What is the biggest problem with the municipal elections in Ward 7 – Bay?

This is what the candidates said in our survey for the municipal elections of 2022


Quick facts about the neighborhood by the bay

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  • Population: 51,906 (City of Ottawa, 2022 estimate)
  • Area: 65.56 square kilometers (City of Ottawa)


Headline: Theresa Kavangh

Candidates running: Theresa Kavanagh, Robert Hill and Othman Alhusain

Where is District 7?

Ward 07 - Bay


Do you live in this neighborhood?

Theresa Kavanagh: Yes.

Robert Hill: Yes

Othman Alhusain: No.

Why do you think you are the best person to represent your neighborhood?

Theresa Kavanagh: “For the past four years, I have been a strong voice for Bay Ward to achieve results such as speed reductions, traffic calming and new sidewalks, as well as murals and park structures. My weekly newsletters are a success. I am so proud to start Britannia Winter Trails helping the community stay healthy.”

Robert Hill: “I am the best person to represent my neighborhood as I bring a fresh young perspective and the fight and drive to make this community a better place. I will fight to ensure that the voices of all residents are heard and that we see real change at City Hall.”

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Othman Alhusain: “Ward 7 and Ottawa face major challenges in transportation, infrastructure, and housing. As an engineer who has worked on many urban planning and infrastructure projects, I have the experience, knowledge and impeccable reputation it takes as a clean person to make a difference in the lives of Bay Ward residents.”

What is the most important problem in your neighborhood? Why?

Theresa Kavanagh: “Climate change is the most important problem in the whole world and we must also address it at the district level. We need to use the lens of climate change on any project in our community to make sure it’s about reducing greenhouse gases, like making our neighborhoods more walkable and having reliable public transportation.”

Robert Hill: “Throughout my conversations with district residents, I heard growing concerns about the rapidly rising cost of living and related housing costs. I will work with my fellow City Council members, our landlords, and developers to ensure that all new housing development projects have an adequate number of units set aside for affordable housing. Too often I have heard of people having to choose between putting food on the table or a roof over their heads and that is unacceptable. We must also look at existing properties and available land to ensure we maintain and add a substantial allocation of affordable housing in this city.”

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Othman Alhusain: “Infrastructure, because Ottawa’s most important infrastructure project, the light rail line, runs through the Bay Ward. The light rail project is expected to continue even beyond the term of the next council. Since its inception, this project suffered and continues to suffer serious design and execution errors in the tunnel, the railways and in the cars and control systems. All of these glitches make bug fixes almost impossible. However, since the construction of light rail extensions to the west and south of Ottawa (to Kanata and to the airport and Barrhaven) criss-cross the Bay Ward, it is expected that they will continue to overturn our streets and bridges. I will work hard to shorten the execution periods of these projects and enact regulations to require developers to execute projects awarded to them with good quality and on time, and to severely punish developers who fall behind in the execution of awarded projects. ”.

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What is the most important problem in the whole city?

Theresa Kavanagh: “Affordable housing. We need to create more and it needs to be as close to transit as possible.”

Robert Hill: “Aside from the housing crisis I mentioned in my previous response, the next biggest concern I’ve heard about is the transit system. People spend two or more hours traveling 15 minutes apart. This is unacceptable. Going forward, we need to work to make sure the LRT issues are resolved so we can have that system working as advertised and also make sure buses get to where and when they are supposed to.”

Othman Alhusain: “I think the biggest problem in the whole city is housing. Home ownership, or renting, is increasingly becoming an unattainable dream for everyone in Ottawa. Ottawa residents struggle to find housing, finding it increasingly difficult to pay rent, condo fees or mortgages. This is true not only for low-income residents but also for middle-income residents. The solution, in my opinion, is to build more residential units, affordable housing units, and special units for Indians, seniors, and vulnerable youth. Let’s set ourselves an ambitious goal and work to achieve it.”

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