Ottawa City Hall Race: Live Announcement by Bruce McConville From a Blue Box!

Article by SYLVIE BRANCH,Le Droit 17 Sept. 2018 (Translated to English)

Ottawa mayoral candidate Bruce McConville presented his environmental commitments directly from inside a recycling bin.

Mr. McConville posted a YouTube video on Monday where he can be seen coming out of a blue bin with newspaper on his head. 

“Making Ottawa a greener city is something we can achieve with practical solutions. I am ahead, unlike other candidates for mayor, “says the candidate in an English video.

Bruce McConville: Course à la mairie d’Ottawa: annonce en direct d’un bac bleu

Le Droit, 17 septembre 2018, SYLVIE BRANCH

Le candidat à la mairie d’Ottawa, Bruce McConville, a présenté ses engagements en matière environnementale directement dans un bac de recyclage.

M. McConville a publié une vidéo YouTube, lundi, où on peut le voir sortir d’un bac bleu avec des papiers journaux sur la tête.

«Faire d’Ottawa une ville plus verte c’est quelque chose que nous pouvons réaliser à l’aide de solutions pratiques. Je suis en avance, contrairement aux autres candidats à la mairie», soutient le candidat dans une vidéo en anglais.

 

 

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

Bruce McConville Wants To Stop Urban Sprawl in Ottawa

Le Droit Saturday 15 Sept. 2018 (English Translation by Google)

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Bruce McConville, a candidate for mayor of Ottawa promises to put the brakes on urban sprawl if he is elected in the municipal elections of October 22.

The territory of the City of Ottawa is huge. It encompasses all the cities of Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, and development continues in the West as well as in the South and East.

“Our city is getting bigger, and so is our infrastructure. I am a mechanic, I am a renovator. We can not afford to maintain the streets, the water system, ” Bruce McConville told some 40 activists on Friday night at the official launch of his election campaign.

“Taxes collected with sprawl and development costs do not cover the costs to the city, and that’s a good part of our mortgage,” he added. Our city is getting too big, and we can not afford to maintain it. ”

Salvation Army

Mr. McConville is one of twelve candidates running for the position of Mayor of Ottawa. The man, who is notably opposed to outgoing mayor Jim Watson, has conceded two defeats as councilor in municipal elections in Vanier. He is well well known as coordinators of the SOS Vanier campaign against the bulding of the Salvation Army Mega Shelter in Vanier.

McConville prefers to focus on affordable housing to try to solve homelessness issues.

“If we continue in this direction (Salvation Army), the mistake will be too big to be corrected, and Vanier’s prosperity will be lost for the next hundred years,” warned McConville, who accused the current municipal administration of finalizing files behind closed doors without proper transparency.

As for the light rail project whose date of commissioning was again postponed this week, the businessman is very critical of the Watson administration.  “The delay, in my opinion, is one of the most important failures at City Hall. We were promised a train on time and on budget, with a guarantee of a penalty of $ 1 million a day for the consortium if it missed the schedule. But we were not told that there was a  ‘Get out of jail ree’ card at the bottom of the contract. If the consortium advised that it was going to be late before the due date, the penalty no longer applied. I can not believe it, “said McConville.

Un candidat veut stopper l’étalement urbain

Le Droit: 14 septembre 2018

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Un candidat à la mairie d’Ottawa promet de mettre un frein à l’étalement urbain s’il est élu aux élections municipales du 22 octobre.
Le territoire de la ville d’Ottawa est énorme. Il englobe l’ensemble des villes d’Edmonton, de Calgary, de Vancouver, de Toronto et de Montréal, et le développement se poursuit à l’Ouest tout comme au Sud et à l’Est.

« Notre ville ne cesse de grossir, tout comme nos infrastructures. Je suis un mécanicien, je suis un rénovateur. Nous n’avons pas les moyens actuellement de maintenir les rues, le réseau d’aqueduc », a lancé Bruce McConville devant quelque 25 militants vendredi soir lors du lancement officiel de sa campagne électorale.

