YOUR CITY. YOUR VOTE.

EDMONTON MUNICIPAL ELECTION. OCTOBER 21ST

#yourcityyourvote

The Your City, Your Vote campaign, sponsored by Students’ Associations and Students’ Unions across Edmonton, is aimed to educate and empower student voters.

 

Municipal elections are the opportunity to have your say, locally, right in your own neighborhood. Conducted once every four years, voting in these elections means casting a vote for the local good. A lot of students overlook municipal elections because at first they don’t seem all that exciting or important. The reality is, our municipal government sets the tone for our community. It can be the difference between a good city and a great city. And we believe that post-secondary institutions and their students contribute to great cities too. Students represent a powerful group, and it’s time we had our say. It’s your city. It’s your vote.

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Why Vote?

Students are a powerful force. They represent a large segment of the population, and when voter turnout is generally low, our numbers really do count. If every student voted, it is likely we would have significant sway in the municipal election, to the point of determining the outcome. Your vote counts! Many political groups go as far as suppressing student and youth votes because they understand this power. Let’s make Edmonton a student friendly city!

TOTAL STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN EDMONTON, 65 000.

You live here, you work here, and you go to school here. You already have some stake in your community. Focus on what you see for your community right now – is there enough public transit to your school? Is it easy enough to find an affordable place to live? Is your city reflecting where you see your community going in the future?

MONEY SPENT BY THE CITY, 3.3 BILLION DOLLARS.

Think of  your future goals. Eventually, you might want to buy a house and potentially make a home here in Edmonton. Things like property taxes are going to feel like they matter more than they do in the middle of midterms. Bylaws, parks, where to build schools, and where to put the next LRT station is important.

VOTER TURNOUT IN THE LAST ELECTION, 33.4% 

Edmonton is a wonderful city. We have a thriving arts scene, booming industry, and amazing post secondary institutions. Our local businesses are some of the best in the country. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit and our innovation. We build community through sporting events, countless festivals and amazing farmer’s markets. Edmonton is a wonderful city, but it could be even better. It’s our responsibility to speak up for the kind of city we’d like to build.


WHAT DO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS DO?
WHAT DOES YOUR VOTE DETERMINE?

You likely had to memorize this in high school social studies, but we don’t blame you for needing a bit of a refresher. Your mayor and city councillors govern a system that affect many parts of your day-to-day routine and make a difference in your community at the most direct level.

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR


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Transportation. This spans from roadways, to road regulations, to affordable public transportation, to traffic bylaws, to pot holes, and snow removal. In Edmonton, this is a regular point of contention. We want to get from A to B safely and quickly.


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Police and fire fighters. Ever wonder why there are so many speed traps in certain cities as opposed to others? Local police departments serve the mandate of their municipal government. They report to city officials and they largely set the tone for how citizens feel about their safety.


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Education management or funding school boards. In Edmonton, the school boards are elected by citizen votes. As post-secondary students, it’s a good opportunity to support our younger peers. It gives us an opportunity to think about the future and how we would have improved upon our own education.


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Finance and collecting municipality taxes. Most municipalities have the power to collect taxes to pay for their services. Think about how much you’re willing to pay in taxes to your city. Shouldn’t you have some say about how much you pay to live in your community, and for what?


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Planning and development. One day, you might want to build a deck on that little house of yours, or an extra bedroom for your child. Municipal governments require permits for these extensions – and it goes beyond just what an individual property needs – it determines how entire neighbourhoods look and how the entire community feels about their city.


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Public utilities. Sewage, water, parks, trees, boulevards, playgrounds, community centers, arts and heritage… the list goes on. Municipal government works to create nice, clean, and friendly public spaces – some of the places most appreciated by Edmontonians. Your vote keeps these services running.



And letting restaurants have patios… Which we’d say is pretty important.



VOTING PROCESS

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If every student in Edmonton voted in the upcoming election
they could sway the course of the election. That’s pretty cool.

Student Questionnaire

What issue is important to you this election? For many it is easy to dismiss your municipal government as not being as important as the other levels – but when you dig deeper you discover that your city is actually pretty important to your daily life.

We decided to ask the candidates competing for your vote four simple questions:

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Kerry Diotte
Karen Leibovici
Josh Semotiuk
Gordon Ward

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

WARD 1

Sean Amato
Andrew Knack
Sharon Maclise
Rob Pasay
Jamie Post
Bryan Sandilands

WARD 3

Rob Bernshaw
David Dodge
Dave Loken

WARD 5

Rudy Arcilla
Terry Demers
Jim Gibbon
Mark Grandish
Rob Hennigar
Brian Kendrick
Michael Oshry
Allan Santos
Alla Ternikova

WARD 7

Tony Caterina
Dave Colburn
A. Daniel Eniafe
Tish Prouse
Terry Rolls
Mimi Williams

