Wherever there are still large tracts of open land in the West Island, the public debate during the municipal election campaigns focused on how to stop, or at least, limit development.
In Ste. Anne de Bellevue, the concern was the Anse à l’Orme woods. Critics questioned at least one mayoral candidate’s commitment to saving the woods from development, pointing to the fact that he owned a company that sold new homes.
So what is next?
In Ste. Anne, the new council should look at restarting the public consultation process to draft a new urban development plan. The last one, which proposed to essentially double the size of the town, was roundly rejected. Ste. Anne does not have the infrastructure, the access to public transit nor the arterial roads to support such an aggressive expansion plan. Residents in the north end need access to public transit, not just some expensive taxi service that is only subsidized during rush hours. It’s time to go back to the drawing board. There is no need to rush.
Our town is finally in good hands with Paola. Hopefully we can save our green spaces for our kids and grand kids. Having said that, this blog no longer serves any purpose. We are now officially out of business, except for the odd update here and there. Thanks for dropping by.
In Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, there are a few key issues, but the one that is attracting the most attention is the future of development in the north end of the town. The last council proposed a development plan that would have doubled the population of the town. It was the focus of intense debate leading to it being shelved.
Fact: Citizens don’t want development in their backyards. They said so loud and clear and this is why our forests and wetlands are still there for all to enjoy. The green spaces also increase the value of our homes by 20 to 30%: that’s millions of dollars to potentially lose as a community. Source.
Myth: Development is inevitable. If that were the case there wouldn’t be any green spaces in Montreal. We need to pressure the city or province to buy back the land and invest in parks like the Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard. See the city’s commitment below. Once corruption is reduced, the city and province will have the funds for this purchase but it could take years – we can wait because the land is frozen.
Fact: Montreal (PMAD) has a stated goal to preserve 17% of Greater Montréal’s territory to maintain biodiversity. That 17% will be impossible to reach unless SADB stays green, we need them to buy back the land. Source: Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
Fact: Our lands are currently frozen by an RCI. They are also zoned Industrial, not residential. So why talk about residential development when the zoning doesn’t allow it?
Myth: The landowners have the right to build. Wrong. Our town has the legal right to protect its forests and wetlands. Source: PMAD
Myth: We should feel sorry for the landowners. Wrong on two counts, they bought the land knowing it was zoned industrial. Secondly, we as property owners have much more invested in our homes than the value of their land.
Fact: You don’t want to build homes on wetlands, it invites constant flooding. These lands are susceptible to landslides as well. Read this and this.
Myth: Increased population means lower taxes. Wrong, it means higher taxes to pay for all the increased services, it increases traffic, pollution, and crime.
Fact: Additional housing will decrease our property values because of increased competition – it becomes a buyer’s market – particularly when cheap housing and condos spring up.
Fact: Our lands were sold under interesting conditions. Land sale controversy has election undertones. Don’t fret, the Charbonneau commission will eventually make its way to the West Island and it will be interesting to see the headlines.
Myth: We have to develop because we have so much debt and we are losing revenue from the Hospital and blah, blah, blah. Stop the whining please. Debt will be reduced by proper management, not by raising taxes. No more $300,000 toilets.
Opinion: Remember, our land would have to be rezoned in order to destroy it. Do we really want the real estate and construction industries exploiting our community? Have we learned anything from Tremblay, Vailancourt, Applebaum, and company?
Applebaum was arrested in June in connection with two projects, the NDG Sports Centre and a condo project near Mount Royal. The projects allegedly involved zoning changes and bribes worth tens of thousands of dollars that transpired between 2006 and 2011
Today many of us took out the garbage in the form of fallen leaves. Today, the voters got the Mayor right and also took out the old garbage. Congratulations Paola Hawa. We can now sleep well for the next 4 years. In passing, InfoSAB got all its candidates elected except District 3 where Lise-Anne sadly lost by only 6 votes!
Citizens in Beaconsfield are trying to protect their interests just as we are in SADB. This article by candidate for Beaconsfield council Greg Stienstra, illustrates the similarities between both communities.
- Beaconsfield’s 2013 Special Planning program for the Angell Woods sector, although withdrawn at the last minute, will be at the top of the agenda for the new council. We must send council, land owners, developers, speculators a strong message that Beaconsfielders want to keep their green space. Your vote in this election is extremely important.
- Development will not result in reduced taxes. Even the Beaconsfield council members could not make a case that development reduces taxes.
