups to cast ballots in Vancouver's civic election

Some voters said Saturday they waited nearly an hour to cast their ballots — or, more specifically, for machines to read them.

Lisa Helps re-elected mayor of Victoria, Fred Haynes wins Saanich from Richard Atwell

'What we heard on the door was a desire for a new mayor and disappointment in the current mayor,' says Haynes about his win over incumbent Richard Atwell in Saanich.

Mary-Ann Booth wins West Vancouver by 21 votes; Mayor Jonathan Cote easily re-elected in New West

Few races in the 2018 municipal elections were closer than the mayors' race in West Vancouver. Coun. Mary-Ann booth defeated former mayor Mark Sager by just 21 votes.

Former firefighter topples long-serving Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

Former firefighter Mike Hurley has won the race for mayor of Burnaby.

Richmond police say they've found no evidence of vote buying so far

The allegations concerned messages from the Canada Wenzhou Friendship Society that appeared to offer money for votes in three Metro Vancouver cities.

Meet Vancouver's 21 mayoral candidates: What they think is wrong with the city and what they'd do to change it

The list of candidates running for mayor of Vancouver is lengthy with 21 people vying for the position.
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Why the mayoral races south of the Fraser are so important

It’s an area that’s home to the largest school district in the province (Surrey), an ongoing gang war (multiple locations) and the fastest growing municipality in Metro Vancouver (Langley Township).

To build or not to build: The one election issue in play across Metro Vancouver

When the region's 2.5 million people choose their mayors and councillors on Saturday, there won't be just one list of candidates. But there will be one overriding issue.

Where to watch, read and listen to CBC B.C.'s municipal election coverage

Here's where — and how — you can tune in.

Will changing face of Vancouver influence who gets elected?

SFU's Andy Yan says demographics, affordability and development have brought major changes to the city's the electorate in just 10 years.
Point of View

'The last week is when momentum really builds': Mike Harcourt on the election campaign's final days

Former B.C. premier and Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt talks about the last week of the election campaign, the need for new blood, and voting strategies.

Vancouver voters to decide on $300 million in spending at ballot-box

In addition to electing the next city council, park board and school board on Oct. 20, Vancouver voters will be asked if they approve of the city borrowing $300 million for upcoming capital projects at the ballot box.

'Pushing for SkyTrain': Langley mayoral candidates say LRT isn't right option for city

There are plenty of issues that Langley mayoral candidates Peter Fassbender and Val van den Broek don't agree on, but they're on the same page when it comes to the biggest transportation project in the city's history.

Langford Mayor Stew Young seeks 9th term in office

Stew Young has been mayor of Langford since 1992 and has been acclaimed four of his eight mayoral terms. He's being challenged this time by longtime Langford resident Robert Fraser.

Advance voting numbers are up in Metro Vancouver but does it mean anything?

Advance voting numbers are up considerably in some Metro Vancouver cities, but it’s too early to say whether that means anything for the outcome of Saturday’s civic elections, according to a pollster.
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In towns poised for LNG boom, incumbents hope voters dance with the one that brought them

With news this month that a major $40-billion liquefied natural gas project is going ahead — connecting Dawson Creek in the northeast to Kitimat in the northwest — the major question in each community is who is best positioned to manage the money.

Vancouver mayoral candidates argue their housing plan is superior in final debate of election season

It was a debate full of numbers, but the question at its core was a human one: which plan can make housing affordable for the majority of Vancouverites?
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Kelowna's mayoral race a battle over the city's identity

Kelowna's mayoral race is largely an election about identity and what image the city wants to embrace.

Issues of housing affordability, homelessness and a botched park development dominate Penticton election

The lack of affordable housing, homelessness and outgoing city council's handling of a plan to develop part of a popular lake park are issues top of mind for voters in Penticton as they prepare to head to the polls on Oct. 20.

Vancouver's complex council race 'overwhelming,' but critically important

Most of the attention focused on Vancouver's election has been on the mayoral race. But who gets elected to council is almost as consequential because little can be done without them.

Kelowna mayoral candidates outline their visions for the city in all-candidate forum

Kelowna's four mayoral candidates squared off on topics of homelessness, transportation and leadership in an election debate Monday afternoon.

CBC British Columbia and UBC Okanagan host mayoral debate in Kelowna

It’s a busy CBC day in Kelowna ahead of the municipal elections.
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Why Victoria's mayoral race is about the city's changing character

Victoria has shed its sleepy reputation as home to "newlyweds and nearly deads" and ushered in a more urban, modern vibe.

Long election ballot prompts concerns about low voter turnout in Vancouver

Voters casting ballots in advance polls in Vancouver over the weekend say they're working hard to make sense of the 158 candidates, and one experts warns that the long list may prompt some to just stay home.

