Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly
Knowing a candidate’s favourite summer festival will not determine your vote. Revealing their guilty Ottawa pleasure will not set the pundits tongues a waggin’. And yet, the intrepid reporters at Apt613 still believe that the people have a right to know. Maybe knowing a bit about how the candidates would waste a Saturday afternoon will inspire us all to keep an eye out for other misuses of precious resources (cynicism alert!).
Towards that end, 0ur election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly sent out a questionnaire to local candidates in a number of Ottawa ridings, asking them to identify their favourite lunch spot, green space, etc. To give our little exercise a dose of heft, we added three bonified 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?
First up are the candidates of Ottawa-Vanier, where the representatives of all four of the main political parties were kind enough to respond. (We tried to contact the representative for the Marxist-Leninist Party – Christian Legeais – but could not find his contact information anywhere. If you know how we could get in touch please let us know at email@example.com).
Fun fact: two out of four Vanier Ottawa candidates claim The Classic Killaloe Sunrise as their favorite beaver tail flavour. Which two? The answer may surprise you.
|Caroline RIOUX – Green Party|
| What are your roots in your riding and how have you been involved in the community
I was born and raised here and I think Ottawa-Vanier is a great community in which to raise my family. I have been involved in community gardening, park cleanups and with the Sandy Hill Holiday Food Drive.
Why should our readers vote for you?
A vote for the Green Party is a vote for small and vibrant businesses, local food, walkable communities and an end to poverty. Send a message to the old-line parties: Ottawa is ready for change!
How would you contribute to the vibrancy of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene?
I would love to bring an “Art in the Park”-type event in Ottawa–Vanier! The Green Party has an extensive platform on how to restore the arts in our society, including funding for the CBC. Learn more from the Green Party’s Platform.
Lunch hangout: Maroush (at Dalhousie and Rideau)
Coffee shop: Bridgehead (at Beechwood and Putman)
Greasy meal: The Works
Healthy meal: Perfection Satisfaction Promise
Community group: Local Eco-Action Families (LEAF)
Green space: Major’s Hill Park
Summer festival: Festival Franco
Local product: Bread and Roses bakery on Beechwood
Beavertail flavor: Killaloe Sunrise by far!
Place to waste a Saturday: Gatineau Park (hardly a waste!)
Ottawa guilty pleasure: Locally made maple taffy from the Richelieu Park Sugar Shack
Locally grown celebrity: Tom Green (not just because of the name!)