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Board property off limits for campaigning, candidates warned

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Mar 27, 2014 - 4:19 PM |
The Rainbow District School Board's downtown main office is seen here in this file photo. Trustee and municipal candidates are not allowed to use board property for campaign purposes. File photo.

The Rainbow District School Board's downtown main office is seen here in this file photo. Trustee and municipal candidates are not allowed to use board property for campaign purposes. File photo.

With both trustee and municipal elections coming up Oct. 27, the director of education with the Rainbow District School Board provided a reminder of how school facilities can be used for election-related activities.

On one hand, if a third party wants to hold an all-candidates meeting for either trustee or municipal elections at a board-owned facility, that's fine, Norm Blaseg told trustees at their March 25 meeting.


Beyond this situation, however, candidates cannot campaign or engage in election-related activities on school board property, he said.

Similar rules also exist for the use of municipally-owned property.

Incumbent trustees must also not use their position to give themselves an advantage over other trustee candidates, said Rainbow board chair Doreen Dewar.

They are still allowed to attend board functions, so long as they're ones they've habitually attended in the past, and aren't blatantly there to campaign for re-election, she said.
Heidi Ulrichsen

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