Election Education # 5
Sometimes it is all about capturing the eye of new voters. Élections Québec launched a corny TikTok campaign to encourage youth vote. Is anyone in your municipality connecting with the youth vote?
Poverty, Voting and Elections
We are continuously updating our Poverty, Voting and Election Resource Page to include more municipal resources and voter information. Please check it out and share the link widely to all candidates.
- Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA): Opportunities for Rural Ontarians Post COVID, 2022.
- Jessie Golem’s Human’s of Basic Income
- Bruce County’s Affordable Housing 101 Tool Kit.
Candidate Lists have been confirmed and posted on each municipality website.
ElectHerNow Grey Bruce reports that as of September 6th, 80 women have registered to run for municipal office in Grey Bruce. Visit your local municipality’s website for all who are running in your area and then learn more about them.
All Candidate Debates and candidate meeting opportunities have started. Please share with Jill Umbach (email@example.com) what is happening in your municipality.
- 27 Sept – Kemble-Sarawak United Church, 7pm.
- 8 Oct – Flesherton Kinplex
- 13 Oct.– Osprey Hall
Questions for Candidates: the Poverty Task Force and its members are submitting questions for debates and posing questions at forums. We recommend the following questions to start:
- How would you address affordable housing and homelessness in your municipality?
- Do you support income solutions (living wage, basic guaranteed income, increase to social assistance) to address food insecurity and housing affordability?
Voter registration deadlines have passed. Voterlookup.ca is no longer collecting or confirming information for the 2022 municipal and school board elections.
- People should access the Election Help Desks of each municipality to register.
- Voters will need to have a Voter Information Letter in order to vote. The letter will be mailed to everyone on the Voters’ List in October.
- The letter will have voting instructions and a unique Personal Identification Number that will be used to log into the internet election site or onto the telephone election platform.
- Find your Election Help Desks on your municipality website. Call or visit them in-person to register.
A person with no fixed address or no internet/phone can be added to the voters’ list. An affidavit for the individual needs to be completed to be added to the voter list, if they don’t have any identification with a qualifying address.
- Go to an Election Help Centre before or during the voting period (Oct 14-24) to fill out an affidavit, get added to the voter list and be issued the voter information letter (includes the PIN).
- If they have no internet access or phone they would be able to vote at the Election Help Centre.
Living Wage Campaign
- In time for the Labour Day Weekend, the NDP Party raised a Living Wage billboard in Owen Sound by the downtown Tim Hortons. The billboard reads “If you’re working for a living, you need a living wage.”
- David McLaren explains “It’s a message intended for workers who find themselves short of cash at the end of the month, and for employers who can afford to pay their workers more. It’s for politicians who refuse to make a living wage a policy for their own staff and a requirement for contractors who want to do business with the City (as other cities in Canada have already done).”
In the news:
- Group Seeks to Boost Election Participation in Grey Highlands
- MP Alex Ruff holds Housing Forum
- Talk from the Streets: Getting Back on Track
Stay well, Jill