Archive for the ‘Ward 2 By-election’ Category

Comments- general information - Ward 2 report card.

Friday, April 4th, 2008

I would like to remind that comments will not be approved without a valid email and name. If for some reason you can not have your name published I can make exceptions on a case by case basis. However all emails must work— Got that Mr. Floppy Ears ! thanks for the Chocolate however. (more…)

It’s Official- Last post in this Category- Ward 2 byelection [edit]

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Well it is over now, Renrick Ashby is the sworn in Ward 2 councillor. Congratulations and best wishes.

Renrick is a lot of first but one thing that is not reported is that he is as far as I know the first “commuter” to be on Ajax Council. Renrick is currently a Senior Planner in the City of Toronto - Scarborough Division. He does not have to quit his job in the city, according to the Municipal Elections act, the word “the” in the act as opposed to “a” in the Candidates guide online at the Ministry means you can not work and be an elected official at the same time in the same Municipality. Renrick only needed to be on leave only during the campaign.

Some may want to make comparisons to the issue the Durham District School Board had in regards to a trustee that was not able to take the position after winning. The teacher was in a union so that made the situation different, legislation was not about her being in a union though, just the motivating concerns.

The job of an Ajax councillor is part time, we can’t expect people to quit full time jobs for life of an Ajax Councillor.

[edit] For the record, I sent an email asking if he was able to do both jobs, I was nowhere stating anywhere Renrick had to resign, I believed him when he said he was able to do both. I never got a response from anyone in the email but I have been informed by someone who did get a response - Thanks for passing the message on.

Post Election - New Category Voter Turnout

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

The election is over, official results that are the same as the unofficial see post below this one.

There is a Special Council meeting immediately following the GGC meeting on Thursday the 6th and the office of Ward 2 will be declared no longer vacant. (more…)

Renrick Ashby - Ajax Ward 2 By-election– Unofficial Results.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

There were 20,000 or so eligible people to vote in this by-election and Renrick won with a results of about 700 or so. Pathetic!

What the hell does it take to get people to care? 1,823 people voted.

The road to 2010 starts now.

Note to Royson James– Renrick is NO OBAMA.

Now that the election is over some may think this blog will close– Nope, now the real work begins.

Unofficial Ward 2 By-Election Results

Candidate Votes %
Renrick Ashby 751 41.20
Al Williams 280 15.36
Chandra Kumaran 212 11.63
Oliver Forbes 211 11.57
Randy Low 174 9.54
Brian Johnson 88 4.83
Christopher Crawford 76 4.17
Kevin W Kretschmann 12 0.66
Uthayakumar Nadarasah 11 0.60
Raymond W Durrani 8 0.44
- 1823 100.0

Please, people remember that Councillors can also be VOTED OUT!

Knock Knock-

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Has any of the candidates come to a door while smoking?????????

Has any of the candidates thrown a cigarette butt on your lawn ?????

Voting minds would like to know.

Been busy will be back more after Saturday. VOTE VOTE VOTE

Just vote!

I voted yesterday

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I took my card up to the Mclean Centre showed my ID and was given a paper ballot.

I asked after I voted about the machine that was set up in the corner, it seems I had the choice but no one advised me of this.

Make sure you get out to VOTE!

After the election I will be bringing is some posts about 2 other issues in the Town that share a theme, Citizens wanting to be heard and the chance to offer feedback.
1) The purchase of the Church.
2) The East waterfront Pavillion.

Clarification needed from News Article- Candidate Meet and Greet

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I was copied in an email that was sent to Mike Johnson and Keith Gilligan. The platform statement of Oliver Forbes was a not stated in full and the entire meaning of it is changed.

The following is the full text of the email. If any other candidate needs to point out anything that was misinterpeted I will post it– ANY CANDIDATE.

Dear Mr Gilligan: [typos corrected only]

Thank you for covering the Ajax candidates forum held February 13th. I believe that by making this a front page article the News Advertiser draws attention to the importance of the by-election. Hopefully your effort will translate into increased voter turn out on March 1st.

I write to draw your attention to a misinterpretation in your atricle “Ajax has municipal election fever” appearing on page one of the February 17th Ajax News Advertiser. And I qoute, ” His platform includes returning garbage collection to weekly pick-up service and work with youth to get them more involved in activities”.

After review of the address during which I made reference to the challenges of bi-weekly garbage pick-up for families reliant on diaper use, we found that I said the following:
“For those of you that want to see responsible waste management such as the young mothers, mothers with young children, we will work with regional council to have garbage pickup returned to weekly pickup in the summer months when it is hard to store diapers and all that.”

Since the appearance of your article I have been confronted with negative comments citing the News Advertiser’s article about the resumption of weekly pick-up for garbage. I am now forced to clarify the ommission of the summer month being the condition which was missing from the report.

Would you please inform your readers of the error and affore the insertion the same prominence as the original article itself? I believe this error could make or break our camapign as we become bogged down with defending a statement we did not make. Your clarification of the true statement would certainly go a long way to satisfy your readers of the truth and allow us to continue with the business of campaigning.

Gentlemen, thank you in anticipation of your favourable action on this matter.


Oliver Forbes

I would be posting this no matter who sent it to me.

Candidates Responses received– and those that did not Participate

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Here are links to the responses I have received. I was not expecting all 10 but I am rather disappointed with the results.

In order of receipt in my email here they are. The pages are in the pages section on lower right side of blog.
Here is a direct link.

Brian Johnson-
Randy Low
Oliver Forbes

Thanks to those that took the time. See below for who did not participate and my comments. (more…)

Questions to the candidates- Ward 2 Byelection

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Here is a link to the page on the lower right.

These are the questions I sent to all 10 candidates. I see now I left the word out to mean potential councillor, no one pointed it out anyways.

Do any of those questions appear to favour any one candidate? Here is what was in my mind when I wrote them. (more…)

Forum Comments- My survey questions– please email by Monday 8pm.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I enjoyed it and I am glad I went, one candidate was not in attendance Kevin K. but he sent his regrets.

The council chamber was filled and if you know when it will be replayed on Rogers please let me know so I can record it. I am waiting until later to post more , I captured speeches and the question session on my audio recorder that I took with me. (more…)