ELECTION 2014: Candidates will have their say at various meetings

There are many opportunities to hear candidates speak in Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo and Saltair

As voting day nears, council, school board and electoral area director hopefuls in our area are getting a chance to speak at several public meetings leading up to the Nov. 15 municipal election.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is hosting an all candidates meeting for Town of Ladysmith mayoral and councillor candidates Wednesday, Oct. 29. The meeting will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Aggie Hall at 1110 First Ave.

North Cowichan voters will hear from their mayoral and councillor candidates Tuesday, Nov. 4.

North Cowichan’s three mayoral candidates will take part in one-on-one debates Nov. 4 at Chemainus Secondary School, while the 20 councillor candidates present a “marketplace” of views at a Chemainus all-candidate forum, according to a press release.

The event, which is open to all, will take place at the Chemainus Secondary School at 9947 Daniel St. from 6:30-9 p.m.

The mayoral segment will  feature one-on-one debates where each candidate faces the other two twice. After the mayoral debate, councillor candidates will each have a table at which they will display written answers to three questions. The public can circulate, reading the answers candidates have posted and conversing with them.

The Chemainus Residents Association and the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the forum.

The Saltair District Ratepayers Association is sponsoring an all director candidates meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4. The three candidates vying for the position of Cowichan Valley Area G (Saltair-Gulf Islands) Director  — incumbent Mel Dorey, Tom Hockin and John Sherry — will be speaking from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mount Brenton Centre on South Oyster School Road.

For more information, call 250-245-3502 or 250-245-4552.

School District 68 trustee candidates will get four chances to speak in Nanaimo.

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is hosting an all candidates meeting for school trustee and civic hopefuls Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

Then, the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association is hosting an all candidates meeting for trustee hopefuls Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at John Barsby Community Secondary School.

The Parent Advisory Council from John Barsby Community Secondary is hosting all candidates meetings for trustee candidates Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the school.