Damn it! I promised myself that I wouldn’t take this running-as-a-candidate caper too seriously, but I’ve ALREADY broken my promise to myself.
I KNOW that the average Bells Corners resident has very little interest in politics, especially at the municipal level.
Nine out of ten residents surveyed can’t name their councillor, and those who can get Bob Chiarelli and Rick Chiarelli mixed up.
So before I talk about broken political promises, bullying, corruption, lying, threats and other nasty stuff I’ll post a few lollipops-and-puppy-dogs apolitical photos:
These fit and friendly guys were working out in Lynwood Park.
My Cantonese is a bit rusty but I think they might be IT engineers working at either Revenue Canada on Fitzgerald or at General Dynamics.
They were sure having fun! It amazes me how infrequently you see the fields used by local residents. Is that why our youth got that D- rating? Only Scotland with an F scored a lower grading, and Canada was WAY behind China, Sweden, Kazakhstan and the Islamic State.
The cheaters’ lane as Adrian called it, has been repainted, so that that only busses and bikes can use this “safe space” area.
Tandoori Fusion lunch business is booming – it IS possible for the little guy to survive in Bells Corners if they have a clever and efficient Don-Draper marketing strategy, using the same tools perfected by the politicians when they’re shopping for votes.
This Crystal Beach-Lakeview resident totally agrees!
Ghostbuster guy at FreshCo toiling away.
It’s a hot dirty job, but it’s well-paid and SOMETHING has to be done to cut the FreshCo refrigeration bill so that it can continue to offer the BEST prices in Bells Corners.
I’m not sure what these guys are doing. All they would say was “rust never sleeps” and “talk to the guy in the City truck.” He was on his smartphone so the mystery remains unsolved.
When I nominated myself for councillor I promised myself to make it a part-time project and not neglect the other stuff I enjoy, like piloting the Bells Corners FREE Bike-taxi, blogging, helping with the Sat. Oct. 18 ECO-Fair 2014, working with the AMAZING people at Ottawa123.ca, playing squash, watching the boob tube, eating poutine, sleeping, etc.
But it’s NOT going the way I planned. I expected some more dirty tricks, but I’m not talking about that. It seems that I can’t say no to some of the strange offers I’m receiving.
MANY ink-stained journalists (CBC, Citizen, Sun, CFRA, Algonquin Times, Canada China News, CTV, Global, Pierre Poutine, etc.) want to interview me. How can I turn down the free publicity?
If I get about 50 emails a day from people wanting to sell me signs, robocall services or campaign swag, how can I not read them? They’re often hilarious. If every special interest group imaginable wants me to endorse their position, how can I not read their pitches and respond? It would seem rude.
If I get emails or crank calls from angry Guy/Rick supporters, if I’m bullied on Facebook, if someone throws a tomato at me when I ride my bike-taxi down the Bells Corners strip, how can I just ignore it?
The unfortunate result is that I’m not getting enough exercise and I’m starting to develop the dreaded “politician’s pot.” Look at some before/after photos of most of the current council and you’ll see what I mean.
I would LOVE to go outside and do some bike-taxi but I feel obligated to respond to the Citizen’s l-o-n-g questionnaire. It’s almost as bad as an undergrad essay. Hmmm, wonder if they’d notice if I just recycled my answers from four years ago? How would YOU, dear voter, answer these questions? ALL suggestions welcome. If I use your answer for one of the questions I’ll give you credit and MAYBE give you a cash prize if it makes me laugh. Tim, are you listening?
2014 municipal-election candidate survey
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How did you vote, or how would you have voted, on the 2013 Transportation Master Plan that includes a $3-billion plan for the second phase of light rail?
Was the outcome of the city’s casino deliberations generally positive or negative? Why?
How did you vote, or how would you have voted, on the move to biweekly garbage?
How did you vote, or how would you have voted, on the $100-million plan to redevelop Arts Court?
What’s been the greatest success of the current council over the past four years?
What’s been its greatest failure?
What are the two most important issues in College Ward? Why?
What specific measure will be your top priority if you’re elected?
If you are the incumbent, of what decision made by council in the last term are you most proud?
What do you wish the council had dealt with better?
If you’re not the incumbent, say something nice about the incumbent.
Now say what you’d do differently, if elected.
Taxes. Are they too high? Just about as high as they should be? Not high enough for the city we wish we had?
Please list some city services you consider “core” and any you consider “frills” that could be cut back.
Development issues continue to be controversial. What would make the planning process smoother?
The city is now constructing the first phase of LRT, the Lansdowne Park redevelopment is all but complete, and council just approved the Arts Court and Ottawa Art Gallery expansion. What other “city building” projects do you think council should consider in the next term?
Roughly how many council meetings have you attended in the past year?
Should the transit commission include “citizen” commissioners who are not elected officials? Why or why not?
What would make the goings-on at City Hall — whether at council or in the bureaucracy — more transparent?
Should councillors have term limits? If so, what should they be?
There is a ward-boundary review coming up in the next term of council. Do you think we have too few, too many or just the right number of wards?
Is your campaign willing to accept corporate and/or union contributions? Yes or no?
Some people think those sorts of contributions should be banned. What do you think?
Some people are interested in the city moving a ranked-ballot system of voting. If the provincial government allows municipalities to adopt this system, would you be in favour of it?
What formal education, training or other credentials do you have?
If the election were held tomorrow, which mayoral candidate would get your vote?
Do you live in the ward in which you’re running? If not, what’s your interest in the area?
Did you grow up in Ottawa? If not, what brought you here?
What’s the most significant position of responsibility you’ve ever held, either in work life or as a volunteer?
Are you married or in a long-term partnership? Kids? How old are you?
Who’s the best municipal politician in Ottawa you know of? Why?
When did you last take OC Transpo to work or to run an errand?