Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier

See which candidates have endorsed Starts With Home. Click on their name to read more.

✔️ = Endorses

❓ = No survey received

Endorsement Quote: "Having a stable and secure roof over your head is a human right we have to support collectively as a society, the absence of which is a root contributor to social and mental health problems, crime, and urban malfunction."

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "Renovictions and demovictions need to be regulated or banned to prevent their widespread abuse."
✔️Housing Acquisition: "We need to expand such programs, like Cooperative Not-for-profit housing, and regulate real estate market corporatization."

2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Yes, provided policies are proactively implemented to prevent those zones slipping into slums."
✔️Increased Budget: "Yes. But I believe a static magic number should be replaced by a percentage according to population growth. If growth exceeds forecasts, then 1,000 houses per year may be insufficient. It probably is insufficient already, given our current housing crisis."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "Landlords, especially small-scale family ones, need our support too. The housing problem is not a landlord v tenant issue. It is a financial speculation, deregulation, and corporate take-over and mismanaged development problem." ✔️Ombudsperson: "You bet your beeswax!"

Link to website: hichamb.ca

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "Seniors and low income residents are too often left vulnerable." ✔️Housing Acquisition"Yes, this would be a good long-term strategy."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "It is crucial to a more equitable society." ✔️Increased Budget: "Indigenous peoples face more housing discrimination and this platform would help to alleviate this problem."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "It is important to ensure effective control for both tenants and landlords who are doing the right thing in dealing with cheaters. It is also important to support small landlords who are close to their tenants." ✔️Ombudsperson: "This is a 

Link to website: www.juliefiala.ca

Endorsement Quote: "The three pillars are very strong and must be at the heart of our actions. However, the six actions are not sufficient to address the problem of affordable housing. Relying a strategy on only these actions will miss the mark by a wide margin. For example, the Inclusionary Zoning policy and the pre-emptive right are very effective in improving or preserving social mix, which is a very important element. However, their effectiveness in increasing the number of affordable housing units is greatly overestimated. There are still important elements to be put in place, but it is largely insuficient. For example, the City of Ottawa needs to be able to support the creation of a large housing co-op that would be able to buy and build housing and spread the risk. This can be done by using the city's financial capacity to guarantee investment. The city needs to get powers and budgets back from the province to be able to take more consistent action. Citizens must have a stronger voice in development projects. Consideration should be given to creating mandatory, public rent insurance to prevent landlords from discriminating against lower-income people and denying them access to rents." 

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "The city that allows renovations and new construction must make it very, very expensive to drive tenants out, to the point where it is no longer an option. This is a place where an extensive pre-emptive right could be used to force the sale of units evicting tenants to the city at market price." ✔️Housing Acquisition"Yes, this can be done through the conversion to a co-op or through city-owned non-profit enterprises. The operations must be financially efficient, to allow for significant development of the utility or co-op and rapidly increase the number of units under management."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "This is a good measure to ensure the diversity of our neighbourhoods. It promotes social and economic diversity. For that alone, it is a measure to be supported." ✔️Increased Budget: "It is important that the city mobilises other major cities to increase the financial resources available for this action. I support the increase, as well as the focus on indigenous people."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "It is important to ensure effective control for both tenants and landlords who are doing the right thing in dealing with cheaters. It is also important to support small landlords who are close to their tenants." ✔️Ombudsperson: "This is a good measure"

Link to website: https://eng.kimleclerc.ca/

No survey received.

Link to website: www.vote4alex.ca

Endorsement Quote: "I am proud to endorse the Starts With Home platform that was put together by the Alliance to End Homelessness, and community partners, including ACORN, CAWI, and dozens of others. I am also proud to have contributed personally to the platform prior to my run for city council through working for a local nonprofit."

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "Protecting tenants from renoviction and demoviction is crucial to retaining our current affordable housing supply." ✔️Housing Acquisition"The city must work to purchase private housing that might otherwise go to a private owner for renovation/demolition and transfer it to nonprofit housing providers who will maintain affordable rentals. This will allow us to preserve affordable units on the market."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Ottawa needs strong inclusionary zoning (20-30%) in all areas, not only near transit hubs." ✔️Increased Budget
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing ✔️Ombudsperson

Link to website: www.laurashantz.ca/

Endorsement Quote: "From my door to door, other meetings opportunities and my experience in the Ward 12, I realized that there is an emergency in increasing the access to affordable housing. This goal requires innovative solutions and flexibility to the stake holders. I find the three key messages and six clear actions included in the Starts With Home campaign platform are really accurate to an effective strategy on this important issue. For those reasons, I endorse this housing campaign."

