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2018 Ramara Township Municipal Election


2018 Certificate of Election Recount Results


2018 List of Certified Candidates

2018 Lists of Certified School Board Trustee Candidates

 

Key Dates

March 29, 2019 at 2:00p.m.   Candidate Financial Statements to be posted

Candidate Financial Statements


Candidate Information

Compliance Audit Committee

​The Municipal Elections Act requires a municipal Council, before October 1st in an election year, to establish a compliance audit committee for the purposes of Section 88.33 of the Act relative to a possible contravention of the Act's election campaign finance provisions.
The Township of Ramara has partnered with the following Simcoe County municipalities to appoint a Compliance Audit Committee that will serve jointly for the 2018-2022 Council term:  Clearview, Collingwood, Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene, Midland, Severn, Springwater, Tay, Tiny, and Wasaga Beach.  All participating municipalities have passed bylaws to establish the committee and appoint the five (5) members.
An elector who is entitled to vote in the municipal election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third party advertiser has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act relating to election campaign finances may file an Application for a Compliance Audit.
The Joint Compliance Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing compliance audit applications submitted by an elector(s) and decide whether it should be granted or rejected.  The meetings of the Joint Compliance Audit Committee are open to the public; however, the Committee may deliberate in private.
If granted, the Committee would then proceed to:
•    Appoint an auditor
•    Consider the auditor's report and decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced
•    Recover the costs of conducting the audit from the applicant if there was no apparent contravention or if there appears to be no reasonable grounds for having made the application.
The County of Simcoe Clerk will facilitate the compliance audit process. The Municipal Clerk, within ten (10) days of receiving an application, will provided it to the Joint Compliance Audit Committee. All reasonable notice of meetings to the public, candidate or third party advertiser, and applicant will be provided.

Deadline to Submit Application for a Compliance Audit
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Eligible Offices

Offices to be elected on October 22, 2018:

 The term of Council will begin on December 1, 2018 and end on November 14, 2022.

Are you qualified to be a candidate?

To be a candidate for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor, you must be:

  • A resident of the Township of Ramara, or an owner or tenant of land in the Township, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years old on October 22, 2018
  • Not prohibited from voting by law

To be a candidate for school board trustee, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident within the Board's area of jurisdiction
  • A supporter of that school board
  • Not legally prohibited from voting

Registering as a Candidate

To run for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee, candidates must file Nomination Papers.

Form 1 – Nomination Paper

Form 2 – Endorsement of Nomination

Nomination Papers may be filed at the Township of Ramara Administration Centre Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from May 1, 2018 to July 26, 2018 and on Friday, July 27, 2018 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

To file, please bring the following information:

  • A completed copy of your nomination paper
  • Acceptable identification for proof of identity and residence
  • Filing Fee
    • Mayor - $200
    • Deputy Mayor, Councillor or Trustee - $100
  • Endorsement by at least 25 persons, including a prescribed declaration by each of the persons endorsing the nomination (Not applicable to Trustees)
  • Sign Deposit Fee - $100

Once nomination papers have been filed, a candidate's campaign period begins.

Candidates for School Board Trustee should register at the City of Orillia.

Please note: no money can be raised or spent in regard to a campaign until nomination papers have been filed.

Filing Fee

A filing fee is required when submitting Nomination Papers.

  • Mayor - $200
  • Deputy Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee - $100

This fee will be returned if the candidate's financial statement and auditor's report are filed on or before Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Accepted methods of payment are cash, debit, certified cheque or money order.

Please note that candidates are also required to submit a Sign Deposit fee of $100.

Candidate Information Sessions

Candidates and those who are interested in running for an office are encouraged to attend one of the following Candidate Information Sessions.  These sessions will be conducted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and will include a review of the responsibilities of candidates.

August 14 Campaign Finances Webinar Presentation Slides

August 14 Question & Answer Sheet

August 20, 2018

All candidates are highly encouraged to attend this session regarding how the Ramara election will be held, including clarification on telephone and online voting procedures, accessing the Voters’ List web portal, and much more.

Ramara Election – Candidate Session
This in-person session will be held at the Town of Wasaga Beach (30 Lewis Street, Wasaga Beach) from 5-6:30 p.m.
5-6:30 p.m.
August 28, 2018

All candidates are highly encouraged to attend this session regarding how the Ramara election will be held, including clarification on procedures, accessing the Voters’ List web portal, and much more.

Ramara Election – Candidate Session (Webinar Version)
This session will be held at the Ramara Administrative Office (2297 Highway 12, Brechin) from 5-6:30 p.m.
5-6:30p.m.
​September 6, 2018
Campaign Finances Webinar Presentation Slides
Candidates and other interested parties will learn about setting up a campaign account, election contributions, preparing financial statements, etc. Please email elections@ramara.ca with your name, address and phone number or call 705-329-7242 to register.

Campaign Finances Webinar for Candidates
Held at the Orillia City Centre (50 Andrew Street West, Orillia) Council Chambers from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
10 a.m. - 12 noon.

Election Signs



Absolutely no advertising is permitted prior to nomination papers being filed with the Clerk.

All Candidates and Third Party Advertisers will be required to pay a Sign Deposit of $100 at time of registration.

Campaign Finances

All candidates are required to file a Form 4 Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report detailing the financial activities of their campaign. A candidate’s campaign period begins on the date a person files the nomination and ends on December 31, 2018.

