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NOTEBOOK: Dog park signage, voter turn-out, 6279 Fernbank

DOG PARK SIGNAGE
Earlier this year we published a map of off-leash dog parks in Stittsville, using data pulled from the City of Ottawa’s web site. Recently, a reader pointed out that signage in several of the parks did not match the information from the city’s web site.

Signage at Coyote Run park in West Ridge. The city's web site lists it as "off-leash", but signage indicates otherwise. Photo by Vicki Gibson.
Signage at Coyote Run park in West Ridge. The city’s web site lists it as “off-leash”, but signage indicates otherwise. Photo by Vicki Gibson.

We asked the city about it, and it turns out that some of the signage in parks may in fact be wrong.  Here’s a response from the City, attributed to Roger Chapman, Chief, By-law and Regulatory Services:

“By-law and Regulatory Services will review the web information and the history of the designation of Coyote Run, to confirm the approved designation, and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.”

The City says that the online information is correct, and takes precedence over the signage.

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VOTER TURN-OUT
Over 80% of eligible voters in Carleton cast ballot in Monday’s election, the third-highest in Canada.

Voter turn-out was 80.55% in Carleton, where Conservative candidate Pierre Poilievre won the riding by just 1949 votes over Liberal Chris Rodgers. We were just behind Orleans (80.91%) and Ottawa Centre (82.22%).

Overall voter turn-out in Canada was 68.49%, the highest since 1993.

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6279 FERNBANK UPDATE FOR PLANNING COMMITTEE
The City’s Planning Committee will get an update Tuesday on zoning & plan of subdivision for 6279 Fernbank. Usually reports are posted with the meeting agenda but not this time – the agenda notes that the “Report to be issued separately prior to the meeting.”

Jillian McKim, who represented the community that surrounds the development property, gave us an update last week and says that the developer and the City appear to have resolved the disagreements that led to an OMB hearing last spring.

UPDATE: The report has been posted on the City’s web site.

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570 HAZELDEAN ROAD DEVELOPMENT APPROVED
Shad Qadri reports that Mattamy’s proposed residential development at 570 Hazeldean Road, north of the Trans Canada Trail in the Fernbank area, has been approved. It will include 600 residential units including detached homes and townhomes.


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COYNE: Statement on election results

Deborah Coyne released the following statement on the results of the election in Carleton:

“I want to sincerely congratulate Pierre Poilievre and his team on his election as the Member of Parliament for Carleton. I would also like to thank the voters who put their faith in me and the Green Party of Canada.

“In addition, I would like to acknowledge and thank Kc Laroque, Chris Rodgers, and their respective teams for a constructive and hard-fought campaign.

“Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my team of volunteers. Without them, my campaign would not have been possible, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.”


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LIVE: Election news and results for Carleton

We’ll be updating this page throughout the night with Stittsville and Carleton riding election news.

As of 1:14am
Party Candidate Votes Percentof Votes
Green Party Deborah Coyne 1,932 3.3 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Kc Larocque 3,632 6.1 %
Conservative Pierre Poilievre 27,762 46.9 %
Liberal Chris Rodgers 25,813 43.6 %
Total number of valid votes:   59,139  

Polls Reporting: 195 of 195 (100.00 %)

Voter Turnout: 59,139 of 73,418 registered electors (80.55 %) — does not include electors who registered on election day.

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Where you can celebrate (or commiserate) with the candidates on election night

For all you political party crashers out there, here’s where the candidates and their supporters are planning to spend election night:

Deborah Coyne is attending a private function with volunteers and supporters at the home of a supporter.

Kc Larocque will be at her campaign office at 1250 Stittsville Main Street, next to the Farmboy.

Pierre Poilievre will be at the Creekside Bar and Grill at 5511 Manotick Main Street.

Chris Rodgers is also in Manotick, at the Mill Tavern (5544 Manotick Main Street), second level.

Here at StittsvilleCentral.ca Headquarters we’ll be switching channels between the Jays game and election coverage.  Watch our Twitter feed for updates about Carleton riding.


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Advance vote in Carleton was second highest in Canada, says Global analysis

Nearly a quarter of Carleton residents, or 24.19% voted in advance polls, according to an analysis by Global News. That’s the second-highest in the country.

To come up with the number, Global News took advance voting estimates from Elections Canada, along with the number of Canadian citizens over 18 in each riding, according to the 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada.

Global says it isn’t a perfect estimate, since the population has increased since 2011.

A total of 15,420 Carleton voters cast a ballot at advance polls.  Elections Canada says 3.6 million electors voted at advance polls across the country, marking a 71% increase since the 2011 election.

Elections Canada notes that these numbers are estimates, and that not all polls may have yet been reported.

 

 


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No point to voting strategically in Carleton, says Green candidate

UPDATE (Oct 17): While the Green Party thinks it’s futile to vote strategically, the Liberals want to convince you that’s not the case. Here’s an ad posted to Twitter on Saturday morning by the Chris Rodgers campaign.

