Bruce McConville: Show Me The Money! Fiscal Responsibility

 

People always ask me, Will you raise taxes? My answer is: Show Me The Money! Until a full City financial audit is completed, no-one can honestly answer this question truthfully! With almost no transparency at City Hall we need to know the real numbers!

Bruce McConville: City of Ottawa Spending & Taxes

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Bruce explains his views on City Spending & Tax Increases.  Have a listen….

Income (Taxes) – Spending (Expenses) – Debt + Interest (Mortgage) = Surplus/Deficit
Let’s not mortgage our future!

Bruce McConville Attends Housing First & Affordable Housing Rally At Ottawa City Hall

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It is the duty of elected officials to protect the rights and safety of Ottawa residents. I am appalled at the way our Mayor conducts himself in managing city business. He has become a dictator in presiding over City Council and rides roughshod over our communities, ignoring their input. The Mayor’s insistence on forcing approval for the Salvation Army’s disastrous proposal to build a 350 bed homeless men’s emergency shelter on Montreal Road is a prime example of what propelled me to run for Mayor. The plan is for this mega shelter to be situated in the heart of a residential neighbourhood.

With no accountability, the Mayor negotiated a secret deal to enrich developers and destroy a vulnerable community’s prosperity and safety for future generations. This should not be allowed to happen in any part of our city.

The Salvation’s Army’s proposed facility in Vanier, unfairly places the burden of dealing with the city’s homeless problem and the related issues of addiction and mental illness onto one community – Vanier. This affects every part of our city and to stop it, we all have to be in it together. We can stop this from happening before it’s too late.

The city needs to embrace a Housing First policy. This philosophy holds that people in crisis should be given a permanent home right away, rather than moved in stages through shelters, addiction treatment and group homes. A serious shortage of Affordable Housing compounds the homeless problem.

When elected officials ignore its own taxpayers,  social change becomes necessary and people are compelled to stand up for their communities and take direct action. We have a dire affordable housing shortage in this city and it’s time our politicians make it a priority.

As your Mayor, I intend to do just that by giving serious priority to both of these major issues, Housing First and Affordable Housing, strategically spread across our city.

Systematic Corruption At City Hall Under Jim Watson

It is the duty of elected officials to protect the rights and safety of Ottawa residents.  I am appalled at the way our Mayor conducts himself in managing city business.  He has become a dictator in presiding over City Council and rides roughshod over our communities, ignoring their input.  Jim Watson freely disregards provincial and municipal laws in order to force his own developer-friendly agenda upon Ottawa.  Without apology, he blatantly changes enacted bylaws to conform with his illegal manipulations of our planning act.  This document would better serve him as toilet tissue rather than as legislated protection for citizens.

Mr. Watson’s insistence on forcing approval for the Salvation Army’s disastrous proposal to build a 350 bed homeless men’s emergency shelter on Montreal Road is a prime example of what propelled me to challenge this political despot.  With no accountability, he concocted a secret deal to enrich his developer friends and destroy a vulnerable community’s prosperity and safety for all time.

Never mind that this location is protected in law as a ‘Designated Heritage Main Street’ intended to guarantee economic prosperity for vulnerable communities, such as Vanier, that are already in a state of decline.  No problem for the Mayor and his political cronies, he simply championed a new bylaw to remove this protective statute after the fact.  Be aware that this special provision strictly prohibits emergency shelters as a land use because of the adverse ‘social consequences’ they generate; violent crime; drug trafficking, abuse, addiction, overdose emergencies and death, child and adult prostitution and arson.  This list of human degradation goes on.  I have witnessed it all firsthand and say, Enough!  It’s time for a new Mayor that has compassion.”

Mr. Watson ignores an overwhelming world body of evidence which clearly shows what a shameful act he is precipitating.  His move can only bring discredit upon our G7, world class capital city and lasting devastation by creating a large inner-city urban ghetto.  Over a short time, this will spread and create dire repercussions to adjoining communities such as Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, Manor Park, Overbrook, Lowertown and Sandy Hill.  Historical locations like the Beechwood Cemetery, Notre-Dame Cemetery, and The Grotto will be overrun not to mention every community park in between.  This degradation process has already begun.  We can stop this from happening before it’s too late.

I am centrally involved in a huge effort to stop this as a lead community activist and fundraiser with SOS Vanier, as an appellant to the Ontario Municipal Board with three appeals in my name, as a humanitarian, as an adversely affected citizen, as a property and a business owner, as a defender of francophone rights, as a strong advocate for our city to fully adopt ”Housing First”, and now, as a mayoral candidate strongly opposed to Mr. Watson’s regime.

Here is the real domino effect of this situation if it’s allowed to proceed:

An unnamed, secret developer will buy the Booth Centre property from the Salvation Army for a value far exceeding it’s worth and build three extravagant high-rise condo towers there.  The Salvation Army will purchase the Concorde Motel for a value far exceeding it’s worth and triple the number of their current shelter beds from 160 to 350, with a guarantee from the city to pay rent every night for each room.  The same unnamed developer will get the contract to construct their new $55 million facility.  The Mayor will provide political cover to the Salvation Army and change any laws necessary to get the deal done.

