Many boundaries for the Oct. 19 federal election have changed, including the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.
Five weeks into the 11-week campaign people are getting used to the new electoral district of Courtenay-Alberni, which is very similar to the old riding, shifting slightly north on the east coast of Vancouver Island to include Courtenay (not Comox), while losing north Nanaimo and Lantzville.
The final list will not be official until Sept. 30, but the current registered candidates are Barbara Biley (Marxist-Leninist), John Duncan (Conservative), Gord Johns (NDP), Carrie Powell-Davidson (Liberal) and Glenn Sollitt (Green).
An Elections Canada office is now open at #6-160 Corfield St. in Parksville, beside Thrifty Foods, where people can make sure they are registered and vote by special ballot. They are open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
There will be a number of ways to vote in this election, which can be found at www.elections.ca or 1-800-463-6868. For a local contact call 250-947-1090.
Before the election, you can go to an Elections Canada office or mail in a special ballot. There are also four advanced polls in the 10 days before the election, on Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12, with the locations to be confirmed later.
To vote you need to be registered and have either government ID with your photo or two other forms of ID.