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Not going to spend a lot of time on this… more important to get out on the streets as much as possible these last few days.

But there has been much talk about Trustee slates and endorsements by various “community groups” and unions. One of the endorsing groups was Our Ottawa – who came out with their endorsements for Trustee. They are as follows:

Zone 1 (West Carleton–March/Stittsville–Kanata West/Rideau–Goulbourn):  Todd Johnson
Zone 2 (Kanata South / Kanata North): Christine Boothby
Zone 3 (Barrhaven / Knoxdale):  Donna Blackburn
Zone 4 (Bay):  Theresa Kavanagh
Zone 5 (College): Pam Fitzgerald
Zone 6 (Rideau-Rockcliffe / Alta Vista): Bronwyn Funiciello
Zone 8 (Orleans / Cumberland): Lale Eskicioglu
Zone 9 (Rideau-Vanier / Capital): Rob Campbell
Zone 10 (Somerset / Kitchissippi): Jennifer McKenzie
Zone 11 (River): Shirley Seward
Zone 12 (Innes / Beacon Hill-Cyrville): Chris Ellis

Now. This is not a whine. Nor sour grapes. Folks are free to endorse whoever they want.  But…. I was checking out the Our Ottawa Facebook page. And these are the Admins for the page:

  • Phil Robinson
  • Jennifer McKenzie
  • Johanna Hove (Carleton CA)
  • Will Murray
  • Rob Campbell
  • Sabrina Bowman
  • Rick Devereux
  • Patrick Quealey

And they claim there isn’t a slate? I mean, I can understand the whole sign colour thing being a coincidence, but how transparent is it for obviously active members in an organization endorse themselves and those Trustees and candidates who share their views?

Just sayin’…

Oh, and I took a screen shot of the page because I suspect someone will be rushing to remove these names real quick-like…

October 20 2010
*For immediate release*
Trustee Brockington endorses John Marshall for Ottawa Carleton District School Board Zone 6 Trustee.
Public School Board Trustee Riley Brockington offered his endorsement on Wednesday to newcomer John Marshall for Zone 6 Trustee (Alta Vista and Rideau/Rockcliffe).
“Mr. Marshall has consistently shown both through his service to his community and throughout his campaign that he has the skills and enthusiasm necessary to be a strong voice for the Zone 6 community at the Board table. I am confident that his election would mean a truly representative and responsive voice for parents and other constituents in Alta Vista and Rideau/Rockcliffe.” Brockington announced on Wednesday.
Marshall responded that “I am very pleased and honoured to receive this endorsement. Trustee Brockington has a long history of service to the Board and his community and his confidence in me is very encouraging. If the voters of Zone 6 see fit to elect me on October 25th, I look forward to proving myself worthy of his endorsement.”

On the left, Trustee Brockington, on the right, John Marshall

October 12 Press Release

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Media
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October 12, 2010

*For immediate release*

Public School Board Candidate for Zone 6 outlines Trustee communication strategy

John Marshall, Zone 6 candidate (Alta Vista Rideau-Rockcliffe) announced today his plans for improving communications between the School Board, the Trustee and their communities.

“If we are to preserve local control over local education, we have to build better connections between the Board and their constituents. Just the other day, someone said to me: ‘Really? We vote for our School Board Trustees?’”
“This disconnect has to be addressed”.

Mr. Marshall is proposing a four-pronged approach to improving communications

  • Community response service standards will be set and implemented. If a family or another member of the community has a question or concern, it will be acknowledged within 24 hours
  • Engaging constituents through the Trustee website and social media like Facebook and Twitter. Not all communication problems can be solved digitally – but it does help, especially with younger members of our communities.
  • Marshall will form a Zone-wide Trustee Advisory Group that will meet regularly and will help guide him in over the next 4 years.
  • A motion will be introduced asking staff to look into the feasibility of live-streaming Board meetings as well as other ways to make proceedings more visible and transparent.

“These measures will improve communications between the school communities in Alta Vista and Rideau-Rockcliffe and the OCDSB. And this will make me a more effective Trustee.”

Mr. Marshall notes that through better communication and responsiveness, Ottawa families will learn more and become more engaged in Board activities.  And with the communities better engaged, Trustees will be able to count on support the next time Queen’s Park cuts funding or tries to take education decisions away from local elected representatives.

“We need to raise the bar on engagement with Ottawa families if we are to preserve local control of local education.”



EMC coverage

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Media
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Check it out.

The reporter captured our discussion nicely. The only qualifier I would add would be to the remark about ads on vending machines as a way of generating revenue. I said that I would think that this would be an area that would be worth exploring and implementing as long as strict guidelines were set and monitored.

Other than that, it is a good piece.

You can also check out my articles in September’s Manor Park Chronicle and in this month’s Riverview Park Review (sorry, but I do not believe either is available on-line).

