Piotr Anweiler for Ottawa Mayor

Q. Why are you running?

A. The reason I have chosen to run for the Office of the Mayor is that, in my opinion, there were not any viable candidates to vote for.
So, my only alternative was to not vote, like the majority of Ottawans did during the last election, or vote for someone I do not want be a mayor; therefore, I decided to put my name on the list.  I am not a career politician or a political activist. I am a humble citizen that wants to see the full potential of the 21st century provide our city of Ottawa with everything our residents want and need.
I have enough skills, experience, unique ideas, and optimism to successfully run the city of Ottawa.

Q. Why I should be a Mayor?

A. Because I think I am the best among all the candidates who can run the City efficiently, effectively, and prudently.  I have an open mind, with no preconceived hidden agenda.  As Mayor, I think I can transform the City into a relatively crime-free, peaceful, fully employed, a City with every child staying in school until grade 12 and people who will be eager to seek education and training to get a better future.

PRIORITIES 

From all the issues we face, I would rank Taxes, Transportation and Education at the top.  Please see my responses.

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My Platform:

 PRT Transportation for Ottawa

 Presentation in Ottawa PRT

 Subway for Ottawa

 Homeless People

  audio Mayoral Debate part 1

  audio Mayoral Debate part 2

 Garbage Problem

 Graffiti Vandalism

 Taxes

 Sense of Smell

 Media Coverage Issue 


Personal Bio

 

Contributions & Contact 

 


Piotr Related Links:

Aplusb Software Corp.

Piotr's Family Page

Local Media Interviews

List do Polonii

Save the World

 

Questions and Answers are listed alphabetically:  

- Affordable Housing and Homelessness

- Bureaucracy

- Disability

- Education and Libraries

- Entrepreneurship and P3

- French

- Garbage and Recycling

- Safety

- Sport

- Taxes

- Transportation  

- Emails and more Q/A

 New questions are added every day

Affordable Housing and Homelessness:

Q. If elected, what will you do to ensure there is more affordable housing?

A. The shortage of affordable housing is a serious problem in Ottawa.

To improve the situation, I would have the city sell some of its existing properties to interested tenants, and use the money to build more new affordable houses.  The city has a lot of land that should be used to create affordable housing.

I am in favor of creating more co-ops with a mix of fully-paying tenants and and payment-assisted tenants.  By varying the mix of tenants the city will avoid creating low-income “ghettos” which are currently a problem.  Low-income residents will be able to maintain a sense of dignity and will be motivated to improve their status.

Questions from Mayoral Debate on Solving Homelessness 

When you are Mayor

Ending homelessness and creating new, appropriate and affordable housing needs to be a priority in our community.

Q. How will you ensure that it is?

A. Creating appropriate and affordable housing needs is only one of the means to end homelessness.  It is a social problem which has to be addressed by improving family value, education, more job created, and restore citizen's pride to be independent of government's assistance.  First I would sell some of the existing affordable houses which belong to the city for tenants who have lived there for a minimum of 5 years and give them a 20% discount.

For the money the city receives I will build new apartment units on city properties and offer them as affordable housing.

Making money from selling and investing back in the same program creates more and new affordable dwellings.

The City will save on renovation of these old houses, enabling new apartments.

Offering the older existing units to buy will motivate existing tenants to get better jobs, care more about their property, and provide the opportunity for a better future.

We will sell only to those who are eligible, this way people waiting for such houses will not loose, but instead will attain their goal sooner.

The City of Ottawa considers applications to convert properties from rental to condo when the vacancy rate has been at or above 3 per cent for the preceding two-year reporting period and as long as the existing units are at or above average market rent levels.

We have such a situation now for the last 2 years.  Of course the empty properties mostly are new and expensive, but the 3 percent is reached.

Q. How will you increase the political will of federal and provincial governments to ensure funding for homelessness services and appropriate and affordable housing?

A. As the Mayor, I will open continuous dialogue with the other two levels of governments to looks into ways to improve the quality of life of those who are disadvantages.  This include: more funding for education, job creation, housing, and discourage young people from skipping school and/or taking up the alcohol or drug habit.  If the governments do not have to spend money to rehabitate/treat drug/alcohol users, there will be more funds to help those who need an accommodation temporarily until they are on their feet.  As for those who need long-term assistance, some permanent housing should be built to accommodate them.

We are living in the Capital city, where federal government employees and MPs are living with their families and it is in their interest to keep our streets homeless free.

It shouldn’t be difficult to convince our federal officials, since they do not want people sleeping on the streets.

We have the NCC that can participate in the process of persuasion, because it is their responsibility to care about Capitol image in the world.

No one wants tourists visiting Canada to see so many homeless people in Capitol.

The present Premier of Ontario is one of us and I am confident, he will support us.

His entire family is living here and he will come back here in a few years.

If you elect me, in a few years the City will have its own money made from other smart investments, which I propose in my platform on my web page www.anweiler.ca.

Moreover, there will be less need for funding since the number of homeless will dramatically drop.

 

Ottawa has a severe shortage of appropriate and affordable rental housing. To address this crisis, how will you:

Q. Develop new social housing?

A. To do this I would support building more co-ops where 25 percent of the units would house those on assistance and the rest at regular market rents. 

