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My Journey to Canada: Chapter Four

Hardships aside, I have been blessed with over 30 great years of running my business. The business as it is, can practically run itself with some gentle guidance here and there thanks to my dedicated team. This has allowed me to increase my giving of both my time and financial resources over the past few years. The realization that this business will fade once I am gone has not been overlooked. This community will be my lasting legacy to leave to my children, my grandchild, future grand children and generations to come as they grow up in this community.

My next chapter, is up to you my friends. My pledge to you, is that the knowledge and networks from the entirety of my life’s work will be brought with me into this next journey of continuous improvement and growth of our great community.

January 15th 2021, marks this next milestone.

I encourage you all to vote for the candidate of your choosing. Stay positive, test negative, and be safe. See you all at the polls.

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My journey to Canada: Chapter Three

As part of my odd jobs to make ends meet, my work as a part-time interpreter for the Canadian Immigration Department peaked my interest in immigration cases, as this hit close to home being a new immigrant myself. Coupled with the entrepreneurial hunger in my belly that grew from my managerial experience at McDonalds, there was little that could get in my way. I founded my company CITS in 1989.

For the next few years, this was my baby. My business quickly grew as I was able to connect and build trust with my prospective clients through my work ethic, honesty and integrity. I’ve always felt a strong bond to my community and I volunteered, donated, and sponsored as many community events as I could. I quickly became the beneficiary of referrals and word of mouth. As my business grew, so did my family with the additions of my daughter Cherie and my son Andre. However, running your own business is not the glitz and glam as start-ups are presented as today. My main source of clientele from Hong Kong dried up after 1998, and times grew tough. I broadened my clientele to service. When things started to ramp up again, SARS hit and immigration dried up once again. I pivoted – this time to the internet and the phone to provide interpretation.

In those beginning 15 years of my business, my team and I learned quite a few tough lessons that I take with me every day. Firstly, is to understand that even when times are good, it is important to budget and control costs for the gloomy seasons, because they will come. Secondly, honesty and integrity are keys to maintaining relationships and building a lasting foundation of clients and employees. Thirdly, being quick to adapt to changes is the difference between surviving long enough to thrive again and extinction. Fourthly, strong communities are built on strong businesses.

The more I made, the more I gave back. I am a firm believer in what you put out into the world you will receive. These four tenants are what helped build and maintain my business for over 30 years, growing from just me and my wife, to now a full team of employees as well as satellite offices internationally.

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Keeping seniors—and their votes—safe in our elections!

Crowds mean standing in line for long periods and potentially getting jostled. This is uncomfortable for anybody but can be especially difficult for seniors. Rush hours in the early morning and early evening should be avoided. So should lunchtime. Quieter times would be late morning or early afternoon.

If you need PPE for the vote, you could contact our campaign office at 416-299-9771 or email us: info@votetonyluk.ca. We are here to help!

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Ward 22 byelection in Scarborough-Agincourt deemed ‘essential,’ will proceed as planned Friday, city says

A byelection being held to find a new Ward 22 councillor will proceed as planned despite the fact that it is scheduled to be held a day after a provincial stay-at-home order goes into effect.

Voters are set to go to the polls on Friday in Scarborough-Agincourt in a byelection that was scheduled last year to replace former councillor Jim Karygiannis, who was ousted from office over campaign expenses.

But on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford declared a new state of emergency for Ontario amid soaring COVID-19 case counts which threaten to overwhelm the healthcare system. Ford also said a stay-at-home order would be in effect for the entire province as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. All residents aside from essential workers are being asked to stay home as much as possible and to venture out only for essential reasons such as grocery shopping and doctors appointments.

In a statement Wednesday, the city said that the election is also deemed an essential government function and that it will proceed as planned.

“The City Clerk is confident that the voting place health and safety measures will keep electors, candidates, scrutineers and election staff safe on election day,”  the statement said.

There are 27 candidates running in the no-incumbent race and at least one of them has called for the by-election to be postponed in light of the stay-at-home orders.

