Laine, Pat, Wendy, Granda or Vilteau?

Bells Corners weird and wacky moments.

Bells Corners has about 20% of the voters in College ward. Pat lives in Barrhaven Orleans.

Vote now for the College ward councillor to replace Rick Chiarelli (who has endorsed Pat and Wendy).

Hot-button topic! And transit looms large.

Vote now for the next mayor of Ottawa (14 candidates). McKenney is the front runner.

Results from 2018.

Police takedown in front of the heritage Bel-Air Motel.

New bike racks! Poco Mucho Burrito coming to the Giant Tiger plaza.

Homeless Larry and Jezebel at the Bells Corners library.

FREE bike-taxi ride to the Jami Omar Mosque.

Bicycle Bob chilling at Chartwell Stillwater Creek.

Getting comfortable at the heritage East India Company (formerly Al’s Steakhouse).

Visitors from Nunavut staying in Bells Corners.

Chairman George at Britannia Beach.

Bells Corners to Britannia Beach in six minutes!

Derecho damage: worries for the future of the Bells Corners Greenbelt forests.

Underused Lynwood Park graffiti-scarred “community building” only open to insiders.

Bylaw orders granny to destroy her garden since it’s on City land next to the road.

Harwick Crescent: City property, where politicians can stick election signs without the homeowner’s permission: NOT impressed with Pat’s sign team flouting the rules.

Choose the right Laine!

Professor Barry Wellar weighs in.

Pat McGarry: a #WatsonClub developer-friendly Barrhaven resident endorsed by Mark Sutcliffe and Rick Chiarelli; financed by the 1%.

Laine Johnson: a progressive independent endorsed by Horizon Ottawa, a grassroots volunteer-driven coalition; financed by small donors.

Horizon Ottawa origins.

Horizon Ottawa rally.


Amanda Presley is your best choice for OCDSB (English public) trustee and Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott for OCSB (English Catholic) trustee. NOT Glen Armstrong!

Rick surprises everyone by endorsing Pat McGarry!

Bells Corners weird and wacky moments at Todd’s FreshCo.

Laine Johnson on fire!

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2 Responses to Laine, Pat, Wendy, Granda or Vilteau?

  1. ottawaowl says:

    Professor Barry Wellar: City of Ottawa must be more transparent. Only voters can make that happen
    Here are three questions about accountability to ask municipal election candidates at the door.

    During this term of Ottawa council, the Ottawa Citizen, broadcast media and numerous social media outlets have carried countless complaints about the lack of transparency and accountability of Mayor Jim Watson, councillors and city staff.

    Contentious issues that riled citizens because they were not properly informed about decisions and actions by politicians, staff and consultants include: the light-rail program; OC Transpo; the Lansdowne redevelopment; the Official Plan and Urban Boundary Expansion reviews; the Civic hospital campus expansion; the downtown truck occupation and (in)action of the Ottawa Police Service; Ottawa Police Service budgets; politician-developer connections; waste management plans; and intensification decisions.

    The consequence of that lack of transparency for citizens is that it limits their ability to review and evaluate policy, program and plan initiatives and outcomes — which then limits their ability to hold politicians, staff and consultants accountable.

    All those issues are still with us, and others will occur during the next term of council. If citizens want transparency and accountability from politicians, then they must use the election campaign to help make that happen, because evidence suggests there is no other way.

    First, my surveys of the current mayor and council indicate that municipal politicians in general are not inclined to increase the transparency of their decisions and actions or, therefore, their accountability.

    Access to public records is the key to transparency of decisions and actions by municipal officials. But when I surveyed councillors, asking, “Do you agree that citizens are entitled to free, easy, timely, and direct online access to the public records held by the City of Ottawa?” only councillors Riley Brockington, Theresa Kavanagh, Rawlson King, Catherine McKenney and Shawn Menard answered Yes.

    Most of council, led by Mayor Jim Watson, did not answer. There is no reason to believe that things would change much with a new council.

    Second, because of red tape, costs, non-responses, time delays and other barriers, Freedom of Information (FOI) applications are of limited use to citizens.

    Third, an initiative announced by Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark in March 2021, that the ministry had opened a consultation on “Strengthening Accountability of Municipal Politicians” itself fails transparency and accountability tests, because it has not produced any reports, much less legislation.

    Fourth, there is no reason to expect the City of Ottawa Integrity Commissioner or the Ontario Ombudsman to take any action on transparency or accountability matters involving a municipal politician.

    It appears fair to say that the municipal election campaign is the only opportunity for citizens of Ottawa and in communities across Ontario to query candidates about their positions on transparency and accountability.

    Whether asked at the door, during all-candidates meetings, or in newspaper, broadcast and social media stories, the following questions may assist in identifying pro-transparency and pro-accountability candidates:

    Do you agree that citizens are entitled to free, easy, timely and direct online access to public records?

    If so, how do you plan to achieve this, that is, to ensure citizens having free, easy, timely and direct online access to public records?

