Posts Tagged ‘alta vista’

For those Canadians who think that the election of Trump is of no matter to us…

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

… wake up. I have literally no patience for those people anymore. Zero.

He has emboldened racists everywhere. Even in my own backyard.

A Synagogue not far from where I live and even closer to my kid’s school was defiled with anti-Jewish and racist slop the other night. This Synagogue is a special place for many people who I know and call friends or colleagues.

I have set up tables for school events alongside these people, served with them on Parent Council. I respect them and they are part of my community.

And their children are my children’s’ friends. They play sports together… go to each others’ birthday parties.

I am angry. Really, really pissed off. And I am more determined than ever to do whatever I can to stop the spread of this filth perpetrated by beings that are lower than pond scum. It is the least I can do for my friends, colleagues and their families.

And if you care at all about our inclusive, tolerant and open communities, you too will speak out against this.

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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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So I’m officially not running for anything…

Friday, September 12th, 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.

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Whew, I’m glad our OCDSB Trustee is safe and sound…

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

… because the schools around Alta Vista and its neighbourhoods haven’t seen her since the 2010 election.

But here she is, shilling for the OCDSB Chair running for the NDP nomination in Ottawa Centre.

Whew. Folks have been worried.

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The Ottawa police have released a sketch…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

… of the freak who has been sexually assaulting women in the Alta Vista area.

Please feel free to copy and paste into any media where we can get some broad coverage. SOMEONE has to know this freak! Call the cops if you do!

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Public service announcement

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

If you are a high school student in the Alta Vista or Canterbury areas in Ottawa, this might be of interest to you!

 

CANTERBURY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The annual scholarship program, started in 1996, was developed to recognize students of the community who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to volunteering in our community.

Three scholarships valued at $1,500 each are awarded to area high school students entering college or university in the fall.

One Mark and Shanty Inman Community Service Scholarship, which is awarded in recognition of Mark and Shanty Inman’s dedication and commitment to the Association and to making life better in the Canterbury Community. In addition two Canterbury Community Association Volunteer Scholarships will be awarded.

The Scholarship Application Forms for the 2012-2013 scholarships are now available in English and French at the Association’s office in the Canterbury Community Centre, in the student services offices at area high schools, and on-line by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 10, 2012.

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PINK SHIRT DAY-Anti Bullying Day

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Canterbury Community Association is pleased to announce….PINK SHIRT DAY-Anti Bullying Day – February 29th 2012.

DID YOU KNOW that the last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada and it is also known as “Pink Shirt Day”. This movement was started 5 years ago, in B.C, when 2 young boys and their friends took a stand against bullying by distributing pink shirts in support of a grade 9 student who was being bullied. Since then, the PINK SHIRT movement has grown throughout Canada, and we are standing united with the children of the Canterbury Community Association- After School Program to say BULLYING STOPS HERE!

The CCA After School Program serves over 100 children from area schools in the Alta Vista ward and has become a much sought after option for many area families seeking after school care for their kids. Pink Shirt day will serve to commemorate the children’s efforts towards maintaining a safe and friendly environment and further solidify their engagement in taking a stand against bullying.

We wanted to invite you to join the movement with your team by promoting PINK SHIRT DAY to your colleagues and friends and wearing PINK on February 29th to take a stand against bullying.

Our Pink Shirt Day Festivities include; a visit from special guest Graham Richardson from CTV News Ottawa who will speak to the children about bullying. We are still seeking sponsors from the community to help us with crafts, peanut-free snacks and drinks for the kids. We will also plan to have meaningful activities and resources for the kids and their parents. Participants will be invited to sign the “Bullying Stops Here” banner in the main hallway; as a symbol of our unity and dedication towards positive relationships and taking a stand against bullying.

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Bottle drive!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Wondering what to do with all of those bottles that were merrily emptied over the holidays? Think no more… at least if you’re in Ottawa.

The Pleasant Park Public School Council is working hard to raise money to build a new play structure. And you can help!

Let us carry away your empty bottles. The money we collect for the returns will go toward the playground fund. Here’s all you have to do:

1. Send an email to PPPSPlay@yahoo.ca to let us know you would like to donate your bottles. In the email, tell us the address where we can pick up the bottles.

2. On the morning of Monday, January 2nd, put the bottles out in your driveway or on your front porch. We will pick them up between 8 am and 2 pm.

Thanks mucho for your help…

 

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John Marshall for Trustee – the end of the beginning

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Here we are, folks.

The day before the election.  Tomorrow, we will vote for our Trustees, Mayor and Councillors.

Yeah, I put Trustees first on that list…

I have received so much encouragement from so many people…. got a call the other night from someone who I repect and this gave me the “oomph” to stay the course for a few hours more.

Here are the brass tacks: I will do as I say. I will listen. And I will respond.

The past few months have been really enjoyable. So many great folks in this community. So many concerns.

So many great ideas.

And I even lost a few pounds on my journeys… fringe benefit to campaigning, eh?

I ask for the honour of your vote on Monday and I will put these great ideas into motion.

Thank-you…

And yes, I know I look goofy below… it gets better.


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Campaign update and future activities

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

So – only 16 days until the October 25th vote and everyone’s campaign is in full swing! I just saw Lorne Rachlis at the Main Street Farmer’s Market, and he is looking positive and invigorated!

First, a huge thank you to those who have pounded the pavement with us and delivered flyers. We can’t tell you how much it means to us. All the great support – putting out signs, spreading the word about the election – we’re so very appreciative.

Now to some upcoming events:

October 13 – Riverview Park Community Association http://rpca.wordpress.com/

October 14 –
1 – Rockcliffe Park Residents’ Association http://www.rockcliffepark.ca/Elections2010.pdf

2 – Advance Vote Day 10am to 8 pm!! (for those on the south end of the Zone, the polling station is at Jim Durrell; in the north it’s the Rockcliffe Park Community Centre)

October 17 – Private local event

October 19 – Vincent Massey School Council meetinghttp://www.vincentmasseyps.ocdsb.ca/council.htm#OctoberCouncilNews

October 20 – Hawthorne Public School Council meeting
http://www.hawthorneps.ocdsb.ca/

October 21& 22 – Campaign blitz (bus stops, more doors!)

October 23 – Brief break from campaign to attend the Pleasant Park/ Hawthorne Used Book Sale http://www.pleasantparkps.ocdsb.ca/index.php?id=34

October 25 – ELECTION DAY

Not a campaign event, but here is the link to the Board calendar for October:http://www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/au_bot_meeting-dates.asp

You can find information about John’s candidacy in many places:

Facebook

Elect John for Trustee

Web site
http://marshallzone6.wordpress.com/

E-mail John:
marshall4ocdsb@gmail.com

Twitter
@marshall4ocdsb

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! While we be out on the streets Saturday and Sunday, Monday is family time.

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