CAN­DI­DATES IN WARD 2: INNES

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In the lead-up to Ot­tawa’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, this news­pa­per sur­veyed ev­ery can­di­date, pro­vid­ing them with a list of ques­tions. It’s an ex­er­cise that’s meant to help res­i­dents get to know the can­di­dates bet­ter and to get a firm sense of where they stand on im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing our city. We’ll run a se­lec­tion of their an­swers, fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent wards each day. To­day we fea­ture Innes (Ward 2). Can­di­dates ap­pear in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der. For the full sur­vey re­sponses, check out our web­site, at Ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com. WARD 2: INNES

Pop­u­la­tion (2016): 41,211 House­holds (2016): 15,436

Votes cast/el­i­gi­ble in 2014: 13,111 / 29,521 (44.41 per cent)

Area: 31.1 sq km

Boundaries: Innes is de­fined largely by wa­ter: Green’s Creek on the west, Mer Bleue to the south, and the east­ern bound­ary runs north near Bil­berry Creek, then heads west along St. Joseph Boule­vard, and north again along the western edge of Or­léans to the Ot­tawa River.

In 2014, Jody Mitic beat eight op­po­nents with a com­fort­able 33 per cent of the vote. No other can­di­date reached 20 per cent. But Mitic is not run­ning this year, and there are four con­tes­tants: Laura Du­das is pres­i­dent of the Black­burn Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and a mem­ber of the Or­léans Cham­ber of Com­merce. Donna Lei­thGud­bran­son is pres­i­dent of both the Chapel Hill South Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and the school coun­cil at École élé­men­taire publique Le Prélude. Tammy Lynch has been the city’s direc­tor of com­mu­nity re­la­tions for Innes ward since 2014, and is on leave dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. François Tré­panier served for 28 years in the Cana­dian Forces and is now a con­sul­tant. Du­das and Tré­panier fin­ished sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, in 2014.

LAURA DU­DAS

1. What are the two most im­por­tant is­sues in your ward? Why?

Road in­fra­struc­ture has not kept pace with de­vel­op­ment. With this in­fra­struc­ture deficit we are see­ing in­creased traf­fic on res­i­den­tial roads, and we are at ca­pac­ity on ar­te­rial roads.

As coun­cil­lor, I will fo­cus on: ex­tend­ing Brian Coburn Blvd.; widen­ing the 174, as was done on the 417 in the west end;

adding ded­i­cated bus lanes, im­prov­ing bus routes and ser­vice times;

en­sur­ing east-end LRT sta­tions pro­vide ad­e­quate park-and-ride in­fra­struc­ture, bi­cy­cle park­ing, and safe, well-lit pedes­trian in­fra­struc­ture;

fill­ing gaps in our cy­cling and pedes­trian in­fra­struc­ture.

By tak­ing these ac­tions, we can di­vert the in­creas­ing east-end traf­fic out of res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties, while con­tin­u­ing to serve the trans­porta­tion needs of res­i­dents. Ad­dress­ing the in­fra­struc­ture deficit is also a key fac­tor to bol­ster­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the east end.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The east end has not seen the level of growth, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial in­vest­ment that other ar­eas of the city have ex­pe­ri­enced. If elected, I will fo­cus on:

de­vel­op­ing eco­nomic hubs and tran­sit-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment around new LRT sta­tions;

fos­ter­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through ef­fec­tive tax in­cen­tive mea­sures, in­clud­ing us­ing Sec­tion 37 of the Plan­ning Act;

zon­ing and plan­ning pro­cesses that sup­port em­ploy­ment and busi­ness growth;

sup­port­ing the Ot­tawa Board of Trade and the Heart of Or­léans BIA in their ef­forts to bring fed­eral jobs east;

sup­port­ing ex­ist­ing small busi­nesses to en­sure they thrive.

2. What ward-spe­cific de­ci­sion do you wish coun­cil had dealt with bet­ter?

As I have men­tioned in a pre­vi­ous re­sponse, the roads in Innes ward and the east end are de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and are in need of re­pair. Although the city ear­marked an ad­di­tional $600,000 in the 2018 bud­get for pot­hole re­pair, some of our roads will re­quire a full resur­fac­ing and not just patch­ing up the pot­holes. As coun­cil­lor, I will press for more of the ex­ist­ing roads main­te­nance bud­get to be spent in Innes ward to ad­dress the need.

3. Do you live in the ward in which you’re run­ning? If not, what’s your in­ter­est in the area?

I am proud to live in Innes Ward and to have served the east end as a com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate and vol­un­teer for well over a decade. My fam­ily moved to Black­burn Ham­let in 2006 be­cause it had ev­ery­thing we wanted in a com­mu­nity.