« Les taxes perçues avec l’étalement et les frais de développement ne couvrent pas les coûts pour la ville, et c’est une bonne partie de notre hypothèque, a-t-il ajouté. Notre ville devient trop grosse, et on n’a pas les moyens de l’entretenir ».

Armée du Salut
M. McConville est l’un des douze candidats au poste de premier magistrat d’Ottawa. L’homme, qui est notamment opposé au maire sortant Jim Watson, a encaissé deux défaites comme conseiller aux élections municipales dans Vanier. Il est bien connu des gens du quartier comme coordonnateur de la campagne SOS Vanier contre la venue du mégarefuge de l’Armée du Salut.

M. McConville préfère mettre l’accent sur les logements abordables pour tenter de résoudre les problèmes d’itinérance.

« Si on continue dans cette voie (Armée du Salut), l’erreur sera trop énorme pour être corrigée, et la prospérité de Vanier sera perdue pour les cent prochaines années », a prévenu M. McConville, qui a d’ailleurs accusé l’administration municipale actuelle de régler des dossiers derrière des portes closes.

Quant au projet de train léger dont la date de mise en service a de nouveau été reportée cette semaine, l’homme d’affaires se montre des plus critiques envers l’administration Watson.

« Le délai, selon moi, est l’un des plus importants échecs à l’hôtel de ville. On nous a promis un train à l’heure et respectant les budgets, avec une garantie d’une pénalité d’un million $ par jour pour le consortium s’il ratait l’échéancier. Mais on ne nous avait pas dit qu’il y avait une carte ‘Sortez de prison’ au bas du contrat. Si le consortium avouait qu’il allait être en retard, la pénalité ne s’appliquait plus. Je n’en reviens pas », a déploré M. McConville.

 

Bruce McConville, Ottawa Mayoral Candidate, opposes Salvation Army Mega Shelter for Vanier.

Posted: Sat. 8 September 2018 Radio Canada Excerpt:

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The controversial Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Ottawa’s Vanier neighborhood is competing in the mayoral race. Outgoing mayor Jim Watson remains strong in his support for the shelter, while two of his key opponents advocate for different approaches that they believe will help address homelessness across Ottawa.

If you put a lot of homeless people in the same place, it’s a ghetto for a community , says Mayoral candidate, Bruce McConville, who is also a member of the SOS Vanier group.

McConville, like many other opponents of the 350-bed shelter, would like the City to adopt Housing First, which gives homeless people access to low-cost housing.

ACT! My 3 Main Priorities As Mayor of Ottawa

I was interviewed this week on W1310 AM Radio.  I shared my 3 main priorities on why I am running for Mayor of Ottawa.  I call them ACT – Accountability, Consultation, Transparency.  Have a listen. I also want to thank W1310 Radio for providing news coverage to more than 2 Mayoral candidates! That’s democracy in action!

Bruce McConville: A good fight for mayor is good for Ottawa.

David Reevely wrote a thoughtful article on Mayoral  candidates in Ottawa.  I’m inviting the Press to give more exposure to more than 2 candidates in this election!

Bruce Front of Garage

Ottawa Citizen Article by David Reevely, July 2018

Mayor Jim Watson owes former Capital councillor Clive Doucet a thank-you for registering to run against him this fall.

The vote is Oct. 22 and when nominations closed Friday afternoon, the eight-year incumbent faced 11 challengers. Only Doucet has held office before. Perhaps the next best-known is Vanier garage operator Bruce McConville, who’s run for council twice and lost.

Doucet’s got a solid base among urban left-wingers, having served four terms for his downtown ward, but he also has a solid base of enemies who consider him the ultimate downtown weenie. When he ran for mayor in 2010, also against Watson, Doucet came third with less than 15 per cent of the vote. Watson outpolled him even in Doucet’s own neighbourhood. Although weirder things have happened, it would take an amazing reversal for Watson to lose in October.

“Walking away from your life is difficult. If there had been a great candidate to run against Mr. Watson, I would not be standing here. But it’s very clear that unless I run, there will be no debate. That’s the reason I’m here,” Doucet told Postmedia’s Jon Willing as he registered close to the last minute on Friday. He’d been thinking about running but only made up his mind the night before, he said. “I’m looking forward to a very good scrap with Mr. Watson.”