    What in your experience qualifies you to take a lead role in fixing transparency and accountability problems that have persisted for decades in this city?

    The responses by candidates should reveal those who will be in the service of Ottawa’s citizens.

    Barry Wellar is Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa, and President, Information Research Board. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

  2. Ottawa Citizen survey for Ward 8 – College

    Incumbent: Rick Chiarelli

    Candidates running: Laine Johnson, Granda Kopytko, Wendy Davidson, Pat McGarry and Vilteau Delvas


    Do you reside within this ward?

    Laine Johnson: Yes

    Granda Kopytko: Yes

    Wendy Davidson: Yes

    Pat McGarry: Did not participate

    Vilteau Delvas: Yes 

    Why do you think you’re the best person to represent your ward?

    Laine Johnson: “I’ve led public institutions, hosted community consultations and guided a corporation experiencing a revenue freeze due to the pandemic. I’ve taught ‘City Hall 101’, know the machinery of the city and have strong relationships with city staff, officials and communities. I’m a non-partisan, independent voice focused on getting results.”

    Granda Kopytko: “I am the best choice for College Ward because, after living here for 22 years, I know my ward as a parent as well as someone who lives and works here. As a National Executive Director with CAPE, the third largest federal union, I have experience in leadership and consensus building.”

    Wendy Davidson: “I have an honours degree in political science from Western and I have been president or an executive on various councils. I have lived in College Ward for 15 years. I have a genuine love for this community and I’m not here just to help, I’m here to make things happen.”

    Pat McGarry: Did not participate

    Vilteau Delvas: “Because I am not a politician. I am looking for solutions, not talk just to talk.”

    What is the most important issue in ward 8? Why?

    Laine Johnson: “Safe streets during growth. College Ward has deficits, we aren’t growing at the same pace as other wards, which means we can’t direct investment dollars back into our own streets to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists and support our local businesses. Growth must be done thoughtfully to benefit surrounding neighbourhoods. As a resident of College Ward, I see firsthand the dangerous intersections, lack of sidewalks, disjointed cycling and walking paths and potholes. As we grow, we will need to prioritize the inclusion of safe transportation options for everyone.”

    Granda Kopytko: “The disturbing aspects of intense localized development, such as inadequate parking, and a paucity of green space coupled with a lack of walkable amenities is an issue that I predict will grow exponentially in importance in College Ward over the next few years. There are large buildings planned along Merivale, several currently being built along Baseline and planning is underway for two towers to be constructed in Centrepointe. Also Stillwater Station, a huge mixed complex of towers and multi-unit dwellings is to be constructed in Bells Corners. Thoughtful development is needed, being mindful of the concerns of the current residents while taking our future neighbours into account.”

    Wendy Davidson: “If College Ward is your home, it is important to know that it is my home too. If your power is out, chances are mine is out. This is our opportunity to grow together. I promise to have open communication with my neighbours with an open-door policy including neighbourhood walk and talks, coffee chats, community meetings, newsletters, social media and more. As I speak to all our neighbours, it is apparent that safety within our communities is paramount. Our residents deserve protection, enforcement and reliable city services. As councillor, I will work to petition the provincial government to enable the use of speed cameras beyond the boundaries of school zones, forcing vehicle traffic to abide by the posted speed limits. I will work with city staff to bolster our bylaw services to be more responsive, and readily available to our residents.”

    Pat McGarry: Did not participate

    Vilteau Delvas: Submitted multiple issues, awaiting updated response

    What is the most important issue citywide?

    Laine Johnson: “Accountability surrounding city spending and city leadership conduct. The city hasn’t done a comprehensive program review for over 10 years. We are funding programs designed a decade ago. We must ensure the revenue we collect from taxpayers is being appropriately spent on current priorities.”

    Granda Kopytko: “We don’t trust our transit anymore and that is a problem. I live my life believing that in exchange for diligently paying property taxes, the city will supply adequate core services. My friend lives in Bells Corners and her son’s bus trip to Carleton University takes one-and-a-half hours. He recently had knee surgery, so he can’t drive. Public transit is failing him. Yes, there should always be service for 9-to-5 commuters, but the focus also needs to shift to issues important to seniors, and others truly dependent on transit. We deserve better than slow buses and broken trains.”

    Wendy Davidson: “As a city, we cannot continue as we always have, we must challenge the norm, we must question bureaucracy. We as councillors must work with city staff. They have been running this city day in and day out, they have cared for and loved this city for years. We need to break down the walls, silos and clubs. Let us use this vote to give the voice back to the people. I am not backed by a coalition attempting to bring partisan politics to municipal government. I will advocate for reviewing our transit system ensuring it is affordable, accessible and efficient.”

    Pat McGarry: Did not participate

    Vilteau Delvas: Submitted multiple issues, awaiting updated response

    This article is available for free — outside of our paywall — because we believe this is a matter of crucial public interest. If you’d like to support us as we continue to provide journalism that matters for all Ottawans, please subscribe:

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