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May 11, 2018
In the May 4, 2018 edition of the Lakefield Herald, within the story entitled “Province changes regulations regarding municipal elections” some information was incorrectly reported. Please note, this story was an “outline” of the changes and not an in-depth discussion on municipal election rules.
Selwyn Staff brought the Lakefield Herald’s attention to several of these errors and incomplete points.
1. reads: Candidates who fail to file financial statements by the deadline will no longer be barred from running in the next municipal election, as long as they file late adjustments and pay the $500 fee. This point is correct but not complete.
2. reads: Candidates who are not self-financing a campaign are no longer required to have a separate bank account. Again, I will repeat, this is not incorrect, but does not lay out the entire regulation.
3. reads: Social Media advertising has no such requirements ( to register as third party advertising)
As stated in the 2018 Guide for third party advertisers, activities that do not involve spending money, such as discussions or expressing an opinion about a candidate (or an answer to a question on the ballot) are not considered to be third party advertising. Examples include:
posting on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
4. reads: Unions and corporations are barred from municipal campaign advertising and should have read “Unions and corporations are barred from making contributions to municipal council campaigns.
5. Reads: The next term of Council begins on December 3, 2018. This was a typo and should be December 1, 2018.
6. Lame Duck. The definition in the previous article was a condensed dictionary definition, but left room for confusion. The very short version is that members of council during the lame duck period have to adhere to restrictions on their governing powers. To read the full explanation of the Lame Duck please read Section 275 of the Municipal Act.