DONNA LEITH-GUD­BRAN­SON

1. What are the two most im­por­tant is­sues in your ward? Why?

Em­ploy­ment: Bring­ing em­ploy­ment to Or­léans is im­per­a­tive. I would like to work with the new Ot­tawa Board of Trade’s Cap­i­tal Build Task Force and the Heart of Or­léans BIA’s “Bal­ance Or­léans” to bring a fed­eral em­ploy­ment node to Or­léans. I would also like to cre­ate a tele­work­ing hub with state-of-theart telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, meet­ing rooms and work­sta­tions, where east Ot­tawa “of­fice work­ers,” ei­ther from the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor, could eas­ily travel to work (by cy­cling, pub­lic tran­sit, on foot or by car) to a cen­trally lo­cated build­ing here in Or­léans. Such a fa­cil­ity would al­low work­ers to skip the com­mute and still get the job done.

Trans­porta­tion: The Brian Coburn Ex­ten­sion from Na­van Road to con­nect with Re­naud Road and then to An­der­son Road is an ab­so­lute in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­ity, not only for the res­i­dents of Innes ward, but also for res­i­dents trav­el­ling from east­ern Or­léans. We must also take ad­van­tage of the ex­pan­sion of the LRT to Trim Road to re­vi­tal­ize St. Joseph Boule­vard.

2. What ward-spe­cific de­ci­sion do you wish coun­cil had dealt with bet­ter?

This is per­haps an is­sue more rel­e­vant to a pre­vi­ous coun­cil but which has had a long-stand­ing im­pact on Innes ward: the de­ci­sion in the trans­porta­tion master plan re­gard­ing the align­ment of Brian Coburn Boule­vard. Traf­fic com­ing from the east down Brian Coburn Boule­vard splits onto Na­van Road and is cur­rently di­rected back onto Innes Road via the Black­burn By­pass and, worse still, down Re­naud Road. Cur­rently, 10,000 cars per day use Re­naud Road, which was never built to ac­com­mo­date such vol­umes, di­vid­ing the com­mu­nity of Bradley Es­tates. For­tu­nately, coun­cil has opened the door again to cor­rect this wrong by con­duct­ing a re­view of the Brian Coburn Boule­vard: The Ex­ten­sion/Cum­ber­land Tran­sit­way West­erly Al­ter­nate Cor­ri­dor En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment Study. Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions clearly show that the pre­ferred op­tion is to ex­tend Brian Coburn Boule­vard along the hy­dro cor­ri­dor to Re­naud and An­der­son Roads.

3. Do you live in the ward in which you’re run­ning? If not, what’s your in­ter­est in the area?

Yes, I have lived in Innes Ward (Chapel Hill South) for 25 years; 36 years in Ot­tawa.

TAMMY LYNCH

1. What are the two most im­por­tant is­sues in your ward? Why?

The most im­por­tant is­sue and what I am hear­ing at the doors is traf­fic and the lack of road net­work. This is why, since May, I have con­tin­ued to push for the Brian Coburn ex­ten­sion to Re­naud/An­der­son with a par­al­lel bus rapid tran­sit. Sev­enty per cent of the traf­fic on Re­naud is go­ing south and this ex­ten­sion would pro­vide an east-south cor­ri­dor and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive mud creek. The sec­ond is­sue I have been hear­ing re­peat­edly at the door is poor OC Transpo ser­vice on our lo­cal routes. Res­i­dents are frus­trated by the re­cent change in sched­ule that has re­moved sen­si­ble routes to their neigh­bour­hood. I will work with res­i­dents and OC Transpo to im­prove our lo­cal routes. If we ever want to get more peo­ple out of their cars and on tran­sit, then we have to start with im­prov­ing their lo­cal routes.

2. What ward-spe­cific de­ci­sion do you wish coun­cil had dealt with bet­ter?

I wish there would have been con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents be­fore dras­ti­cally chang­ing their lo­cal tran­sit routes; it has left many res­i­dents very un­happy with OC Transpo ser­vice.

3. Do you live in the ward in which you’re run­ning? If not, what’s your in­ter­est in the area?

Yes, I have lived in the Chapel Hill South com­mu­nity of Innes ward for 19 years.

FRANÇOIS TRÉ­PANIER

1. What are the two most im­por­tant is­sues in your ward? Why?

Speed. Speed in the street is the sin­gle is­sue that we hear about on ev­ery street we go door knock­ing along in the ward. It seems that every­one is in a “rush” to get some­where, at the risk of their own and other peo­ple’s safety.

Pub­lic tran­sit: We need bet­ter routes, and more in­clu­sive routes, so rid­ers can all be within 500 me­tres of a bus stop or LRT sta­tion. We need to work on of­fer­ing a bet­ter pub­lic tran­sit ser­vice to res­i­dents.

2. What ward-spe­cific de­ci­sion do you wish coun­cil had dealt with bet­ter?

Bet­ter de­vel­op­ment plan­ning. It seems that de­vel­op­ment per­mits are granted to de­vel­op­ers with­out con­sid­er­a­tion for in­fra­struc­ture, both the roads and com­mer­cial space.

3. Do you live in the ward in which you’re run­ning? If not, what’s your in­ter­est in the area?

Ab­so­lutely. I also be­lieve it should be a re­quire­ment to run for a ward. Live in it!

Tammy Lynch

Donna Leith-Gud­bran­son

François Tré­panier

Laura Du­das

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