I would offer unused city land for those developments and the City could guarantee lenders, thus permitting low cost interest loans for these projects.

But we have to remember that the more housing we build, the more we need, because more homeless people will move into the area, knowing that Ottawa is the haven for government housing.  Let us help them, especially our younger generation, to have self-esteem and make a live for themselves, instead of getting into a habit of relying on government assistance.

 

Q. Increase appropriate and affordable private rental development?

A. To do this I would build not as a poor residential housing, but as a mix of all economic levels.

This way, we will not create ghettos where people without future plans will exist, and convince each other to similar life style, exactly like we have in big shelters.

If you are among your peers you usually copy their behaviour. 

There is a shortage of contraction labour.

We can offer affordable unit to someone unemployed, under condition that he/she has to be employed by the contractor who will build such a development, and work there for a minimum of 1000 hours.

This way we will motivate people to work and give them a chance to obtain an affordable unit faster.

 

Q. Protect existing affordable rental stock?

A. Instead of old we will build new housing, so the stock will be preserved and even increased.

City will save on renovation.

 

Q. Increase the percentage of appropriate and affordable low-income units in new developments?

A. I would increase this number offering extra units for skilled low income professionals, who would contribute their time, let say 5 hours a week for the next 2 years to do maintenance in their new development where they live.

In some cases it will not work but “you will never quit smoking if you do not try”.

 

The City of Ottawa Council recently endorsed Priority on People: Ottawa’s 2006-2008 Community Action Plan on Homelessness to create “A City Without Homelessness”.

Q. Which immediate steps will you take to fulfill the plan?

A. I propose smaller sized shelters as is listed in my platform at www.anweiler.ca

At the same time this will create employment and will contribute to resocialization (social rehabilitation).

There are limited housing opportunities for our homeless individuals, especially those with poor credit histories and complex mental health, substance abuse and severe disabilities.

I propose to open the Chronically Homeless Housing program, an internationally recognized housing model, to provide these individuals with a housing opportunity designed to prepare the “hardest to house” for permanent housing. 

Many individuals who are not mentally ill or developmentally delayed, do not have the life skills to maintain permanent housing.

Residents would pay a weekly program fee based on their income with a maximum of $X and can be asked to leave for inappropriate behaviour.

This allows us to enforce strict guidelines, such as a savings requirement, weekly case management attendance and sobriety, and the ability to release someone from the program who will not comply with rules rather than engaging in the often lengthy and expensive eviction process.

In last 4 years 65% of the chronically homeless individuals who went through this program called the Smith House, modelled in the US, were placed in permanent housing.

The Smith House model prevents recidivism by preparing people with complex issues for permanent housing.

 

Many people need support to find and retain their housing to prevent homelessness.
Q. How would you improve and protect support services?

A. Paying rent direct to landlords will convince more landlords to take people on assistance and at the same time will reduce the workload for the Rental Tribunal for non-payment of rent.

This way the city will also save money since many receiving assistance, unfortunately once a year loose their money and the city has to provide emergency payment to the landlord to prevent eviction.

Many people cannot afford to rent housing within their means as most cannot afford to pay first and last months rent which prevents them from attaining a suitable place to begin with.

Some of the working poor not having a vision for a better life end up falling into the cracks and eventually become homeless.

Many spend their rent for other purposes knowing that there are back-up policies in place.

As a mayor I would make it mandatory that any and all persons getting welfare have their rents sent directly to their landlords, which will cut down evictions by 100% for non-payment. 

Moreover, the support service can be in the form of rental registration office, or social services agency, or federal employment agency; a network system (maybe on the Internet) to enter and search for availability of rental units across the city.  Asking landlords to register (for free) when they have vacancy.

 

Ottawa is becoming more diverse, linguistically, culturally and demographically.

Q. How will you meet the homelessness service and housing needs of our more diverse community?

A. I assume we are talking about new immigrants that bring their own language and culture here.

Canada has always welcomed immigrants, and language or culture has never been a problem.

As we all know it is not healthy to create areas where only one ethnic or religious group lives.

This makes it difficult for them to assimilate.

Also we cannot favour one group over another.

We can implement a percentage to allocate tenants with different backgrounds, but this way it would not be fair for those who already are waiting for affordable housing.

The city has limited resources and newcomers have to wait in line as everyone else or make an effort to help themselves.

We are a bilingual country and we manage it well.

I do not see any reason why we shouldn’t be able to manage more languages.

Moreover, every immigrant has the opportunity to learn ESL or FSL, so he/she will be able to communicate.

Among newcomers who ask for assistance, I would select those who know English or French and ask them to work voluntarily to help homeless services as translators and this way they will speed up their own assimilation process.

When Mayor Giuliani took office, one out of every seven New Yorkers was on welfare. Mayor Giuliani returned the work ethic to the center of City life by implementing the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country.  He moved over 640,000 individuals from dependency on the government to the dignity of self-sufficiency.