- This is one of the last remaining green spaces on the island.
- There is a serious traffic congestion and safety problem at Woodland Intersection. Drivers regularly run red lights at this intersection due to delays. Council should make safety a priority over development.
- There has been no traffic study taking into consideration that train traffic, particularly long oil carrying trains, is on the increase. As we learned from Lac Megantic, there are risks. As it is how would residents west of Woodland be evacuated in case of a derailment at the Woodland intersection cutting off Elm and Woodland?
- As the traffic increases so does the risk of a serious accident.
- Montreal has set aside funds for the purchase of green spaces on the island of Montreal.
- A large green space is an asset to real estate values in our community, and this will continue in the future.
- High density condo development is not the right choice for this area, and it will reduce local property values.
- Angell Woods provides many environmental benefits and allows us to enjoy nature without driving for hours.
- The Beaconsfield plan for the development of Angell Woods presented in 2013 has far too many loopholes.
- In the past when other properties in this area were developed, soil removed from excavation by the builders was simply dumped on nearby green spaces, essentially destroying the local ecosystem. This construction was supposedly supervised and inspected by city employees.
Let’s not make the same disastrous mistake we made four years ago. Paola won’t hide behind the curtain, she loves to meet and field questions from voters at Town Halls and isn’t afraid of public debate!
I’ve had an interest in this question for many years. I remember the Council question period(s) under the Tierney administration when his Council was proposing to allow the building of condos in the most sensitive areas – in and adjacent to – the Anse a l’Orme forest. I also remember his refusal to actively negotiate with Montreal who was seeking to establish a protected eco-territory in our area. At that time, Montreal had offered a $10million investment to create a regional park, including the construction of a chalet. Further, they had also offered to take over the maintenance of Sainte Anne’s portion of Anse a l’Orme road, which would have represented an important saving for Sainte Anne. It was this situation that was at the root of my decision to run for Council at the 2009 election. I went door-to-door, maps in hand, explaining to residents the choices we faced as a community. They chose to elect me as their representative based on our shared vision: protect our quality of life and as much green space as possible; ensure that any new development would be in the best interests of the community; ensure that residents directly participate in the entire process of creating a new Urban Plan.
Although some candidates at the 2009 election had run and won, by making “green” and citizen participation/respect an important part of their electoral platform – it soon became clear that the “words” of the campaign would not align with the “actions” once in office. Despite my repeated requests to my Council colleagues to perform the requisite studies and to directly involve the citizens before designing a new Urban Plan, the majority chose to allow the 2012 Urban Plan to be determined behind closed doors together with the promoter. More than 400 of you witnessed the result of this exercise at the May 28, 2012 Consultation Meeting in the school gym. (google it!) Those in attendance saw me (supported by Ryan Young) stand up and publicly denounce the lack of transparency and the real estate promoter’s direct involvement/influence in the process. Working with a dedicated group of citizens, we mobilized our community, signed petitions, sent emails, went door to door, held resident information sessions to inform our neighbours. Continue Reading
Hot issues in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue include development of northern sector
Kathryn Greenaway | From The Gazette | October 29, 2013 Click here for full Article
Our downtown SADB core is really suffering – the overpasses and the decade long construction (seemed like a decade) have done incredible damage to our local businesses. What does Paola Hawa want to do? Paola wants to help the Southern sector (our downtown).
Hawa wants to maintain Ste-Anne St.’s quaint, village feel and is concerned the empty storefronts dotting the main artery will be replaced by modern condos. “What we need on Ste-Anne St. is more diversity — more businesses that serve the needs of the residents who live here 12 months a year,” she said.”
Paul Chalbo, on the other hand complains about the hardships of finding milk in our residential North Sector.
“I live in the (northern sector of Ste-Anne) and I can’t buy a litre of milk in my neighbourhood. We need services people can walk to or bike to,” he said.
Personally I don’t mind the 10 minute drive down to the Couche-Tard on Ste Anne street. I like the idea of supporting our local business. Not just the Couche-Tard, but Daoust, the Guitar stores, the thrift shops, and obviously our restaurants. That’s another great reason NOT to develop the North Sector. I don’t want to see the forests turned into little strip malls, I don’t want to see our North become a ghetto – and our downtown core doesn’t need more competition, business is already too slow as it is.
1. She has true leadership qualities and relevant managerial experience, an in-depth knowledge of all the challenges that the previous Mayor left us as his legacy – the overpass fiasco, the debt, the frivolous spending. She has plans and solutions to tackle these difficult problems.
