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PC candidate hosts “Dinner in the Dark” fundraiser

Goldie Ghamari, the PC Candidate for Carleton, is hosting a “Dinner in the Dark” fundraiser on December 7:

“Tired of over-paying for hydro? Let’s work together to toss the Liberal Government out before they leave us all in the dark. Join us for a Candlelight Dinner with Bill Carroll in our first fundraiser for Goldie Ghamari and the Carleton PC Association. Minimal Hydro will be used. Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm – 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, Ontario. More info…


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Kanata-Carleton MP set to survey residents on electoral reform

(This press release comes from Kanata-Carleton Citizens Advocacy.  The Kanata-Carleton riding is north of Stittsville.)

When the Conservatives won the election in 2011 with 39% of the popular vote, it was generally agreed that something was wrong with our electoral system.

When the Liberals won the election in 2015 with 39% of the popular vote, it was almost universally agreed that something had to be done. Continue reading


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Residents grill candidates on wide range of issues at debate

Close to 200 people packed a hot Stittsville United Church sanctuary on Monday night, and peppered Carleton candidates with a wide range of questions from terrorism to income splitting.

The debate was organized by the Stittsville Village Association and included Deborah Coyne (Green), Kc Larocque (NDP), Pierre Poilievre (Conservative) and Chris Rodgers (Liberal). Continue reading


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Stittsville Village Association hosts election debate on September 28

The Stittsville Village Association is hosting a candidate debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church.

All four candidates have been invited to attend the debate, which will run from 7:00pm -9:15pm. It’s being moderated by Louise Beggs, a former Goulbourn Township councillor.

The Manotick Village Association is also hosting a debate on Saturday, September 26 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Manotick Arena Hall.

Stittsville and Manotick are  part of the new riding of Carleton.


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Richmond Village Association to hold candidate Q&A on September 2

The Richmond Village Association is holding an all-candidates Q&A on Wednesday, September 2. The event takes place at the Dining Hall next to the Arena in Richmond at 6107 Perth Street from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

Here in our neighbourhood, the Stittsville Village Association is also planning a candidate event before election day on October 19.

Stittsville and Richmond are part of the new riding of Carleton.


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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Who’s running in the new federal riding of Carleton

When Stittsville residents vote in the federal election on October 19, we’ll be part of the newly-created riding called Carleton, instead of our old riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills.

It’s all part of a re-organization of federal ridings in Canada that will see the number of elected MPs increase by from 308 to 338.  Ontario will have 121 of those seats, up by 15 from the last election. Continue reading


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Qadri files revised election financial statement due to “arithmetic error”

UPDATE JULY 10: The election audit committee decided today that they will not proceed with a compliance audit on Qadri’s financial statement.  A compliance audit will be done on the financial statements for Mark Taylor and Eli El-Chantiri.

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Shad Qadri has filed a revised financial statement with the City Clerk due what the councillor calls “an arithmetic error”.

In a cover letter included with the revised statement, Qadri writes: Continue reading


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Corporate campaign donation rules need reform, say observers

Individuals closely tied to the Richcraft company donated over $11,500 to municipal candidates in 2014, in addition to $4,500 in corporate contributions made by the company itself.

While no election rules were broken, two municipal observers say that these contributions demonstrate that corporations have an unfair advantage over individuals in election campaigns. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Higher election contribution rebates would reduce the need for corporate donors

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the issues in the 2014 municipal election last fall was whether or not candidates should be allowed to accept corporate or union donations.  In April, city council is expected to debate a motion from Rideau-Rockliffe councillor Tobi Nussbaum to ask the province for permission to prohibit those types of contributions. 

Here’s an interesting perspective from Phil Sweetnam on the individual donor rebate program.  It was introduced over ten years ago to encourage more donations from individuals, as opposed to corporations.  The rebates are funded from the city’s reserve funds as well as surpluses from candidate campaigns.

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A ban on corporate and union contributions would be made more effective by increasing rebates to encourage individual contributions.  Increased contributions from individuals would mean that candidates would not have to accept money from corporations in order to run their campaigns.

Companies can circumvent disallowing corporate donations by having corporate executives, their spouses, and even children contribute their own money. These contributors can be rewarded by generous company benefits such as tickets to sports and theatre events or travel rewards. This practice would not be as prevalent if candidates were able to fund their campaigns from a wide spectrum of citizens.

Individual contributions would increase if rebates were augmented to the level provided by Toronto. Toronto raised their limits when they banned donations from corporations. In Toronto, a 75% rebate applies up to $300 beyond which it drops to 50% rebate.

In Ottawa, for the 2014 election donors received a rebate of 50% on sums from $25 to $100, and 25% on sums from $100 to $200. The maximum rebate available was $75.

The presumption for banning corporate contributions is that large contributors gain extra influence. I have not personally experienced that. Nevertheless, one way to have electors believe that individuals have an equal voice with their municipal politicians is to have equal contributions coming from private individuals.

