All-candidates mixer

Since it's the "silly season," organizers of a New Westminster civic election gathering are holding a comedy club mixer instead of an all-candidates meeting.

Fun and Politics will be held at Lafflines Comedy Club on Columbia Street on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It is being put on by Next New West, New Westminster Environmental Partners and local blog Tenth to the Fraser.

It's aimed at trying to attract younger people to become involved in the process. The organization also held a similar event prior to the federal election in April.

"Just 24 per cent of voters participated in the 2008 civic election," said Next New West founder Tej Kainth in a press release. "A lot of people, especially younger people, are disengaged with local politics. We hope that by brining fun and friends into the process it'll help them to become more interested and involved."

After shorts speeches, candidates for mayor, council and school board will mix in with guests for one-on-one questioning in a social setting. The event will also feature a stand-up comic, who will perform about 6 p.m.

Although admissions is free, food beer and wine will be available for sale.

An actual all-candidates meeting for mayoral and council candidates will be held at Centennial Lodge in
Queen's Paark on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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