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Je ne regrette rien

Wed Nov 15, 2006 Miss Vicky 

Wow, after a year or so of campaigning, it's hard to believe it's over. Of course, I am disappointed in Monday's results. But looking at the outcome of the elections across the city, and particularly the Mayor's race, it's clear the climate was not right for the kind of message we were bringing forward. "Let's manage growth responsibly and sustainably and build a smart, compassionate city" just didn't win out over "Freeze property taxes". Ah, well.

I'm proud of the campaign we ran, and have no regrets about running, or even about staying in the race once we found out about Gordon's impending arrival. It's given me a great opportunity to think hard about what I value about my community, and how I'd like to make it better. I've learned a lot about a huge range of issues, about how the city works (and how it isn't working).

Perhaps the best part of the process was getting out and talking to folks in neighbourhoods across the ward. Each area has its own unique issues, its assets and its challenges. But we're all struggling with a climate of rapid change, growth and development. I was encouraged to find people all over Kitchissippi who share my approach and values - people who have great ideas and a drive to engage in positive discussion about where we're headed as a community. It bodes well for a different approach to growth and planning, if the city is indeed ready for it. And this has fueled my commitment to work with Creative Neighbourhoods and the city to make the Neighbourhood Planning Initiative an open and productive process.

I was also blown away by the help I received. There were a few people who spent a lot of time volunteering on the campaign. There were folks who gave generous donations - yet I've never met them. It was an energetic, exciting, engaging campaign, mostly because of the wonderful supporters and volunteers we had. It's quite humbling.

I'll miss feeling like the King of Kensington (or Queen of Wellington, rather), having people I don't know wave or give a thumbs up or come over to meet Gordon as we take our morning stroll. That was really fun. Of course, now I do know a lot more people in the area than I did before!

So, no regrets. In fact, I'm looking forward to being more involved in what will be a new community for me as I spend this first year with Gordon. And we'll be back to our regular Offhand Remarks schedule of announcements, analysis and ad hoc ramblings before you know it. Thanks to everyone for their ideas and support!

Some people were moved to reply

ABC1 Nov 15, 2006 12:48 PM said:

I would venture to say that compassion had a lot to do with the mayoralty race. Compassion for the voter instead of funding pet projects that the majority don't want and will never use. People are tired of paying through the ears, seniors are tired of having to penny pinch even more. Trust me, tax freezes are compassionate.

The Webgeek Nov 15, 2006 12:51 PM said:

This also means that I'll be going back to work, but that's ok.

The Webgeek Nov 15, 2006 12:56 PM said:

instead of funding pet projects that the majority don't want
That's the third time I've heard that exact wording. Twice on CBC morning, and now here... was that some sort of CFRA 'talking point'?

And no, tax cuts are not compasionate when they'r e at the expence of core services, like snow removal, health funding, and increased user fees for city services. All of which will be required to keep the zero means zero aproach.

We elected somebody with ZERO municipal experienceas mayor based on a hollow promises and rehtoric. Actually, 'we' didn't. You, and your narrow thinking ilk did.

I voted for Kodos.

mightyt Nov 15, 2006 03:46 PM said:

I'm really disappointed with the way things turned out, especially as it would have been fabulous to have Vicky's intelligence, dynamism, commitment and vision at City Hall, and great to see Gordon attending a few meetings! Still, congratulations are due for a fabulously planned and thoughtful campaign and a strong show in terms of results. I'm really really impressed.

Re the conversation above: I don't think tax freezes are 'compassionate', I don't mind paying taxes for the services i get, and am happy if some of them go to pay for programs for other less fortunate people - I want to be part of a sustainable, smart compassionate city.. that's a talking point I could sign up for!

I am not very optimistic about how Larry O'Brien will meet his no tax increase target, he didn't seem to have any concrete plans for how to do this, how to address growth/transit, not a lot of detail on anything...

knitnut Nov 17, 2006 09:21 AM said:

You ran a top-notch campaign Vicky, and you should be proud.

adavidso Nov 20, 2006 10:12 AM said:

I also want to congratulate you on a strong showing and a well run campaign. I have no doubt that elected office is in your future if that is what you want.

ABC1 Nov 21, 2006 08:18 AM said:

Webgeek, if you heard it on CBC radio, guess its not a right wing statement as you might think. Should let you know another thing, snow removal has been cut, many times by the leftwing councils. What health funding does the city pay for? Guess us narrow thinkers are tired of paying more and getting less as it has been done many years by the leftwing council. It looks like Kitchissippi voted for a right wing councillor too. These are small steps to a more economical city council.

The Webgeek Nov 21, 2006 02:10 PM said:

if you heard it on CBC radio, guess its not a right wing statement as you might think.
I heard it parroted by callers into the CBC...

Guess us narrow thinkers are tired of paying more and getting less as it has been done many years by the leftwing council.
First, it's been a fractured council, not a left-wing one. That's why we end up taking 6 months to ratify a budget.
Second, I'd rather get the services I pay for, thank you very much -- not pay a tiny bit less to get even crappier services. But that's just me.

What health funding does the city pay for?
Accessibility Services
Ambulances and Paramedics
Child Care Services
... to name a few.
You may want to peruse This section of the City's web site

mikelbyl Nov 23, 2006 10:50 AM said:

Hey Vicky - congratulations on a great campaign despite the results. I watched from afar (Rideau-Rockcliffe) where we had no race at all, and I was consistently impressed by everything you were putting out there for the residents of your dynamic, changing Ward. I was really happy to see your final showing at the polls even though they fell short of your goal.

ABC1 Nov 24, 2006 09:47 AM said:

Callers into the CBC would more than likely be leftwing as that's the audience to which they cater.

The council was mostly leftwing and it has been for years. That's a fact. Again, my point is that Ottawans, throughout these years, are paying more and getting less. If we're going to get less, why are we paying more? This will change, as I believe Ottawans will pay less and still get the same levels of service.

ABC1 Nov 24, 2006 09:48 AM said:

Oh yes, and hopefully, we will have a mayor who will actually show the contract for lightrail to the councillors.

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