Final Statistics on Election Forum 2007

Check out the final statistics on Election Forum 2007!

Do you want to know how many people visited out site?

How often?

Where they were from?

 

http://www.electionforum.ca/documents/ElectionForumFinalStats.pdf

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated on Red Deer Public Library's Election Forum Website!

 

I would like to thank all the candidates for their tremendous efforts to make the Red Deer Public Library Election Website an integral part of Red Deer's 2007 municipal election.

In addition to the candidates, I would like to thank the community and media contributors who helped to make our website a success:

  • The City of Red Deer, particularly Frieda McDougall
  • Shaw Television
  • CHCA Television
  • Red Deer Advocate
  • Red Deer Express
  • CKGY
  • Z99
  • Big 105
  • 106.7 The Drive
  • Michael Dawe and Red Deer and District Archives
  • Jan Underwood of C.A.R.E.
  • Tom Stevens, seniors' spokesperson
  • Laura Turner of the Downtown Business Association
  • Paul Boultbee and Glynis Wilson Boultbee representing Arts and Culture
  • Debby Whitecotton, former Catholic School Board Trustee
  • Debbie Murray and Jeannie Lutz for C.A.S.A. (Central Alberta Self Advocates)
  • Duane Rolheiser of 24-7videotours.com

I also want to thank the citizens of Red Deer who took the time to add a comment or question to our website. Your contributions were crucial to our website.

Your participation has made the project an unqualified success and helped chart the future of election campaigning in our community.

The site was tremendously popular among the voting public of Red Deer because of your commitment and contributions. You made it interactive, informative and vibrant.

Thousands of Red Deer voters visited the site during the campaign to gather information, offer feedback and, in general, to feel like they were part of the electoral process. They were able to gather the knowledge they needed to make informed decisions at the polls. And the voters were able, I hope, to let candidates know what they believed to be the critical issues of the election. That kind of interplay makes the democratic process far more tangible, vital and organic.

Thank you again,

Donna Stewart

Promotions and Training Assistant

Election Forum 2007

Red Deer Public Library

Election Night Photos, Courtesy of Red Deer Express

  

photographer: Chad Hipolito

Reprinted courtesy of Red Deer Express

www.reddeerexpress.com

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Jeffrey Dawson and Morris Flewwelling,  Election Night, October 15, 2007

  

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Morris and Hazel Flewwelling, celebrating!

 

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Cindy Jefferies, Lynne Mulder and Tara Veer at City Hall, Election Night, October 15, 2007

 

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New Councillors: Buck Buchanan and Gail Parks, Election Night, October 15, 2007

 

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Bev Hughes and Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer, Election Night, October 15, 2007

Congratulations!

 

Congratulations to Mayor Morris Flewwelling and his new city council!

I'm sure that Mayor Flewwelling, along with Cindy Jefferies, Lynne Mulder, Tara Veer, Buck Buchanan, Gail Parks, Larry Pimm, Frank Wong and Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer will serve the people of Red Deer with skill and compassion.

In addition, the voters of Red Deer have selected two new slates of school board trustees who will serve with distinction and commitment.

The new Red Deer Public School District board is comprised of:

   Bill Stuebing                                        Bev Manning

   Gail Holland                                         Diane Macaulay

   Jim Watters                                         Lawrence Lee

   Cathy Peacocke

The new Red Deer Regional Catholic School Division board is comprised of:

   Bev Heisler                                         Lloyd Baumgarten

   Adriana Lagrange                               Elaine Halter

   Christine Moore

The new trustee for Red Deer Regional Catholic School Division for Sylvan Lake/Innisfail/Bowden/Olds/ ward is Diane J. MacKay.

By acclamation, the trustee for Red Deer Regional Catholic School Division for Rocky Mountain House ward is Stephen Taylor.

These results are unofficial until Friday, October 19, 2007

Complete election results are available at: www.reddeer.ca

Everyone participated in an excellent campaign. Many issues were raised including Molly Bannister Drive, the Gasification Project, Rethink Red Deer, Self-advocacy issues, low income housing and many more.

Red Deer Public Library was proud to provide a forum where the candidates and the public could present their platforms, questions and concerns. We were very pleased that we were able to initiate a strong dialogue between the candidates and the voters, providing information and communication.

Again, congratulations to all the newly-elected representatives.

Donna Stewart

Promotions and Training Assistant

Election Forum 2007

Red Deer Public Library

Final Results - Red Deer Municipal Election 2007

Go here for the final results.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Get out and vote!

Today is election day.  You've had a chance to see the candidates in action on electionforum.ca.

Now you get to decide.  Polls are open from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. today.  Check out this page on the City website to find out where to go.

Updated Procedure for Posting Comments

 

Electionforum.ca is in many ways a new and cutting edge method of involving the citizenry of Red Deer in the democratic process. Providing a method for individuals to be able to interact directly with candidates in an open and far-reaching environment such as electionforum.ca is a risky venture in many ways, but it is also richly rewarding. Being that the process is so new to everyone involved, we have made and will continue to make changes to the site in order to ensure that we can make the entire venture as fair and informative as possible.

