In this, my first municipal election in Ottawa, I hear a lot of split vote talk which is intimidating and disruptive to the democratic process. Individual voters must evaluate candidates with an open-mind and cast their ballot for the one they believe is best suited to serve their ward.
In Kitchessippi ward anonymous notes were sent to the supporters of challenger Michelle Reimer in an attempt to dissuade and deter their commitment. Reimer remains a strong, qualified and committed candidate.
This base tactic is nothing short of bully-tactics. The fear-mongering over vote splitting is disgraceful and, as so often with cowardly tactics, unfounded. Let us put forth that anyone who feels the need to fear-monger over vote-splitting would be better off using this energy to build a better campaign for their preferred candidate.
It is particularly sad in this instance that the tactic was aimed at a female candidate in a city that is very poorly represented by elected women.
On October 27th, Be Brave. Vote with your beliefs not governed by fear.
Tonight is the penultimate all-candidates debate for Rideau-Vanier Ward12.
The debate is from 7-9PM at 159 Murray in the Guigues Centre. Should be another corker of an evening. If you’ve attended several, like us, or this is your first you are likely to enjoy the evening with insightful engaged candidates and residents that are committed and pushing hard for good things in their ward.
Hope to see you there and be warned come early if you want a seat.
The advanced voting has kicked off and the end is in-sight for this exciting and engaged Municipal Election. Rideau-Vanier candidates still have (at least) 3 more debates and one is tonight in the heart of Sandy Hill.
So come out listen to the issues and share your own from 7-9PM at the Sandy Hill Community Centre where the focus will be on Transit, Employment and access to good food and affordable housing in Ward 12.
A shout out to Vanier Community Service Centre, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and Lowertown Community Resource Centre who organized tonight’s debate.
7-9PM, October 2nd
Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East
Posted in Local Politics
Tagged #Ottvote, Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre, David Georges Oldham, Lowertown Community Association, Marc Aubin, Marc Vinette, Mathieu Fleury, Rideau Vanier, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Vanier, Ward 12
The race for the Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier is nothing if not exciting. With many issues from homelessness, the urgent need for revitalisation, committed representation, smart place-making and increasing modal-share just to name a very few.
Monday night will be the first All Candidates debate – strictly on transportation issues – in our ward and it is taking place 7PM at 159 Murray. Transportation touches on so much and is an integral part of making Ward12 a full success ensuring room for pedestrians, patios, and all modes of transit. Prep some tough questions and come here how your candidates respond.