2. She has a proven track record – a clean voting record as a SADB councilor, she voted against the $300,000 toilet and other absurdities.
3. She has voted against high-density urban sprawl – unwanted development that will raise our taxes, lower our property values, increase traffic, crime, and pollution.
4. She is not going to increase police and public security – we don’t want and don’t need a police state in Sainte Anne de Bellevue.
5. She doesn’t sell homes for income – no potential conflicts of interest.
6. She meets with people in groups at Town Halls, not just one on one – she’s not afraid of facing tough questions in front of a crowd. Most importantly she doesn’t insult the few citizens who take the time to regularly attend council meetings.
7. She has the support of the best candidates for council – this means once she’s elected she’ll have a strong council to get things done.
8. She doesn’t threaten or intimidate voters with slander or libel just because they don’t agree with her, she doesn’t delete negative comments from her facebook site. That’s transparency and democracy.
9. She doesn’t threaten the vandals who removed her posters with criminal prosecution.
10. She hasn’t insulted “some” of the JAC students by accusing them of being drunk and “some” of the bar owners of illegally selling booze to minors at discounted prices.
Nice to see Paola Hawa is responding to questions on the Gazette Blogs. Nice to see Paola Hawa leave all comments on her Facebook page, from supporters and haters too. Nice to see Paola Hawa holding Town Halls to actually talk to constituents. Nice to see Paola Hawa open to holding a public debate with the other candidate. I guess Paola has nothing to hide and is prepared to face all questions that are fired at her. Nice to know Paola Hawa will be the next mayor of Sainte Anne de Bellevue.
Over the past few years, I have repeatedly stated the importance of performing an “objective” economic impact study as part of the “due diligence” phase prior to designing a new urban plan (PPU). Your concern provides a perfect example as to why it is imperative that the City do its homework and approach the design of a new PPU in a rational, structured and meticulous manner – cognizant of the needs of the community.
Some posters on Facebook have stopped sharing their opinions in fear of reprisals:
If this is the reaction Mr Chablo was hoping to get, I hope he’s satisfied with himself. Whether or not I am or ever was in your crosshairs, Paul, you win. I’m out. Consider me effectively muzzled. Is this your candidate Suann Stein Day? Bill Tierney? Lucie Larose Communautaire? Full Comment Click Here
But many more continue to exercise their freedom of speech:
Mr. Chablo’s threats against those who would disagree with him and act out childishly against him speaks volumes about his character… and that is exactly the kind of character for which I will NEVER vote. He has already cut off one written voice… how many more will now be silenced? All I have to say is: Go ahead Mr. Chablo… Just try and threaten or intimidate me!
I am very confused about this. I have read all the social media postings on Mr. Chablo’s campaign, and though I saw people question his ethics and motives, I saw no one knowingly spread lies (though some of the posters were accused of lying.) It is not slander that Mr. Chablo means, but rather libel, as he is referring to the written and not spoken word. In order for someone to be guilty of defamation (libel or slander) then they need to spread known falsehoods that have injured the reputation of the victim. People may have speculated, and may have even called him or others liars. But that is NOT defamation.
While Paola Hawa was brilliant last night, one citizen shared some news that absolutely shocked everyone at the meeting including Paola and all the other candidates and the voters. Monsieur Chablo, in an interview, is quoted as coming after citizens who have voiced their opinions about his qualifications – saying they had slandered him and that he would possibly take legal action against these citizens. One citizen told me that he would no longer participate in any meetings or discussions out of fear. Is this incredible or what. I just hope this citizen is not afraid to exercise his right to vote.
“Five people have been very slanderous in their terminology,” he complained. “I have collected all their e-mail messages and [social media] postings. I will be bringing them to the attention of the Director General of Elections and my lawyer after the election.”
So is freedom of speech dead in SADB? NO WAY. Monsieur Chablo should know that Canada has laws protecting freedom of speech. We’re not a police state. The city of Kirkland learned that the hard way by trying to stifle a citizen who expressed dissent.
Kirkland loses lawsuit against blogger
In a court ruling noted human rights lawyer Julius Grey called a “victory for freedom of expression,” Kirkland blogger Sergei Brovkin was found not guilty Mar. 5 of posting libelous content on the Kirkland Citizens Association (KCA) blog last summer.