WARD 8

Brian Deacon
Ben Henderson
Nicholas Reading
Kris Szszepanski
Heather Workman

WARD 9

Bryan Anderson
Andrew Gorman

WARD 10

Ray Bessel
Hafis Devji
Richard Feehan
“Can Man Dan” Johnstone
Michael Walters

WARD 11

Rob Aromin
Sonia Bitar
Mujahid Chak
Dennis Gane
Roberto Maglalang
Mike Nickel
Harvey Panesar
Brent Schaffrick

WARD 12

Raja Abbas
Chinwe Okelu
Amarjeet Sohi

EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD

WARD A

Cheryl Johner

WARD B

Michelle Draper
Steve Jaswal
Carl Kaminsky

WARD C

Orville Chubb
Tina Jardine
Susan Ketteringham
Karen Phesant

WARD D

Elizabeth Johannson
Ray Martin

WARD E

Ken Gibson
Bridget Stirling
Lorraine Wheatley

WARD F

Michael Janz
Noah Shillington

WARD G

Sarah Hoffman

WARD H

Julie Davis-Jodoin
Nathan Ip
Mike Lanteigne
Weslyn Mather

WARD I

Sherry Adams
Leslie Cleary

EDMONTON CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD

WARD 71

Patricia Grell
Terry Harris
Zach Koziak

WARD 72

Larry Kowalczyk
Dan Posa

WARD 73

Jennifer Chahal
Michelle Davis
Cindy Olsen

WARD 74

Debbie Engel
Brad Lohner

WARD 75

John Acheson
Andrea Klotz

WARD 76

Marilyn Bergstra
Tom Solyom

WARD 77

Stephen Dufresne
Kara Pelech
Roger Riashy
Laura Thibert

What Ward am I in?

The “your city, your vote” campaign aims to generate awareness surrounding the municipal election, and most importantly get university, college, and technical institute students to take an active role in their municipality, while using their collective voice! To vote you need to find out which ward you live in. This allows you to discover which councillor candidates are running in your area. Use the links below to connect to Edmonton Elections and see which ward you live in.


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When & Where

Oct 15, 10am-5pm
NAIT
Building J, NAITrium
11762 – 106 Street

Oct 16, 10am-5pm
MacEwan University
Downtown Campus
Multipurpose Room
10700 – 104 Avenue

Oct 17, 10am-5pm
University of Alberta
Alumni Lounge
Students’ Union Building
8900 – 114 Street

Blog

There’s plenty of excitement surrounding the municipal election and the role students are playing this time around. Stay on the campaign trail via our exclusive “your city, your vote” blog. We’ve got plenty of insights and information on voting, events and why the student voice matters.


 

Home Or Away. Your Vote Counts.

September 30, 2013

For many students Edmonton or the capital region is their home – either for many years or just recently when they came here for work or their studies. Some students are here just for their education and are intending to go back to their home when they are done – for those students it is important to be proactive and obtain a special ballot from their home community in order to make sure their vote counts.

If you need help determining what the rules are around your residency feel free to either contact us at 780-497-5648 or to get in touch with the Elections Office of your home community. Remember that is up to you to figure out which situation applies to you and if you are living away from your home while you study, you need to act before election day to make sure your vote is counted.


“Your City, Your Vote” launches

September 25, 2013

There are thousands of post-secondary students in the Edmonton area – over 65,000 in fact – and for many of our students, this is going to be the first municipal election they have a chance to vote in. The last election, in 2010, saw 198,000 people vote in the City of Edmonton – consider how big a difference it would make if all the students at the University of Alberta, NAIT, MacEwan University, Concordia University College, and King’s University College came out and voted on October 21? Well, that’s what we are trying to do! Your Students’ Associations have joined together to highlight the upcoming municipal election to our students and make sure it is as easy as possible to cast a ballot, and get the information you need to make sure it is an informed ballot.We’ve got lots planned for the coming month, including a mayoral forum and an opportunity for most students to vote on campus if they would prefer.

Remember that every municipality in Alberta goes to vote on October 21, including Spruce Grove, St. Albert, and Sherwood Park – so regardless of where you call home, provided you are a Canadian citizen who is over 18, you are probably going to be eligible to cast a vote this election.

Take the time to get informed, make a decision, and cast your vote to make your city a better place.

About Us

The “your city, your vote” campaign aims to generate awareness surrounding the municipal election. We want to inspire the university, college, and technical institute students to take an active role in their municipality and use their collective voice for change within Edmonton and it’s surrounding municipality.

Together these associations represent over 65,000 students in the Edmonton area to their institutions, to government, and to the public. Students’ associations and students’ unions are also an important part of the campus community, providing a variety of services to students and ensuring that students have the tools to be successful academically as well as have fun while pursuing their studies.

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY

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Contact Us

Questions, concerns or comments? We’re here to help you!

The students’ associations and unions behind this campaign are happy to answer any questions you may have. We will direct you to the appropriate source.

 

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