My focus as Councillor will be to improve quality of services and to help increase economic development.
My value-add is new ideas for better results. I can out-idea the other Cumberland Ward candidates, unclog city decision bottlenecks, and provide better value to Cumberland Ward residents.
My initial work with future council colleagues and city staff could include:
- Improved attention to residents: Better respond and attend to individual resident needs through better requirements gathering and issue tracking. From summer garbage to community safety to health to road repair to speeding to snow removal to water quality to cyber security to activities for teenagers to education to residential development issues etc. solution options to some of these and more issues.
- Improved transportation: Overdue road investments to improve traffic flow from Orleans into Ottawa, and throughout eastern Ottawa, including the burgeoning industrial area near the Amazon facility. Potentially split the 174 after Trim to continue four-lane highway south-east up-to past Trim and Innes roads, with a potential new area zoned for a research park with class A office buildings, for high-tech tenants. Better planned public transportation, during phase 1 postmortem evaluate LRT route to research park, potentially consider a future toll or limited traffic bridge with Quebec, not on Petrie Island, development conditional on preserving the close-knit vibe of Orleans.
- Improved city projects: Continuation of practices such as parks and roundabouts in Cumberland Ward, but improving park and trail connectivity, and better faster completions for projects from the Orleans Health Hub, new Civic Hospital, forgoing the dump while keeping the recycling, to seniors’/veterans' home-care services, improved Para-Transpo, reducing homelessness, addressing opioid crisis, saving energy and enabling more projects with a focus on economic development and jobs, like manufacturing near the 417, working with the small business community. Potential green corridors outwards from the greenbelt, better coordination with the NCC on LeBreton Flats, potential hosting of national monuments on city property. Increasing tourism to Ottawa's magical towns. etc.
- Improved city operations: Reducing inefficiencies, ensuring value-for-money for residents, including from the city’s decentralized agencies, like improved efficiency at Invest Ottawa's board of directors with representation of the local labor force etc. Better negotiating for city initiatives on council and committees, and between levels of government, assisting other city Councillors overcome challenges in their wards.
In addition to attending university in Ottawa, minus some international travel, I have lived in Orleans since 1979, when my parents trekked me over from Montreal as a baby. When everything east of Tenth Line and south of Innes, and developments around most of Jean D'Arc Blvd south, didn't exist.
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