Chris Rodgers Tweet - October 17

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Green candidate Deborah Coyne says there’s no point in voting strategically in Carleton because Conservative Pierre Poilievre will be heading back to the House of Commons “no matter what”.

Coyne made the comments in an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit today. Continue reading


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Sacred Heart students meet the candidates ahead of vote

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Carleton’s four federal election candidates visited Sacred Heart High School on Wednesday to present their platform and answer questions from students. Grade 12 student Connor Boudreau was there and wrote up this report, and shared some photos with us as well. This article is also being published on 960 News.)

The four candidates spent a half hour introducing themselves and presenting their party platforms before a half hour question period commenced. The event took place in the library and was organised by Sacred Heart teacher Roland Cardinal, as a tie-in to the student vote, a national program where students in high schools can cast votes in municipal, provincial and federal elections (the votes are intended for informational purposes and don’t actually count). Continue reading


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Damage to Conservative candidate’s signs

Several of Conservative candidate Pierre Poilievre’s signs were damaged along Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night.

It is an offence to remove or damage official election signs. People found damaging or removing signs can face charges under the Criminal Code.

According the Canada Elections Act, “No person shall prevent or impair the transmission to the public of an election advertising message without the consent of a person with authority to authorize its transmission.”


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Liberal gets endorsements from former NDP, Green candidates

Liberal candidate Chris Rodgers at the Stittsville Village Association debate on September 28.
Liberal candidate Chris Rodgers at the Stittsville debate earlier this week.

Carleton Liberal candidate Chris Rodgers has received campaign endorsements from two former Nepean-Carleton candidates.

In a press release earlier this week, Rodgers’ team announced that former NDP candidate Phil Brown and former Green candidate Lori Gadzala are serving as honourary campaign co-chairs for Rodgers’ campaign.

Brown was the NDP candidate in Nepean Carleton in 2004 and 2008, and Lori Gadzala ran for the Green party in that riding in 2006 and 2008.  They both ran against Pierre Poilievre in those elections.


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CANDIDATE Q&A: Pierre Poilievre (Conservative Party)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve been publishing short Q&A’s with each candidate. We want to give our readers some background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  In our final Q&A, we meet Conservative candidate Pierre Poilievre.

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Do you live in the riding?  What neighbourhood?
Yes, I reside in Greely.

Why are you running in this election?
 I’m running in this election because I believe that with the world economy in turmoil, our Conservative Party offers a low-tax, balanced budget plan to protect Canada and help people in Stittsville and across Canada get ahead.

You’ve been out knocking on doors and meeting people in the community – what would you say are the top three issues with Stittsville voters?
I’ve knocked on thousands of doors in Stittsville and I’ve been hearing that people want us to keep taxes low, maintain a balanced budget and protect the country from terrorist threats.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish during your term as MP for Carleton?
If elected, we will continue to keep taxes low for Stittsville families and local businesses.

Who is your political hero or role model? Why?
Winston Churchill

What’s the biggest challenge about campaigning in Carleton?
It has been a pleasure to get out to all parts of this new riding to meet voters on their own doorsteps.

In the past you’ve taken on some major responsibilities and high-profile positions with the government. How will you ensure that you have the time to effectively represent constituents in Carleton?
One of the best things about being a local Ottawa MP is that you never have to leave home. Besides attending riding events on evenings and weekends, I host monthly constituency days where I book full days of meetings with constituents to discuss their issues and priorities.

 

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To learn more about Poilievre, visit http://pierremp.ca

Click here for more election coverage on StittsvilleCentral.ca…


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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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CANDIDATE Q&A: Deborah Coyne (Green Party)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week we’ve been publishing short Q&A’s with each candidate. We want to give our readers some background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  Today we meet Green Party candidate, Deborah Coyne.

A reminder that the Stittsville Village Association is hosting an all-candidates debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church. More info…

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Do you live in the riding? What neighbourhood? 

I grew up in Ottawa and have lived here on and off over the years. I currently rent an apartment in west Ottawa. Should I have the privilege to be elected the Member of Parliament for Carleton, I will be happy to move into the riding immediately.

 

Why are you running in this election?

I am committed to providing the thoughtful, principled representation that Carleton needs to serve the next generation – not just the next election.

I am running to get Parliament working again to serve the people of Canada.

For over nine years, Stephen Harper has governed out of the Prime Minister’s office, bypassing Parliament, and worked to shrink the capacity of the federal government to act in the national interest. Under the Harper Conservatives, we are losing our sense of what holds us together as Canadians.

 

You’ve been out knocking on doors and meeting people in the community – what would you say are the top three issues with Stittsville voters? 

At the doorstep, the overarching issue that really overtakes everything else is how best to replace the Harper Conservative government and get Parliament to work again for the people, not the short-term aims of the politicians.