Mayoral candidates disagree on housing strategies in Oak Bay

Both of Oak Bay's mayoral candidates agree the area needs more housing options, but they don't agree on how it should happen.

RCMP say voter fraud found in Surrey, B.C., as probes in other cities continue

Allegations of voter fraud have been made in Surrey with just a week to go before provincewide civic elections.
Point of View

'Get in the gutter or take the high road': Dianne Watts debates the value of debates

'While debates are an important mechanism to communicate with the general public, the structure of them has a large impact on how valuable these public forums can be,' says former Surrey mayor.

Meet the man trying to get marginalized voters to the polls in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is expanding voting opportunities in this municipal election. For the first time it has added homeless shelters and social service drop-in centres to the list of voting locations.
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Campaign like an opposition leader, and you just might become one

If you'd like a hint at who is doing better than expected, take a look at who the majority of the candidates in the race are attacking.
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What we learned at the Surrey mayoral candidates debate

Whoever becomes Surrey's mayor on Oct. 20 will deal with huge questions on crime, transportation, and affordable housing, in an area larger than Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond combined.
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What we learned at last night's Surrey debate

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Surrey mayoral candidates debate their vision of the city's future

Doug McCallum’s big promises for what he would do if elected mayor of Surrey were the centre of a sometimes acrimonious debate on Wednesday evening.

Vancouver Island public forum reverses roles by seating mayoral candidates in the audience

Mayoral candidates will have a seat in the audience when advocates and people who have experienced homelessness take the stage Tuesday evening in Victoria at the Solving Homelessness forum.

Scrapping RCMP and a SkyTrain to Langley: How one candidate's big promises are defining Surrey mayoral race

Crime and transportation are the hot-button topics of the campaign as CBC prepares to host a debate between the three main candidates on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. PT.

#CityHallSoWhite: In Metro Vancouver, local politics is the least diverse level of government

In Metro Vancouver's two biggest cities, there's a very realistic chance that a person of colour could become mayor for the first time.

Union staff canvassing for Vancouver mayoral candidate aren't breaking any rules

Elections BC says it is legal for union staff to knock on doors and suggest who people vote for, as long as they are not doing it in cooperation, or on behalf of, a candidate.

Vancouver Chinatown advocates aim to keep future of 'unique neighbourhood' in campaign spotlight

Advocates for Vancouver’s Chinatown are pushing for the fight to preserve the community to not be given up and want to see candidates focus on the issue more in the upcoming municipal elections.

Confronting housing and homelessness in Canada's smallest city

Despite being Canada's smallest city by area, Duncan, B.C. faces some big city challenges like homelessness and a shortage of affordable housing — both of which are becoming issues in the upcoming municipal election.

Housing, homelessness and a history of discrimination come together at 1 Vancouver intersection

At the corner of Union and Gore, a number of homeless campers ares growing on a site that was once a key part of Vancouver's black community. As the city moves forward on housing at that location, community advocates want to see mistakes of the past avoided.
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Will a new Maple Ridge mayor bring an end to the city's division?

There are three serious contenders for mayor, and two of them — Mike Morden and Ernie Daykin — lost to Read four years ago.

Election Cycle: Wai Young makes 'luxurious' bike lanes a target

The former Conservative member of parliament has promised, on her platform, to tear up or cancel several key cycling routes, undertake a review of all separated bike lanes and “end the ideological war on transportation with NO new bike lanes.”

Advocates plan to help the homeless vote in upcoming municipal election

A group of advocates in Kamloops has banded together to help vouch for the identify of those living on the streets on election day.

Game-show politics: Last Candidate Standing invites all 92 Vancouver hopefuls to debate

With so many mayoral and council candidates to choose from in Vancouver's upcoming municipal election, it can be tricky to hear from all civic hopefuls — but that's the very premise of Last Candidate Standing.

Hundreds of election signs taken down in Surrey

Surrey bylaw officers have taken down more than 500 election signs after a handful of residents filed complaints with the city.

It takes a village: How UBC became Canada's largest community without a municipal government

"They want to have their autonomy, but at the same time they want to be connected to the region. That's the challenge in figuring this out."

Where do Vancouver mayoral candidates stand on a Millennium Line extension to UBC?

An extension of the Millennium Line to the University of British Columbia would cost around $3 billion dollars, has no funding commitments and wouldn't be operational for nearly a decade.

Surrey RCMP investigating suspected voter fraud

Surrey's chief election officer says he has "sufficient cause to suspect illegal activity" around the mail ballot process in the leadup to the Oct. 20 municipal election.

