Earlier this year, Prince George city council decided to hold a referendum seeking approval to borrow the funding necessary to replace the aging Four Seasons Leisure Pool ($35 million) and Fire Hall #1 ($15 million). As voting day, October 28, approaches, there are several important dates and information sessions.
Public information opportunities:
- Monday, October 16, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in the atrium.
- Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12:30-3 p.m., in the Canfor Winter Garden at the University of Northern BC (UNBC). The mayor and city manager will give a short presentation starting at 12:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 4:30-8 p.m., at the Four Seasons Leisure Pool (775 Dominion Street).
- Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the centre court at Pine Centre Mall (3055 Massey Drive).
Last month, city officials also held open houses at the current and proposed locations of Fire Hall #1. In addition, staff hosted two “digital town halls” to answer questions from residents and news media. Video of the town halls is available online:
Advance voting opportunities:
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at UNBC (3333 University Way) in Room 7-170 of the Bentley Centre (note: pay parking is in effect) AND at Prince George City Hall (1100 Patricia Boulevard).
- Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the College of New Caledonia (3330 22nd Avenue) in Room 1-723 (note: pay parking is in effect).
- Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Prince George City Hall (1100 Patricia Boulevard).
A ballot marking machine for electors with hearing, visual, or other physical impairments will be available at the two advance voting opportunities at City Hall (October 18 and 24).
General Voting Day:
General Voting Day is October 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For voting-related details including identification requirements and where to vote, visit the city’s website. Results will be published on the city’s referendum webpage (www.princegeorge.ca/referendum) once polls have closed and the results have been verified.
City officials continue to meet with community groups, service clubs, and organizations to present information about the referendum. Interested group organizers are asked to fill out an online form to request a presentation.
The best source of information about Referendum 2017 is the City’s website. Residents can visit www.princegeorge.ca/referendum to get the latest information and voting details, and review answers to commonly asked questions. The City’s social media assets, including Facebook and Twitter, are also regularly updated with referendum information.