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So OK, this isn’t the post I was hoping to out up the day after the vote, but I am proud nonetheless.

I gave her a run for her money and while I truly thought I had a shot, it was not to be. This time.

Will there be a next time? I don’t know. It really depends on what the Board and Ms. Funiciello do over the next few years. I will be watching them closely.

What will I do between now and 2014?

Well, I will stay involved in child and education related groups and follow the issues (e.g., integration of Early Learning into our schools). I am going to integrate more discussions of these issues into my “normal” blog, Trashy’s World.

I am going to involve myself even more in the comings and goings of my local community. One thing that this campaign has taught me is that I have truly missed the political side of community involvement and will be engaging even more intensively over the next while.

So watch for me… I’m not going away.

Bronwyn – congratulations. You ran the campaign well and you earned the win… and it was nice meeting you. It is clear that public education is as important to you as to me, but heed the sentence above. I’m in this for the long haul. I will commend you when earned and will criticise when warranted.

Mohamoud – great meeting you too. You bring a lot to the table and I sincerely hope our paths cross again.

Aside from the 4462 voters of Zone 6 who voted for me, I need to thanks some folks who made this possible. Politics is really a team game and without a good team, success is difficult.

  • All who volunteered their lawns to be the home of an advertisement for yours truly.
  • The friends and family who took time out of their own busy lives to go door-to-door for me. I appreciate your commitment and I will never forget this. Ever.
  • Riley Brockington – thank you for your advice and your confidence. It was and is appreciated. Too bad about EMC screwing up and putting the ad in the WRONG paper!
  • The other Trustees and Trustee candidates who gave me encouragement and advice. I will not forget who you are. And that goes also to the Council and Mayoral candidates who I had the pleasure to meet.
  • All of the folks in the Twitterverse who provided me with endless entertainment, valuable information and a good belly laugh or three.

And most importantly… my family, who have put up with me over the past few months.

  • Steve, Stella and Vicky for helping out in an amazing way! Steve and Stella actually drove from Montreal on the first day of my campaign just to hand out flyers for a few hours!
  • My daughter and son, Addy and Owen (6 & 3), were my War Room coordinators…. stapling business cards on to flyers and cutting out other promo materials.  They have delved into this like a couple of political hacks!
  • My 17 yr old daughter Torii, who has always amazed me with her personality and confidence, but I never imagined her being an eager canvasser! She took to it like a fish to water. Thanks Bubba! You have earned a nice gift from China.
  • And the biggest thank-you goes to my beautiful, talented and incredibly organised wife, Colleen. She was simply amazing through all of this. Picked me up when I was down, kicked me out the door when I didn’t really feel like hitting the sidewalks and most of all – kept my head in check.  Those of you who have run in campaigns know what I mean when I say that the full commitment of one’s spouse is essential. Without it, you might as well forget running. Colleen’s support was over the top. And guess what she is doing today? As I am on my way to Beijing on a business trip (I’m writing this in the lounge of the Vancouver airport), she is driving around Zone 6 picking up signs.

Are we up to 3 pairs of shoes and a girls’ weekend, honey?

That’s all I have to say for now. I don’t know what I’ll do with this site (51 posts and over 4000 page views). I don’t have the time to run Trashy’s World plus this one on a full time basis, so this might be archived. And like I said above, I think I’ll be taking Trashy’s World in a bit of a different direction anyhow…

So that’s about it. Thanks for reading and I’ll see y’all around.

OCDSB Zone 6

Total %
Number of Polls/Nombre de bureaux de scrutin 76
Polls Reporting/Bureaux de scrutin rapportés 76 100.0%
Total Votes/Total des votes 13127
Mohamoud Abdulle 1311 9.99%
Bronwyn Funiciello 7354 56.02%
John Marshall 4462 33.99%

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…

to big time advertise the Pleasant Park / Hawthorne GIANT Book Sale to be held this Saturday!

This is an important fundraiser for all of you who like books. And who doesn’t like a good book?

Mega thanks to Anne and all of her volunteers who have pulled this together. This is a LOT of work and I want to recognize that! I’ll be at PP on Friday night till the wee hours sorting books. No campaigning, just helping out.

Come on by. Buy a book or three. And help your community school!

After campaigning full tilt for the past month, I have found that among the majority of voters, there is a misperception or no perception of the role of the Trustee.  Young and not so young, high school graduates and PhD alike, there is certainly a disconnect when it comes to understanding the Trustee and their place in our system of local governance.

Yes, School Board Trustees are elected at the same time as are the Mayor and the City Councillors. And it is your democratic duty to vote for them as you would your Mayor or Councillor.

When you arrive at your polling station, you will be given 3 ballots, one (a very long one in Ottawa) ballot for your choice of Mayor, one for your Ward Councillor and one for School Board Trustee. Depending on which system you gave designated as having your support – through your property – taxes you will receive either a ballot for the English Public, French Public, English Catholic, French Catholic. You mark an X beside the Trustee of your choice just like the others.

So why bother? Say you don’t have children and never plan to, why vote for someone who is not going to impact your life?