Q. Should homelessness be considered a high priority for The
City Of Ottawa?

A. Yes, because every one should have shelter in the City.

Q. How might we improve the plight of the homeless?
A. On the surface, the answer is simple: have more accommodation assign
to house these people.  However, this is not a real solution because we can
never house all homeless people because once it is known that Ottawa is
housing everyone claimed homeless, more will come to Ottawa, and others who
are not actually homeless, will claim to be homeless to get the social
assistance.
        For those suffered from physical and mental problems, there should
be special facilities to look after them.  For those who are temporary
homeless (e.g. loss of employment), they are encouraged to approach friend/
family to have some type of "nanny suite" for them at a rental cost
subsidized by the government.
        For those who are homeless by choice, I think they should look into
themselves and evaluate their future.  They should consider changing their
lifestyle and get back to the mainstream.  I will work with the Federal and
provincial government to develop some training program and temporary
accommodation for them.


Closing Debate

I did not talked much about problems or goals, as my opponents did.  Instead I gave solutions to our problems; few solutions to start with.

Today’s debate was about homelessness.  I also like to present in a few words my platform and its most important points.

I ask all of you to go to my web site, which is www.anweiler.ca, another words my last name dot ca.

On my site you will find many unique solutions I have proposed since the last 4 months for the city, to solve problems such as the transportation, garbage, safety, taxes and more about homelessness.

Some of these solutions can put Ottawa at the top of the most attractive cities in the World.

If we would implement them, we will not stay in traffic any more, the smell of the garbage will not wake us up, streets will be safe, and there will be not a shortfall in the city’s budget.

My solutions are human friendly and ecological friendly.

Exactly like in a fairy tale, but this time it can be reality.

Please go vote Nov 13.

Vote smart, because the next election will be in 4 years.

We don’t know who will really be the best, but sometimes choosing a winner, makes him a winner.

Bureaucracy:

We all hear complaints that 95% of time, when one contacts the City for information, the person gets passing around and no one seems to know who is responsible.  I would streamline the City organization and introduce one-stop shopping for businesses.  I will ensure that staff is trained to respond to business enquiry.  To attract businesses, I'll consider to have staff to assist their start-up, or give them a start-up grant (city tax break).

Everyone knows that when you want a permit, or get some information from the City of Ottawa, 95% of the time, you are passed around from staff –to-staff, as if within the City bureaucracy, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.  Sometimes, after being passed around, you found that the first person you talked to is actually the one responsible.  The City is, as the residents and business experienced, disorganized and disconnected.  The bureaucracy is growing but the efficiency is far from an acceptable standard.  The whole structure must be streamline to cut out duplication, inefficiency, and incompetence.

My solution:

Who ever from the city staff takes the first request/inquiry, will be in charge to deliver it to the person responsible for this particular issue.

A strict formal mechanism to file and process requests from the public, including complains against the City, shall be establish within the City administration with a clear indication where the decisions of the City staff can be independently appealed.

The time to solve any request must be reasonable.  Any city expert will have only one day to review each residential request from the private citizen.

A position of the City Ombudsman may be required to ensure fairness, accountability and transparency of the administration of the Municipal Government.

Disability:  

To see my responses please come back after the debate.

QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES IN THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION IN OTTAWA FROM THE FAMILIES MATTER CO-OPERATIVE INC.  

Note: the Families Matter Co-operative is an Ottawa based organisation for and about persons with developmental disabilities.

Q. 1. Some jurisdictions have policies concerning purchases of goods and services from businesses employing people with developmental (and other) disabilities. For example, where such goods and services are equivalent in quality to other goods and services, purchases may be made as long as the costs do not exceed costs of alternative suppliers by 10%.

Would you support such a policy for the City of Ottawa and its purchases? Would you support giving incentives for businesses that serve the City for those businesses to implement such policies too?

A.

Q. 2. People with developmental disabilities have very high unemployment levels. The City of Ottawa currently provides some contracts to businesses and agencies that employ people with developmental disabilities. For example, the Y’s Owl Maclure Co-operative has a contract with the City to employ work crews composed of people with developmental disabilities at the Trail Road Landfill operation. These work crews are supervised by Y’s Owl non-developmentally disabled staff. More employment opportunities could be offered to people with developmental disabilities if the contracts from the City took into account the need to cover the costs of administration and supervision of the work crews as well as the payments made to such crews.

Will you support the City of Ottawa encouraging the employment of more people with developmental disabilities by developing policies that invite contract tenders that take into account these necessary administration costs?

A.

Q. 3. Currently charities that provide housing for people with developmental disabilities are exempt from City property taxes. Individuals who provide housing for their relatives with developmental disabilities are not exempt from such taxation. Would you support a lobbying effort by the City of Ottawa to extend property tax relief to family members who provide housing to people with developmental disabilities?

A.

Q. 4. Many people with developmental disabilities live at home with their aging parents. Many of these adults are on long wait-lists for a home of their own. These adults often need supports in such homes ranging from the support of a weekly visit to the need for a few hours of support each day to twenty-four hour care. Solutions to these needs have been restricted to provincial capital and operating grants given to agencies that support such individuals. Currently other options are being explored to alleviate these wait-list stresses. These include:  

- developing partnerships with new Co-op Housing developments to include people with developmental disabilities as part of the eligible residents,

- having parents and care-givers develop innovative solutions where they contribute, to the capital, rental and support costs,

- developing partnerships with City housing developments to include people with developmental disabilities as part of their eligible residents,

- encouraging private businesses to develop housing options specifically for people with developmental disabilities.

