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Ruby McBeth: Plenty of ways to vote in upcoming byelection

Also, heads up: starting this year you have to apply online for the home owner’s grant.
The new bridge being built over the HalfwayRiver, as seen from near the viewpoint.

Fort St. John is having a byelection to replace city councillor Becky Grimsrud. If you are voting in person but are not able to walk into the voting place, you can do a drive-by vote at the Pomeroy Centre. 

There will be advanced voting on May 5 and May 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pomeroy. General voting will take place on May 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Special Voting Opportunities for residents and staff as follows: Peace Villa Care Centre on Thursday, May 13, 10-11:30 a.m.; Peace Lutheran Apartments on Thursday, May 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Heritage Manor on Thursday, May 13, 4-5 p.m.; Fort St. John Hospital on Saturday, May, 15, 1-3:30 p.m.

Homeowner’s grant

Heads up: starting this year you have to apply online for the home owner’s grant. You do this after you get your tax notice. You will be able to phone if you need to. Just know that you will not be going into the city office to register. The low-income grant supplement must also be done online.

Learning the Lingo

My words this week are ‘mouse’ and ‘cursor’. The cursor is a vertical flashing line that shows your position in a text document, or a little arrow or hand on your screen that you can use to select different items. 

A mouse is a device connected to your computer that allows you to tell the computer what you want to do, such as moving the cursor. There is a ball or a laser on the bottom of the mouse. When you move the mouse, the movement of the ball or laser tells the cursor to move on your screen. When you put your finger on the left side of the mouse and press down (click) you can select a new spot on your screen. For example, you can open an application by moving the cursor over the icon you want to open, and clicking twice on the mouse. 

I think the word ‘mouse’ was well chosen as the computer mouse has a hint of the size and shape of a real mouse. While most people use the mouse with their right hand, you can also use it on the left.

Quote of the Week

“My mother always used to say: The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.” - Rose (Betty White), The Golden Girls

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.