Had the privilege to hear Paola Hawa answer questions from citizens last night (where is Chablo hiding?). Paola really knows all the issues and challenges in our town. She is the only Mayoral candidate with experience and she doesn’t sell homes. What really struck me though is all the quality candidates for council who showed up as well as our citizens. Nice to have these people come out in a show of support and professionalism. Paola did a superb job, congratulations to her and her team.
There may have been other candidates, but these are the ones I recognized.
Council District 1: Manrico Biscotti and Dana Chevalier.
Council District 2: Ryan Young
Council District 4: Daniel Boyer
Council District 3: Lise-Anne Briand
Council District 5: Yvan Labelle
Council District 6: Michel Boudreault
Looks like the election is pretty much won for Paola….as long as voters come out to vote that is!
Any elector whose name is entered on the list of electors may vote on the day of the advanced poll.
The advance poll will be held at Centre Harpell, from noon to 8 pm on October 27th, 2013.
Polling day – November 3rd, 2013
Any elector whose name is entered on the list of electors may vote
Poll Day is on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, from 10 am to 8 pm, at Centre Harpell, 60 Rue Saint-Pierre for electoral districts # 1, 2, 3 and 4 and at Chalet Peter-Williamson for electoral districts # 5 and 6
I know most of the posters here and can honestly say they aren’t relatives and it would be more precise to say they are supporters. I will not vote for Monsieur Chablo because:
1. He sells homes – this is a huge conflict of interest because of the SADB Urban Plan – millions of dollars are up for grabs if the land is rezoned against the will of the people. The people said no to Deroo last year and it is still NO!
2. He is associated with Denis Comeau, real estate agent for Sutton…conflict of interest again.
3. Chablo was hand picked by Gerry Lavigne who is a friend of the landowner and is running for council again.
4. Chablo is supported by Bousally and Deroo, both who voted for development.
5. Chablo is supported by Jim Anderson, both are at JAC. Jim is running for council and voted for development – high density!
Warning: if these 4 are voted in, they can pass whatever rezoning law they want without opposition.
On a personal note, I had to take my house on Tremblay off the market because my real estate agent said there was too much competition from condos. Can you imagine if we build another 1,200 – 2,000 homes? Our property values will take a nose dive.
Rumor has it that the real estate candidate will not debate Paola Hawa in public. Is that true? Looks like it. So who do we vote for? Paola Hawa as in Hawaii. And in District 5 it’s Yvan Labelle, as in Labelle Province! And in District 6 it’s Michel Boudreault. As in Michel, Labelle, these are words that go together well.
The future of a six-storey condo project in Pierrefonds-Roxboro will be decided by a referendum or cancelled outright, after almost twice the required number of residents turned out on Thursday to sign two public registers.
The registers asked residents if they supported zoning changes that would allow a 115-unit condo project up to six-storeys tall on a property near the corner of Gouin Blvd. and Aumais St.
“On both registers, we have the required signatures to start the referendum process,” borough spokesperson Bassam Chaarani said.
This is what Brenda O’Farrell, Gazette Journalist, wrote:
So let’s talk about these issues. I will get things started. Yesterday, I asked mayoral candidate Paul Chablo to address the concerns raised about his private sector activities, namely his ties to real-estate interests. Chablo owns IMMOBILIER M.V.P., it is listed as a real estate agency, specifically focused on the sale of new homes through contractors. Through this company, he says, he has sold model homes in Chateauguay. He explained he is neither a real estate developer nor a real estate agent. “To be a developer you need an RBQ number. To be a real estate agent you have to have a licence,” he said, explaining he has neither. “I have no developing experience, no real estate experience.” He has just sold homes in the past.
There is the answer. If you are a voter, you can judge that answer.
And a reader on another Gazette blog had this to amusing comment on Kathryn Greenaway’s blog:
(In passing the idea is right, but the math is wrong, the agent could make 24 Million dollars, not 2.4 Million)
On October 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm. Ok. So let’s say the SADB PPU (Urban Plan) goes through and we get new houses that sell for $400,000 each. I’m not a real estate agent, I just sell homes, and I get a commission of 5% for each house I sell. So that’s $20,000 per house, not bad! Now the PPU called for about 1,200 houses. So let me get the calculator out. $20,000 x 1,200 houses = 24 Million dollars. Wow, I can make 24 million dollars selling houses in the new development without being a real estate agent. The salary for council is about $10,000 and the salary for Mayor is about $40,000 – but I can do this on the side!
