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October 21, 2014

A political debate that may actually be fun: Ottawa City Idol, October 23

It's not often you get to put "fun" and "political debate" in the same sentence.  This Thursday may be just the opportunity. There's even beer. Here's some info about an event on Thursday night at Hooley's downtown.  It's a demonstration of how Ranked Choice Voting could work in an upcoming election.

Ottawa City Idol is a fun and educational event where prominent community leaders go head-to-head to share their best ideas for Ottawa in order to win the prestigious title of City Idol! Ottawa City Idol candidates will share their ideas and vision on how to make Ottawa a great city. Following a question period, participants, both online and in-person, will vote for their preferred candidates using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Ottawa City Idol is a fun and accessible way to demonstrate what our elections could look like using RCV in our future elections.

The event will take place at Hooley's in Downtown Ottawa, and will be live-streamed and live-tweated at #ottidol. If you can't make it to the party, don't forget to register to participate online so that we can send you link to the live-stream!

Your Candidates:

Manjit Basi, Citizens Academy

Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen

Suzanne Doerge, City for All Women's Initiative

Graham Saul, Ecology Ottawa

Brandon Wint, Poet

Come join Ottawa123 for a fun and interactive evening that will challenge residents to think more about creating a better democracy at the local level. Light refreshments will be served. Alcohol available for purchase.

Event Schedule:

7:00-7:30 - Doors Open and Welcoming Remarks by Ottawa123
7:30-8:30 - Debate Time
8:30-8:45 - Voting Period and Mingle
8:45-9:00 - Results Announced and Wrap-Up
9:00-9:30 - The Party Continues

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