Resignation of Castor councillor forces byelection

Coun. Travis Ryan resigns

By Kevin J Sabo For the Advance

The Town of Castor will go to the polls in a by-election on March 26.

This comes on the heels of the resignation of Coun. Travis Ryan Jan. 14. A special meeting was held on Jan. 18 by the remaining council to accept the resignation.

Provisions of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) state that in the event of a council member resignation a byelection must be held within 90 days of the notice. To meet that requirement, Coun. Rod Zinger put forward a motion to hold the election on March 26. Nominations of community members to replace Coun. Ryan will be accepted until Feb. 26 at noon.

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With the imminent departure of longtime CAO Sandi Jackson, council has appointed incoming CAO Christopher Robblee as the returning officer, with Castor Rec. Director Natasha Bozek being appointed as Substitute Returning Officer. Other positions within the by-election will be appointed by Robblee at a later date.

In addition to the appointments, council has moved that an institutional vote is held as well on the day of the election. The institutional vote allows voting to take place at locations where residents may be mobility challenged, and in this case, the institutional votes will take place at Our Lady of The Rosary Hospital and at Paintearth Lodge.

Coun. Travis Ryan didn’t respond to the Advance’s request for an interview.

For further information, please contact the Castor Town office at 403-882-3215

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