Hubley: I Won’t Run Federally In 2015

- October 20th, 2014

Kanata South incumbent Allan Hubley has faced some questions at the doors about the potential of him running for the Conservative nomination in Kanata ahead of the 2015 federal election. Up until now, it sounded like he wasn’t ruling it out.

But this Kanata Kourier-Standard story makes it pretty clear Hubley would stay as a city councillor if re-elected Oct. 27.

I chatted with Hubley today and he repeated that he would serve the full four-year term if voters return him to City Hall.

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Advance Voting Turnout By Ward

- October 20th, 2014

Here are the rounded-off rates of eligible electors, by ward, who filled out ballots during the five advance vote days.

Update 3 p.m.: There were a few minor adjustments based on an updated list of eligible electors I just received. Nothing major.

Orléans: 6.6%
Innes: 6.4%
Barrhaven: 4.5%
Kanata North: 7.4%
West Carleton-March: 7.5%
Stittsville: 8.6%
Bay: 12.3%
College: 7.0%
Knoxdale-Merivale: 6.2%
Gloucester-Southgate: 7.6%
Beacon Hill-Cyrville: 6.0%
Rideau-Vanier: 10.1%
Rideau-Rockcliffe: 10.5%
Somerset: 9.5%
Kitchissippi: 8.6%
River: 5.6%
Capital: 7.1%
Alta Vista: 8.4%
Cumberland: 6.5%
Osgoode: 6.9%
Rideau-Goulbourn: 6.7%
Gloucester-South Nepean: 6.9%
Kanata South: 4.4%

Overall advanced vote turnout: 7.4%

Election Day is next Monday. Voting locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Morning Twitter Snark

- October 20th, 2014

A bit of morning snark for you to start your week.

Apparently a remark Kitchissippi incumbent Katherine Hobbs made about being disappointed in the environment committee has been eating at her colleague, Rideau-Goulbourn incumbent Scott Moffatt.

Moffatt, if you didn’t already know, is the vice-chairman of the environment committee.

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The Watson Vs. Cullen Storify

- October 16th, 2014

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Only Broadcast Debate Might Belong To Rogers TV

- October 14th, 2014

Mayoral candidate Bernard Couchman didn’t participate in the debate at Rogers today, but he taped himself watching it in the green room at the station.

Rogers TV taped a mayoral debate today and it might be the only one you’ll see or hear on the airwaves before the Oct. 27 election.

Up to this point, the candidates, to my knowledge, haven’t received invitations from other radio or TV stations to participate in a studio debate. In 2010 I recall CTV Ottawa held a debate, so did A-Channel’s morning show. Rogers did one, too. Readers can remind me if the radio stations held any studio debates.

What a difference.

I suppose it’s not compelling TV when you don’t have political giants trading jabs, like the 2010 contest of Jim Watson, Larry O’Brien, Clive Doucet and Andy Haydon.

This year’s Rogers debate has five candidates: Watson, Mike Maguire, Anwar Syed, Darren Wood and Robert White.

Bernard Couchman was actually at the studio in time for the taping, but I don’t think he let any of the producers know he was there. He seemed to expect people to know who he was. So, he watched the debate from the green room with reporters. In fact, I think he videotaped the TV the whole time, while taking the occasional selfie with the TV and adding a quip here and there.

I liked the Rogers debate format. Host Mark Sutcliffe puts an issue on the table and lets the candidates feast on it (or each other). And we got to hear candidates on issues that haven’t come up in debates yet, like the taxi industry and policing.

Sutcliffe, by the way, moderated Rogers debates for each ward and the mayor’s race. He might be best qualified to gauge this year’s crop of council candidates. He has some thoughts here.

Here are the Rogers TV mayoral debate airtimes (which will be updated at if there are changes):

Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.

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