A complete 2018 Candidates' Information Guide is coming soon and an information session for candidates will be held. Here is some basic information:
When can I start my campaign?
Campaigning may begin once your nomination has been filed. The date on which candidates may begin to display and distribute signs must be decided upon by the current Council, and will be publicized soon. This date cannot be before the end of the nomination period.
Are there other rules for using campaign signs?
Campaign signs fall under the Town's sign by-law as well as provincial Acts. Details on their use will be covered in the 2018 Candidates' Information Guide, coming soon.
Can I use the Town logo or photos from a Town website or social media site on my campaign materials?
No, candidates may not use the Town’s logo or other corporate images (including Town-owned photos) on their own websites (including social media), campaign literature, lawn signs, buttons, clothing or other campaign material.
Candidates MAY re-tweet/share a Town social media post or share a link from Town of BWG websites on their own websites including social media. Candidates wishing to share information/pages from the Town's official websites must do so by providing links rather than screen captures.
Can I campaign at public events?
You may NOT campaign at events that are hosted by the Town. These include the annual events highlighted at the top of the Town's Events webpage, as well as any other events such as public information sessions or open houses. Wearing a campaign T-shirt, hat, button or other apparel is considered campaigning.
You may campaign at private events held on private property. Additionally, a private organization or candidate may rent a Town space (such as a community centre) for a campaign or other event and permit campaigning if they choose, so long as all campaigning activity and signage is limited to the interior space.
Can I have a campaign office?
You may set up a campaign office on private property. Please be aware that you may not put up signs on the exterior or in the windows of the office that promote your candidacy until you have filed your nomination with the Clerk's office.