There are then three specific areas of concern related to this: how to strengthen our economic fundamentals to really improve productivity and innovation and vibrant businesses, while growing more and better jobs for all Canadians; how to reset the social safety net to serve the growing numbers of Canadians of all ages caught in the new world of part-time and episodic work; and how to make our democratic structures stronger to make our voices heard and never again allow Parliament to be bypassed by the Prime Minister’s Office.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish during your term as MP for Carleton?

On October 19th, it will not be enough merely to defeat the Conservative incumbent. Canada needs a new kind of politics, and it starts here in Carleton.

Regardless of which party, or combination of parties, forms the next government, the best choice for Carleton is a representative who will exert a strong, positive influence to bring about greater accountability and reasonable compromise in Parliament. Carleton needs a representative who will ensure that we get things done for the benefit of our country and the generations to come, not the reelection of a political party. Together, we can begin the job of restoring to Parliament its main and fundamental task – that of holding government truly accountable to the people of Canada.

A vote for me and the Green Party will be a vote for this principled, constructive and forward-thinking representation. A vote for me and the Green Party is a vote for someone who will have your back and be responsive to your needs and concerns.

 

Who is your political hero or role model? Why?

Among the many persons who have inspired me with their leadership is Robert F. Kennedy. The reason is perhaps best expressed in this memorable quotation: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

 

What’s the biggest challenge about campaigning in Carleton?

 The biggest challenge about campaigning in Carleton is the enormous geographic size of the riding. From Stittsville in the west to Metcalfe in the east, from north to south, Carleton is one of the largest ridings in the southern part of our country: urban, suburban and rural.

You’re one of the Green Party’s highest-profile candidates with a wealth of political experience.  Why did you decide to run in this riding?

I decided to run for the Green Party because the Harper Conservative government represents a dangerously diminished Canada economically, socially and internationally. The Harper Conservative government’s singular focus on strengthening their narrow partisan base and using manipulation and spin to dumb down important public debates to support only their own re-election, not the national interest, is disrespectful of both Canadians and Canada.

We must change the culture in Parliament and elect representatives that truly believe in Canada and our enormous potential, and can inspire us to support a constructive, collaborative role for the national government. So, where better than Carleton to reject the mediocrity and manipulation of present-day machine politics – the very style of governance that my Conservative opponent represents.

Carleton needs fresh representation if we are to succeed in restoring power to Parliament and raising confidence in the federal government’s ability to act honestly and efficiently on behalf of all Canadians and the national interest. This is why I joined the Green Party. This is why I am proud to be the Green candidate for Carleton.

The constituents of Carleton, and all Canadians, deserve a clear choice and fresh vision to get us working together again for One Canada.

 

What else would you like to tell Stittsville voters?

There are some who will urge you to use strategic voting to bring about change in Parliament. This is wrong. In the vast majority of ridings, including our riding of Carleton, this is a tactical distraction from the democratic process. There are no quick fixes.

We have to take a stand for a better Canada and a healthier democracy. We have to take a stand to ensure that money and fear, manipulation and spin, do not continue to dominate our politics.

How far have we fallen? The Conservative record in that respect speaks for itself. As for the Liberals, their vote for Bill C-51 was politics at its worst, a stand without principle by a party still controlled by elites. The constant Liberal-NDP one-upmanship diverts valuable energy away from the critical goals – holding the Harper government accountable for diminishing Canada socially, economically and internationally, and providing a coherent alternative to progressive voters.

 I know we can do better. We must do better. A vote for me and the Green Party is most certainly not a wasted vote. A vote for me and the Green Party is the only vote for bold national leadership. The only vote for building a Canada that earns the admiration of the world: for our innovation and competitive spirit, for the respect we show to the environment and Indigenous peoples, and for our commitment to social justice and support for those who need it.

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To learn more about Coyne, visit http://deborahcoyne.nationbuilder.com

Click here for more election coverage on StittsvilleCentral.ca…


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CANDIDATE Q&A: Kc Larocque (NDP)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few days we’ll be publishing Q&A’s with each candidate in Carleton. We wanted to give our readers a bit of background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  Today we feature the NDP candidate, Kc Larocque.

A reminder that the Stittsville Village Association is hosting an all-candidates debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church. More info…

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CANDIDATE Q&A: Chris Rodgers (Liberal)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few days we’ll be publishing Q&A’s with each candidate in Carleton. We wanted to give our readers a bit of background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  First up is the Liberal candidate, Chris Rodgers.

A reminder that the Stittsville Village Association is hosting an all-candidates debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church. More info… 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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LINKED: Metro, Citizen profile Carleton riding candidates

Metro and the Ottawa Citizen each published their own mini-profiles of Carleton riding candidates this weekend.

Metro has four articles:

…and The Citizen has all in one post.

You can find all of StittsvilleCentral.ca’s election coverage here We’re also working on a questionnaire for the candidates. If there’s a question you’d like answered, please send it along to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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