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It’s Election Day in Ladysmith: Here’s what you need to know

Voters in Ladysmith and surrounding rural areas asked to cast their ballot Oct. 15
Andrea Hainrich, administrative assistant at Ladysmith’s City Hall, puts out a sign to signal advance voting on Wednesday, Oct. 12. General voting happens Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. (Jordan Kawchuk/The Chronicle)

Candidates have been out on the campaign trail in recent weeks debating the issues and trying to get across their messages. Now voters will have the final say. Election day is this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Voters in the Town of Ladysmith will choose their next council, voters in rural areas of the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Regional District of Nanaimo will choose their area directors, and voters from Ladysmith to Lantzville will select a board of school trustees.

Any Canadian citizen who has lived in B.C. for at least six months is eligible to vote in their municipality or rural community.

In Ladysmith, Mayor Aaron Stone was acclaimed and voters will select six councillors from a field of 11 candidates and nine school trustees from a field of 12 candidates. For more information about who’s running, click the links below.

On general election day, Saturday, Oct. 15, eligible electors in the Town of Ladysmith can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. Voters in the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Area G (Saltair) can vote from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Chemainus Elementary School, and voters in Area H (North Oyster-Diamond) can vote from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at École North Oyster. Voters in the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Area A (Cedar, South Wellington, Cassidy, Yellow Point) can vote from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Cedar Elementary School and Cranberry Fire Hall.

Voters in all the CVRD’s municipalities – including Ladysmith – and rural areas will also be asked a referendum question at the ballot box. The CVRD is adjusting its recreational facility funding model to try to better balance how much municipalities and areas pay toward rec facilities in relation to how much they use them. An average household in the Town of Ladysmith will be asked to pay $304 per year for recreation facilities, up from $294 per year. An average household in Saltair will be asked to pay $106, up from $21, and an average household in North Oyster-Diamond will be asked to pay $128, up from $64.

ELECTION 2022: Ladysmith town council candidate questionnaire

ELECTION 2022: Nanaimo-Ladysmith school trustee candidate questionnaire

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