Forum to put city candidates in council scenarios

If candidates in Nanaimo’s municipal election want a job on city council, they’re going to have to audition for it.

If candidates in Nanaimo’s municipal election want a job on city council, they’re going to have to audition for it.

The Coalition for a Demo-cratic Nanaimo is hosting an all-candidates meeting at Beban Park Social Centre Nov. 10, but instead of the usual format, candidates will be in four discussion groups and given a scenario based on voter issues submitted to

They will then have the opportunity to debate the topic, come to some consensus, pass a motion and interact with other candidates – just as if they were a sitting council.

Karen Hovestad, a coalition spokeswoman, said the idea for something different from a typical all-candidates meeting came up as the issues surrounding the Nov. 19  election appear to be polarizing people.

“It’s a new way at looking at candidates,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how bright and shiny their answers are on their campaign material. They’re on stage for a job interview.”

The meeting, moderated by CBC Radio host Mark Forsythe, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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