Plebiscite on Oct. 21 civic election ballot

Do you want the City of Red Deer divided into wards?

Do you want the City of Red Deer divided into wards?

That’s the simplified plebiscite question on the table for Red Deer city council on Monday.

As residents cast votes for council and mayor during the Oct. 21 civic election, they will also be asked to check a box regarding a ward representation system.

The two options are:

• Yes, I want to be able to vote for the candidates who run in the area I live in (my ward)

• No, I want to keep voting for candidates for the whole city, not just the area where I live.

Last month, council rejected an earlier question that councillors deemed was confusing and too wordy.

The question was sent back to administration for a rewrite in plain language.

The debate followed council’s decision on March 18 to add the question, a surprising move following council’s decision six weeks before to reject a plebiscite.

A communications campaign on the meaning of the question and the differences between a ward representation and an at-large system will be launched. Up to $35,000 will be spent on the strategy, including the estimated $5,000 to place the question on the ballot.

Just Posted

Contentious cannabis production facility clears another planning hurdle

190,000-square-foot facility to be built in Blindman Industrial Park

Downtown Red Deer businesses concerned non-profit will move into prominent Ross Street space

Concern builds over John Howard Society converting a retail bay into office space

Red Deer County allows more urban hens

Five urban hen permits now allowed in hamlets, up from two

Red Deer high schools considering fines to stem ‘epidemic’ of student vaping

They are considering applying city no-smoking bylaw on school grounds

High Level and central Alberta fire serve as reminder to Red Deerians to be prepared

Central Alberta hamlet of Marlboro was on evacuation alert over the weekend

Dogs and drugs don’t mix: Red Deer business wants to leave downtown after 18 years

One business owner is done with downtown Red Deer after 18 years.… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Lowry scores 25 as Raptors even up series against Bucks with 120-102 win

Raptors 120, Bucks 102 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2) TORONTO — Kyle Lowry… Continue reading

Hiker and his dog lived off the land while lost in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A hiker and his dog ate berries and moss… Continue reading

“Fun Guy” Kawhi the latest example of NBA branding

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard’s likeness looks down from some 10 storeys high… Continue reading

Tarantino is back in Cannes, 25 years after ‘Pulp Fiction’

CANNES, France — Twenty-five years after premiering “Pulp Fiction” in Cannes, Quentin… Continue reading

Gordon Lightfoot on starring in a ‘legacy’ documentary about himself

TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot didn’t need much convincing when filmmakers approached him… Continue reading

Burger King to expand sales of new meatless burger to Europe

COPENHAGEN — Burger King will launch in Sweden a version of its… Continue reading

Most Read