The form must be submitted to the Clerk of the municipality in which the nomination was filed on or before March 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Financial statements must include notations of all money, goods, and services accepted by or on behalf of a Candidate for their election campaign.

The Clerk will issue an estimate of Maximum Campaign Expenses to all candidates upon filing nomination papers.

Candidate Enquiries

Q: Information and Council’s direction in regards to a the Quarry Expansion on Switch Road.

A: There are two applications currently in process with the Township in regards to the proposed expansion of the Fleming Quarry owned by Fowler Construction. In order to expand the existing quarry into the property to the north known as 7723 Rama Road, an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment are required to be approved by the municipality and the County of Simcoe. The intent of the expansion is to license an 8.70 ha. portion of the 29.72 ha. property for aggregate extraction. The license has been applied for under the Aggregate Resources Act and is regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.


A Public Meeting was held on May 28, 2018 and since that time, the Township has had the required studies submitted by Fowler Construction peer reviewed by consultants the Township retained to do the reviews. At this time, the peer review comments have been forwarded to MHBC Planning, who are the agents for Fowler Construction, to work with their team to amend any reports that require amendments and any additional works and studies required. Once the studies and works are completed and resubmitted to the Township, additional reviews will take place.

All comments received at the Public Meeting are also being addressed by Fowler Construction and their consultants and responses will be made available when they are completed. Until such time as the Township and our consultants are satisfied with the amended reports and work completed to date, no further reports or recommendations will be brought back to Council for consideration. No decisions have been made at this time.


There is a road agreement that needs to considered as this is something that the Manager of Municipal Works will require.

Q: Information and Council’s direction in regards to a contaminated dumpsite that may be on Concession B-C.

A: There are no known contaminated dump site on Concession B-C at this time.

Q: Where are the locations of polling stations (computers set up), what time will they be open for residents to use them. How will this information get to residents. Taking into consideration that some voters to not use the web.

A: During the last week of September, Voter Instruction Letters will be mailed to all eligible electors advising them on the following:

  • Phone number to call to vote by telephone
  • Web address to visit to vote by internet
  • Voter Help Station information, including locations and times it will be open
  • Help telephone number for those requiring additional assistance when voting

If a voter does not receive a Voter Instruction Letter, please direct them to contact the Ramara Administration Office.

Q: How much money the municipality has at this moment that is available to be spent to start any new infrastructure projects? And how much do we have in reserves?

​A:  Any money for infrastructure projects would be in the 2018 Capital Budgets of each department, which can be found in the 2018 Budget on our website.  Infrastructure projects are budgeted for in the annual budget or will be considered when grants are available.

The 2018 10 year Capital Forecast is available on the website.

Reserves

The Township has worked diligently to build reserves in the last few years.  It is necessary to carry a healthy reserve balance in order to fund unexpected situations, and to plan for the future capital purchases. 

Due to the previous depletion of reserve funds, the Township has restricted operating expenses t to replenish these reserves. The Township will be in the position in the very near future to start to budget annually for capital purchases. Having healthy reserves will ensure funds are there when capital purchases need to be made.

Total amount in reserves at the end of 2017 can be found on our website in the 2017 financial statements posted on the website:

RESERVES
Proposed Balance at end of 2018 - $3,828,070

RESERVE FUNDS
Proposed Balance at end of 2018 - $469,164

DEFERRED REVENUE - OBLIGATORY RESERVE FUNDS

A requirement of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada Public Sector Accounting Handbook, is that obligatory reserve funds be reported as deferred revenue. This requirement is in place as legislation and external agreements restrict how these funds may be used and under certain circumstances these funds may possibly be refunded. The balances in the obligatory reserve funds of the Township are summarized below:

To end of 2017

Development charges     $1,238,819

Parkland                            $100,899

Federal gas tax                  $287,912

                                     $1,627,630


Q: Information and Council’s direction in regards to the Fill Bylaw.

​A: The fill bylaw is being reviewed and updated. We anticipate a draft of the proposed revisions will be going to Committee of the Whole for input & consideration on October 1st.

Q: Can we see a copy of short term rental bylaw that was given for lawyer review?

​A: A copy of the draft bylaw was presented at the July 16, 2018 Committee of the Whole meeting for Council comment.  A link to the draft bylaw as well as the Committee of the Whole Report 09 as amended, are included.

Q: What should I do if I find out someone is not on the Voters’ List?

​A: An eligible elector who is not on the Voters' List must complete an EL15 Form to be added. Individuals must visit the Ramara Administration Centre to complete the EL15 Form and present the appropriate identification to be added to the Voters' List. Individuals may also complete the EL15 Form ahead of time and bring it in when they attend the office to present their appropriate identification. 

If the person is unable to attend during business hours, we will be having extended hours in October for residents so they may be added to the Voters' List and receive their Voter Instruction Letter. We also have Voter Information Pamphlets available which have EL15 Forms on the back for candidates to pass out when campaigning. This pamphlet is available online and in small quantities at the Ramara Administration Centre.

Q: What is the Township’s relationship with the L.S.R.C.A. - Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the direction the situation is currently heading in?

​A: At this time our relationship with the L.S.R.C.A. is basically business as usual. Discussions are ongoing related to the Townships desire to be removed from the membership.