Which strategies would you would support to reduce these stresses and wait-lists for housing for people with developmental disabilities?

A.

Q. 5. People with developmental disabilities often live isolated lives on the fringes of society. To reduce this isolation, people with developmental disabilities need ready access to affordable transportation and ready and affordable access to recreational and social activities. Para Transpo is limited in its ability to reduce the isolation. The City’s recreation programs are also limited in providing recreational and social activities that integrate people with developmental disabilities into the social fabric of the City.

What can be done to make Para Transpo more accessible and affordable to people with developmental disabilities?

What can be done to enable people with developmental disabilities to become less 

Isolated and become more integrated into more recreational and social activities?

A.  

This survey is being sent to you on behalf of People with disABILITIES; A Community Coalition.  This Coalition is comprised of over 40 agencies and individuals who have an interest in improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities in the City of Ottawa.  Our goal is to build the City of Ottawa’s capacity to maximize the potential for full participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities.    

The following questions are being asked of you in an attempt to provide persons with disabilities, their family members and service providers with information on where City Council candidate stand on various disability issues. 

Our intention is to share the results of this survey, with our member agencies and their clients.  Please ensure your completed survey is returned to me by October 20, 2006. 

We ask that you take this opportunity to share, with voters, your views on disability issues.

Q. 1 In a survey of over 1000 people with disabilities in Ottawa, 3 out of 5 are encountering barriers to participation[1].  What will you do to resolve these participation barriers in Ottawa? 

A:

Q. 2 In a survey of over 1000 residents with disabilities in Ottawa, over 50% live on less than $15,000 per year1.  What would you do, as a municipality, to lessen the impact of poverty on these individuals?

A:

Q. 3 Are you familiar with the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Plan?  How will you ensure it’s recommendations are implemented?

A: 

Q. 4 How will you ensure that disability issues stay on the forefront of the City of Ottawa’s agenda?

A: 

 

Education and Libraries:

Q. With the November election rapidly approaching, I would like to know where you stand on library services in the community.  Do you feel present services are adequate?  Do you think the library is a core service?  Do you see the need for a new downtown library and/or expansion of services?  I would appreciate hearing from you.

A. Libraries were and are very important for our society; every one realizes this.

I am a strong supporter for Public Library, and I am not going to change my mind.  Maybe I would suggest expansion of services and centralization, but it is for later discussion.

Even though, today’s Internet Era, TV, and all kind of entertainment put libraries little in the shadow, libraries still represent a heart of our heritage.

Majority of our city population poses a library membership.  Going to the library once a day or once a year, the general public shows its interest and the same necessity for such service.

Today library looks little different than 20 year ago.  This is one more proof, that with some adjustment Public Library would always fits to and exists in our culture.

This day library is not only an Eye to the World but it also plays a social club character.

Canada always will be newcomers’ country, where public libraries are irreplaceable for new immigrants.

I hope these few sentences show you my feelings related to Public Libraries.

 

Entrepreneurship and P3:

Q. Do you favour P3's and other initiatives to privatize city work?

A. I am in favour of P3s.  In many cases P3 initiatives have proven successful in increasing the quality and efficiency of services provided to citizens.  The city will still need employees to monitor the quality of the services provided by private companies.  If private companies fail to fulfill the terms of the licensing agreements, they lose their licenses. 

For example, provincial licensing bureaus have been successfully operated by private companies for several years.  The quality and speed of the services provided is very high, and the province has employees monitoring the private companies to ensure the quality of the services. 

Many services can be provided more efficiently by private companies than by the city.  I feel the mayor and council have a responsibility to the taxpayers of Ottawa to provide high-quality services as efficiently as possible.

 

French:

Q. Thank you for your speedy response. Could you please tell me what your position on french language  sevices  in Ottawa. Do you think  the french are being served well the way things are now? Do you think english people are being treated fairly? How about billinguallism regarding emplyment? Thank you for your time .

A. In my opinion the French language services in Ottawa are well organized.  Almost every city employee is versed in French/English; so, there is not a communication problem.  We have in Ottawa many different services available in French and all are at a sufficient level.  I do not see any necessity to increase French services in Ottawa.

Any one being able to leave his/her home and willing to get more French culture or socialize in the French community can do it very easily going to the Aylmer, Hull or Gatineau.

The balance level we have reached in Ottawa took a long time.  We do not have any bigger issues related to the bilingualism and we do not want to create them.

I know many people complain about not equality in getting a public job, but this is another issue to discuss.  Majority of Ottawans do not speak French; therefore, in this case, trying to be objective, I can say that we have here some discrepancy and not all are served equally.  It is a price of compromise.

 Q. Dear Mr Anweiler, I am a journalism student at La Cité
collégiale.
I am currently preparing to write an article regarding the bilingualism
issue in the city and the municipal election.
I need to know whether you consider yourself bilingual or not.

A. My best wishes in your efforts as you choose to further your education.
Yes, I consider myself bilingual and under the law I am.  If you are
referring specifically to French/English as being bilingual, no, but what is
bilingualism?  To know two languages that one is proficient in.  In that
sense I am multilingual because I can communicate in four languages.
Thank you for your interest and good luck with your studies.

