I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again.
Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for about 4 years. He and the rest of the Board has made this particular volunteer experience a positive one. He is extremely hard-working and he knows our community inside and out. Other candidates in the Ward have run good, strong and clean campaigns, notably Clinton Cowan and Hussein Mahmoud. I thank them for sticking their necks out there. Running for a political office is a very humbling experience but they have stood up for their community and should be thanked.
But Jean has demonstrated that he is a leader. He has taken the reins in the community and has guided good policies, initiatives and programs. He has set an example in the community through his leadership and have inspired others (like yours truly) to do likewise. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity as City Councillor.
Riley Brockington is a colleague and a former OCDSB Trustee who gave me lots of advice and motivation when I ran for OCDSB Trustee in 2010. He knows his community well and was a leader on the Board. His involvement on the Board speaks well to his ability to build bridges. Anyone who knows anything about the School Board knows that a variety of personalities and agendas are at work around that table, and he knows how to make them speak as one voice. He will do likewise at the Council table. He will serve well in River Ward.
In Somerset Ward, Martin Canning is your best choice. He is the former City Environmental Advisory Committee Chair and has been involved deeply in his community and the City in a myriad of ways. He is running a uniquely enviro and community-focussed campaign in Somerset. Martin is well-grounded and will work hard for the people of the Ward. He has a great team and he’s also a top shelf guy. If you’re in the candidate-rich Somerset Ward, You can’t go wrong by ticking the box beside his name.
I’d also like to nod my head to Donna Blackburn, who is running for re-election as OCDSB Trustee in Zone 3, Barrhaven-Knoxdale Merivale. Because my own Trustee in Zone 6 was more or less invisible for the past several years, I have turned to Trustees like Donna, (or John Shea or Mark Fisher) when I have had Board-related questions. She clearly cares and works hard for the schools in her Zone. I wish she was running in my Zone!
Plus, I wish Jim Marshall, all the best in his quest for a seat at the Council table in my old home town of Parry Sound. He is a man who exemplifies integrity and hard work… The folks in P Dot will be well-served. (1)
trashee @ October 24, 2014
After watching the municipal campaigns in Ottawa unfold thus far, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the defining issue is leadership.
Pro green bin or not (I pity the fools!), love Phase 2 of the LRT or scrap it, raise taxes, lower them or keep them the same, what really sets out one candidate from another are the leadership skills that each one brings to the table.
To give a glimpse of what we will see tonight in the already-recorded Alta Vista debate, the Citizen summed up the highlights. A piece of the text caught my eye:
“That is not leadership,” he (Jean Cloutier) said. “I have been working in the community for 20 years.”
Bingo. Game, set and match. Candidates like Mr. Cloutier have taken the leadership reins in the community and have guided good policies, initiatives and programs. They have set an example in the community by leading and have inspired others (like yours truly) to do likewise.
Other candidates, as sincere as they are, as knowledgable as they may be, simply cannot wear the leadership mantle that candidates like Mr. Cloutier can lay claim to.
There are other candidates in other Wards – incumbents and newbies – who have demonstrated the same commitment to be leaders. Riley Brockington in River Ward, Martin Canning in Somerset, Fleury in Rideau-Vanier and Hobbs in Kitchissippi are all leaders in their own right.
For Alta Vista to continue to have strong leadership in the community and at the Council table, Mr. Cloutier can be the only choice. (9)
trashee @ October 8, 2014
The outlook for the Liberals is bright as the 2015 election approaches. There are a number of very qualified and dedicated candidates or nominees lining up to clean our country of the CPC mess that is Harper’s legacy. I while back, I profiled Danielle Takacs and Karen McCrimmon as two strong nominees (Danielle has since won the nomination for Brant!) and today, I’m presenting another nominee that is in my back yard in the riding of Pontiac, QC : Cindy Duncan McMillan.
With her husband, Cindy owns and operates a family farm outside of Wakefield. In fact, I just recently bought part of a side of grass-fed beef that was raised on her farm – yummy!!!!
And she is also engaged in the importance of integrating environmental decisions into wider policy considerations. Her street creds on this are solid.
Cindy ran for the LPC in the last election in Pontiac and had a very, very good campaign. The problem was the timing. The “Jack effect” kicked in and the Dipper candidate unexpectedly upset Cindy. I’m of the opinion that this was one of those ridings where the NDP was going to win regardless of which qualified candidates were running against them. These things happen in politics sometimes.