Following Ford’s announcement on Wednesday, council candidate Tony Luk sent an open letter to City Clerk John Elvidge and the his fellow candidates urging that the by-election be postponed.

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“This announcement will undoubtedly affect very many voters who will no longer go to their voting places to cast their ballot on January 15th,” Luk wrote, calling on his fellow candidates to join him in asking for a postponement. 

But the city said that it has reviewed the provincial order and that elections are deemed essential.

“The City Clerk, in consultation with Toronto Public Health, has reviewed the recent provincial announcement to determine any implications for the planned by-election.

“Government services, including elections, are essential for the continuity of government. Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt has been without representation since September 24, 2020, and it is important that the electors are able to exercise their democratic right to vote.”

The city said that health and safety measures such as line management, reduced touch points and distancing, were successfully implemented for advance polls and that they “exceed the requirements for other business and services that have remained open.”

More than 2,200 people have already cast a ballot in the election in advance voting held on Friday and over the weekend and more than 4,000 mail-in ballots were requested. Some 1,280 of those mail-in ballots have already been tabulated, the city said Wednesday.

Polling stations will be open across the ward between 10 AM and 8 PM on January 15. Electors are required to wear a mask at all times in voting places and are being asked to stay home if they are not feeling well, the city said.

More information about voting places and procedures can be found on the city’s website.

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State of Emergency won’t stop Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, Toronto says


A mail-In voting drop box sits out front of Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre on Jan 11. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

Voting is essential, and residents of Scarborough’s Ward 22 can cast ballots for a new councillor on Friday, Jan. 15 as planned, the City of Toronto says.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s stay at home order takes effect Thursday, a day before in-person voting in the byelection to replace Jim Karygiannis.

The timing of the order and provincial state of emergency prompted one candidate to ask the city to postpone Election Day.

Tony Luk also wrote the 26 other candidates in the race, asking for their support.

“This announcement will undoubtedly affect very many voters who will no longer go to their voting places to cast their ballot,” he said in an open letter.

So far, though, no other candidate seems to agree, and City Clerk John Elvidge said he’s confident special measures against COVID-19 at voting places will keep voters, candidates, scrutineers and election staff safe.

“These measures exceed the requirements for other business and services that have remained open,” the city added in a release, but warned people to stay home if they are not feeling well.

More than 4,000 mail-in ballots were sent out, with 1,280 returned so far, and 2,227 other voters cast ballots at advance polls.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and mail-in ballots can be dropped at boxes outside Stephen Leacock Seniors Centre and L’Amoureaux Community Centre until 6 p.m.

Unofficial results will be posted, starting at 8 p.m., at the city’s Election Services page at www.toronto.ca/byelection.

Karygiannis’ seat has been vacant since Sept. 24, 2020.Mike Adler

by Mike Adler

Mike Adler is a reporter with toronto.com and Metroland Media Toronto who covers Scarborough and other overlooked parts of Toronto. He worked previously for Metroland in York Region. Email him at madler@toronto.com

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周五补选如期进行!安全投票!用您的一票創造士嘉堡愛靜閣22區新歷史!

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1月15日選舉如期舉行,期盼大家安全投票,用選票發聲!

士嘉堡愛靜閣22選區市議員補選即將在2021年1月15日進行,本次補選目前已經有創歷史紀錄的27名候選人,其中有8位華裔候選人。為了整個華人社區的切身利益,希望大家一定要積極參與投票,提高華人的投票率。

点击下图,查看您的投选地址(Check MyVote)!

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如何投票

选举日投票

2021年1月15日:
上午10时到晚上8点,到各个投票点投票

查询你的投票点

在您投票者信息卡上,

或可登陆https://myvote.toronto.ca/

直接查询投票站所在地

今年新冠疫情肆虐,民生受到嚴重影響,在這個困難的時刻,我們比以往任何一個時候都需要一個有經驗、重承諾、值得信賴的民意代表為大家謀求最大的福祉。請將您的神聖一票投給對的人!

