Highlights from the Francophone tv Rogers Debate

François et Donna au débat francophone tv Rogers

Many thanks to moderator Catherine Marion and tv Rogers for hosting this half-hour-long debate in french. Note that in both of the french language debates, only 2 candidates participated.

Here are some highlights:

François discusses the impact of infrastructure planning problems in our rapidly growing Ward:

François discusses issues of concern to the francophone community:

La campagne locale sur tvRogers

To view the complete half-hour-long french debate click here.

50 Reasons to Elect François Trépanier

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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.

What should you consider when selecting your Innes Ward representative?

Education Matters!

I have a degree in Political Studies, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Education. As your City Councillor, I will leverage my directly-related education to:

  • Formulate policies
  • Interpret rulings governing the City of Ottawa
  • Safeguard accountability principles and the financial integrity of the City of Ottawa
  • Determining service fees and taxes
  • Provide oversight in the operations of the City of Ottawa
  • Evaluate policies and program that best serve the interests of Ottawa’s residents and Innes Ward in particular

Service Track Record Matters!

I have a long track record of community service. As your City Councillor, I will continue to serve by:

  • Liaising between the City of Ottawa and Innes ward residents
  • Attending Community Association meetings and collaborate with the five Community Associations of Innes Ward
  • Providing assistance to you and all Innes Ward residents with respect to Ottawa’s services

Leadership Skills Matter!

As your City Councillor, I will use my proven leadership skills in the following roles:

  • Fully and effectively participate in City Council meetings
  • Chair or fully participate as a member of committees, task forces and various boards
  • Develop policies and programs that best serve the interests of Ottawa residents and Innes Ward in particular
  • Managing Ottawa’s financial operations
    • in my last job in uniform, I successfully managed a budget of $4.3 Million
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Supervise administrative personnel
    • in my last job as a military officer, I managed a staff of over 50 people, mixed between military personnel, public service employees, some unionized and some non-unionized, and also consultants and contractors on high-level National Defense projects
  • Meeting with all parties involved on issues/concerns and arrive at negotiated decisions agreeable to all parties, especially when it involves the City’s proposed directions aimed at renewed services and changes
  • Provide assistance, direction and information to the residents of our Ward
  • Obtain the assistance of City’s staff in resolving issues and concerns

Personal Experience Matters!

As a former Canadian Forces member, I had the opportunity to live in six Canadian provinces and in as many as ten different cities. That experience will benefit me when it is time to:

  • Consider the future developments for Ottawa, provide vision and direction for Ottawa and for City planning
  • Consider the well-being and interest of the Citizens of Ottawa – my experience of living in other cities will help determine what programs could work for Ottawa and what programs may not work so well

François’ Response to the Greenspace Alliance Municipal Election Survey

Learn more about the Greenspace Alliance and the good work they do preserving and protecting our greenspaces here:  http://greenspace-alliance.ca/. Here is my response to their survey:

1. How important is green space for residents of your ward?
Extremely important

1a. What do you believe is the greatest threat to greenspace in your ward?
Housing developments

2a. Are you aware of the City of Ottawa’s Urban Forest Management Plan?
Moderately Aware

2b. Funding of the UMFP has only been approved by council for the first year. If elected, will you support the funding of years two, three, and four of the Urban Forest Management Plan?

2c. How important is the Urban Forest Management Plan to you as an elected official?
Extremely important

3a. Are you aware of the City of Ottawa’s Site Alteration By-law?
Somewhat aware

3b. The by-law will come back to council in two years to assess how well it has been working .The current method of enforcement is a complaint based system. The City of Ottawa is the only municipality in Ontario with a Site Alteration by-law that does not include a permit based system. As an elected official, would you consider moving from a complaint based system (after the fact) to a permit based system (in advance)?

3c. How important is having a Site Alteration By-law to you as an elected official?
Very important

4a. Are you aware of the City of Ottawa’s Significant Woodland Policy?
Somewhat aware

4b. This policy (OPA 179) is under appeal and may return to council for consideration in 2019. As an elected official will you support the approval of the current Significant Woodland Policy?

4c. How important is having a Significant Woodland Policy to you as an elected official?
Very important

5a. Are you aware of these Tree Conservation By- laws?
Somewhat aware

i. Extend the protection to trees of 20 cm in diameter, down from 30 cm?

ii. Expand the definition of Distinctive Trees?

iii. Significantly increase the penalties for breaching the bylaw?