 

Garbage and Recycling:

Q. What can be done to reduce the amount of landfill and make Ottawa a more environmentally responsible city when it comes to garbage?

A. The city of Ottawa has a tremendous opportunity to enhance its image as a world-class city in dealing with its garbage problems.

The idea of expanding existing landfills is a short-sighted solution that only serves to pass the problem on to future decision-makers.

Instead, the city should also invest in new technologies.  For example, incinerators using special filtering processes have been successful in solving the garbage problems faced by other countries without adverse effects on air quality.  Investments of this kind would improve the quality of life for residents living near landfill sites and would drastically reduce the city’s impact on the environment, which would benefit everyone.  It is this kind of forward thinking the city needs to deal with its garbage problems, not the same old answers proposed by others.

I am also in favor of increasing the city’s investment in recycling programs and doing everything possible to divert waste away from landfill sites.

 

Q. What is your position on waste reduction (recycle, reuse etc.)?

A. Waste reduction, reuse and recycling are important components of a sustainable environment.  The City of Ottawa should do everything it can to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste produced, and to reuse and recycle waste products as much as possible.

Ottawa’s population is growing at a significant rate.  Increased waste caused by this growth will continue to be an issue.  We need to do everything we can to promote the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste products.  By doing so, we will minimize our impact on the environment and improve the quality of life for all Ottawans.

 

Q. What is your position on IC&I and C&D waste?

A. Waste reduction, reuse and recycling are also important components of sustainable growth.

The City of Ottawa should be doing more to promote the reuse and recycling of IC&I and C&D waste.  Much of this waste can be reused or recycled.

Easy to recycle

· concrete (often recycled and reused at the site)

· steel and other metals

· pallets

· packaging and paper products

· fluorescent tubes

Reusable materials

· wood beams, joists, studs, baseboards

· cabinets and cupboards

· railings

· brick

· doors and casings

· interior windows

· bathroom fixtures

· light fixtures

· ceiling grid and tile

· furnishings

· replant trees, shrubs

 

Q. What is your position on waste to energy programs?

A. I believe waste to energy programs should play an important role in the future of waste management in Ottawa. 

Waste to energy has proven to be an effective method of waste management and volume reduction while at the same time providing the added benefit of generating clean energy.  Burning trash effectively destroys waste stream bacteria, pathogens and other harmful elements.  The waste-to-energy process also reduces the incoming volume by about 90%.  The remaining ash can be used as a road bed material or be safely landfilled.

A waste to energy program would create jobs and local economic benefits, and create a reliable source of electric power for our city.

I believe the city should take immediate steps to invest in waste to energy technology.  It’s time the city took a forward-thinking approach to waste management.

 

Q. What is your position on landfill expansion?

A. I am strongly opposed to the proposed landfill expansions.  The City of Ottawa should be looking at alternative solutions to waste problems rather than relying on outdated methods of handling its trash.

 

Q. Do you have any other comments on Waste management in Ottawa?

A. Yes, I do.  Waste management is a very important topic that impacts the lives of every resident of our city.  I will have more to say about this issue during the debates that I am invited to and my second blog related to this subject, where I will list all solutions in more detailed form.

 

Q. Given that in the last term of the municipal government, the e-waste problem in this city was shelved, frustrated and buried, what do you as either mayor or councillor plan to do with the ever increasing amounts of electronic waste been dumped into the landfill sites?  And what do you plan to do to ensure the material is recycled properly in accordance with the Basel Agreement?

A. Rapid accumulation of the e-waste is a world-wide problem. It can hardly be solved on a city level. Efforts must be undertaken on the federal, provincial and municipal levels. We can all contribute to mitigating this issue. Used electronic devices, including personal computers, should be recycled. Companies that can make business out of the computer re-cycling should be supported in their efforts. If it is economically viable, the primary valuable materials should be retrieved, re-processed and re-used. Thus, the overall amount of the waste burdening our environment will be reduced. We should encourage the computer users to participate in the e-waste re-cycling program.

  1. Do you think the City of Ottawa should seek to meet the provincial target of a 60 percent overall (Residential and IC&I) diversion rate? 
  1. Do you support the City of Ottawa's delay of the 40% residential-only diversion target from 2006 to 2007?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor will you support a complete overhaul of Ottawa's Integrated Waste Management Strategy to reduce the city's reliance on landfills and develop long-term plans that include available, modern, waste-to-energy technologies such as plasma gasification, pyrolitic gasification, and/or high-efficiency incineration?
  1. Do you think the City of Ottawa should take greater responsibility in managing how and where Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) and Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste generated in the city is treated?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor would you oppose the proposed expansions of the Navan and Carp Rd. landfills by declaring them to be NOT environmentally sound based on their proximity to residential development and/or protected wetlands and the potential for groundwater contamination?
  1. Are there any conditions or circumstances that would cause you to support the immediate closure of a landfill within the City limits?
  1. Do you think that the expansion proposal put forward by the operator of the Navan Landfill (WSI) is reasonable?
  1. Do you thing the expansion proposal put forward by the operator of the Carp Rd. Landfill (Waste Management) is reasonable?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor would you support any plan that included expansions of either the Navan or Carp Rd. Landfills at reduced volumes/terms to what is presently being requested?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor would you support the implementation of an alternative waste management technology other than landfilling on the present Navan and Carp Rd. sites?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor do you think that landfills within the City of Ottawa should be expanded when there is a recently approved landfill located in a willing host community just outside of Ottawa that has excess capacity and is approved to accept garbage from Ottawa?
  1. If elected to Council/as Mayor would you work to ensure that the City of Ottawa has a greater say in how privately owned landfills are operated within the City's boundaries?
  1. Are you concerned that if the expansions of either the Navan or Carp Rd. Landfills is approved that Ottawa will have excess landfill capacity and be at risk of becoming a destination for Toronto garbage either directly or indirectly?
  1. Do you support the City of Toronto's decision to purchase the recently-expanded GreenLane Landfill near London, Ontario?
  1. Do you agree that the City of Ottawa's opportunity to adopt alternative technologies for waste management will be severely limited should the expansions of either the Navan or Carp Rd. Landfills be approved?

