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Ottawa 10/25/2010 – Julia Ringma – College Ward 8

I see that Rick Chiarelli has announced he will be seeking re-election in College Ward.

This is too bad as it means that newcomer Julia Ringma has a rougher road ahead of her as she seeks this Council seat. It’s not impossible, but definitely more difficult.

But I truly believe that the events over the past few years (the OC Transpo strike, the thoroughly messed up and convoluted Lansdowne debate, underground tunnels, train garages, etc., etc.) have caused folks in this fine borough to rethink the strategy of re-electing incumbents year after year. So challengers may indeed have a shot at some seats.

Julia is one of those challengers and has some great ideas about the growth and expansion of our City and the importance of our libraries. As a planner, I do appreciate her planning insights (Jane Jacobs rocks!) and as a lover of literature, I applaud her stand on libraries.

While some on Council will always vote for unhindered and sprawling development while bowing at the shrines of Minto and the like and some may not consider our libraries as a core service, Julia would be different.

She is a new face with new ideas. And, like the OCDSB, the Ottawa City Council is also in need of new faces and new ideas.

If you live in College Ward 8, I hope you give her a chance to prove herself on October 25.


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  1. Julia Ringma says:

    Thanks very much for the write-up, Trashy! Every little bit helps. My city issues blog is where I write more spontaneously and I could use some more traffic and comments over there. My sewing blog is still out-drawing people!

    1. trashee says:

      Fer sure…. stay tuned… I’ll be splitting my “who are the other challengers” posts between this blog and my campaign blog ( Though, understandably, the latter will tend to have more of a School Board slant.

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