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There is a lot of talk about electoral reform at the national level these days but here on the Sunshine Coast we are also having an important discussion about reforming the Trustee Electoral Areas(TEA) that shape how members of our community elect school trustees.  About a year ago, the provincial government informed School District No. 46 that there were certain lands with the Sechelt Indian Government District that had been left out of the existing electoral areas, and we are obliged to consult with the public and amend the areas to recognize these lands and enfranchise the residents who live there.


After several discussions at our Committee of the Whole in recent months and after getting feedback from three or four local governments, we are holding three public consultation events; February 23 in Gibsons, March 7 in Pender Harbour and March 29 in Sechelt.  Watch the website in coming weeks for exact times and locations.  The board will be putting forward two options for the public to consider:
1.  Attaching the omitted areas to the closed existing area; or
2.  Adding the areas to the Sechelt area, with an additional trustee representative and combining the existing Rural area 2 with Gibsons area with a total of three trustees as representation.

Data on population and the ratio of representation will be available prior to and at all consultations.  The notes from the preparatory discussions are available on our website under the minutes of the January special committee of the whole. Written comments will be received by the Board until early April.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the Trustee Electoral Area consultation,  please don't hesitate to contact any of your elected trustees.

 

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