An honest fight is good for the city.

Eight years in, Watson’s no longer a huge relief after Larry O’Brien’s four years of chaos. There’s plenty to criticize in Watson’s record, especially in a city as sprawling and complicated as this one. To pluck just one example, some people are angry that Watson hasn’t stopped supervised drug-injection sites downtown and other people are angry that it took so long to start them.

Watson’s tight fist on the city budget, particularly keeping tax increases as low as he has, is starting to have serious consequences. Suburban bus services are stretched. They rejiggered the city’s wading-pool schedules when parents noticed just how briefly the pools were open. In the last year, the mayor’s belatedly stuffed every free dollar into patching crumbling sidewalks and roads. Doucet can pillory him on these things, make him account for himself.

The list of groups aggrieved by Watson’s snooty treatment of people he disagrees with only gets longer. But so does the list of store openings, strawberry socials, 100th-birthday parties and village fairs he’s attended. He makes more friends than enemies. His administration has been free of major scandals; cases of corruption and waste turned up by people like the city’s auditor general haven’t had their roots in the mayor’s office.

Watson’s a middle-of-the-road guy. A bit leftish here, a bit rightish there, never too far in either direction. Other centrists don’t see a reason to challenge a mayor who mostly thinks the way they do. Anyway, most of them are fellow Liberals and it would be rude. A single challenger from either the left or the right might command support from one-third of the political spectrum but Watson, who’s no dummy, can go for the other two-thirds.

The best hope for unseating him would have been a three-way race. Paul Dewar thought seriously about challenging Watson earlier this year but his terrible cancer diagnosis put an end to that. If an equally strong candidate from the right — say, former police chief and current Conservative Sen. Vern White — had shown up, Watson might conceivably have seen his support nibbled from both sides.

That’s what happened in 2006, when Bob Chiarelli faced a left-winger in former Kanata councillor Alex Munter and a right-winger in O’Brien, plus the Conservatives were flexing their new muscles on Parliament Hill and minister John Baird used his to sabotage Chiarelli’s light-rail plan. Chiarelli, who’d seemed unbeatable just a few months earlier, couldn’t defend either flank.

Being a centrist is a major positional advantage most of the time but when it fails, it fails hard, as Watson’s former caucusmates in the provincial Liberal party recently found. Maybe Doucet will play Munter this time and McConville will play O’Brien. That it’s even a possibility is great.

Doug Ford’s provincial government isn’t as friendly to Watson as Dalton McGuinty’s and Kathleen Wynne’s were. Ford himself seems barely aware of us. He called us a town on Friday as he personally intervened to mess with Toronto’s council structure. Then, later in the same breath, he upgraded us to “a beautiful city.” But just not comparable to a real city like Toronto.

“We’re going to get things done, we’re going to run city hall a lot more efficiently than before,” Ford promised. He wasn’t talking about Ottawa’s.

Ottawa’s senior provincial minister Lisa MacLeod visited our city hall the other day for some face time with Couns. Jan Harder and Scott Moffatt, council conservatives, committee chairs, and MacLeod’s closest local allies. One of MacLeod’s early political jobs was serving Harder as an aide. She joked that they’re so tight, so similar, that people sometimes think they’re mother and daughter.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Lisa and her government for Ottawa,” Harder said. “In order to really promote Ottawa, you have to have that relationship.”

Watson and MacLeod aren’t enemies (yet) but it’s clear who has the hotline to the provincial cabinet now.

A bunch of money the city has been expecting from the province’s cap-and-trade revenues that would have underwritten social-housing repairs, bike routes and transit projects suddenly vanished early this month with an announcement of the system’s cancellation. Watson has multibillion-dollar transit plans to pay for (including co-ordination with Gatineau), a LeBreton Flats redevelopment to guide, a central library to build.

To contend with all that, a clear popular mandate would sure be helpful. You don’t have one if you’ve been re-elected by default. Even if he loses, Doucet is doing Watson, and all the rest of us, a service.

 

 

 

 

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