Safety:

Q. What position I have on crime?

A. As Mayor, I will definitely do everything to deter and to combat criminal activities.  Crimes are enemies to the society; they disrupt lives, ruin peace, and turn innocent people into victims.  I will strengthen the police force, work with the federal and provincial government to enforce the laws and impose stronger sentences, especially on those who commit crimes against the elderly and children.
I would like every police officer to drive his/her cruiser 4 days and 5th day walk the streets.  Better for streets (goes everywhere where cruiser cannot get) and better for the officer (some exercises).
Also I will assign one officer for a small region (divide each Ward in 4 pieces for example).
These way officers will know what happens in his region, who is the trouble maker, and people will know officer in charge.
People would report anything suspicious or crime to him.
Such an officer can serve in this region for many years.
Officer would walk from house to house, introduce him self and collect data.

Sport:

Q. What do you know about the sport of ultimate in Ottawa?

A. The OCUA is a non-profit corporation promoting disc sports in the Ottawa-Carleton region. Mainly volunteers run it. It is large, famous and runs tournaments all year round. From what I know the summer league is the largest ultimate league in the world. I find it a great idea. I support all kinds of sport activities, including disk sports. Winter league will be soon running from November till March.

Q. Do you feel that the sports fields controlled by the City of Ottawa are being well managed?

A. Sport fields in Ottawa are being managed. There is room for improvement there.


Q. What would you do as Mayor to improve sporting facilities in Ottawa?
A. I would attempt to lower those rental fees, which are excessive.  Recovery of costs associated with maintenance of the sport fields and ice rinks is necessary to keep them in good shape.

Q. What is your stand on rental fees for City sports fields and the use of these fields by for-profit groups?
A. All city facilities should be put to good use for our community including of course non-profit organizations. Empty buildings have to be maintained, heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, used or not.

Q. What is your position on the principles of healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle for our citizens?

A. A healthy and active lifestyle is not legislated by governments; it is promoted in educational sense. The principles of healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle for our citizens should be actively supported and applied. This is a common sense.

Q. I understand you are a candidate for Mayor. Please let me know what your plans/thoughts are regarding a designated bicycle lane from Stittsville to Downtown. Or even a designated lane that runs East/West.

A. I grew up in a culture where cyclists have the same rights as other road users.  Because bicycles do not pollute, do not make noise, take less space and most importantly improve health. I will not only take special care all bikers, but also propose safety education for drivers and young cyclists.  To show you that it is important for me can be a fact that 2 years ago I donated to all the Catholic and Public High Schools, educational, multilingual software I have developed for young bikers and drivers.  Safety, Education, Health, and Transportation are the most important issues for me.  

 

Taxes:  

Increasing city taxes works against all of us; this is a circle and a chain reaction.

Unfortunately we experience in Ottawa a negative circle: taxes increased, business closed, lost employment and salaries, standard of life and city services decreased, eviction, bankruptcy, drugs and crime on our streets, City needs more money, and again taxes go up...  Each time taxes are increased, more homeless and criminals welcome our streets.

As your Mayor I will create a positive circle in Ottawa.

I will create more jobs inviting to Ottawa entrepreneurs venture capitalists and talents.

I will keep our graduates in Ottawa giving them employment opportunities.

As a mayor I will give a green light to all businesses in the form of fast service at City Hall and tax breaks if employers will create more jobs.  I will streamline the City organization and introduce one-stop shopping for businesses.  I will ensure that staff is trained to respond to business enquiries.

I will freeze municipal taxes including the next year planned 15% taxes increase. We should follow the NY model and reduce almost to zero all fees for new businesses.  This is a modern way to create city income.

We cannot only rely on taxes; we as a city have to generate profit. 

We should concentrate on the technology sector and tourism.

We need tourists, we need jobs; these two factors will boom our city economy.  

Q. What position I have on taxes?

A. Taxes are the revenue for the governments to maintain their services to the public.

I think taxes must be fair and not skewed to a segment of the society.

I found the current Ontario property tax assessment is unfair, base on half-baked information, and punish those who are on fixed income and who do not flip their house for capital gains.

Q. Is the budgetary process working, and if not, how would you improve it?

A. The current budgetary process works fine; the decisions made by the participants need to be improved.

I believe that the city should aim for a 0% tax increase each year, unlike the case in recent years.  The residents and businesses of Ottawa are already taxed to the limit.  I believe the city should be run like a business as much as possible.  As mayor I would strive to ensure that activities and services invested in by the city create a return on the investment which could in turn be used to support other necessities.