YEAH! I’m running for office.
Just received this email from a well known citizen’s group. Would like to share it although the content has already appeared on other facebook/social media sites. We wrote about this ourselves. Read Here.
This communication comes to you from concerned citizens and to make you aware of facts instead of something else. If you had any doubts that this SADB election campaign is primarily about the development of SADB north – and developers, real estate agents that are hungry to get their hands on the millions of $$$ at stake – doubt no more….
Paola Hawa is the only candidate that has experience in managing a town and she is one of the few candidates that is not linked to real estate or to the landowners – that’s a huge relief for home owners. One of our neighbours on Tremblay street had to take his house off the market. Why couldn’t he sell his house? His real estate agent told him that there was too much competition from cheap housing and condos. So imagine that our real estate friends are voted in for council and/or for Mayor, they can pass any law they wish and the next thing you know we have 1,200 to 2,000 more homes and triple the population. We also have condos and cheap apartments. Guess what happens to your property values? They take a nose dive.
Louis also directed me the West Island Gazette blog where Paola posted this interesting summary (I had seen it already).
Over the past four years, the Council has voted on over 900 resolutions. Of these, I have voted “against” approximately a dozen times (+/-). My “no” votes have included the purchase of the “golden toilet”; the high density PPU; an objection to allowing a non-resident developer/promoter to have a seat on our Urban Planning committee; unreasonable increases in expenses (new hires, 20%+ salary increases, which has resulted in SADB payroll expenses increasing by $400,000 in the past 18 months), the cancellation of Council meetings at Aumais. My voting record reflects my fundamental belief in the principles of fiscal restraint, sound management, and “real” respect for the citizen, not through empty words but through concrete action. Should I, for example, have voted “yes” to the $250k golden toilet just to maintain an “appearance” of team cohesiveness? On the flip-side, why have all other Council members (with the occasional exception of Ryan Young) voted as a “bloc” 100% of the time? Maybe they should be asked the question directly. I submit that one should not confuse the term “confrontation” with political opposition. While confrontation should be dissuaded, “political opposition” is an integral part of a democracy.
Regarding the lies that are being circulated about our wetlands and the rare forests which are frozen (they can’t be destroyed), Sainte Anne has the right to protect these lands. The landowners knew that when they bought the land. Poor little millionaires.
Municipalities have the important powers to protect their natural environment. If exercised within the proper procedures, the exercise of these powers do not constitute “disguised expropriation”
It is therefore possible, strategically, for a municipality to decide that an area within its territory, which is a particularly rich natural environment, is not to be subject to development, simply by not allowing the infrastructure required to serve the area to be built. (art 116 of the Act). These provisions of a zoning by-law would not be considered disguised expropriation because the legislature specifically permits it.
Some pretty interesting comments from Facebook. In passing, to our readers, it is a lie and huge lie that SADB has to buy back any land from any landowner – the law is the law.
It has come to my attention that some candidates are spewing falsehoods – either in an attempt to intentionally mislead the electorate, or through sheer ignorance of the laws. I will leave it to you to interpret their motivations. For me, I have heard these standard “developer/promoter” lines many times; they are despicable attempts to dissuade the citizens from exercising their rights. Not this time….!
It is totally false and untrue to say that SADB has no choice but to issue building permits to the land owner. Equally, it is totally false to say that SADB would have to purchase the land from the landowner. Nothing could be further from the truth! SADB is currently in a most “enviable” position with respect to the legal power and control it can exercise over development. We, as residents hold all the cards -I challenge anyone to dispute my statements – with “facts” not just “fear mongering, empty falsehoods”.
A concerned citizen of Lanthier street wants the following to be spread to as many citizens as possible: Paul Chablo came to his house and told him that Sainte-Anne de Bellevue has no choice but to let Grilli build what he wants or the city has to buy the land back from him. That is a lie. This citizen knew it because he has followed the PPU debate for the last 4 years and Paola’s efforts to stop the high density PPU. Sainte anne de Bellevue has in place right now, all the right reglementation to decide what it does with said land, for the best interest of it’s citizens and with respect to the environment. Then, when our friend asked Mr Chablo why he never attended council meetings, Chablo actually answered that whenever he needed something, he went directly to the Mayor… So there you have it! This election is a very important one and if we let the old team get in, with Chablo as Mayor, they will let Grilli develop Anse à l’Orme woods with a high density development like the 2012 PPU that 400 people showed up to reject and denounce in May 2012 at the school gym” and that project would seriously impact the value of our homes. Spread the truth to your neighbors and tell them to inform themselves.
