The District of Lake Country has announced the details of the upcoming referendum and launched a referendum webpage, complete with links to social media sites.

"With more and more residents turning to the internet for their news, social media is a great way to stay up-to-date or engage with the process" says Deputy Chief Election Officer Willene Perez. "We want to provide residents easy access to voting information and encourage them to find out more about the Okanagan Rail Corridor acquisition."

The District has set up a 2015 Referendum webpage, an Okanagan Rail Corridor webpage and will be using its District Facebook page and Twitter feed to ensure residents understand the project and the referendum process. The website and Quick Links can all be accessed at

"Ensuring our residents have access to accurate information is important for the referendum process," said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services; and the District's representative on the Inter-jurisdictional Acquisition Team. "For instance, some people may not be aware that as part of the agreement with CN, they are responsible for the removal and salvage of the railway infrastructure and remediating the corridor to an industrial environmental standard as determined under provincial Environmental Protection Act regulations."

The referendum general voting day is set for Saturday, April 25 to approve the borrowing of up to $2.6 million for purchasing 50 per cent of the Okanagan Rail Corridor within District boundaries. Ward-based advance poll voting and mail ballot voting arrangements have also been made so all eligible Lake Country electors can participate in the referendum at any of the six different voting opportunities from April 15 to April 25.

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For more information contact:

Willene Perez, Deputy Chief Election Officer
District of Lake Country
Tel (250) 766-5650 (ext. 203)

Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services
District of Lake Country
Tel (250) 766-5650 (ext. 223)