For each of the last 50 days of the campaign, I will provide a reason why I should be your choice on election day.
#1 to #6 are yet to come: Check out my Facebook page for the latest.
# 7 : City Hall needs better planners. We need to put infrastructure in place, roads, bus routes and safe cycling paths, before allowing developers to build residential dwellings.
# 8: “I’ve known Francois Trepanier for close to five years – first as a political rival, and then very quickly there after, as a friend. I was the first individual in Ottawa to register as a council candidate in 2014 in Innes Ward. A few weeks later Francois registered and I knew that I had a fierce competitor to deal with. Over the the coming months I met Francois at many community events, and although we were rivals we were able to develop a friendship. We got to know one another quite well, and my opinion of him only rose as the campaign went on. When I had to suspend my campaign based on my doctors advice in August of 2014, Francois first concern was about my well being, and not about anything political. I think that this speaks volumes about his character as an individual. I could not continue campaigning, and his first thoughts were about me and my family. Thank you, Francois!
I have observed Francois at many events in Innes Ward, and he has always struck me as a man of incredible empathy, intelligence, and an ability to look beyond differences. I have watched him engage with community members and he has always observed and thoughtfully reflected, prior to stating where he stands on an issue. I know that Francois vast experience, his willingness to listen to others, his language abilities, his education, as well as the fact that he is not a city hall insider, make him the obvious candidate to choose in this 2018 election in Innes Ward. Good luck Francois. Innes Ward will be blessed to have you as its Councilor!”
– Roland Stieda, Candidate Innes Ward, 2014 Municipal Election
# 9: I propose to work with the City of Toronto who is currently conducting a study with 30 electric busses, 10 from three different companies, capitalize on their study and apply findings to Ottawa.
#10: I like dogs as family pets. We always have two or three dogs at home and all of our dogs have always been rescued. Dogs provide security for families, keeps us active and teaches compassion to young children. I will continue to promote dogs and promote Heritage Park a prime off-leash dog park in Orléans.
#11 : “I am pleased to say that Francois and I have worked together on the Orléans Rotary Club on food drives, tree planting, youth awards and many other projects. Francois is hard working, innovative, visionary and has the right experience to be an excellent Councillor. ”
Phil McNeely, former Ottawa City councillor, Cumberland Ward.
# 12 : Our media campaign is only using local radio and local newspapers.
# 13 : “I have worked with François on a multitude of community initiatives and have been extremely impressed with his work and passion for the Air Cadet Corps and the annual parade in Blackburn. Francois is a Francophone, a hard working committed community member, a veteran with 28 years of service to our country, extremely well educated with 3 university degrees, well spoken and not afraid to speak up and challenge the status quo. This is the person who needs to represent our ward the only choice for our community. On 22 October, VOTE François Trépanier!” Teresa Whitmore, Past President of Rotary Club of Orléans, Candidate in Innes Ward in 2014 Municipal Elections
# 14 : On this Thanksgiving Day, I have much to be thankful for. I have a great family and fantastic friends that have supported me both during the 2014 and the 2018 campaigns. I have awesome children and I am grateful that all of us are in good health. Enjoy Thanksgiving everyone, see you back on the campaign trail tomorrow.
# 15. I promote protected bike lanes from Innes Ward to Blair Station LRT, on Innes Road, where currently the cyclists are mixed with traffic in an 80km/h speed zone. Further, I promote better connectivity amongst the various current bike paths that lead to OC Transpo routes.
# 16 : “François was my intelligence advisor for a seven-month operation at sea in the Middle East when I first met him. He worked tirelessly to help keep the 10 foreign and Canadian ships safe and their operations effective. Years later, he’s still engaged in public service. Not only does he have the civic experience and work ethic one wants of an effective councillor, he brings the judgement needed to deal with the challenges of the coming decade, not just for our ward, but the city as well. Most importantly, it is his readiness to contribute to a strong and collaborative council focused on strategic issues that makes François my choice for City Councillor.”
Drew Robertson, Vice Admiral (Retired), Royal Canadian Navy
# 17 : I support the Complete Streets concept, which means our streets, existing and new, will have safe access for all users: pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities,
# 18. I promote waste reduction and support better waste education program. I believe that better education and incentives for residents to compost and recycle will help Ottawa reduce overall waste requirement.
# 19 : I have Co-chaired the Blackburn Funfair Parade for the last two years. Each year, we strive to bring at least 5-6 new floats (out of 30) to the parade, to keep it interesting for the residents!
# 20 : I sit on the Board of Director of the Vintage Stock Theatre, an Ottawa-East amateur theatre group. Keep an eye out for our Christmas production “Just a Ribbon” on December 6, 7 & 8 at RAFO.
# 21: I am a volunteer on the Sponsoring Committee of 51 Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) Air Cadet Squadron.
# 22: I propose an LRT line on Bank Street, from the Parliament LRT Station, to the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport. A Toronto style Tramway that would make Bank St. more accessible.
