Kelowna’s Okanagan College has been chosen as one of three public post-secondary institutions to host a series of public forums about the upcoming HST referendum.
Funded by a $500,000 Public Dialogue Fund created by the provincial government, the forums are intended to present both the yes and no sides of the HST debate leading up to the referendum.
In Kelowna, the forum will take place Monday, May 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Okanagan College campus lecture theatre (room S104).
The moderator will be Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College.
The other two communities hosting similar forums are Cranbrook and Kamloops.
People are invited to attend the sessions or watch them on the Internet at www.hstpublicforums.ca. The website has an online forum where people can express their opinions.
People can also participate in the discussion via Facebook (www.facebook.com/HSTForums) and Twitter (@HSTForums, hashtags: Kelowna Forum: #HSTKelowna.
Former B.C. Ombudsman Stephen Owen has been appointed as an independent funding decision-maker.
Owen’s role is to ensure a fair process in allocating public funding of $500,000 to both sides in the HST Referendum.
Owen has awarded two groups the right to apply for up to $250,000 each.
The groups are the Fight HST Society (the “yes” side, supporting a referendum vote to return to the PST/GST) and the Smart Tax Alliance (the “no” side, supporting a referendum vote to retain the HST).