It’s election season. With another minority win in Canadian Parliament, most Canadians can sit back, relax, and watch our southern neighbours fight for the oval office. However, if you’re a resident of Vancouver, your municipal election is just around the corner: Saturday, November 15th. In total, there are 29 positions to fill – 1 mayor, 10 city councilors, 7 park commissioners, and 11 school trustees.
To be honest, I’ve never felt so ill-informed about an election that has such far-reaching effects on my everyday life. This election is your chance to voice your concerns regarding all things local – urban planning and development, green space, the DTES, the 2010 olympics, etc.
Luckily, if you’re as lost as I am, there’s a great opportunity this coming Monday (the 27th) to watch the mayoral candidates debate over a few pints at the Biltmore Cabaret (map here). According the the event’s Facebook page (here), 9 of the 15 candidates have confirmed their attendance (view them all here). Doors open at 6pm, and the debate will go from 7-9pm.