在過去一年的疫情期間,陸炳雄貫切其「取諸社會、用諸社會」之初心,不但沒有在家躲避,反而積極張羅防疫物資,透過三級政府官員,捐贈予大多市內各醫院、長期護理院及社區組織等,令前線人員可以安全地照顧老幼病患,因而獲得省長福特的嘉許狀。

雖然沒有隸屬任何政黨或工會支持,但得到不少區內商家民眾的認同及推舉,認為陸炳雄應該參與市議員補選,解決區內積壓的問題,為民發聲。因此,陸炳雄毅然挺身而出,希望透過多年的企業管理經驗和豐富的本地及國際政商人脈,能夠帶動社區經濟發展,增加就業機會,有効地提升安全措施及預防罪案發生,並協調各方需求與資源,協助弱勢社群、助力社區經濟復甦發展、繼而建設安全宜居的社區。

同時,陸炳雄呼籲華人積極參與社會事務,以投票的方式發聲。他願意聆聽民意並真正關心自己居住的社區。有關陸炳雄先生競逐多倫多第22區市議員的更多資料,可致電416-299-9771或瀏覽https://www.votetonyluk.ca/ch。

22選區內還沒有投票的朋友,請根據以下提示前去投票,為Tony Luk人投上一票,完成你神聖的參政議政的公民權利。用您的一票選出一位為您發聲的華裔市議員,創造士嘉堡-愛靜閣選區的新歷史!

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當您完成投選還沒有寄出選票,請將信封投在以下指定投遞箱的位置。您的選票必須在2021年1月15日下午6點前收到才有效。

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指定投递箱所在地:

L’Amoreaux Community Centre

地址:2000 McNicoll Avenue,(Main Doors,Park Room )

Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre

地址:2520 Birchmount Road,(Main Doors, Hall)

有任何問題請您在辦公時間致電416-299-9771,或查詢votetonyluk.ca

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1月15日当您投票时

當您去投票時請確保您具備投票資格。您必須: 

• 是加拿大公民; 

• 至少年滿 18 歲; 

• 是 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)的居民;或者雖然不是多倫多居民,但您或您的配偶在 22號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)擁有或租有物業;

並且• 未被任何法律禁止投票。

無論您在 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)擁有或租有多少物業,您只能在 22 號選區(ScarboroughAgincourt)的補選中投下一票。 

當您到達投票場所時:

• 請佩戴口罩或面罩,這是多倫多市所有室內公共場所的強制性規定。 

• 請遵循選舉官員的說明和指示。

• 請在投票場所保持人際間隔 – 間距 2 米(6 英尺)。

 • 進入或離開投票場所時,請對您的雙手進行消毒。

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確保投票場所安全

多倫多選舉局已與多倫多公共衛生局進行了協商,制訂了以下最佳措施以確保投票場所選民和工作人員的安全:

• 在投票場所的入口處駐有健康篩查人員,以確保所有選民都查看了自我篩查問題並且佩戴了口罩或面罩。多倫多市的所有室內公共場所都強制佩戴口罩或面罩。

如果某人被豁免強制佩戴口罩,多倫多選舉局將會採取其他預防措施,以確保投票仍以保護所有人健康和安全的方式進行。

• 現場提供指示牌和地面標識,用作路線指示和保持社交距離。 

• 在所有投票場所為選民提供消毒液。

• 全天之內頻繁清潔和消毒所有的接觸表面和物品。

• 提供一次性使用的物品,例如記號筆和保密資料夾。 

• 為保持社交距離,指定專門的入口和出口。 

• 為投票場所的工作人員提供個人防護裝備,例如口罩和洗手液。 

• 加強對投票場所工作人員的健康和安全培訓。 

• 提供多種投票機會和方式。如果您出現任何與 COVID-19 相關的症狀,請待在家裡,致電 311 尋求其他的投票方式。訪問以下網站瞭解相關症狀:toronto.ca/covid19。

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身份證件(ID)

要進行投票,您必須出示載有您的姓名以及合格的 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)地址的身份證件。

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如果您沒有符合要求的身份證件,並且您不在選民名單上,會要求您拿到身份證件再回來領取選票。

