Posted by: VPSN | November 2, 2011

Last Candidate Standing event will introduce voters to all 61 municipal election candidates

Vancouver, BC (November 2, 2011) – On Sunday, Nov. 6, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) and UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture will proudly present Last Candidate Standing, Vancouver’s most inclusive all-candidates’ forum.

Unlike other debates, Last Candidate Standing doesn’t just focus on the frontrunners – all 61 registered candidates running for mayor or council have been invited to make their case before an expert panel and a sold-out audience of more than 200 voters.

Candidates will be on the clock as they respond to the panel’s questions covering a broad range of campaign issues. The candidates with the best answers, as judged by the panel and audience, will move on to the next round – those that don’t measure up will be eliminated. At the end of the night, only one candidate will be left standing.

“This event is a great opportunity for voters to learn about the diversity of candidates who are seeking office in our city,” says Anthony Hamilton, coordinator of the VPSN’s Democratic Spaces working group. “We’re pushing the boundaries of the debate format to have some fun while creating a more inclusive public forum that represents the full spectrum of viewpoints in this election.”

Last Candidate Standing will be hosted by Vancouver-based writer and broadcaster Steve Burgess. Panelists include:

  • Theresa Lalonde, reporter, CBC Vancouver
  • Matthew Soules, assistant professor, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • David Beers, editor-in-chief, The Tyee
  • Alissa Sadler, vice-chair, Vancouver Public Space Network

The sold-out event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at UBC Robson Square. In between rounds of the candidate showdown, local band Wee Boy Pretty will provide musical entertainment. Limited wait-list spots available:

Last Candidate Standing is part of the VPSN’s Vancouver Votes initiative. Throughout the civic election campaign, the VPSN has been maintaining as an up-to-date, non-partisan resource collecting candidate survey responses, election news, and essential voter information. Vancouver Votes is also active on Twitter at @VanVotes.


More information: (event hashtag: #LCSVan and #VanElxn)


Media contact:
Anthony Hamilton
Vancouver Public Space Network


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