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Ecology Ottawa All Candidates Questionnaire

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My responses to the Ecology Ottawa Questionnaire on a series of important environmental issues.

If elected, will you commit to prioritizing pedestrian, cycling and affordable public transit infrastructure over automobile infrastructure in meeting the future growth in travel demand in the urban area?

YES – I am a huge walker myself and find our current sidewalks in Somerset ward to be in deplorable conditions. I am also a supporter of using public transit whenever possible rather than driving. As city councillor I ...

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Cycling Priorities in Ottawa

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My responses to the Citizens for Safe Cycling candidate questionnaire.

What is the next important bicycle infrastructure project in your ward?

There are two that I believe to be important cycling infrastructure projects in Somerset Ward that should be next on the list.

  1. The cycling facility along the O’Connor Street corridor from Wellington Street to Glebe Avenue is an important cross-town bikeway.  I’ve participated in the planning workshop in June and supported a bi-directional segregated bike lane.
  2. Rochester Street should also be considered as ...
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Capital Pride 2014 – Parade

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This year the Capital Pride parade is celebrating its 29th anniversary.  I am extremely proud to say that I have walked in all 28 previous parades representing various community organizations and important causes.  This year, however, I will be walking proudly as a candidate for Ottawa City Council in Somerset Ward.

Capital Pride celebrates diversity first and foremost and Somerset is definitely the most diverse ward in Ottawa.  The people, cultural festivals, public art, shops and restaurants are all part of ...

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O’Connor Street Bikeway Study Planning Workshop

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On June 26, I attended the O’Connor Street Bikeway Study Planning Workshop held at City Hall.  The City has initiated a study that will develop a functional plan for a cycling facility along the O’Connor Street corridor from Wellington Street into the Glebe.

During the break-out sessions, participants were asked to design parts of the new cycling facilities.  Unfortunately we were given a number of significant restrictions.

The first that O`Connor remain a one way street with two lanes for motor vehicles and that the current ...

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Shepherds of Good Hope – June 29, 2014

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Shepherds of Good Hope – June 29, 2014

As previously mentioned, I volunteer at the Shepherds of Good Hope five or six times a year either on a Saturday or Sunday.  Bright and early on June 29, the team and I headed down to the Shepherds on Murray Street and although we were a bit short on volunteers due to the Canada Day long weekend, we helped prep food and served lunch to more than 200 of our friends.  This was the first time for some of our team members and ...

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Proud to be Canadian

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Proud to be Canadian

Over the past few months as a candidate for Somerset Ward, I’ve had the incredible opportunity of meeting so many of its residents, whether at the doors, at events or just on the street.  I am enjoying every minute of it and can not imagine doing anything else.  We may all have different views regarding our city but one thing is clear we are very proud of living in our nation’s capital.

I am proud of my hometown.  It is where I grew up, where ...

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Campaign Update – June 13, 2014

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Running as a candidate in Somerset Ward has certainly been busy but it has also been a lot of fun.  I’ve met so many new people, attended a number of events and I am enjoying every single minute of it.  But it isn’t over, not by a long shot.  There is still much work to do over the next four and a half months till Election Day on October 27.

Below you find information on upcoming events, canvassing opportunities and how ...

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Campaign Update – May 20, 2014

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Hope you have enjoyed the Victoria Day long weekend.  The last few days have been quite busy on the campaign trail.  Meeting people across the ward to discuss what is important to them is most definitely the highlight of being a candidate.

The Launch

Although I have been on the go since I signed up as a candidate on January 2, the team and I launched our campaign last Wednesday at the Royal Oak on Bank Street (corner of Gloucester).  The event ...

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Questions and Answers: On the Campaign Trail

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Questions and Answers:  On the Campaign Trail

Since becoming a candidate in Somerset Ward I have had the opportunity to meet many people and groups who have asked questions on why I am running for municipal government, where I stand on the issues that are important to them and how I would handle certain situations.  I am happy to share their  questions and my answers with you in this blog.


Q: There’s been a lot of confusion around the development of the outdoor space at McNabb Community ...

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Bringing Back Bank Street

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Sunday, February 2 marked a month since I submitted my nomination papers as a candidate in Somerset Ward and what a month it has been.

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to tell my story to a number of media, launched my website (www.denisschryburt.ca) and shared my vision for Somerset with many of its residents.

The following Monday night I met a great group of people living in the South-East section of Centretown.  We had an incredible and frank discussion on a ...

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