But Mulcair is NOT Layton and this riding should be a prime pick up for the Liberals next year. And I think Cindy will deliver on this if she receives the nomination.
She has proven to be hard-working, resourceful and is a mighty nice person to boot! I have met her in person and have done the back and forth thing via email and I’m pretty good at picking out those folks who have a positive attitude – a joie de vivre!
And it is infectious – I met her for the first time when she dropped off the beef at my house and she immediately struck me as a person who takes pride in what she does and works hard to complete what she starts.
The Pontiac LPC riding association and members would be wise to choose Cindy as the candidate for the next election. She will colour the riding red, as it should be. (31)
trashee @ September 25, 2014
… as much as I try.
trashee @ September 24, 2014
… this time around.
I was, however, very tempted to run down to City Hall around noon to register as a school Board Trustee candidate in my zone; where there was no one contesting the lone candidate who filed his papers. But whammo! someone named Talis-Ilmars Brauns has filed and will provide some opposition to Mr. Ellis. Great to see!
Even though I am not running, I will live vicariously through and help out:
- Jean Cloutier: who will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for about 4 years… top shelf fellow! Hard-working. And he knows our community inside and out.
- Riley Brockington: who is a colleague and a former OCDSB Trustee who gave me lots of advice and motivation in 2010. He will serve well in River Ward.
- Martin Canning: former Environmental Advisory Committee Chair. He is running a very enviro and community-focussed campaign in Somerset. He has a great team and he’s also a top shelf guy.
Plus, I wish my brother, Jim Marshall, all the best in his quest for a seat at the Council table in my old home town of Parry Sound. My bro is a man who exemplifies integrity and hard work. The folks in P Dot will be well-served. (17)
trashee @ September 12, 2014
… and an empty shelf in the pantry where “ethics” used to be…
Wandering around the Interweb, I found this cutting piece that brilliantly sums up the CPC modus operandi as follows:
The Harper Government is a public relations oriented government. The machine seems to operate in the following manner; get the youngsters in the party to operate unethically, send their manufactured news tips to a media organization filled to the brim with ideological allies, then raise money from your base while pretending you had nothing to do with how the information was unearthed. The strategy would be brilliant if it was not so painfully and obviously orchestrated.
This is the culture of the Harper Government, a government on the verge of expiry, following in the footsteps of past government who drowned in their own sense of entitlement. What Trevor Stack and Alexandra Constandinidis may not realize is they are not helping their party long term. We still do not know if they acted independently or through the encouragement of the powerful ministers and MPs they work for directly, but in either case one thing remains clear: ethics in the Harper Government is in short order, and while these examples are undertaken by the kiddies in short pants working for what used to be public servants, the real first domino of dirty politics has long been the influence coming directly from 24 Sussex Drive.
For years on these pages I have called Harper’s style the “politics of cynicism”. I was wrong, or at least I am now. It’s not cynicism but a cold and well-calculated approach to gain votes strategically and without care for standards – moral or political. (44)
trashee @ September 7, 2014
… if my friend and colleague, Jean Cloutier, is elected on October 27.
Jean has been the President of the Canterbury Community Association for quite some time – this is the same group that I have been involved with for the past 4 years. I have seen first-hand the sweat and commitment that Jean has put into this organisation that serves hundreds of community members through its athletic and arts programs, its after-school childcare centre and the various events that the CCA hosts or co-hosts throughout the year.
The Board is comprised of a group of volunteers who are driven and committed as well – spurred on in a large part by the example that Jean has set over the years.
The CCA Board had our monthly meeting last night, at which Jean and his equally amazing and inspiring wife, Sandra, left the meeting at the onset after telling the Board that they are both taking a leave of absence from Board activities (which I did as well at the end of the meeting as I’m directly involved in the campaign). It was a funny feeling for, I suspect, all around the table, knowing that this was likely the last meeting he would be attending as President.
I was chatting with a couple of the other Board members in the parking lot afterward and, while there was much happiness about the decision that Jean and Sandra have made, there was also a great deal of sadness. We will all miss your leadership of this very important community organisation, Jean. But we also know that if you are elected, we will gain a smart, engaged and prudent Councillor.