為了減少在投票場所花費的時間:

 • 在提前投票之前,請將您的名字添加到選民名單中。

 • 請隨身攜帶載有您的姓名以及合格的 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)地址的身份證件,以便領取選票。

 • 請隨身攜帶選民資訊卡。

 • 請在非高峰時段投票。最繁忙的時段是從下午 5 點至投票結束。

即使已在選民名單上添加了自己,您也必須在投票時帶上身份證件。當您前去投票時,請隨身攜帶選民資訊卡。

選舉官員將:

• 迎接並引導您到您要去的地方

• 要求您出示身份證明,上面須顯示您的姓名及合格的多倫多地址

• 在選民名單上核對您的身份證明,然後將您的名字從名單中劃掉

• 將您的選票放入一個保密資料夾,並為您解釋如何填寫您的選票

• 引導您到達投票台图片选票示意图

您將:

•填寫您的選票 – 將您選擇的候選人右側的橢圓形填滿。

•在選票上為每個公職投票一次

• 把您填好的選票放在保密資料夾中,將其交給選舉官員,選舉官員將把您的選票送入計票器

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無障礙設施和投票選項

無障礙投票設備

選民輔助終端是一種選票填寫設備,可供有殘障或有其他特殊需要的選民私密和獨立地填寫選票。其功能包括觸控式螢幕、音訊元件、盲文鍵盤、吸管/吹氣管裝置、搖杆/腳踏開關,以及可調整字體大小和顏色對比度的縮放功能。 

如果您需要在任何投票日使用選民輔助終端,可在以下地點使用: 

Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre2520 Birchmount Road, Toronto 

或者L’moreaux Community Recreation Centre2000 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto 

投票代理人 

如果您由於某種原因無法在規定時間內投票,也不想申請郵寄投票,您可以通過填寫投票代理人任命表指定一位代理人代表您投票。投票代理人任命表將於 12 月 2 日開始以郵寄或電子郵件方式提供,您可以通過電子郵件與我們聯繫:lections@toronto.ca,也可以致電 311 索取。 

注意:投票代理申請表的認證只可在 89 Northline Rd.辦理,您需要提取預約。請訪問多倫多選舉局網站查看更多資訊:toronto.ca/byelection。 

更多可用選項 

• 有關如何投票的說明,將以盲文和 26 種語言在所有投票場所和多倫多選舉局的網站提供:toronto.ca/byelection。 

• 將在所有投票場所提供放大的說明書協助弱視選民查閱。

 • 耳聾或聽力不佳人士可通過撥打 416-338-OTTY(0889)的 TTY 專線獲取選舉資訊。

 • 如果您不能自己填寫選票,可以帶朋友來幫助您,或者您也可以求助於選舉官員。

 • 所有投票場所都歡迎使用支援人員和服務性動物。如果所有這些選項都不能滿足您的需要,或者如果您無法親身進入投票場所,請致電 311。

用選票發聲

華人參政是一項長期的任務,更是當務之急的任務。投票選舉,能更好的傳遞出華人的聲音,有更好的平台去表達華人的真實意願和訴求。若你放棄你的權力,等於交給別人。

选情告急,请您或您身边的亲朋好友一起支持!您的出現,您的投票,對您自己,對您的同胞,對華人後代及整個華人社區具有重要意義。請用手中的選票為自己發聲,“為在加華人社區投上您寶貴的一票”!

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19號候選人Tony Luk 陸炳雄

呼籲大家在1月15日

用您神聖的投票權

選出最能為社區和民眾利益服務的民意代表!

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您可於1月15日投票當天,

在上午10時至晚上8時投票,

您需根據選票提示前往投票站。

在您投票者信息卡上,

或可登陸https://myvote.toronto.ca/

直接查詢投票站所在地

如果您出行投票需要PPE,

請聯繫陸炳雄Tony Luk競選辦公室,

我們將安排義工為您準備!

請您在辦公時間致電416-299-9771,

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選情告急!!!!

