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The Georgia Straight - - Opinion -

Oc­to­ber 20 is vot­ing day. Stephen Hui photo.

HERE’S A CHANCE for Van­cou­ver vot­ers to look can­di­dates in the eye. A fo­rum us­ing the so-called world­café for­mat will be held at the Ray­cam Co­op­er­a­tive Cen­tre (920 East Hast­ings Street) on Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 9), from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The world-café method is de­signed to en­gage mul­ti­ple par­tic­i­pants in sev­eral rounds of small­group dis­cus­sions, al­low­ing top­ics to be hashed out from var­i­ous per­spec­tives. At the Ray-cam event, can­di­dates for mayor and coun­cil will each ad­dress the crowd for three min­utes. They will then in­di­vid­u­ally sit down at ta­bles to en­gage peo­ple in a di­a­logue. Af­ter 15 min­utes, can­di­dates will move to an­other ta­ble. The re­sults of these talks will be shared from a broad per­spec­tive at the end of the meet­ing.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how can­di­dates will be able to con­nect with the pub­lic in this type of closerange meet­ing. A long history of bro­ken cam­paign prom­ises has bred dis­trust of politi­cians in some vot­ers. Can­di­dates who come across as sin­cere and con­vince vot­ers that their word is their bond might get an edge.

This year’s Oc­to­ber 20 elec­tion is a crowded field, with 21 can­di­dates for mayor and 71 can­di­dates vy­ing for 10 seats on coun­cil.

Porter Erin Shum on

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