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Apartment613 candidates survey: Ottawa-South

By Karen Diepeveen on April 30, 2011

Photo courtesy Liz Henry on Flickr.

Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly

Apt613’s election correspondents election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly have continued their investigations into the favourite Ottawa spots of the candidates vying to represent us. They sent out a questionnaire to local candidates in a number of Ottawa ridings, asking them to identify their favourite summer festival, greasy meal, etc. To fill out our survey, we added three meaty questions to the mix:
1) What are your roots in your riding and how have you been involved in the community?
2) Why should our readers vote for you?
3) How would you contribute to the vibrancy of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene?

In our second installment of our investigative survey reports, we’ve got the candidates of Ottawa-South. While most of them, despite several pleasant reminders from our team, chose not to respond, we’ve got the Pirate Party and Green Party candidates answers below.

Quirky fact: Beau’s made it to the favourite things list of three of the candidates. Find out which ones are prone to consuming the local brew below!

Mike BLESKIE – Pirate Party
What are your roots in your riding and how have you been involved in the community

I’m a fairly new implant here in Ottawa South, attending university, but with family living here for countless years. No organizations have really grasped my interest, but I do my part as best I can as a private citizen.

Why should our readers vote for you?

Voters should support me because the back-and-forth partisan mud fight must end, and the PPCA brings to the table the issues and solutions needed for the development of community, culture, and innovation, with the added localization of personal platforms.

How would you contribute to the vibrancy of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene?

By giving artists more patrons by redeveloping corridors to the arts hub downtown, by increasing general arts funding, and by creating a system in which their work is better supported through fair copyright.

Favourite Things

Lunch hangout: Ahora (Dalhousie St.).

Coffee shop: Unfortunately, none too close to me.

Greasy meal: Meadows Lunch (Preston St.).

Healthy meal: Healthy?

Community group: Reddit Ottawa is an amazing social community.

Green space: While there are plenty in my riding to choose from, I’d be lying if I didn’t say Major’s Hill.

Iconic landmark: Parliament Hill.

Summer festival: Canada Day festivities.

Local product: Anything locally produced and sold at the local markets are a good thing in my books.

Beavertail flavor: Maple Butter!

Place to waste a Saturday:
Any of the museums!

Ottawa guilty pleasure: There’s plenty. Why choose?

Locally grown celebrity: Peter Mansbridge.

Sporting venue: When I get the chance, I love taking in hockey games at Scotiabank Place. I’m also a fan of my Carleton Ravens!

Arts venue: I wish I had the funds to go to the NAC more often. The prime talent there is amazing.

Mick KITOR – Green Party
What are your roots in your riding and how have you been involved in the community

I was born in my riding, and moved back 6 years ago. I don’t feel its right to look for recognition for my volunteer work so I’ll keep that to myself.

Why should our readers vote for you?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”Albert Einstein If people keep voting for the same political parties they should expect the same results.

How would you contribute to the vibrancy of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene?

Sadly I am not like to be an active participant; I will have to participate vicariously thought my actress wife, Tori Hammond.

Favourite Things

Lunch hangout: White Horse Restaurant

Coffee shop: Not a coffee drinker

Bar: I love going to see my wife play at the Rainbow

Greasy meal: Poutine

Healthy meal: Indian

Community group: Children at Risk

Green space: Rockcliffe off-leash dog Park

Iconic landmark: Big Metal Ball in front of the NRC

Summer festival: Puppets Up

Local product: Rideau Bakery

Beavertail flavor: Killaloe Sunrise

Place to waste a Saturday: Princess Auto

Ottawa guilty pleasure: I don’t believe in guilt, useless emotion

Locally grown celebrity: Dan Aykroyd

Sporting venue: Twin Elm Rugby Park

Arts venue:GCTC


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