I also believe that an independent auditor should be retained on the public’s behalf to ensure the proper financial management of the city.

Q. What needs to be done to improve the municipal assessment system?

A. The municipal assessment system needs to be more flexible.

I support giving property tax discounts for those who had invested a certain amount of money (say $10,000) in renovations in a given year.  This would encourage home-owners to upgrade their homes and make them more energy efficient.  The city would recover the lost tax revenue in many forms – higher property values, taxes on material sold, and employment creation.

Q. Would it be possible to get an official link to find out who has registered for the Campaign Contribution - Rebate Program. It must be public information. Many Thanks

A. Here is my blog related to the Rebate Program: http://propertytaxeswasting.blogspot.com/2006/07/i-believe-that-property-taxes-in.html

Thank you for your inquiry.  To get answers to your questions related the election please contact the Elections Office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
City of Ottawa Elections Office
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E-mail: elections@ottawa.ca

Transportation:  

Q. What position I have on LRT?

A. I do not know the details of the LRT contract; therefore I cannot give you a definitive straight answer.
Also, I do not know for example how much we will have to pay in penalties if this LRT contract is cancelled or amended.
However, for the price of $1 billion I know we can have 200 kilometres of Personal Rapid Transit in Ottawa within 4 years.

Q. Is the current light rail proposal what is best for the city?

A. The city of Ottawa had an opportunity to be a world-leader in public transit.  Instead, it settled for a second-rate solution.

I don’t believe the current light rail (LRT) proposal is best for the city.  However, the democratically elected council has made a decision regarding LRT and the deal will be signed.

If the LRT contract can be modified without significant penalties, I would take steps to do so.

There are better solutions to the transit problem that I would implement.  Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems are already being used in over 100 places around the world, including Asia, Singapore, and the United States.  PRT systems are quicker to build, cost far less to build and operate, have higher passenger volumes than LRT, and are more energy efficient than LRT.

More Q and A

One word "accountability" has become politically significant but I think, poorly understood.

Q. How do you define "accountability " as applied to elected officials?
A. ccountability. I believe that there should be some measure or safeguard in place whereas elected officials should be held accountable for their campaign promises and penalties levied if they do a turn-about after being elected. Once in office there should also be measures that the taxpayers may invoke if decisions are made contrary to the majority of our citizens.


Q. How do you define "accountability " as applied to City staff? 
A. Accountability. All city staff must be held responsible and accountable for their duties performed in the public interest. There should be no delays in the performance of their duties. The cities life blood operates on getting things done correctly the first time, not by procastination or in the passing of the buck.


Q. How do you define "accountability" as applied to municipal Boards and Commissions? 
A. Accountability. Boards and Commissions must also be held accountable for not being able to forecast expenditures and remain within their allotted budgets. 

Q. What part of the City do you live in? What attributes do you bring to the role of Mayor? I am asking because I don't know and you are raising good issues. 
A. I am resident of Ottawa-West, close to Carling and Kirkwood intersection
(River Ward 16). Please see the next answer. 

Q. What experience would you bring to the job? 
A. Strong leadership and determination, based on all levels international work experience from junior to senior positions. Working with people to resolve existing problems, I always have provided solutions to things that seemed impossible. I accomplished whatever I promised, always with a passion and in the best quality. 

Q. What are your priorities for the City of Ottawa for the next four years? 
A. Safe, clean, vibrant city with a constant abundance of tourists year-round. Without a rising taxes, previous garbage and transportation difficulties, our citizens will enjoy an increased standard of life. I will invest more in education, look for new technologies, support new ideas, and minimize the homeless. My solutions are waiting to be applied. 

Q. If you are elected Mayor of Ottawa, what are you going to do about eradication of graffiti vandalism in our community? 
A. It is important that everyone do their part in keeping both public and private properties free of littering and illegal graffiti in order to help the City. 
If graffiti is made against the property’s owner will, this should be penalized exactly like vandalism. To eliminate illegal graffiti I would educate property owners, students, and the general public about the negative effects of illegal graffiti. 
I would introduce a new Graffiti Bylaw, to guide City staff in preventing and enforcing the law. 
I would enforce this new law creating small and flexible Clean City unit, which will collect data from society about littering or graffiti, and will enforce the law. 
The Clean City unit will not require an additional funding because from the penalties (tickets issued) will survive it self. It can be another Public Private Project (P3). 
In the practice for example: owner of the property records on video people who do the illegal graffiti and pass it to the special Clean City unit. Officers follow up, try to locate this ‘artist’ and penalize him/her or parents. This unit will also go to the scenes where the graffiti occurs repeatedly, contact the owner, and do the investigation by its self. There are many methods to track, locate and penalize the ‘illegal artists’. 
As an alternative to the fee, for parents and these who cannot afford a ticket payment, the city would make them erase their work plus order picking up trash on our streets so they learn about properties values and rights of others.

Thanks to this e-mail I am now aware of this candidate!  And, I have to say - he makes more sense than a lot of the others.  Especially with the lack of lawn signs - Thank you!!!!!!!!!! I went to the website to check out the other campaign platforms, and I will be voting for Mr. Anweiler in November.

