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Wine and watering the garden

Posted: February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

RT @ccaaltavista: Next up – Breakfast with SANTA! Sat. Dec.10, 8-10 a.m. Canterbury Community Centre #ottawa #altavista

Hitting the road

Posted: September 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Promo material: check!
Signs ready: check!
Two events lined up for tomorrow: check!
Done my stretches: check!
iPhone powered up so I can Tweet on the go: check!
Well then, on y va!

PS: big kudos to Laser Zone Print and Copy on Bank St. Great to see customer service still means something to someone!

Parents and students – be warned. The Amalgamated Transit Union is saying that there will be problems next week when everyone returns to classes.

I’d take the warning seriously and plan accordingly.

A document obtained by CTV Ottawa from the Amalgamated Transit Union shows 680 bus trips have been cancelled and not backfilled this week, leaving transit users stuck waiting at the curb.

“There was only one bus at St. Laurent and it was so full and everyone was in it. And I had to wait and I came late to school,” said student Hagar Lakhtar, whose bus didn’t show up Friday morning.

The union says this week’s problem is nothing compared to what they expect to see next week.

Bus drivers say if the city doesn’t take action soon, the number of cancelled trips could double for the busy back-to-school and back-to-work rush.

Here’s hoping that we elect a Council that can work with the ATU to ensure that these hiccups do not happen in the future.

And we’re live!

Posted: July 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

Still some tweaks here and there to be done… but let me know what you think.

I’ll be saying more as summer moves along and the leaves changes their colours…

What a feeling!

I’m looking forward to fine-tuning the website and talking to folks in the community in preparation for the real work that will begin later in the summer.

But more than that, I will treasure my time with my kids over the next couple weeks. We’re going to be doing some day trips, head back to see my family in Parry Sound… and maybe fit in some camping and a trip to Montreal to boot!

Over the coming months, I want to hear what you have to say about your concerns about public education in Zone 6 specifically, but also the issues that are Ottawa or Ontario wide.

Leave a comment in the comment field of this blog. Email me at  or call me at 613-219-9503. I want to hear what you have to say!

Filed my papers yesterday!

Posted: July 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s official now!

I am very excited to announce that I am officially running for School Board Trustee, Zone 6, OCDSB.

School Board Trustee in Ottawa versus a municipal Councilor in  Humphrey, Ontario: 32,000 voters versus 5,000… scale is different but I’ve done this before and can do it again…

It’s going to be tough to unseat the incumbent. She is well-known and has done quite a good job. And I congratulate her for this.

But our schools are going to be facing some tough choices and challenges over the next several years… challenges that will require new outlooks and new perspectives. Trustees will have to listen to their constituents like never before and ensure the Province lives up to their end of their responsibilities – including adequate funding.

I can help.


Posted: June 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the John Marshall for OCDSB Trustee Zone 6 blog. Here you will find information about me and what I think are the most vital education-related issues in Ottawa. I will also be adding regular posts as October 25 nears.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I will be more than happy to try to answer them.


phone: 613-219-9503