To that end, we have made a change in the procedures that must be followed in order to ensure that all comments are valid and fall within our guidelines for participation. As of today, you will now be required to include your full name and email address with your comment or it will not be posted. We will publish your name but we will not publish your email address (it will be kept only for our own use). It is our hope that this will help us maintain the quality of our website by encouraging people to be accountable for their comments in a public fashion and by providing a level playing field for all the candidates.

The goal of this site always has been and will continue to be, to provide a forum for all the citizens of Red Deer so that they have a place to put forward issues that are of concern to them. We will continue to encourage posters to focus on the issues rather than on the individual candidates. We hope that this new commenting process will promote a very positive, healthy and informative dialog between the candidates and the citizens of Red Deer. We look forward to seeing more comments and questions from citizens who want to take an active part in choosing their Municipal Government.

Donna's Blog

I’d like to welcome you to Red Deer Public Library, Election Forum 2007. My name is Donna Stewart, Promotions & Training Assistant for the Election Forum Project for Red Deer Public Library. I have been employed at Red Deer Public Library, in Adult Services, since October, 2002. My family and I have lived in Red Deer since 1979 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am very excited to be involved in this new, groundbreaking project. .....

The main focus of our website will be to provide an interactive platform for candidates to present their views and comment on election related issues. Our site will allow them to post their comments in their own words. They will be able to update their blog as the election process continues. Interested citizens will be able to post questions and concerns to which the candidates can respond. We hope to create a busy conversation site and give everyone a chance to state an opinion or ask a question. Our website is intended to promote a healthy dialogue, increasing communication and understanding between candidates and voters.Via the Election Forum 2007 website, we will strive to provide information the citizens of Red Deer will need, enabling them to make informed decisions on Election Day.

Our website will provide a forum for interactive communication between candidates and voters. It will also provide a variety of related information, such as where to vote and historical notes about previous elections. I will be the primary liaison between the Library and the candidates, available to work either one-on-one or with groups of candidates to help them benefit as much as possible from Election Forum 2007. I look forward to assisting the candidates to set up and maintain their own blog, within our Forum website.

Connecting with the media and our partner organizations will be another aspect of my responsibilities. I will also be available to answer questions from candidates, potential candidates and anyone else who would like to post a blog comment. If you need any assistance posting a comment or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Election Forum 2007 website, please contact me at 755-1139 or email me at dstewart@rdpl.org .

NEW!         VIDEOS !       CHECK IT OUT!   

http://www.24-7videotours.com/player/index.php?siteid=6

provided by 24-7videotours.com

Candidates Debate

Missed the debate? Check out the replay, courtesy of Shaw Communications.

Please be patient, because of the size, it takes a very long time to download.

Would you like to post a comment or question? Read this first!

YOU HAVE A VOICE!

We want to encourage a lively debate where everyone can pose a question or comment. The goal is to maintain a positive and constructive website that will inform voters and allow everyone to participate. This is a terrific opportunity to become involved in our municipal politics. Your local government has the most direct influence on your daily life. Your opinion counts! Your vote counts!

Get involved! Ask questions! Find out what you need to know! Offer an opinion!

What issues would you like to comment on? Some examples are:

  • Safety downtownShould Red Deer have a local police force?
  • The City's rapid growth
  • The housing/rental situation
  • Homelessness
  • Parking
  • Parks and Trails
  • Taxes
  • Any other issue related to the City of Red Deer

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Red Deer Public Library will determine whether a comment should be posted.
  • Constructive criticism is allowed as long as it is directed toward an idea rather than a person. Personal attacks will not be posted.
  • Libelous or slanderous comments will not be published.
  • Foul language, pornographic material or commercial advertising is not acceptable.
  • You must include your full name and email address. Your name will be published, your email address will not be published.
TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENT OR QUESTION TO A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE, LOCATE THEIR BLOG,
THEN CLICK ON THE COMMENT BUTTON BELOW IT.

Candidates will reply by posting another blog, so click on the link to their blogs for their response.

NEW PROCEDURE FOR POSTING COMMENTS:

Electionforum.ca is in many ways a new and cutting edge method of involving the citizenry of Red Deer in the democratic process. Providing a method for individuals to be able to interact directly with candidates in an open and far-reaching environment such as electionforum.ca is a risky venture in many ways, but it is also richly rewarding. Being that the process is so new to everyone involved, we have made and will continue to make changes to the site in order to ensure that we can make the entire venture as fair and informative as possible.

To that end, we have made a change in the procedures that must be followed in order to ensure that all comments are valid and fall within our guidelines for participation. As of today, you will now be required to include your full name and email address with your comment or it will not be posted. We will publish your name but we will not publish your email address (it will be kept only for our own use). It is our hope that this will help us maintain the quality of our website by encouraging people to be accountable for their comments in a public fashion and by providing a level playing field for all the candidates.

The goal of this site always has been and will continue to be, to provide a forum for all the citizens of Red Deer so that they have a place to put forward issues that are of concern to them. We will continue to encourage posters to focus on the issues rather than on the individual candidates. We hope that this new commenting process will promote a very positive, healthy and informative dialog between the candidates and the citizens of Red Deer. We look forward to seeing more comments and questions from citizens who want to take an active part in choosing their Municipal Government.

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