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Ward 7 By-Election

Voting in the Ward Seven By-Election was held on January 23, 26, 28, and February 1, 2016. Andrew Prince will be sworn in at the February 22nd General Committee meeting.

Official Ward 7 By-Election Results
Eligible Voters: 9,180* Voter Turnout: 17.5%**

Candidate Votes Percent
Elena Arruda 38 2.36%
Jane Dewar 196 12.20%
Ram Faerber
Financial Statement
12 0.75%
Bonnie-Lyn Gow 2 0.12%
Gary Harvey
Financial Statement
222 13.81%
Jim Hosick
Financial Statement
122 7.59%
Doug Jure
Financial Statement
108 6.72%
Chris McElroy
Financial Statement
13 0.81%
Mike Montague 109 6.78%
Andrew Prince
Financial Statement
362 22.53%
Craig Ripley 307 19.10%
Darren Roskam
Financial Statement
9 0.56%
Randy H. Starr
Financial Statement 
107 6.66%
* Approximate. This is the number of electors as of 6:45pm on February 1, 2016. This number may have fluctuated if electors were later added to the Voters' List before the 8pm close of voting.
** Approximate. Voter turnout figure is impacted by accuracy of the above.

Financial Statements

All candidates for the 2016 Ward Seven By-election are required to file a Form 4 – Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Filing deadlines for the primary financial statements for the period ending March 17, 2016, are required to be filed on or before Friday April 1, 2016 at 2pm. Financial statements will be linked next to each candidates' names above as they are filed with the City's Legislative and Court Services Department.

Key Dates

Nov. 10, 2015 – Dec. 18, 2015, 2pm Nomination Period
Dec. 18, 2015, 2pm Nomination Day
Jan. 23, 2016, 10am–6pm Voting Day
Jan. 26, 2016, 4–9pm Voting Day
Jan 28, 2016, 4–9pm Voting Day
Feb. 1, 2016, 10am–8pm Final Voting Day
Voting took place at Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue. Special voting opportunities were also provided for residents of Roberta Place and Roberta Lodge. Notice of these voting opportunities were provided to those residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who could vote in the Ward 7 By-Election?

Eligible Voters

A person was entitled to be an elector in the Ward Seven By-election, if on voting day, he or she was:

  • a Canadian citizen (landed immigrants and British subjects are not qualified electors);
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • residing in Ward 7 in the City of Barrie or a non-resident owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • not prohibited from voting under any law.

Ineligible Voters

The following could not vote in the Ward Seven By-Election:

  • a person who did not reside in Ward 7 or is not an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • a person who was the owner or tenant of land in Ward 7, who resided in another ward in Barrie;
  • a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • a corporation; or
  • a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day;
  • person who was acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity (e.g., power of attorney), could not vote on behalf of the person they were representing unless they were appointed as a voting proxy.
How many eligible voters could vote in the Ward 7 By-Election?

The number of electors as of 6:45pm on February 1, 2016, was 9,180. This number may have fluctuated if electors were later added to the Voters' List before the 8pm close of voting.

What was the voter turnout for the by-election?

1,607 electors voted in the by-election, so voter turnout was approximately 17.5%

The number is approximate as it's dependent on the approximate number of eligible voters: 9,180 as of 6:45pm on February 1, 2016. The number of electors may have fluctuated if electors were added to the Voters' List before the 8pm close of voting. 

What is the Voters' List and why is being on the list important?

The Voters' List is a list of eligible electors in Ward 7. A preliminary list of electors is compiled by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and after revisions becomes the voters’ list. Being on the Voters' List ensures that you will receive important election messaging like the Voter Information Card, which tells you where and when to vote, and will also speed up your time spent at the voting location.

If your information has changed, or you would like to be added to the Voters' List, please fill out the Application to Change the Voters' List and return to the City of Barrie either in person or by mail, using the directions on the back of the form. If your name is on the Voters' List you will receive a Voter Information Card in the mail in mid-January 2016.

If a candidate indicated to the media that he/she is no longer running in the By-election, why would he/she be listed as a certified candidate?

Under the Municipal Elections Act, the last date for a candidate to withdraw was December 18th at 2pm. The Clerk was required to produce a certified list of candidates as of 4pm on Monday, December 21, 2015. If a candidate is no longer interested in the position, they could advise the Ward 7 electors of their decision, but the Clerk is required to place all certified candidates on the ballot.

The exception would be if a certified candidate dies or becomes ineligible to hold the office.


Certified Candidates

Elena Arruda

Filed: Dec. 14, 2015 at 11:14am

12 Bishop Dr.  L4N 6Y6
Business: 705-241-7438
Facebook: elena.arrudaraposo
Jane Dewar

Filed: December 4, 2015 at 12:09pm

Campaign: 705-881-5418
Twitter: @JaneforBarrie
Facebook: JaneForBarrie

Ram Faerber

Filed: Nov. 24, 2015, at 9:46am

73 Birchwood Dr. L4M 6X5
Home: 705-726-4605
Business: 416-294-5727
Campaign: 705-727-4605

Bonnie-Lyn Gow

Filed: Dec. 1, 2015 at 2:04pm

10 Irene Dr. L4N 0Y7
Home: 705-715-3427
Business: 905-832-8585 ext. 8425

Gary Harvey

Filed: Dec. 17, 2015 at 11:34am

Campaign: 705-417-2751
Twitter: @GaryHarveyWard7
Facebook: Garyharveyward7

Jim Hosick

December 9, 2015 at 8:58am

13 Florence Park Rd., Barrie, ON L4N 6Y8
Home: 705-719-9027
Business: 705-717-8484
Campaign: 705-717-8484

Doug Jure

Filed: Dec. 16, 2015 at 8:46am

25 Pepin Ct. L4M 7J4
Business: 705-728-8002

Chris McElroy

Filed: Dec. 18, 2015, at 11:58am

Business: 705-721-7427
Campaign: 905-716-6667
Email:  Facebook: bigchrisforward7

Mike Montague

Filed: Nov. 11, 2015, at 9:37am

Home: 705-718-6119
Business: 705-718-6119 
Facebook: mikemontagueward7

Andrew Prince

Filed: Dec. 3, 2015, at 3:43pm

Campaign: 705-500-1002
Twitter: @Andrew_prince
Facebook: Andrew Prince

Craig Ripley

Filed: Nov. 17, 2015, at 10:07am

93 Daphne Cres. L4M 2Y7
Home: 705-896-2220
Twitter: @Craig_Ripley
Facebook: CraigRipleyForWard7

Darren Roskam

Filed: Dec. 11, 2015, at 1:01pm

13 Grove St.  L4M 2N6
Home: 705-252-1956
Business: 705-252-1956
Campaign: 705-252-1956

Randy H. Starr

Filed: Nov. 25, 2015, at 2:09pm

123 Sundew Dr. L4N 9M2
Home: 705-727-4876
Business: 705-220-2667
Campaign: 705-220-2667
: RandyStarr

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On October 19, 2015, Ward 7 Councillor John Brassard was elected as the Member of Parliament for Barrie-Innisfil. As a result, Councillor Brassard was required to resign his seat on Barrie City Council and on October 26, 2015, Council declared the Ward 7 seat vacant. On November 2, 2015, Council voted to call a by-election to fill the vacant Ward 7 seat in accordance with Section 262 (1) of the Municipal Act, 2001

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