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Ottawa City Council candidates worth voting for!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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.

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Leadership – it’s vital

Wednesday, October 8th, 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.

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Alta Vista will be left in good hands at the Council table…

Tuesday, August 26th, 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.cloutierbanner

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