I predict that many electors would be prepared to make a $300 contribution, which really only costs them $75 after the rebate, to assist an associate trying for municipal office who they have seen perform well in other volunteer roles.

This change would encourage individual voters to contribute to election campaigns, thereby permitting these voters to finance a larger portion of municipal campaigns.

Phil Sweetnam is the past president (and current vice president) of the Stittsville Village Association, a long-time Ottawa developer, and has contributed to a variety of campaigns.


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LETTER: Watson thanks voters for re-electing him

On October 27th I was given the great honour of serving as your Mayor for 4 more years.

Today, I am writing to say thank you.

The support I have received from Ottawa’s residents over the past year has been nothing short of extraordinary. As a candidate for Mayor this year, I canvassed in all 23 wards, participated in more than a half-dozen debates, worked hard to put forward a platform that would move our city forward while living within our means, and all while continuing on with my usual Mayoral duties.

What made campaigning so rewarding for me was the chance to speak with Ottawa’s residents 1-on-1 at their doors day after day. My job as Mayor puts me in touch with tens of thousands of residents each year through different events and programs but it doesn’t leave me much time to visit residents at their doorstep to hear their ideas and concerns firsthand. Doing so during the campaign reminded me again how compassionate and diverse our city’s residents are and the support I received at the door was what kept me working hard every day.

The campaign, in combination with my job as Mayor, made for some very long days for me and for my campaign team. Despite the positive response we received from the outset, we took nothing for granted and made sure that come election night we could look back and honestly say that we gave it everything we had.

As the results came in on election night I felt truly honoured to have received the largest percentage of the votes cast and the highest number of total votes in Ottawa’s amalgamated history.

This is a mandate for progress in our city and as I set out to lead this new term of Council I promise not to forget this support.

I have been hard at work since the morning after the election finishing this first term while planning the coming four years. These years will see us open the first phase of our LRT system, clean up the Ottawa River, make the key investments in our city’s future while being fiscally responsible in the present, and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

I look forward to working collaboratively with my council colleagues to push our great city to new heights.

I am forever grateful to be your Mayor and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

Sincerely,

Jim Watson
Mayor
City of Ottawa


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EDITORIAL: Dave Lee is waking up the neighbours

(ABOVE: A cake at Dave Lee’s election night party. Photo by Glen Gower.)

I remember the first time I talked to Dave Lee.  It was September 12, the morning after he filed his nomination papers and entered the race to become Stittsville’s city councillor.  There are three things I remember about that conversation:

  1. He was surprised at how quickly word got around that he was running. “My phone’s going wild,” he said.  “That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen the city work.”
  2. He was focused on the Orgaworld / green bin topic. He must have talked for a good 10 or 15 minutes about it.
  3. He wasn’t focused on winning so much as he was focused on getting people engaged and aware about city issues (particularly Orgaworld).

Lee came a long way from that early morning conversation, winning an impressive 39% of the vote on Monday night against two-term, eight-year incumbent Shad Qadri.

He ran a very effective campaign. With the help of some experienced volunteers, he blanketed the ward with his distinctive black and red signs, attracted around 100 people to a meet-and-greet at the Main Street Pub, knocked on doors, debated, fielded phone calls and emails, and interacted with residents on Facebook and Twitter.

He took his original beef with Orgaworld and turned it into a broader complaint about process and financial oversight at City Hall.  I didn’t agree with where he stood on many of the issues but at least he gave us the opportunity, as a community, to discuss them.

The feisty public debate at Johnny Leroux Arena struck me as being out-of-character for the normally subdued Village of Stittsville.  One veteran politician told me it reminded her of some of the old meetings at Goulbourn Township council, where (in her words), there was a tradition of “loud and action-packed debates”.

We need more of that kind of discussion in Stittsville.  This community is growing fast and changing quickly and we need more leaders like Dave Lee to step up and get involved in shaping our future.

You don’t have to run for office to get involved. Read up on the issues, talk about them with your neighbours, volunteer for a community group, come out to public meetings, write an email to your councillor, comment on this blog. Dave woke Stittsville up, now it’s up to us to keep the momentum going.


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Lee says he’s disappointed with voter turn-out

In a Facebook message to supporters today, Stittsville candidate Dave Lee said he is disappointed with low voter turnout on municipal election day.

“The city voter turnout was at 30%. Despite what happened last week on Parliament Hill and with Remembrance Day just around the corner, 7 out of 10 people decided to NOT exercise their privilege to vote. This is a sad sign of the times. There are a lot of young men and women laying in cemeteries around the world who gave up everything so that we may have this simple right. There is simply NO good excuse for not voting,” he wrote.

Here’s his full message…


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Stittsville school board trustee results

Here are the unofficial results as of Monday night.