# 23: I support the preservation of green spaces and the improvement (upgrading) of our parks to turn them in community hubs in warmer and colder months.
# 24 : I am a former School Board Trustee, in Alberta, at a French School Board. While in office, our student population grew so much that we opened a new school: École Beauséjour in Plamondon, AB
# 25 : I promote protected bike lanes from Blackburn Hamlet to Blair on Innes Road, where the cyclists are mixed with traffic in an 80km/h speed zone. A cyclist who get hit by a car going at 80km/h statistically has no chance of survival.
# 26: I spent 12 years on School’s Parents Committee: 7 years as President, 2 years as Vice-President, five different schools in Borden, ON, Cold Lake, AB and Ottawa, (École Le Prelude and École Louis Riel).
# 27: I promote public transit and support the development of better OC Transpo routes in our Ward. With the arrival of LRT, the bus routes should rapidly bring resident to collection points. We also need to develop North-South bus routes to better serve transit users.
# 28: I propose to extend Brian Coburn Blvd directly to Walkley Rd, to offer an alternative for traffic going West and South. This will reduce traffic on Innes Rd and the Blackburn By-pass.
#29: I have a solid Program Evaluation background. I can help develop successful programs for the City of Ottawa. As a consultant, I have helped clients develop successful programs and evaluate existing programs.
#30: Je fais la promotion des véhicules électriques, véhicules de plaisances et les autobus d’OC Transpo, qui pourraient être utilisé sur les routes locales, afin de pouvoir mieux nous servir.
# 31: I support local businesses by buying my campaign material locally. As simple as that. Lead by example.
# 32: I have a solid research background, I can conduct my own research and I can assess the validity of research conducted for Council. A City Councillor should be able to make his own assessment on the validity of the data presented to Council.
# 33: I will attract employment to the East of Ottawa by meeting entrepreneurs in Toronto, Montréal and the Maritimes and seeking investors who are looking to expand their business. I will connect with them through my membership to the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club or Orléans.
# 34. I have experienced waste collection systems in other cities, most of them more using systems that are more efficient than Ottawa’s system. The County of Simcoe has a one bag/container per week garbage limit in effect. For additional waste, County garbage tags must be affixed ($3 per tag). Maximum 4 bags weekly per property (1 untagged and 3 tagged bags) permitted.
# 35: In my last position in uniform, I managed an organization with over 50 staff and an annual budget of $4.3M for two years until I retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2015.
# 36: I propose the use of rumble strips when entering a school zone. This would increase driver awareness of our youth in proximity.
# 37: I am as truthful as they come. You ask for my opinion, you will get it!
# 38: I understand business as I have been a successful entrepreneur for the last three years. This will help me connect with business owners from across the country who are looking to expand their enterprises and attract them to Innes Ward.
# 39: I promote more inclusive routes for OC Transpo such as route # 28, serving Blackburn Hamlet. We need OC Transpo to provide their service to more residents. In most areas of Innes Ward, residents should be within about 500 Meters of a bus stop.
# 40: I believe in Council’s accountability for their decisions. We are all human and sometimes we make mistakes. I believe Councillors have to be able to stand in front of the cameras and admit when they have made the wrong decision.
# 41: I live by the principle of transparency. As your Councillor, I will disclose my offices expenses and make them available to the residents through my official website.
# 42: I support local businesses: Our campaign material, signs and printed documentation was all purchased and produced locally, in Ottawa-East!
# 43: I have lived in 6 provinces and 10 different cities over the last 30 plus years. This means that I have lived other municipal experiences. I have seen what works and what does not in other cities. This experience will help me in making smart decisions at City Council.
# 44: I live by the principle of Integrity, which means I am honest and I have strong moral principles. I do not publish false facts on my campaign material, I do not pretend to speak a language I do not speak and attend activities I did not attend. I am genuine and this is what you should expect out of a City Councillor, it is called Integrity.
# 45: I have a friendly smile and a combative personality! See for yourself at the Rogers debate (click here).
# 46. I have 3 university degrees, two of them are Master’s degrees: One in Management of Public Administration and the second one is in Education. This academic experience means that I have conducted research and I have written reports, two skills that are essential for a solid City Councillor, who is able to make his own decision based on sound evidence.
# 47: I am fully bilingual. As a bilingual Councillor, I will be in a position to represent all the residents of Innes Ward and communicate with them in the official language of their choice.
# 48: I have over 20 years of managerial experience. This experience will help me as a City Councillor to better work with the management of the City of Ottawa.
# 49: I have 28 years of service with the Canadian Forces – vast experience with three occupations within the organization: Naval Electrician, Intelligence Officer and Training Development Officer all skills that will become beneficial as a City Councillor.
# 50: I ran in Innes Ward in the 2014 Municipal Elections and finished 3rd, with 16% of the vote. I was here for the residents in 2014 and I am still here for the residents in 2018.