5b. How important are the two Urban Tree
Conservation By-laws to you as an elected official?
Very important

6a. Are you aware of the Greenspace Master Plan?
Somewhat aware

6b. The Official Plan will be reviewed during the next term of Council, including the Greenspace Master Plan, which has not been updated since 2003. As an elected official, would you support these greenspace objectives set out in the Greenspace Master Plan and Official Plan?

6c. How important is the Greenspace Master Plan to you as an elected official?
Extremely important

6d. Every review of the official plan addresses expanding the urban boundary, which results in the loss of rural green space. As an elected official, what is your opinion of urban expansion? Are you more likely to support intensifying within the urban boundary or expanding into rural Ottawa? Please explain. 
Not likely. We need to be very careful when considering the expansion of the urban boundary. We need to decide now on a balance to achieve and to ensure that balance is respected.

7a. Are you aware of the Chalk River nuclear waste disposal plan?
Somewhat aware

7b. In April 2018, mayors in the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) unanimously opposed the proposal to build the permanent nuclear waste disposal site in Chalk River, Ontario. As an elected official, would you support a Council declaration opposing to the Chalk River nuclear waste disposal plan?

8. Do you have any other thoughts or comments about greenspace in Ottawa?
We need to do more. We need to elect Councillors that will stand-up for the environment and not be more concerned with their re- election in 4 years. The green space will always outlast the four year mandates. When the green spaces are gone, they usually are gone forever…

Compare François with the other candidates

Friends and neighbours of Innes ward, you are hiring your next City Councillor. You need to choose the right person for the job.

City Councillor for Innes Ward is a very important job that involves community consultation, detailed long term planning and the careful stewardship of Ottawa’s $3.4 billion dollar budget, as well as dealing with day-to-day issues in the ward. To read more about the job description click here.

Now let’s look at the qualifications and experience. Which candidate has the most experience, most relevant education and best leadership track record, while remaining heavily involved in the local community?

These responses were provided by each candidate in a Sept 4th CBC Ottawa News survey. To view the complete article and survey responses click here.

Q. Tell us about any formal education, training or other credentials you think are relevant to the job of being a councillor. (Limit answer to 150 words.)

François Trépanier Leith-Gudbranson Dudas Lynch
1. Undergraduate degree in Political Sciences, with a minor in Canadian Studies. (1999)

2. Master in Public Administration (Management). (2004)

3. Master in Education (Adult Education). (2012)

4. Over 20 years of managerial experience.

5. 28 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces.

6. In my last job in uniform, I managed the NCR portion of the Canadian Forces Language School, where I had a staff of over 50 employees, mixed between military, public servant, unionized and non-unionized and contractors, in addition to a $4.3 Million budget. Never went over my spending allowance! Managing such a diverse staff helped me develop extraordinary negotiating skills.

7. Successful entrepreneur for the last three years, since retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces.

8. Actively involved in the community through several organization: BCA, 51 Air Cadet Squadron, Vintage Stock Theatre, The Rotary Club of Orléans.

• BA in translation from the University of Ottawa

• Worked in Councillor Rainer Bloess’ office from 2003-2009 (planning & policy, constituency issues, budget)

• President, School Council, École élémentaire publique Le Prélude (10 years; 2000-2010

• President, Chapel Hill South Community Association (last 3 years); Vice-president, 7 years before that
Board member, Friends of Mer Bleue (last 3 years)

• Co-chair, Regional Fundraising Committee, Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank

• I have been President of the Blackburn Community Association for the past 8 years, and active on the board for 10 years. In that time, I have chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations.
• As a community advocate, I have worked to build strong relationships with Orléans’ community associations and groups, collaborating with them to get results on issues that are important to east end residents.
• I have been a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and an active supporter of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association.
• Professionally, I have been a City of Ottawa employee for 7 years, providing strategic communications on a wide variety of projects and issues, including ones that directly benefitted Innes Ward and the east end. Prior to that, I worked as a journalist for several daily newspapers, which also gave me a keen sense of what people care about where they live.
Since my unpaid leave of absence to run for City Council, I worked in the Innes Ward office as the Director of Community Relations during this term of council. This position afforded me with the opportunity to interact with residents and senior staff at the City of Ottawa regularly on issues such as transportation and development. I worked closely with the five community associations, planned many community events, and attended countless Committee and Council meetings. I am aware of every development file in Innes Ward. If elected there will be no learning curve for me, I would be ready to continue to work for the residents of Innes Ward on Day 1. I was also a longtime community volunteer with the Blackburn Stingers and I was on the Parent Council at Good Shepherd School.

