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How to hear from the candidates: schedule of live mayoral interviews and debates in Burnaby

Want to hear local politicians make their case? Tune in or attend one of those events
Mike Hurley, Derek Corrigan
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There are 27 people running for nine seats on Burnaby’s city council, but how much do you know about them? 

If you’re not sure how to cast your ballot on Oct. 20 (or during advance voting on Oct. 6, 10 and 13), here’s how you can learn more about the people vying for your vote.

The NOW has posted questionnaires with all the candidates here.

If you’re not sure who deserves your vote for the city’s top job, tune in to our live mayoral interview series. We will broadcast our interviews with all four hopefuls on our facebook page ( abyNOW). 

We will ask the candidates about the issues facing our community and we’ll invite you, our readers, to chime in and ask questions of your own. You can ask the candidates questions in the comments of the live broadcast, or you can send them in advance to

Here’s the schedule:

  • Sylvia Gung (independent): Sept. 30, 3 p.m.
  • Derek Corrigan (Burnaby Citizens Association): Oct. 1, 3 p.m. 
  • Mike Hurley (independent): Oct. 2, 3 p.m.
  • Helen H. S. Chang: Oct. 4, 3 p.m.

Finally, you can learn more about the candidates by attending one of the following events. We will update you if and when more events are confirmed.

Candidates Meet & Greet, Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre (4331 Dominion St.) This will be an informal opportunity to speak with candidates, rather than a traditional debate. It’s free.

Mayoral Debate and Councillor Forum. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 to 4 p.m. at Crystal Mall (4500 Kingsway). This English/Mandarin event will feature a debate between mayoral hopefuls from 2 to 3 p.m. and a forum for hopeful councillors from 3 to 4 p.m. 

All Candidates Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at Gilmore Community School. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., attendees will be able to visit candidate booths and submit written questions. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. candidates will take the stage for a Q&A session.

All Candidates Meet & Greet, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. at Maywood Community School. Voters will have the chance to meet candidates for mayor, council and school board, who will be sitting at tables. There will be a moderated Q&A with the mayoral candidates from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme for the evening will be social inclusion.

If you are organizing an event related to the election, please send information to