Ward 14 - Somerset

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1. Stop the Loss Tenants Protections: "As someone who is a renter, I understand and support the need to protect tenants. However, I believe the best way to strengthen tenant protections against renovictions and demovictions is by increasing funding and improving the effectiveness of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). Having an efficient, accessible, properly-funded LTB is the greatest protection against renovations and demovictions for tenants in Somerset Ward. Successive provincial governments have failed to properly invest in the LTB, leaving backlogs in case hearings. If elected as councillor for Somerset Ward, my voice will be one of the loudest around the council table pushing the provincial government to put more money into this essential service." ✔️Housing Acquisition: "Yes, I agree that the city must play in developing a non-profit housing acquisition strategy to help purchase properties that can be turned into a variety of non-profit housing with below market rentals rates."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Yes, I agree that the City of Ottawa needs a strong Inclusionary Zoning policy to ensure that new buildings contain affordable units. Inclusionary Zoning is just one of the tools in our municipal toolbox that we can use to create more affordable housing in Ottawa." ✔️Increased Budget: "The City of Ottawa has a role to play in building affordable housing, especially for families. Our goals should be to get people out of temporary accommodations like hotels and into real units that provide a better quality of life. I also support committing 30% of the funding to “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” housing strategy. These traditional, unceded territories of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation are home to a rapidly growing indigenous population that is far too often precariously housed. To prevent this, we need to work with Indigenous partners to develop culturally appropriate housing that will contribute to making our communities welcoming to all."
3. Preserve the Quality ❌Landlord Licensing: "No, my concern is that any implementation of a landlord licensing scheme would simply pass the costs onto tenants. We can do more by urging the province to increase funding to the LTB to protect tenants, and by investing in municipal bylaw monitoring to enforce property maintenance standards." ❌Ombudsperson: "No, the money involved in setting up the office of a Housing Ombudsman would be better spent getting shovels into the ground to build more non-profit housing units."

Link to Website: www.stuartmackay.ca

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections ✔️Housing Acquisition: "I do, however, I want to ensure City Council would be able to create a board to monitor this."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Yes! This is a highlight of my housing policy!" ✔️Increased Budget: "This is an important part of the path toward reconciliation."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "I would only support this if it doesn’t impact a non-corporate landlord who rents a single property." ✔️Ombudsperson

Link to website: https://linktr.ee/_brandonrussell

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "I support intensification in the downtown core to discourage urban sprawl and make more housing available to residents. But existing tenants should be allowed to either keep their homes, or be moved to ones in the same neighbourhood, at the same rent. Increasing supply alone will not increase affordability. We need deeper investment in affordable and moderately priced rentals, to ensure that Somerset Ward remains a diverse and thriving community." ✔️Housing Acquisition: "I am particularly passionate about this issue, as renovictions and demovictions are a major problem in Somerset Ward."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Yes! We don't want to see another Herongate situation, where tenants are displaced from affordable rentals and then offered apartments at $2,700/month to move back into. The definition of "affordability" needs to be truly affordable to working class people, and those living on OW or ODSP." ✔️Increased Budget"I also have experience from my years working at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities advocating to the federal and provincial governments for more money for social/deeply affordable housing. The city cannot do it alone, but we can do more."
3. Preserve the Quality ❓Landlord Licensing: "I need to learn more about this one before I respond definitively, but I do agree that we need better rent control and enforcement of property standards." ✔️Ombudsperson: "This kind of arms-length watchdog could be very helpful."

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