The latest from your 2014 municipal election candidates. These are the first paragraphs from their news releases in a segment Sun & The City likes to call, First Graphs.
Mark Taylor (Bay): Mark Taylor today pledged to continue working for and with our front line services to enhance and strengthen the way in which these men and women serve our residents daily. With investments and innovations in our Paramedic, By-Law and Fire Services we can build on our already strong ability to support our community.
Martin Canning (Somerset): After eight months of canvassing 20,000 doors in Somerset Ward, engaging more than 5,000 people through social media and email and meeting with hundreds of community and business stakeholders, Martin Canning released his campaign platform, The New Ottawa Plan, 2015-2018.
Martin Canning (Somerset): Media are invited to participate in a Twitter chat with Somerset Ward municipal council candidate Martin Canning following the upcoming release of his New Ottawa campaign platform. The discussion is open to all Twitter users, and will be moderated by the campaign’s @NewOtt Twitter account. Questions should be directed to the hashtag #NewOttawa or #MeetMGC. All responses will come directly from Canning’s personal Twitter account @MartinGCanning.
Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean): Gloucester-South Nepean candidate, Michael Qaqish announced today that he will be working collaboratively with the province and local school trustees to bring a much needed school to Findlay Creek if elected in this fall’s municipal election.
Robert White (Mayor): Given the increasing incidence of violent crime in Ottawa, and the election campaign to replace an ineffectual Mayor Watson, I am calling on all candidates to comment on what their stance will be with regard to menacing by gangs, and gang shootings, in the Ottawa region? With regard to my own stance if elected Mayor of Ottawa, I will be a law and order mayor. I will demand that substantive action be taken by Ottawa Police Services to maintain our community safety in all areas of Ottawa’s jurisdiction. I will enlist the help of the Federal Minister responsible for Safety & Security in CANADA to provide stepped up measures to eliminate gun trafficking across our border.
Darren Wood (Mayor): First Council Meeting at which any real work is done (2nd council meeting) I would enact part one of my platform. Keeping my promise to do the three key things I have been asked by the people of Ottawa to do since I started campaigning for the job of mayor.
Jason Kelly (Gloucester-South Nepean): Jason Kelly announced a plan to strengthen the path network along the Rideau River shorelines in Barrhaven and Riverside South.
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