Well, for starters, the children now are the Doctors, Engineers, Builders, Teachers, Emergency officers, Nurses, etc. of tomorrow. The decisions that the Board makes DIRECTLY impacts on how these children are taught, what they are taught and where they are taught.

So you do have a stake in this.

Plus, whether or not you realise it, you are paying into the system so why not have a say? Through your property taxes (they are buried in your rent if you are not a homeowner), your provincial taxes and the HST you are paying… and paying big! The OCDSB, for example, has a budget of $700 million! That is not chicken feed.

Finally -and this is a pet reason of my own – by not voting, you are sending the message to Queens Park that local control over education decision making is not important.

Since the Harris days, power has gradually shifted from our local communities to the Province of Ontario. Provincial officials are making decisions that affect Ottawa families and I strongly believe that these decisions are best made by local communities.

The Boards do still have considerable authority. They choose which programs are offered in which schools. ESL, French Immersion, Gifted Programs – all are under the authority of the Board. They choose to open schools or close (gulp!) them. They vote on student transportation, programs with the broader community.

They are responsible for our schools’ infrastructure and the safety of our kids.

Their role – albeit diminished from past years – is vital to our City.

In short, please do vote for your Trustee. Even if you don’t vote for me, at least cast a vote. This is democracy in action!

First, a huge thank you to those who have pounded the pavement with us and delivered flyers. We can’t tell you how much it means to us. All the great support – putting out signs, spreading the word about the election – we’re so very appreciative.

Now to some upcoming events:

October 13 – Riverview Park Community Association

October 14 –
1 – Rockcliffe Park Residents’ Association

2 – Advance Vote Day 10am to 8 pm!! (for those on the south end of the Zone, the polling station is at Jim Durrell; in the north it’s the Rockcliffe Park Community Centre)

October 17 – Private local event

October 19 – Vincent Massey School Council meeting

October 20 – Hawthorne Public School Council meeting

October 21& 22 – Campaign blitz (bus stops, more doors!)

October 23 – Break from campaign to attend the Pleasant Park/ Hawthorne Used Book Sale

October 25 – ELECTION DAY

Not a campaign event, but here is the link to the Board calendar for October:

You can find information about John’s candidacy in many places:


Elect John for Trustee

Web site

E-mail John:


As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! While we be out on the streets Saturday and Sunday, Monday is family time.


Posted: September 27, 2010 in Miscellaneous
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I just inserted a link to at the bottom left side of this site. This is a useful tool that can be used to instantly find out your voting location. You simply enter your address and up pops your voting locales for the advance polls as well as for October 25.

Pretty slick!

Have a great Monday!

Facts about Ottawa’s public schools

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Miscellaneous

In the spirit of education, I thought I would share some important facts about public education in Ottawa. Look at the numbers and judge for yourself:  should I care about these elections and my choice for Trustee??

  • 148 schools – 117 elementary, 26 secondary including the Adult High School and five secondary alternate schools
  • As of March 2010, 47,929 elementary students and 24,123 in secondary schools
  • Over 2,600 full-time equivalent elementary teachers and over 1,500 at our high schools
  • Seventh largest school board in Ontario
  • The OCDSB has an operating budget of over $700 million, almost a third of the entire City of Ottawa’s budget
  • Projected budget deficit of about $14 million
  • In Zone 6Alta Vista / Rideau-Rockcliffe: 4846 elementary and 3451 secondary students
  • Canterbury is the second largest high school in the Board
  • Vincent Massey is the largest elementary school in the Zone and close behind is Alta Vista
  • The August 23rd, 2004 edition of Maclean’s magazine rated Canada’s best high schools. Canterbury is featured prominently as the best high school for the arts in the country.
  • As far as I can tell, Rockcliffe Park Public School is the oldest school in the Zone – founded in 1922.
  • Famous OCDSB alumni include Jessica Holmes (Canterbury), Bruce Cockburn (Nepean), Matthew Perry (Rockcliffe Park PS), Tom Green (Colonel By), Sandra Oh (Sir Robert Borden), and many, many more.

Want to learn more about Ottawa’s public schools? Go to the OCDSB site. Or ask one of the Trustee candidates.

Sign, signs, everywhere are signs…

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Miscellaneous

The lawn signs are here! If you’re are in OCDSB Zone 6 (Alta Vista & Rideau-Rockcliffe) or have friends/family there & you want a sign, please let me know.
Show that you support a fresh face and fresh ideas on Ottawa’s Public School Board!

Signs are ordered!

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Miscellaneous

In the meantime, if you click below, you will be able to print out a sign that you can stick to your window or door!

Click HERE for my sign.

Thanks for your support!

Parents in Barrie, Ontario, asked their School Board to remove wi-fi routers form the area school because of concerns that the electro-magnetic radiation is harming their children.

I haven’t yet seen any verifiable evidence that wireless networks have adverse effects on human health. But all parents should follow this debate as it unfolds and decide for themselves. If harmful effects are one day proven to be real, then all other wireless devices would presumably be implicated as well – wireless phones, for example.

In any case, I do believe that we should wait for more evidence before panicking.

Read this story for more information.