Alta Vista voters – choose this guy. Councillor Peter Hume has been a great representative for our community for 23 years and he leaves some huge shoes to fill. I have an enormous amount of respect for him and am sorry to see him take his leave from local politics. But if there is one person who I’d choose to replace him, it would be Jean Cloutier. He’s the guy to vote for to ensure that our community continues to receive that fine level of representation. (52)
trashee @ August 26, 2014
… vying for Liberal Party nominations.
My political junkiness kicks into high gear usually about 12-18 months ahead of a projected election date. I love elections. And I love the processes and machinations leading up to them.
Although it has been an unbelievable (literally and figuratively… which you’ll understand if you know me personally) summer, I have been following some of the LPC nominations that are shaping up. There are some interesting and quality candidates stepping up to the plate in many parts of the country, but two of them really caught my eye. One of them is in Kanata-Carleton, where Karen McCrimmon is standing for the nomination and the other is in southwestern Ontario in Brantford-Brant, where Danielle Takac is throwing her hat into the ring.
Kanata-Carleton is one of the ridings that has been re-jigged for the next election and it is almost in my backyard! One of the many CPC trained seals, Gordon O’Connor, is the current MP of the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. I am unsure as to whether he has announced if he will run again, but he’ll have a helluva fight on his hands if Karen McCrimmon gets the nomination!
Ms. McCrimmon is a decorated ex-military officer who is engaged in and connected with the real issues that her riding and the country are facing. According to her website, “she is pushing the issue of youth unemployment, and improved benefits for Canadian war veterans.” The way the Harperites have pushed both vets and the youth to the back-burner has long been a sore point with me and this stance will serve her well in a riding that is home to many military and ex-military personnel.
One of the comments she recently made on her Facebook page says a lot about how the Harper government has conducted itself and how the Liberals will not follow suit:
This government is all about keeping up ‘appearances’ or ‘perceptions’. Now is the time for us to inject a little reality into the discussion because it will take a better part of a year to break through their carefully crafted propaganda…
She, of course, is dead on! And Ms. McCrimmon and the other Liberals that will be elected as the government next year will focus on real issues and not bumper-sticker politics.
This riding can be a LPC win in the next election – especially if someone as qualified and energetic as Ms. McCrimmon is nominated! Go get ‘em!!
The next nomination that I’d like to highlight is flying her flag in a riding far from my backyard, but one that again I think winnable for the Liberals if the right person is in place.
Brantford-Brant is in southwestern Ontario and is currently held by yet another CPC minion, Phil McColeman, whose main claim to fame seems to be that he organises a local hockey tourney every year. Yeah, good for him.
Danielle Takacs is a woman who can colour this riding Liberal red. Looking into her background I was struck by the degree of engagement and committment that she has shown at the local level and in the Liberal party. The “experience” tab on her webpage is extensive and broad. She has obviously built a lot of bridges through her work and these will serve her well to win the nomination and the riding after that.
AND, she used to pen a very well-written blog that I used to follow! Look out folks, we bloggers are a-takin’ over the joint!
Some of the issues that she notes as being important to her include:
- Upholding and Honouring Veteran’s rights
- Addressing the Youth Unemployment Crisis
- Promoting Canada as a friend to international development, and regain its once highly regarded international reputation.
Like Ms. Takacs and Ms. McCrimmon, these are important issues for me as as well, and I suspect for most Canadians.
I wish both of these fine leaders the best of luck in their nominations and beyond!
trashee @ August 7, 2014
…the 2018 World Cup.
As Clegg asserts in this article
FIFA is unlikely to strip Putinland of the tourney, however.
Responding this week after some German politicians called for Russia to be boycotted, Fifa said the 2018 tournament could be a “force for good”.
Putin is an international criminal and the head of a rogue and anti-democratic nation. Grand international events should not allowed to happen in nations like these.
Plus, as one of my Facebook friends rightly point out:
Let’s see now when was the last time FIFA IOC or any other big sports franchise chose ethics over money, OH yeah never.
trashee @ July 27, 2014
…in advance of next year’s Federal election.
I was just cruising through Twitter and found this:
Looking through the followers of this anonymous account, there is a veritable who’s-who of the Ottawa conservative Twitter attack dawg crew.
Same ol’, same ol’….
David is and has been a very effective and responsive MP. And as the next year unfolds, you can be sure that I’ll be doing what I can to return him to the Hill for another term. (53)
trashee @ July 26, 2014