Last night’s airing on Rogers TV of some of the Trustee candidates in Zones 1 through 6 was quite informative. The range of preparation and talent in front of the camera was very wide. Some were very, very comfortable and completely prepared. And of course, others not so much.

I think I fell into the former rather than the latter though there were a few candidates whose experience shone through much brighter than mine.

And that is that as far as television goes in this campaign – as far as we Trustee candidates are concerned. Some candidates may have something planned independently, but unlike the Council and Mayoral candidates, our 90 seconds of fame on Rogers is pretty much it.

Happily, people are taking the initiative and emailing questions about my stance on certain issues… keeps me busy but I’m glad to do my part in keeping our communities informed.

It may not be an interview with Peter Mansbridge, but I do appreciate Rogers TV Ottawa giving Trustee candidates 90 seconds to introduce themselves (or re-introduce themselves) to a wider audience.

I haven’t yet seen it, so it is an understatement for me to say that I am a bit nervous – more nervous in fact than I was when in front of the camera.

I hope you watch. And, as always, if you have any follow-up questions, you can email me at I am getting LOTS of questions and that is encouraging!

I am on Twitter quite a lot – my iPhone is a very good friend of mine – and something that I and others have noticed lately are a number of requests for a summary table of candidates.

Will over at Mos Publicus has tirelessly put together such a list on his blog. At the time of this writing, he has compiled the Mayoral list and was working on the Council list… a total of 140ish candidates! Go Will!

So… what you see below is my attempt at providing Ottawa voters with a summary of candidates for the OCDSB.

I went back and forth on a few things when putting this together. Should I list only challengers and not incumbents?Should I draw attention to the other to candidates who are running against your’s truly? I mean, should I really be giving incumbents more exposure than they already enjoy?

But in the end I remembered why I was running in this election: better communication… which leads to more transparency and a more informed electorate. Plus, I invite you to look at her information and compare the two of us.

So, what follows is as complete a list as I can come up with. IF there is information missing, PLEASE don’t yell at me but send me a note or make a comment in the comment field noting the omission and proving the correct details.

Emails are listed first and then website, if applicable. I did not hunt down Facebook or Twitter presence (except my own!), but the sites should have that info. Challengers are in red and bold font.


Zone 1 – West Carleton-March/Stittsville-Kanata West/Rideau-Goulbourn Ward


Lynn Scott:, (incumb.)

Todd Johnson: No info.

Zone 2 – Kanata North/Kanata South Ward

Cathy Curry (incumb.):,

Christine Boothby:,

Zone 3 – Barrhaven/Knoxdale-Merivale Ward

No incumbent

Donna Blackburn:,

Ismail Mohamed:,

Allan Halfper:,

Zone 4 – Bay Ward

Theresa Kavanagh:

Doug Lloyd:, (incumb.)

Michael Pastien:

Zone 5 – College Ward

Kimberly Brown:

Pam FitzGerald:

Zone 6 – Rideau-Rockcliffe/Alta Vista Ward

Bronwyn Funiciello:, (incumb.)

John Marshall:,, @marshall4ocdsb, Facebook fan page

Mohamoud Abdulle:

Zone 7 – Gloucester-South Nepean/Osgoode/Gloucester Southgate Ward

Two incumbents.

Dave Byron:

Mark Fisher:, (incumb.)

Pam Morse: (No info.) (incumb.)

Zone 8 – Orléans/Cumberland Ward

Lale Eskicioglu:,

John Shea:, (incumb.)

Zone 9 – Rideau-Vanier/Capital Ward

Rob Campbell:, (incumb.)

Helen Gruber: (no. info.)

Julian Kirby:

Lorne Rachlis:,

Daniel Rogers: (no info.)

Zone 10 -Somerset/Kitchissippi Ward

Megan Carroll:,

Jennifer McKenzie:, (incumb.)

Zone 11:

Acclaimed – Shirley Seward;

Zone 12 – Innes/Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward

No incumbent.

Katie Holzhauer:,

Two months before the 2010 Ottawa municipal elections, much media attention is being thrown the way of the Mayoral and Council races – but almost nothing about the School Board Trustee elections in any of the four Boards.

Check this out, for example. OttawaStart has a comprehensive listing of all candidates by Ward – with links to websites where applicable. And this is great! But why not include a list of Trustee candidates? I have emailed OttawaStart about this so hopefully we’ll see something soon.

In the meantime, I urge everyone to talk about Trustee candidates in your Zone. If you are active in the social media, link to websites, Tweet about interesting ideas, chat about local education issues.

Education policy decision-making and decision makers may not be as “sexy” in the eyes of the media but these are issues that are every bit as important as those faced by our candidates for Council and the Mayor’s office. Speak up for education!

Look at this candidate, for example:

Lale is running in Zone 8, is another new face, and has some really good ideas for the folks in Orleans/Cumberland!