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "Generally speaking, the impact of renovictions and demovictions is more challenging for the tenants than the landlords. Find another place to live and moving is not an easy process. It logic that the rules have to be adapted first to the protection of the tenants. The municipal actual policies in this issue have to be strengthened"
✔️Housing Acquisition: "Housing is an essential issue which has a lot of impact of some people life but, also to the quality and atmosphere of all the City as long as the prevention of violence and the attractive aspect of Ottawa for the potential investers"

2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Natural human solidarity among the population should be encouraged by the City by effective leadership setting more pro active rules to share wealth. This helps the prevention of the spreading of slum around the City like we can see an lot in many other countries."
✔️Increased Budget: "Indigenous are facing huge challenges in housing in Ottawa. Specially in my ward, this is very important."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "In this goal also, solidarity has to be put forwards by the City. Again, sharing the wealth should be a value put fowards among the landlords. This would increase the access of affordable housing and better relations among the stake holders as long as more efficiency in the use of the resources available." ✔️Ombudsperson: "This role would encourage the focus on this matter which is complex reinforcing the maintenance of fair relations between the stake holders although the fact that there is an ongoing change in the City life."

Link to website: https://patrickauguste.ca/

Endorsement Quote: "End Homelessness in Ottawa especially at Rideau-Vanier"

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "I will be a city councillor for the residents Rideau-Vanier concerns. I will fight for the residents."
❌Housing Acquisition
2. Create More ❓Inclusionary Zoning: no response ✔️Increased Budget
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing ❓Ombudsperson: no response

Link to website: https://www.burthomleydouzable.ca/

Endorsement Quote: "We need to increase the supply of social, affordable and family housing. I endorse the #StartsWithHome campaign from the Alliance to End Homelessness." 

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "I support municipal policies that strengthen such protections; for example, proactive education to inform tenants about their rights and resources. In doing so, I also believe that we should not be pitting tenants against landlords, and vice versa, in a manner that erodes trust and breeds anger and deception between these two groups. Using the same example, a comprehensive education program requires landlords and tenants to work together so that there is a greater understanding of the concerns between these two groups so that they can forge solutions together. I also support in principle the creation of a Tenant Defense Fund, based on its implementation in Toronto and the pilot in Hamilton, but would require more time to study its feasibility." ✔️Housing Acquisition"Yes, but with a couple of caveats. I will advocate for the following: Begin discussions with the federal government and other owners of under-used buildings in Rideau-Vanier to see if they can be retrofitted into housing units; Streamline the process for construction permits and renovation for developers who include heritage conservation, social, family (3 bedroom) and / or geared to income housing in their development plans; Bring forward a motion of right of first refusal so that the city has the right of first purchase on real-estate sales in areas that do not have public housing so we can diversity the Wards that have Ottawa Community Housing; and Prioritize families living in motels for public housing and ensure that large rental companies (CLV, District, etc) dedicate a percentage of their units to low-income earners while charging geared-to-income rents. While we support such a housing acquisition strategy, as demonstrated above in our “right of first refusal” approach , we do not support any strategy that would be perceived as discriminatory or found to be unconstitutional according to the legislative and regulatory powers of our nation’s three levels of government (federal, provincial and municpal). right of first refusal: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/right-of-first-refusal-social-housing-1.5466347"
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Please see answer to previous action." ✔️Increased Budget: "Yes in principle I would need to see more details of such action before I can be definitive. With that said, I want to make Ward 12 the most inclusive and equitable Ward in our city so that all our residents can achieve their full potential. Black, Indigenous, people of colour, people with physical and mental limitations, those that suffer substance and physical abuse, and the LGBTQ2+ community are among the most vulnerable and underserved members of our Ward. I will be a champion, not just for the Indigenous, but for all the underserved residents of Rideau-Vanier."
3. Preserve the Quality ❓Landlord Licensing: "Yes and No. I do not support additional license fees for landlords on top of the property taxes they already pay. I support a small increase of 1-2% on property taxes, and I support funding to small landlords (this needs to be defined) for maintenance repairs to come from the city budget; or as repayable interest free loans for emergency repairs so tenets do not suffer, if there is limited room to maneuver in the City budget." ❌Ombudsperson: "It is unclear to me what additional advantage an independent Housing Ombudsman would provide over strengthening the existing regime. The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 governs the operations of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). The LTB has existing mechanisms and resources to assist both landlords and tenants in dispute resolution. If such measures do not address the issue then they can receive a hearing at the LTB Tribunal. And if there are systemic issues in the decisions of the LTB, then further redress is available with the Ontario Ombudsman. I strongly believe that housing is a human right. And I am a strong believer in transparency and accountability. But I am cautious of creating more oversight regimes with overlapping jurisdictional legal frameworks and increasing the amount of red tape. I would like to strengthen protections for both tenants and landlords within existing frameworks; not creating more to dilute its effectiveness while increasing costs to taxpayers."

Link to website: stephanieplante.ca

No survey received.

Link to website: www.tylercybulski.ca/

No survey received.

Link to website: https://votejwane.ca/

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