Density or waterfront views? West Vancouver mayoral candidates debate development

The debate around development in West Vancouver — balancing housing and business needs with a desire to maintain the community’s waterfront charm — is front and centre in the upcoming municipal election.

Homeless advocates await election results, fear momentum may be lost

Advocates in the Lower Mainland are concerned about losing momentum in the fight against homelessness as they await a new slate of elected officials in many municipalities.
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Follow the money … if you can

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'It looks gross': Aldergrove mall eyesore could soon be torn down

A Langley Township councillor says the boarded-up mall in the heart of downtown Aldergrove that has drawn complaints for years could soon have a date with a wrecking ball — but a candidate for council is questioning the timing of the announcement.

'I'm a big boy, I can manage this': Pitt Meadows mayor unfazed by dozens of misconduct allegations

John Becker, who is seeking a second term as mayor, has been accused of mishandling more than $6,700 in client cash in his job as a lawyer, as well as failing to bill clients properly and leaving dozens of blank, signed cheques with staff.

Election Cycle: It's all about principles — and housing, Hector Bremner tells Stephen Quinn

Hector Bremner's platform is still being developed — except on the issue of housing, which is the topic of a 49-page action plan.

Who are the 3,321 people running for local office in B.C.?

Local politics are sometimes considered the "lowest" level of government in Canada, but there's nothing small about the number of people involved in elections.

Video of Port Moody mayoral candidate 'shotgunning' beer with homeless man surfaces

One of Port Moody's two mayoral candidates is in hot water after a 2014 video of him asking a homeless man to shotgun a beer with him in exchange for a sandwich surfaced weeks before the election.

City hall wages and downtown challenges dominate election discussion in Prince George, B.C.

More than 200 people showed up to hear council candidates in Prince George, B.C., debate hot button topics ahead of the Oct. 20 municipal election.
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Richmond's dynamic council battle offsets dull mayoral campaign

Do most Richmond voters care more about hot-button issues around development and race or more traditional municipal issues?

Surrey mayoral race could determine future of city's LRT

Surrey voters won't just choose a new mayor and council when they go to the polls next month —their vote could also determine the future of a $1.65-billion light rail transportation system.

From door-knocking to digging up dirt: Behind the scenes of election campaigning

As candidates head out on the municipal election trail in the lead-up to Oct. 20, they're looking to capture votes any way they can — whether that's online or through old-school methods, campaign managers say.

Homelessness key to public safety concerns for Okanagan mayoral candidates

To cut crime, Tom Dyas wants shelters out of downtown Kelowna, while Jason Cox wants affordable housing in Penticton.

Municipal election campaigns officially kick off under new rules

The official campaign period begins Sept. 22 and changes to the Local Elections Campaign Finance Act mean candidates will need to follow new rules concerning donations and expenses.

Who's on top? Vancouver will decide order of candidates on election ballot tonight

The worlds of sports and politics will intersect after a fashion at Vancouver city hall tonight.

Surrey RCMP challenges mayoral candidate's claims amid calls to replace force

As several candidates consider a municipal force, RCMP says misinformation has been spread over last few months.

New council unlikely to overturn Vancouver's decision to allow duplexes

With Mayor Gregor Robertson and 70 per cent of councillors not seeking re-election and most parties not fielding a full slate of candidates, it's hard to make concrete pledges.
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Brad West looks set to become Metro Vancouver's youngest — and most outspoken — mayor

What makes Port Coquitlam interesting in this election isn't the competition, but the type of politician 33-year-old Brad West is.

Election Cycle: Kennedy Stewart wants a city hall with more 'aggressive' housing policy

Every week until the vote on Oct. 20, The Early Edition host Stephen Quinn saddles up for a bike ride with a different mayoral candidate to get to know them, and their policies, a little better.
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Local Vancouver politics ≠ local B.C. politics

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Millennials urged to challenge baby boomers' grip on city politics at Vancouver conference

As campaigning for October's local elections around B.C. begins in earnest, some of the youngest politicians in Metro Vancouver made a plea to their fellow millennials: we need more of you.

Municipal politics vulnerable to social media misinformation, professor says

A set of inflammatory Facebook ads in Victoria, B.C.'s mayoral race shows municipal politics is just as vulnerable to social media misinformation, as it is at the federal and provincial levels.

A man dressed as a jug of Kool-Aid is the only reason there's a mayor's race in Terrace, B.C.

Election day may be more than a month away, but some communities in northern B.C. already know who will be leading them for the next four years.

Vision Vancouver not running a mayoral candidate

Vision Vancouver will not be running a mayoral candidate in the upcoming municipal elections.