請提醒身邊選區內的朋友們

一定來投票!

讓我們用手中一票

一起來創造歷史!

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My Journey to Canada: Chapter Two

Harsh reality set in rapidly as I finished my schooling. I got married in Hong Kong and my wife and I moved to Canada. Although I found fulfillment volunteering and providing assistance to those similar to my own situation, volunteering unfortunately did not pay the bills. Practicality quickly came to the forefront. How would I afford our basic necessities? As before, I narrowed down the most efficient course of action – to make friends and communicate more effectively, I needed to learn English; to not only put food in our belly but also pay our bills, I needed to work in food services. Comical as this may sound, as a new immigrant with no family support, food was a top priority.

I worked in a variety of part-time jobs to make ends meet- from marketing, insurance, interpreting, pizza delivery to dishwashing at restaurants. It wasn’t glamorous, but it accomplished putting food in our bellies and paying our bills. Eventually, it was food services that led me to my first managerial role at one of my go-to restaurants, McDonald’s. McDonald’s was a staple of the community and also our diet. I started in an entry level position and quickly worked my way up. Many fond memories were made here. Senior management took a liking to my ability to connect with both the customers and my fellow employees leading to my first big break – a manager position. This gave me my first taste of managing a team of employees and running a business. This created a hunger in me that no number of Big Macs could fill. 

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My Journey to Canada: Chapter One

My parents sent me to Toronto, Canada in 1974 as a high school student leaving everything and everyone I knew behind in Hong Kong, the only home I had even known.

For the first time in my life, I was alone and lost in a strange city, surrounded by strangers. As much as these strangers were welcoming and friendly, nothing could replace the loneliness I felt being so far from my friends and loved ones.

I had two choices at this point, continue to wallow in past or look towards the future. I chose the latter. To have friends, I would need to be able to make meaningful relationships and the only way to do so was to be able to communicate with them. I focused my efforts on learning English and my efforts paid off.

As my grasp of the English language grew, so did my circle of friends, and Scarborough Toronto quickly became my new home as I surrounded myself with new friends, connections, and memories.

Having always been a problem solver, I realized other new immigrants would suffer the same way I did during their transition process. I committed myself to making that transition for them as seamless as possible as a volunteer at the Queens Mental Centre, and the University Settlement House as a translator.

I had overcome my first hurdle, and my second was just beginning – moving from student life to work life. As reality set in, I gradually came to realize that I would now need to make ends meet and shift my focus to survival.

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Mail-in voting registration for Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election extended to January 4th

Toronto Elections is extending the deadline to apply for Mail-in Voting for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election. Eligible voters can apply to Vote by Mail until 4 p.m. on January 4, 2021.

Mail-in Voting

Make sure that you follow the steps below and that you return your Mail-in Voting package by the deadline of 6 p.m. on January 15, 2021 to have your vote counted:

Step 1:

Before you can apply to Vote By Mail, you must check your voter information. We require you to validate your name, address and birth date to confirm your information as it appears on the voters’ list.

Step 2:

Upon approval of your application, you will be sent a Mail-in Voting package which includes:

  • A declaration form that MUST be signed in order for your vote to count
  • An official Ballot for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt By-election
  • A Ballot Secrecy Envelope
  • A Yellow Return Envelope with pre-paid postage

Step 3:

Complete the following steps in order to have your vote count:

  • Sign the Declaration Form, and insert into the Yellow Return Envelope
  • Mark the Ballot, and put your marked Ballot into the Secrecy Envelope
  • Insert the sealed Secrecy Envelope into the Yellow Return Envelope
  • Return the Yellow Return Envelope, either by mail using the pre-paid envelope or hand deliver to one of the two drop-box locations beginning January 8:
    • Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre
      2520 Birchmount Road, Toronto
      OR
    • L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre
      2000 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto

All required return documents from your Mail-in Voting package, including your marked ballot and signed declaration, must be received by no later than 6 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

If you have applied to vote by mail your application has been approved, you will be sent a Mail-in Voting package. We will be mailing out the packages in three phases:

  • Applications that have been received and approved by December 16 will be mailed out on December 18.
  • Applications that have been received and approved between December 17 and 4 p.m. on December 22, will be mailed out on December 23.
  • Applications that have been received and approved by January 4, 2021, will be mailed out on January 5, 2021.
  • Check the status of your Mail-in Voting package.