The Salvation Army will remain silent other than when ordered to provide comment and spin.  I expect that the Shepherds of Good Hope emergency shelter on the Market will also be relocated to Vanier and their property on Murray Street will also be purchased at an inflated value.  More extravagant buildings will be built on that property as well and on the adjacent property to the west – the one with the infamous posters.  Barriers and imposed legal conditions will prevent the homeless from venturing to the Market area and restrict them east of the Rideau River.  The mayor will get credit for ridding the ‘homeless cancer’ from the Market once and for all – recall Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s infamous petition this year with over 2,500 signatures on it before he was ordered to quash it   Another feather will be added to Mr. Watson’s tarnished political cap and he will smile at lots of ribbon cutting ceremonies highlighting what a great achievement this is for Ottawa.

There is hope.  The deal has been stopped with several appeals that I have jointly launched with others.  

Our first appeal to stop the shelter was rejected by the City solicitor, Rick O’Connor, after council approved the project on November 22 of last year.  He informed us that no decision had been reached in the matter.  The objective of this ploy was to delay accepting our appeal until after December when appeals would then be heard by the new council friendly Local Planning Appeal Tribunal rather than the more impartial Ontario Municipal Board.  We then launched another appeal to have our first appeal heard by the OMB.  This was eventually approved.  Confused?  There’s more.

We have also launched yet another appeal against council’s recent approval to remove the Heritage Main Street Designation from the Montreal Road location.  

I have helped the Vanier community raise $165,000 towards its goal of $200,000 required to pay legal bills for this fight.  Drew Dobson, Coventry Connections, Shelter Corporation and myself are severally and jointly liable for all legal costs.  

Anyone wishing to help us reach our goal can contribute at: https://ca.gofundme.com/sosvanier

You can also help by signing my worldwide appeal to the Salvation Army’s Global General, Brian Peddle, and his wife, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle.  Information and a petition for this can be found on my website: https://brucemcconvilleformayor.ca/category/online-petitions/ 

I took a stroll today with Matthew Best, a reporter from Carleton University, to show him firsthand the devastation that has already occurred in the area. We paused in front of the Concorde Motel.  The owner, Lou Malouf, came out to speak with us.  We shook hands and I challenged him to reconsider the sale of the motel to the Salvation Army and let the community and I help him find an appropriate buyer for his property.  He reiterated falsehoods about how the project would be beneficial to the community and to the homeless and declined my offer.  

As we shook hands in parting, he said to me, “No hard feelings Bruce, this is strictly business!”

Please enjoy my video on the irony of this shameful failure of Ottawa’s leadership, namely Jim Watson and the City Councillors he hoodwinked into trading their votes to approve this mega-monstrosity.  

Follow this Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0AevhFRq6A&t=6s

He won’t get my vote.  What about yours?

Bruce McConville Goes Green

A Greener Ottawa

My Environmental Template

• Protection of Our Green Canopy

• Tree Sustainability: Cut a tree. Plant A Tree.

• Include Environment Impact Assessment With Building Applications

• Public Education: The Three R’s

• Follow My Green Campaign Example: No lawn signs, no posters, minimal waste.

 

Bruce McConville’s People First Agenda: Where I Stand On The Big Issues

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Bruce McConville’s

People First Agenda

A.C.T.

ACCOUNTABILITY, CONSULTATION, TRANSPARENCY

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Single most important issue within the City – our Budget

  • We need to get our BUDGET in order.  And our spending under control.

Income (Taxes) – Spending (Expenses) – Debt + Interest (Mortgage) = Surplus/Deficit

 Let’s not mortgage our future!

Building A Better Ottawa

My Planning Template 

•      Community Consultation Process

•      Use Community Design Plans as a basis.

•      How are people affected?

•      How is housing affected?

•      How are these points addressed in the proposal?

•      Stop Urban Sprawl

Increase Affordable Housing

• Inclusionary Zoning

• Designated Infill

• Use Existing Residential Stock

• Repurpose redundant properties

• Create A Micro Housing Industry

• Invite Public Participation

(Granny Suites, Basement Apartments, Spare Rooms, etc.)

• Lobby For More Funding From Provincial & Federal Governments

End Homelessness

• Fully Adopt Housing First

• Limit Emergency Shelters

• Introduce Needs Assessment Program

• Provide Support Programs Needed

• Eliminate clustering and segregation of Homeless Population

Keeping Our Streets Safe

• Ensure adequate resources to Police Force

• Reintroduce Community Policing

• Encourage Neighbourhood Watch Programs

• Establish Food Patrol

Efficient Public Transit

• Review Costs of LRT Delays

• Determine Realistic Start Date For Phase I LRT

• Review Phase II LRT

• Determine Phase III LRT

• Achieving an Efficient Bus System

A Greener Ottawa

My Environmental Template

• Protection of Our Green Canopy

• Tree Sustainability: Cut a tree. Plant A Tree.

• Include Environment Impact Assessment With Building Applications

• Public Education: The Three R’s

• Follow My Green Campaign Example: No lawn signs, no posters, minimal waste

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