Thanks!

Alexandra

 

David and Michelle (Ward 10) asked me:

1.  Light Rail Transit:

Do you believe that LRT through the down town core is the best solution for Ottawa's transportation problems?  Why or why not?

This is very bad solution.  Please see my web site for other solutions I have proposed since May.

2.  What would be your vision for a public transit solution in Ottawa?

 Personal Rapid Transit, 21 Century Technology (see my web site anweiler.ca).

3. Crime and Safety

What do you believe is the best solution to address the concerns regarding street level safety?  These concerns include, but are not limited to:

The increase in gun crime in Ottawa

I'll lobby the federal/provincial government for stricter penalty on criminals.

Youth Crime

Held parents responsible; children have to stay in school until grade 11/12;

Promote the traditional value system (family, social, moral, etc.) and censor media in promoting.

Sex and violent

Predators must be severely punished, police should be vigilant in solving crime against children and minors, violent act in the society must be deterred at all costs.

Gang violence

Police should be on the watch for gangs which involve in criminal behaviours and encourage citizen to make reports through medium such as Crime Stoppers.

Predators of our children

Automatic jail sentence for any crime committed and publish their names and addresses.  If possible, ban them from playground and parks where children gather.

Transit Safety

Safety must be at the top of the City’s list of priority.

Drug Enforcement

Police and Health department must be on the alert for drug trafficking and illegal use.

Property Crime

This is very intrusive to the victims and I will make sure that the police be diligent on deterring this and solving the crime once committed.

4.  Business Investment and Employment

How would you plan to attract business and investment to Ottawa?

Improve service (one stop shopping) at the City.  Currently, businesses found the City bureaucracy and confusion are frustrating and many new businesses had been discouraged and go to other cities.  I would also consider tax incentive to new businesses or businesses who provide multiple employment and attract tourists.

5.  Use of tax dollars

Do you believe that special events (ie. Tulip Festival, Blues Fest, Gay Pride Parade, etc.) should be self supporting without the use of tax dollars to prop them up?

Yes (eventually max. for the first 3 years some free city service)

6.  Do you believe the pedestrian foot bridge over the Rideau Canal near Ottawa U and contributing funding to Chamber Music Hall are good uses of tax dollars?

I would need to find out more about them.  I know that there had been a lot of criticism in the media on these projects.

Bridge was $5 million but in Orleans we spent $220 million giving “Someone” for 30 years exclusiveness to operate hotel and Arts Center for FREE, and on top of this we as a city will have to pay $3.2 every year for 30 years for its operational costs.

7.  Do you support programs like the free needle clinic?

Yes, only if it is properly administered because it will reduce spread of disease which may put burden on the already burdened health system.

8. There are those who state that tax dollars should only be spent on core services.  At the municipal level, what do you view as core services?

Police, Fire Department, roads and underground infrastructure, hydro, water, waste management, municipal operations, health, housing, museum, public buildings and park, and others which are in the public domains.

9.  Property taxes

Rural areas in the city do not have the same services as urban or suburban areas.  With this in mind, do you believe that they should be taxed by the same formula or mill rate just because they are in the City of Ottawa?

This is within the jurisdiction of the Province of Ontario.  I will consult with the provincial government and City legal advisers and look for options to apply tax fairly.

10.  Expenses

How do you intend to reduce the excessive operational expenses of the City of Ottawa?

I'll streamline the operation and eliminate any inefficiency and excess.

11.  There are many cases of abuses of city property from carelessness to outright theft.  There are cases like a parking lot attendant that is caught stealing and given a severance package that amounts to 12 months wages when he is let go (true case) to the case of staff that report directly to family members working for the city of Ottawa which is contrary to union rule and city policy.  The abuses of city IT infrastructure which range from conducting personal business during working hours to surfing and exchanging inappropriate material is rampant with city staff.

How do you intend to force all levels of management to crack down on abuses by staff?

I will enforce strict internal audit of the operation and the auditors will report directly the City Council.  Any crime disclosed will be reported to the police and be dealt with in accordance with the law.  Any dishonesty uncovered will be disciplined and the managers will be held responsible for any audit observations.

12.  The hierarchy at the City of Ottawa is very top heavy.  Recommended industry manager/staff ration is 1/12.  Would you support re-organizing staffing in order to streamline operational costs.

Yes

13.  Waste management

What are your views on land fill expansion vs. plasma gasification or another alternative?

Please see my web site and blog for details and other solutions:

http://garbageissue.blogspot.com/2006/09/ottawas-garbage-issue.html

14.  Mr. O'Brien has repeatedly stated that he would run the city like a business. 

Can you elaborate on how you would accomplish this?

I will manage the revenue and expenditure like a business, or better still, like I run my own bank account.  However, the City is a government, and social programs and other community programs should be considered, base on the merit of the program.  Other programs of public interest, such as health and transit, I will consult and seek feedback from the public.  I have too many solutions for this to list them here.  Please visit my web site www.anweiler.ca

I am receiving hundreds emails every day from Ottawans; mostly one up to three questions.

You have asked me 14 questions; therefore, I will publish them so, other people can see my response.

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