If you want to have some fun, read what is being posted on the West Island Gazette. Sure there is plenty of partisan politics and trash talking but some common threads are worthy of mention.
1. Only one Mayoral candidate has experience and that experience is extensive.
2. One of the Mayoral candidates is linked to real estate promotion, so is one of the council hopefuls but neither is publicly saying so.
3. One of the Mayoral candidates is backed and recruited by who one poster called “the outgoing stooges” – the people who made us the ridicule of the West Island in the first place. That would be like George W. Bush coaching the next republican president.
Check out the comments from these links and see if you can match the right candidates to the descriptions above!
InfoSAB did a tour of Facebook accounts, reviewing the comments and postings regarding the November 3rd elections in Ste Anne de Bellevue. Much of the talk is about the fact that, incredibly, two candidates running for office (one for Mayor, one for council) have real estate interests – which they certainly aren’t advertising in their campaigns. As many have pointed out on Facebook and the West Island Gazette this constitutes a major conflict of interest given the protected forests and wetlands that could be developed here.
Why Development is Undesirable
With our apologies to the rabid tree-huggers out there, this isn’t just about the environment. Sure InfoSAB is 100% supportive of nature, wildlife, and green spaces, but the financial arguments are the critical ones. Sainte Anne de Bellevue, despite what the ex-cop candidate thinks, is a very safe town. We don’t need extra police presence and we can’t afford to pay for it with our tax dollars. That will change radically if this town is transformed into a ghetto with transients coming in from all over the island to take advantage of cheap housing and apartments. That’s when the crime will start to rise. With it will come much more traffic as well, and pollution from all the additional cars. Don’t fool yourselves, the PQ and the STM don’t have any plans to improve public transit in SADB, not now, not ever – way too expensive and we don’t vote PQ. Continue Reading
The last four years have been, to say the least, brutal for the town of Sainte Anne de Bellevue. After voting one mediocre mayor out we sadly replaced him what is very possibly the most incompetent Mayor and council in the history of this jewel of a town, perhaps the worst team in the history of the West Island for that matter. It would take a novel to describe all the fiascos –but let’s just name a few: the overpasses, the reconstruction of the downtown core, the golden toilet, the PPU, and our debt which is skyrocketing.
Thankfully we did have Paola Hawa as a shining beacon. Without Paola Sainte Anne de Bellevue could have possibly ended up under provincial trusteeship as did Laval – not for dishonesty but rather for sheer stupidity, a total lack of fiscal responsibility, and absence of proper judgment. Ryan Young is also worthy of praise. Ryan and Paola both advocated doing things right as well as doing the right things. Neither voted for the $300,000 Golden Toilet – an atrocious waste of money to pacify a restaurant owner at the taxpayer’s expense.
Fast forward to November 2013 – we’re faced with a new election and honestly we can’t afford to make another mistake that could destroy our town forever. So in the interests of making the right choices, this is our humble guide to who we feel would be the best candidates for SAdB. Only the candidates worth mentioning are considered below – the Old Boys Club need to retire so they can’t do any more damage.
Mayor: this is a no-brainer as only one candidate has all the qualities together with the relevant experience to manage a town effectively. That person is Paola Hawa. She is competent, honest, transparent, and so much more. Add to that years of experience and you have the best person for the job by a mile. Council District 1: Two candidates get the nod of approval, Manrico Biscotti and Dana Chevalier. I think either one would be good. Council District 2: Another easy one, Ryan Young. Ryan is very well respected in the community and at John Abbott College where he teaches. He is sensitive to fiscal issues as well as our environment. Go Ryan! Council District 3: Another tough call. Claude Tellier and Lise-Anne Briand are the best candidates in this district. Flip a coin on this one but my vote would be with Lise-Anne. Council District 4: Thankfully this one is much easier – Daniel Boyer all the way. We don’t know Dan personally but have heard so many good things about him from many different neigbhours. Time for new blood in this district, Dan’s the man. Council District 5: Yvan Labelle is really focused on making sure we have a better town and a stronger community. He has our vote without any doubt. Yvan will be a strong new addition to the council. Council District 6: Michel Boudreault is a very sharp individual, particularly with numbers. He is one of my favourite candidates and I know he will make a huge contribution to the new council, particularly on those issues that really count – the financial ones.