Three Castlegar all-candidates forums slated

Opportunities to meet the candidates for Castlegar council, mayor and RDCK Area J director.

Residents will have several opportunities to meet candidates for the upcoming municipal election in the next few weeks.

A group of local residents will host a Thanksgiving all candidates forum at the Castle Theatre on Monday at 7 p.m.

Rev. Elizabeth Huether will be the moderator. Questions should be submitted in advance to CastlegarVotes@gmail.com

This event is being billed as “by voters for voters.”

The Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate meet and greet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandman Hotel.

Candidates will each have three minutes to share their platform with the audience.

The speeches will be followed by a meet and greet session with the candidates.

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The West Kootenay EcoSociety along with partner groups Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Kootenay Family Place, and St. David’s Anglican Church will also host an all-candidates forum at the Community Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The forum will be on the themes of climate change, social justice, and healthy communities.

“This will be a great opportunity for residents to hear the vision and commitment of council and mayoral candidates on green jobs, renewable energy, and healthy families in Castlegar,” said Montana Burgess, executive director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

“With a tough summer full of wildfires, cutting our carbon pollution and transitioning to a clean energy economy is more important than ever. We saw children, the elderly, and other people at risk to the unhealthy smoke suffer and that’s not fair. We want to give candidates the opportunity to lay out their vision and track record on these critical community issues.”

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