To learn more about François’ qualifications click here.


François’ Response to the Bike Ottawa’s Municipal Candidates Survey

Bike Ottawa 2018 logo
Learn more about Bike Ottawa and the good work that they do here: https://bikeottawa.ca/. Here is my response to their survey:
Can you ride a bicycle? *

Do you ride a bike, even if it is a few times a year?

Do you see bicycling MOSTLY as: *

Are you currently satisfied with the cycling infrastructure in Ottawa?
 It’s okay, but could be better
 I have no opinion about the cycling infrastructure in Ottawa

In your opinion, does your community generally have safe, convenient and sufficient walking and cycling access to outdoor spaces such as waterfront, parks, and multi-use trails *
 Somewhat, but it could be better
 I don’t know yet

In your opinion, does your community generally have safe, convenient and sufficient walking and cycling access to grocery stores, libraries, daycare, restaurants, medical services etc? *
 Somewhat, but it could be better
 I don’t know yet

Do you think that plowing a network of walking and cycling paths will help promote walking and cycling in winter? (FYI, plowing the current 40 km of the cycling network cost $200,000 on a total street/sidewalk/bike route plowing budget of approx. $100,000,000 annually)? *Captionless Image Yes
 I don’t know yet

What do you hear is the biggest transportation concern in the ward? (Open ended question; this could be anything, from lack of sidewalks to slow transit to speeding to traffic jams) *
Vehicle speed. This is the # 1 concern on every street where we have been door knocking.

The enormous success of the Adawe bridge (more than 1.5 million bike and walk trips in the first two years) and the Corktown bridge has proven that people appreciate having infrastructure that separates walking and cycling from automobiles. What is one thing your own ward needs to improve for people who walk and bike? *
Connecting the bike lanes to each other within the wards and to other wards. Also provide protected bike lanes.

Do you support that roads and intersections should be built with safety for all users in mind: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities (called complete streets)? *

Would you support safe cycling access to all LRT stations, via separate or protected cycling tracks so that people within a 10 minute ride of the station can cycle to LRT stations safely by bike on protected routes, and thereby avoiding large car parking lots at stations? (photo shows bike racks at new Blair LRT station) *Captionless Image Yes

Are you committed to helping the city increase walking and cycling as a way of transportation to promote personal health, reduce road costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of making the nation’s capital a champion and leader in this field? *

Do you support dedicating permanent and increased funding for cycling infrastructure? *

The city has a hierarchy for transportation. Walking and cycling are the most desirable to encourage, then public transportation and lastly car transportation, as it is expensive to build, environmentally unsustainable, and damaging to public health. Should the city direct more funding to active transportation infrastructure (walking, cycling, and public transit)? * yes, meaningfully increase spending on non-motorized transportation
 no, maintain approximately the current budget amounts

Do you think the city’s goals for cycling and walking infrastructure are achievable? Or perhaps not? Why? *
Yes, with proper project management and planning. Let’s invest initially where we will get the best return on investment (ROI). Let’s do it smartly, once and really for all, cyclist and pedestrians alike!

Are you willing to advocate to the province to find a new source of funding for the cancelled Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program funding (or to earmark new funding), to support CycleON 2.0 (the provincial cycling plan from a few years ago, which includes new cycling education programs)? *

The risk that someone dies in a collision with a car which goes 30 km/hr is very low. Do you support 30 km/h on residential streets for increased safety in our streets? *Captionless Image Yes

Do you welcome automated speed enforcement near schools and community safety zones to improve safety, especially for our children and the elderly? *

Thank you for your participation. We will publish your answers online on our website so that voters can make informed decisions. Anything you like to add?
I also promote rumble strips on roads when entering school zones. Maybe we should also consider them in high bicycle traffic areas…? With regards to the 30km/hr speed limit in residential streets, we are having enough of a hard time to have 40 km/hr respected… 30 km/hr would be quite the challenge!