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For this election cycle, the Greenspace Alliance decided to endorse candidates for Mayor and City Council seats.
This is the list of candidates that, in our opinion, would be most likely to advance and take action on climate, environmental and greenspace issues in the next term of Council.
The upcoming municipal election is the first one to be held after the City’s declaration of a Climate Emergency. This gives us an opportunity to elect a mayor and council that will act as if it is real emergency, not just empty words
The following candidates have earned the GA’s green stamp of approval.
|1 Orleans East – Cumberland: Tessa Franklin
|2 Orleans West – Innes: Lori Stinson
|3 Barrhaven West: Jay Chadha
|4 Kanata North: Cathy Curry
|5 West Carleton – March: Greg Patacairk
|6 Stittsville: Kevin Hua
|7 Bay: Theresa Kavanagh
|8 College: Laine Johnson
|9 Knoxdale – Merivale: Sean Devine
|10 Gloucester – Southgate: Jessica Bradley
|11 Beacon Hill – Cyrville: Miranda Gray
|12 Rideau – Vanier: Laura Shantz
|13 Rideau – Rockcliffe: Rawlson King
|14 Somerset: Ariel Troster
|15 Kitchissippi: Jeff Leiper
|16 River: Riley Brockington
|17 Capital: Shawn Menard
|18 Alta Vista: Marty Carr
|19 Orleans South – Navan: Yvette Ashiri
|20 Osgoode: Dan O’Brien
|21 Rideau – Jock: Leigh-Andrea Brunet
|22 Gloucester South – Findlay Creek: Salah Elsaadi
|23 Kanata South: Erin Coffin
|24 Barrhaven East: Wilson Lo
The GA also believes that such a Council should be led by Mayor Catherine McKenney. They know what the real issues are, know how the city works and can be counted on to take a stand and make the tough decisions on climate change and environmental policies.
The GA made its selection of preferred candidates based on information made available on campaign websites, viewing candidate debates produced by Rogers Television and candidate interviews conducted by vlogger Vincenzo Calla. It also consulted with its membership and subscriber base, and considered the voting records of incumbents and the GA’s own interaction with them on climate, environmental and greenspace issues over the last term of Council.
Urban sprawl continues in Ottawa, tree canopy and natural spaces are declining rapidly, and natural defenses against increasingly extreme weather events are eroding. The importance of voting for the candidates that prioritize these issues in the upcoming election is paramount.