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Polls are open in British Columbia immediately till eight p.m. PT as voters solid their ballots within the nation’s first municipal elections of the 12 months.

CBC Information can have full protection all through the day, together with native radio specials within the night, reside protection on Fb and in depth assets on our web site. 

That is the primary province-wide municipal vote since new marketing campaign finance guidelines that restrict company and union donations have been carried out final fall. 

It is also an election that can see huge change in some Metro Vancouver cities, the place greater than a dozen long-term mayors aren’t looking for re-election.

Change coming for Vancouver

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was one of many first to announce he would not be within the seat he has held for a decade.

Robertson says he has no regrets as he leaves behind a affluent metropolis with an in depth biking community. He additionally passes alongside a housing disaster, which impacts municipalities throughout the province, that has been an enormous concern within the election.  

Robertson’s municipal social gathering, Imaginative and prescient Vancouver, selected to not run a mayoral candidate after the one that they had chosen, Ian Campbell, stepped down 4 days earlier than nominations closed.

Not like most massive cities in Canada, Vancouver would not have a ward system. As an alternative, politicians type events that run candidates on council, the college board and park board. Montreal additionally has municipal political events.

From left to proper: Wai Younger, Shauna Sylvester, Kennedy Stewart, Ken Sim and Hector Bremner are among the mayoral candidates operating in Vancouver.

The vacuum left behind after Robertson’s determination to not run ushered in a flood of candidates aligned with 9 civic political events, a few of them splinter teams from extra established events, and a number of other candidates operating as independents. 

There are 158 candidates on town’s lengthy poll — 21 of them vying for high spot. 

Deal with crime, transit in Surrey

In Surrey, the area’s second most populated metropolis, Mayor Linda Hepner can also be stepping down.

Her social gathering, Surrey First, has been in energy for a decade with a stronghold that at the moment consists of all seats on council. 

There are eight folks operating to switch her. Tom Gill is operating as Surrey First’s mayoral candidate. Bruce Hayne was with the social gathering however has shaped his personal, Integrity Now.

And former mayor Doug McCallum has stepped again into the limelight 13 years after he was final in workplace. 

Candidates for mayor of Surrey are, from high left to backside proper: Pauline Greaves, John Wolanski, Rajesh Jayaprakash, Imtiaz Popat, Doug McCallum, Franç​ois Nantel, Bruce Hayne and Tom Gill. (Metropolis of Surrey)

A number of the predominant points in Surrey, one of many quickest rising cities within the province, embrace considerations about crime and whether or not town ought to type its personal police drive (it is at the moment serviced by the RCMP). 

Candidates and voters are additionally divided over a deliberate $ 1.65 billion mild rail transit system, with some eager to switch it with the sooner SkyTrain system already carried out in elements of Metro Vancouver.

Victoria and Vancouver Island

Within the provincial capital, it is shaping as much as be a three-way contest for the mayor’s chair between incumbent Lisa Helps and two challengers with out earlier electoral expertise: enterprise guide Stephen Hammond and political guide Mike Geoghegan.

In 2014, Helps unseated the final mayor, Dean Fortin, by solely 89 votes. 

Victoria has shed its sleepy popularity as house to “newlyweds and almost deads” and ushered in a extra city, trendy vibe.

However the rising recognition of town has seen skyrocketing rents, pushing housing and affordability to the highest of the agenda. How folks get round a busier metropolis can also be shaping as much as be a poll field concern.

Affordability is a serious concern throughout Vancouver Island, with tent cities popping up all through the area. 

Okanagan and the Southern Inside

The Okanagan is B.C. ‘s conventional and dependable conservative heartland.

It’s altering, nevertheless. This election, the municipal marketing campaign in Kelowna is a battle over town’s identification. And the 2 males main the race personify the chances.

Colin Basran’s tenure as mayor has been marked by development and improvement, however city issues like homelessness and crime have adopted that success.

Kelowna mayoral candidates, from left, Bobby Kennedy, Colin Basran, Bob Schewe and Tom Dyas debated management, inclusiveness and the problem of homelessness in an election discussion board hosted by CBC Kelowna and UBC Okanagan. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

Enter Tom Dyas, promising a return to the Okanagan’s extra conservative roots — he is a no-nonsense, tax-cutting, small businessman paying homage to the valley’s Socred previous.

In the meantime in Penticton and Vernon, the rising homeless inhabitants and every metropolis’s response has dominated the dialogue.

In smaller communities, the place there are few condos and little international funding, the election has been fought on the standard questions of transparency, taxes and accountability.