Archive for the ‘Election’ Category

Election Poll-By-Poll Results

- October 30th, 2014

Winning candidates will be scrutinizing these figures to see where they had the most support and what areas they need to win over ahead of 2018.

Statement Of Votes Cast Oct 30 2014 by Jon Willing

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Council Is Lame Duck. Here Are The Rules.

- October 29th, 2014

Council is currently “lame duck” because not enough members are returning Dec. 1.

That means it can’t make any new big money decisions until the new council takes over. At least 18 out of 24 had to be re-elected Monday to prevent the lame duck rules. Sixteen are returning.

City solicitor and clerk Rick O’Connor has distributed these handy rules to the current council.

October 28 2014- Lame Duck Memo

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Five Storylines Revisited

- October 28th, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson commandeered a CFRA reporter’s phone after his victory speech for his first post-election interview Monday night (with the radio station).

On Monday I offered you five storylines to watch as the results came in, so let’s complete the narrative…

Open ward battles

It turns out there wasn’t a vicious battle for those six seats. I said the wards were unpredictable. Well… Catherine McKenney more than doubled the votes of the next closest candidate in Somerset. Jody Mitic didn’t have a problem in Innes. Riley Brockington breezed through in River. Jean Cloutier came close to winning half the vote in Alta Vista. Michael Qaqish overwhelmingly beat his competition in Gloucester-South Nepean. It was a tad tighter in Osgoode, where George Darouze won by more than 470 votes.

Watson’s pursuit of a “strong mandate”

Unofficial results have him winning 76.2% of the vote so, yeah, I’d stay that’s pretty strong.

Incumbents in battles

Two wards, Kitchissippi and Rideau-Rockcliffe, saw their incumbents defeated. There was a close race happening in Bay where former councillor Alex Cullen managed to come within 474 votes of incumbent Mark Taylor. Otherwise, we didn’t see the tight race in Rideau-Vanier we were expecting, and Kanata North was firmly in the hands of incumbent Marianne Wilkinson.

Voter turnout

It’s, unofficially, 39.9%. Not great. Here’s something I wrote on it.

Shaking up the get-along gang

For this, it’s to be determined. I think we’re going to be scrutinizing these new councillors to see if they’ve been whipped by Watson. Tough spot, because they could legitimately agree with the mayor’s policies. Council certainly hasn’t been rocked by the election. But plenty can happen over four years.

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If Students Voted

- October 28th, 2014

Thousands of elementary and secondary students across Ontario participated in a mock vote for the municipal elections, including students in Ottawa. It was organized by Student Vote, a program run by registered charity CIVIX. The point is to get students engaged in the democratic process.

Based on the Ottawa results, here’s the council students chose (bold means elected in the real vote):

Mayor: Jim Watson
Orléans: Bob Monette
Innes: Jody Mitic
Barrhaven: Jan Harder
Kanata North: Marianne Wilkinson
West Carleton-March: Eli El-Chantiry
Stittsville: David Lee
Bay: Alex Cullen
College: Rick Chiarelli
Knoxdale-Merivale: Keith Egli
Gloucester-Southgate: Diane Deans
Beacon Hill-Cyrville: Tim Tierney
Rideau-Vanier: Mathieu Fleury
Rideau-Rockcliffe: Penny Thompson
Somerset: Catherine McKenney
Kitchissippi: Jeff Leiper
River: Barbara Carroll
Alta Vista: Hussein Mahmoud
Cumberland: Stephen Blais
Osgoode: Jean Johnston-McKitterick
Rideau-Goulbourn: Scott Moffatt
Gloucester-South Nepean: Michael Qaqish
Kanata South: Allan Hubley

I guess nothing happened in Capital ward where David Chernushenko was re-elected. There were no student votes counted.

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Union Publishes Election “Report Card”

- October 26th, 2014

The municipal government’s largest union, CUPE Local 503, has published a “report card” on council candidates ahead of Monday’s election.

You can find the PDF here.

Unlike the Labour Council, CUPE doesn’t pick out the candidates it thinks align most with its own philosophy. The union leaves that up to its members based on candidates’ answers to 12 questions (it looks like it was a multiple choice format).

Seven incumbents didn’t respond, I assume, since their answer boxes are blank.

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