Parksville byelection: all-candidates’ forum set for Wednesday, Oct. 5

The debate will be in Ballenas Secondary School's Whalebone Theatre

Parksville residents will get a chance to hear, and question, the people seeking a seat on city council at an all-candidates meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The byelection for the city councillor position vacated in the summer by Al Greir takes place Oct. 22. The all-candidates meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Ballenas Secondary School’s Whalebone Theatre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. The event is free to attend, but people are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank (the food bank says canned meat, peanut butter and pasta sauce are some of the items that would be appreciated).

The candidates running for the council seat are Kim Burden, Rick Honaizer, Doug O’Brien, Carrie Powell-Davidson and Paul Reitsma. As of Wednesday morning, four of the five candidates (all except Honaizer) have confirmed they will attend.

The NEWS, with the help of School District 69, has put this event together. NEWS editor John Harding will be the moderator.

“The school district, especially Superintendent Rollie Koop and Ballenas principal Rudy Terpstra, has really stepped up to once again show its dedication to this community,” said Harding. “It’s important for voters to see and hear what candidates say about the issues.”

The format, still to be finalized, is scheduled to include opening and closing statements from the candidates, with questions from NEWS readers and the audience between the statements. If you have a question you would like to see Harding pose to the candidates, email it to editor@pqbnews.com.

The byelection is set for Saturday, Oct. 22. Voting that day will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church on Pym Street. Advance voting is also available Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

—NEWS Staff