Keeping everyone safe is our priority – we encourage you to register for mail-in voting today

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最新!申请邮寄选票延期啦!士嘉堡-爱静阁市议员补选邮寄投票指南

士嘉堡-爱静阁

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上届多伦多市政选举中,世嘉堡爱静阁选取的市议员詹嘉礼,因为选举费用超标,违法了相关法规,因而被剥夺了市议员的职位。


现在这一选区即将在2021年1月15日进行补选,以填补詹嘉礼留下的空白。也就是说,留给候选人的时间不到一个月的时间了。今年受到疫情的影响,该选区成为多伦多市首个采用邮寄选票的选举。受到疫情影响,此次邮寄投票日的申请截止日期被延期至2021年1月4日下午4点!


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此次补选中邮寄投票体统中新引进的临时投票箱,将被放置在以下几处:Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre, 2020 Birchmount Rd., and L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave.

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据不完全统计,本次补选目前已经有创历史纪录的27名候选人,其中有不少华裔候选人。为了整个华人社区的切身利益,希望大家一定要积极参与投票,提高华人的投票率。

如果您担心疫情出门不方便,邮寄投票是一项安全和有保障的选择。合资格的选民可要求以邮递方式投票。 补选在即,为了保证投票人的健康安全,候选人陆炳雄(Tony Luk)先生呼吁大家多多采用邮寄投票的方式,特此分享如何正确申请邮寄选票的步骤,希望能帮助到大家!

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如何投票

选举日投票

2021年1月15日:
上午10时到晚上8点,到各个投票点投票

提前投票日

2021年1月8日:上午10点到下午6点 

2021年1月9日:上午10时到下午6点 
2021年1月10日:上午10点到下午6点

到指定投票站投票

邮寄投票

将于12月2日起在Ward 22向所有符合资格的选民提供。投票中心必须在2021年1月15日前收到寄回去的票。

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邮寄投票指南

首先要申请邮寄选票,首先通过网站:

https://www.voterlookup.ca/home.aspx

检查自己的名字是否在选举人名单上!

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如果你的名字不在选举人名单上的操作。操作过程中会出现错误的情况,您首先要先注册完成身份,地址的确认,才能进行申请邮寄选票,请直接转到下面部分完成。

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接下来第一步是申请邮寄选票:

1:打开多伦多市政府投票网站

https://myvote.toronto.ca/home

输入地址,点击Go。

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2. 依次输入您的英文 名、姓,出生月份、日期和年份。居住在公寓的选民在最后输入单元号,点击I’m not a robot 我不是机器人左边的方框。

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3.申请邮寄选票成功;

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恭喜您完成您的邮寄选票申请!资料将送到市选举中心了,他们会根据安排给您寄来您的选票。

请大家务必在2021年1月4日下午4点之前申请邮寄投票包。

有任何问题请您在办公时间致电416-299-9771或查询votetonyluk.ca

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当您收到您的投票包之后,根据以下提示步骤填写投票单,您就可以为您心仪的候选人投上一票。完成你神圣的参政议政的公民权利,做出您的选择!

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当您完成投选,请将预付的信封投在一个指定投递箱的位置,或者寄回您的邮件投票包。您的邮件必须在2021年1月15日下午6点前收到才有效。

您可以通过登陆该网站: check the status of your Mail-in Voting package查询您的投票进程.

感谢您花时间进行选民邮寄选票的申请,华人提高在加参政议政的意愿从您的耐心参与申请选票资格开始,申请过程中有任何问题, 请您致电我们的竞选办公室。

请大家务必在2021年1月4日下午4点之前申请邮寄投票包。

有任何问题请您在办公时间致电416-299-9771或查询votetonyluk.ca

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