As the national public broadcaster, CBC is out helping moderate council forums once again this year.
In West Kelowna, it has joined forces with the Shannon Lake Neighbourhood Association, offering up Daybreak South host Chris Walker as moderator.
And in Kelowna, the CBC crew will partner with Castanet for a mayoral debate at the Streaming Café.
There are currently 31 debates, forums and roundtables on the mayoral candidates’ dockets thus far; five less than in 2011.
The West Kelowna debate will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Mar Jok Elementary School, 2101 McDougall Rd.
The Kelowna mayoralty debate at the Streaming Café is Friday, Oct. 31, during the afternoon program, Radio West, which is on from 4 to 6 p.m.
The radio station also offers candidates from all over southern B.C. a chance to pitch themselves on the air. Interested candidates send their 30-second audio files to firstname.lastname@example.org and it is broadcast during their shows.
The response, says program manager Andrew Glass, is typically overwhelming given all of the small communities and electoral communities contributing.
“There’s so many school board candidates, as well, which normally don’t put up signs or anything like that, so this may be their only way to let people know who they are,” said Glass.
Upcoming on the Kelowna forum list is the Rutland Residents Assocation candidate meet and greet in Rutland Centennial Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.