Public School Board (english)

Lynn Scott
Lynn Scott
Candidate Votes %
Sue Grant 5423 32.95
Andrea Ingham 828 5.03
Todd Johnson 1982 12.04
Lynn Scott 8225 49.98
Eligible voters: 57230
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 25315
Turnout %: 44.23

Catholic School Board (english)
John Curry
John Curry
Candidate Votes %
John Curry 4034 54.92
Ken Gordon 1398 19.03
Christine Pastien 1339 18.23
Martin Tate 574 7.81
Eligible voters: 75886
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 33829
Turnout %: 44.58
Public School Board (french)
Linda Savard
Linda Savard
Candidate Votes %
Patricia Chehadé 208 17.13
Linda Savard 1006 82.87
Eligible voters: 172391
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 69795
Turnout %: 40.49
Catholic School Board (french)
André Thibodeau
André Thibodeau
Candidate Votes %
Jacques Boyer 603 33.78
André Thibodeau 1182 66.22
Eligible voters: 128419
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 52947
Turnout %: 41.23

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Poll reveals municipal candidates’ views on architecture and urban design

(Press release from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).)

Candidates in Ottawa’s urban wards are far more likely to indicate support for policies aimed at improving the city’s architecture and urban design than candidates in suburban and rural wards, a poll suggests.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the national professional association which advocates for excellence in the built environment, asked mayoral and council candidates for their position on five questions related to design quality, the environment and heritage.

Of the eight mayoral candidates, only two responded – Bernard Couchman and Anwar Syed. Of the 124 candidates for City Council, just 39 expressed their opinion.

“It’s regrettable that there’s so little apparent interest in architecture and urban design from the mayoral candidates, given this the capital of a G8 country,” said Allan Teramura, FRAIC, RAIC regional director for Ontario North, East and Nunavut.

The vast majority of respondents – 31 – were in urban wards.  Suburban and rural wards yielded just four responses each.  A second mailing, directed to them, pointed out that good design can enrich suburban life as well and that the protection of agricultural landscapes is a heritage issue.

“There’s a very high level of interest in these issues in urban wards, with most candidates providing strong statements of support,” says Teramura. “It’s possible there could be a half-dozen or so councillors with an interest in design. It’s still a minority, but it’s a start.

“I understand that many people get involved in municipal politics because of issues in their immediate community, but in an amalgamated city, councillors have to be prepared to understand and deal with issues far from where they live,” says Teramura. “This is a challenge for both urban and rural councillors.”

Dave Lee did respond to the survey; Shad Qadri did not. (For the complete responses from all respondents, please see the PDF document.)

Teramura notes that Ottawa is undergoing many changes today. Important issues affecting Ottawa’s urban landscape are being debated, including the possibility of building a new main library, increasing pressure to intensify mature neighbourhoods and the continuing development of LeBreton Flats. With the events of Canada’s sesquicentennial coming soon, the spotlight will be on Ottawa, nation-wide.

“While I would not expect new candidates from rural or suburban wards to have many strongly held opinions on issues that primarily affect the downtown, I would have thought that incumbents would, having had a few years of grappling with them,” said Teramura. “And yet there was relatively little response from these candidates.”

“As a rapidly growing community, it is essential that much of the development focus in this ward be on issues of design and build in order to ensure compatibility with existing neighbourhoods and the preservation of the character of the community,” said Stittsville candidate Dave Lee in his response to RAIC’s questions.


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Ottawa Municipal Election voting places open for 10 hours on Monday

(Press release from the City of Ottawa. You can find information about Stittsville’s candidates here.)

All eligible electors are reminded that all 334 voting places for the 2014 Ottawa Municipal Election, excluding certain polls located in long-term care and seniors’ residences will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can avoid longer wait times by taking advantage of the off-peak hours, between 1 to 4 p.m., which are typically quieter.

Electors can find their voting place on their voter notification letter or by using the “Where Do I Vote?”search tool on ottawa.ca. Also, people are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and their qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

 

For more voting information, visit ottawa.ca/vote, or call the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or the City at 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).

 

Also, follow Ottawa Elections 2014 on Twitter at @ottawavote and download our free mobile app available in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

Cell phone use, tablets and cameras (photography and video) banned in Voting Places 

On another important note, the Elections Office advises both the public and media that the use of cell phones and tablets is strictly prohibited in the voting place. This ban includes sending electronic messages by text, email or social media. All types of photography, including filming, are also prohibited.

By the numbers: Quick facts about Voting Day  

Polls open on Monday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • 334 voting locations
  • Six command centres

Number of Election Workers: 2,815

  • 2,606 staff at voting locations
  • 109 command centre staff, including returns staff and drivers
  • 36 staff at the Election Call Centre at City Hall (for the public)
  • 64 staff at the Elections Office Call Centre (for election workers)

To date, combining the special advance voting days on October 1 to 3 and both traditional advance vote days on October 9 and 18, a total of 46,971 electors have voted.


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