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  • 2022 Local Government Elections Notices

    Notices for the 2022 Local Government Elections

    ADVANCE ELECTOR REGISTRATION

    Are you eligible to vote in the October 15, 2022 elections for the offices of Mayor, Council, and School Trustee? Is your name on the current list of electors?

    If you are not sure you can find out by calling or visiting Legislative Services, New Westminster City Hall, located at 511 Royal Avenue (phone: 778-222-5613). The office is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

    The City of New Westminster uses the Provincial voter list. Elector registration can be completed through Elections BC online at elections.bc.ca and clicking the “Register to Vote” button, or by calling 1-800-661-8683. Advance registration can be done until August 22. After that, electors may register at any location on any of the voting days, including advance voting opportunities. New electors who request a mail ballot will receive a voter registration form in their mail ballot kit.

    ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

    RESIDENT ELECTORS must be:

    • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election; and
    • a Canadian citizen; and
    • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
    • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.


    NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS must be:

    • 18 years of age older on general voting day for the election; and
    • a Canadian citizen; and
    • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
    • a registered owner of real property in New Westminster for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
    • registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, and individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
    • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
    • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
    • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.
       

    LIST OF REGISTERED ELECTORS

    Beginning August 30, 2022 until the close of general voting for the election on October 15, 2022, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection, at Legislative Services located in New Westminster City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Before inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list or use the information included in the list except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act. An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors.

    OBJECTION TO REGISTRATION OF AN ELECTOR
     

    An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 pm on September 9, 2022. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of New Westminster and can only be made on the basis that a person whose name appears on the list of electors has died or that a person whose name appears on the list of electors is not qualified to be registered as an elector of New Westminster.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, the following persons may be contacted:

    • Jacque Killawee, Chief Election Officer at 604-515-3764
    • Nicole Ludwig, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 778-222-5613

    or email

    511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9


    NOTICE OF NOMINATION

    In accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act, public notice is given to the electors of New Westminster that nominations for the offices of:

    • Mayor – one (1) to be elected
    • Councillor – six (6) to be elected
    • School Trustee – seven (7) to be elected

    will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

    From: 9:00 am, Tuesday, August 30, 2022
    To: 4:00 pm, Friday, September 9, 2022

    Excluding statutory holidays and weekends

    By hand, mail, or other delivery service to:  Legislative Services
    City of New Westminster
    511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, B. C. V3L 1H9
    By fax to1: 604-527-4594
    By email to1: elections@newwestcity.ca
     

    1 As outlined in Section 89(5) of the Local Government Act, originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 16, 2022.

    Nomination forms are available on the City’s website at www.newwestcity.ca/elections or at Legislative Services, New Westminster City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B. C. from now until the close of the nomination period (September 9, 2022).
     

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE

    A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government or a school board if they meet the following criteria:

    • Canadian citizen;
    • 18 years of age or older on general voting day [October 15, 2022];
    • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed (March 8, 2022, if filing on September 9) and
    • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or  being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

    CAMPAIGN PERIOD EXPENSE LIMITS

    In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 general local election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply:

    Mayor  $ 56,240.94
    Councillor $ 28,459. 80
    School Trustee $ 28,377.00

     

    THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING LIMITS

    In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 general local elections, the following third party advertising limits apply:

    Directed Advertising Expense Limits

    • Mayor and Councillor $ 2812.05
    • School Trustee $ 1418.85

    Cumulative Third Party Advertising Limit

    • $ 161,967.47

    For further information on the nomination process, please contact:

    • Jacque Killawee, Chief Election Officer 604-515-3764
    • Nicole Ludwig, Deputy Chief Election Officer 778-222-5613

    Or email

    For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits, please contact Elections BC:

    Toll-free phone: 1-855-456-5448
    Email:
    Website: www.elections.bc.ca

     

     

  • Everyone is welcome to write to Council about items on Public Hearing agendas by emailing  or by mail.

    Letters and verbal comments to Council about the proposed land use being talked about at public hearings…

    Should…

    Should not…

    Explain your support or opposition and how the proposed use will affect you

    be about people or groups of people

    …use respectful, inclusive language

    ….use abusive, offensive, vulgar, or discriminatory language

    … use language that is honest, accurate and direct

    …use terms that disguise or underplay the true intent of comments

    …focus on facts

    …speculate or make assumptions

     

  • 1. Provide Written Comments

    Written submissions by email, post or dropping off at the mailbox on the north side of City Hall are welcome and encouraged.

    Written comments delivered by 5 pm, three business days before the Public Hearing will be included in the agenda package. Later comments received until the close of the hearing will be distributed on table at the meeting. All comments are published.

    E-mail: 

    Mail:
    Legislative Services Department
    511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

    Drop off at the mailbox on the north side of City Hall

    2. Speak at the Meeting through Zoom
    Everyone who logs into the electronic meeting may address Council, through computer, smart device, or phone.

    All speakers will have five minutes to speak.

    • Advance registration is highly recommended.
    • The Speakers List will be published on this webpage at 5 p.m.
    • The meeting will be run via a Zoom webinar. 

     

    Register to speak online at: speakers.newwestcity.ca or contact Legislative Services to register to speak, or with questions about the process:

    Phone: 604-527-4523 Legislative Services 
    511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9
    E-mail: 

     

  • There are three ways to participate in the meeting:

    1. Click the Meeting ID button to watch through Zoom or your web browser, by choosing "Join from your browser"
    2. Phone: Call 778-907-2071. Enter the meeting ID 655 9404 5919 followed by #.
    3. Watch the meeting on the City's website

    Note: All Public Hearings, Council Meetings and Council Workshops have the same Meeting ID Number

     

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