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Thinking of running for city council? Three workshops coming up on what you need to know

Thinking of running for council?

There are separate three workshops coming up to give people information about running for council and working in government.

Engaged Citizens of Burlington Workshop

Engaged Citizens of Burlington is hosting a workshop on how you can make a difference by getting engaged with the 2018 Municipal Election. Municipal decisions are the ones that directly impact you the most yet they are the least followed and the least understood.

PANELISTS – Mark Carr, Pam Damoff, Diane Leblovic, Peter Thoem

TANSLEY WOODS, 1996 Itabashi Way


City of Burlington Workshop

The municipal election on Oct. 22 brings great opportunities for residents to connect with local government by voting or running for City Council, which is the ultimate civic engagement.

If you are a potential candidate, here are some tips on where to get helpful information:

Go straight to the source. The City of Burlington, the Province of Ontario and a number of municipal associations, including the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, have great information. Visit Burlington’s Election 2018 web pages.

Attend workshops and information sessions hosted by experts. The municipal clerk’s office at the City of Burlington is your go-to place for election information. The election team will help you prepare for what to expect on a personal and professional level as a council member, how changes to the Municipal Elections Act will affect this year’s election and what your responsibilities are under the Municipal Elections Act.

Mark your calendar for April 18 in Oakville. The City of Burlington is co-hosting an information session for residents who are interested in running in the 2018 Municipal Election.  “So you want to run for Council?” takes place at Oakville Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. The free session will be led by municipal lawyer Fred Dean.

File your nomination papers between May 1 and July 27. You must be 18 years or older, a Canadian citizen and live in Burlington, own land here or be the spouse of someone who does. More information and candidate criteria are available at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s website.

Links and Resources
Election 2018: City of Burlington
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Ontario Municipal Elections: AMO

Halton Region Women in Gov’ Workshop

In honour of International Women’s Day, join Regional Councillor Blair Lancaster and other community leaders at a Women in Gov’ Workshop.

This informative session will consist of a series of presentations and a workshop to explore opportunities for women to participate in government.

Women in Gov’

Saturday, March 3, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
Halton Regional Centre (Council Chambers)
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

Register: Women in Gov’

Seating is limited. Please register by February 23, 2018.

A networking lunch will be included.


8:30 – 9:00  a.m.                      Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:15  a.m.                      Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 9:45  a.m.                      Careers in Government

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.                     Elections and Running for an Elected Position

10:15 -10:30 a.m.                    Networking break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                   Panel

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.               Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                     Workshop-Practical Planning Exercise

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.                       Mock Council Meeting-In Council Chambers

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.                       Wrap Up


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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