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Presenting Debate 2.0: Envisioning Ottawa’s Future

In Ottawa, municipal politics often takes a back seat to federal affairs. Despite being closest to the people, voting rates at the municipal level have generally been abysmal in the City. Voter apathy is something that should be tackled as some of the most pressing issues of our day play out in the municipal arena.

The Institute On Governance and Apartment613 are doing their part to promote greater dialogue between candidates and young Ottawans by organizing a mayoral candidates’ debate, set to take place on Tuesday, October 5th at 9pm at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage. A collaboration between the Institute On Governance, Apartment613, a local Ottawa blog, the National Arts Centre and RogersTV, the debate will be a live, in-person and bilingual event. If you can’t make it in person, the action will be televised on Channel 22 and streamed live on the web.

The discussion will feature current mayor Larry O’Brien and candidates Jim Watson, Clive Doucet and Andrew Haydon.  The format of our debate – a televised, 90 minute event with multiple platforms for questions – and our desire to give time for substantive answers led us to invite a limited number of candidates to the event.

The two themes that will run throughout the debate are youth and social media. In fact, from now until October 5th we’ll be soliciting questions from you via multiple Web 2.0 platforms:

1. Twitter -  At any time, Tweet your question using the hashtag #ott2010. We’ll be pulling questions directly from Twitter during the debate.

2. YouTube – Record yourself and upload your questions on our YouTube group.

We’re defining ‘youth’ rather broadly and hope that folks from first time voters to young professionals will attend and engage with the candidates. Even if you’re just young at heart, please feel free to record your question.

To reserve your seat at the debate please email ott2010@nac-cna.ca or phone (613) 947-7000, ext. 540. Please note that seating is limited and that priority will be given to youth.

We’re hoping to profile all the mayoral candidates before October 25. Thanks to brentc.com for compiling information on the Candidate’s websites and contact information.

Cesar Bello Mr. Bello has declined our interview request due to our decision not to invite him to the debate we are co-hosting on October 5. You can find out more about Mr. Bello and his platform on his website. Idris Ben-Tahir Unfortunately, Mr. Ben-Tahir does not have a email address, so we were unable to contact him for the interview. If you know Mr. Ben-Tahir’s contact information, please pass it along.You can find out more about Mr. Den-Tahir’s policy positions from CTV or the Carleton.
Clive Doucet An interview we did with Councillor Doucet in October of 2009. Check out Councillor Doucet’swebsite for more information, or contact him on Twitter@CliveForMayor. Joseph Furtenbacher We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Furtenbacher, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Furtenbacher and his platform on his website.
Robert G. Gauthier Read our interview with Mr. Gauthier and check out his website for more information about his platform. Andrew Haydon We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Haydon, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Haydon and his platform on hiswebsite, or contact him on Twitter@VoteHaydon.
Robert Larter Unfortunately, Mr. Larter does not have a email address, so we were unable to contact him for the interview. If you know Mr. Larter’s contact information, please pass it along. You can find out more about Mr. Larter from Ottawa Election News. Robin Lawrance We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Lawrance, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Lawrance on CTV or theOttawa Citizen.
Vincent Libweshya We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Libweshya, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Libweshya on his websiteor contact him on Twitter at@freshjones. Fraser Liscumb Read our interview with Mr. Liscumb. You can also find out more about Mr. Liscumb onCTV.
Daniel Joseph LyretteUnfortunately, Mr. Lyrette does not have a email address, so we were unable to contact him for the interview. If you know Mr. Lyrette’s contact information, please pass it along.You can find out more about Mr. Lyrette from CTV. Mike Maguire Stay turned for our interview with Mr. Maguire! In the meantime, check out his website for more information about his platform.
Larry O’Brien We have sent out our interview questions to Mayor O’Brien, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. O’Brien on his website, or contact him on Twitter@larryobrien2010. Julio Pita Unfortunately, Mr. Pita has not publish his email address, so we were unable to contact him for the interview. If you know Mr. Pita’s contact information, please pass it along.
Sean Ryan We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Ryan, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Ryan on his website. Michael St. Arnaud Unfortunately, Mr. St. Arnaud has not publish his email address, so we were unable to contact him for the interview. If you know Mr. St. Arnaud’s contact information, please pass it along.
Jane Scharf Read our interview with Ms. Scharf, a citizen’s rights advocate for more than 30 years and the only woman candidate. Find out more about Ms. Scharf on herwebsite, or contact her on twitter at@janescharf Charlie Taylor Read our interview with Mr. Taylor, first time mayoral candidate currently completing his Bachelor of Journalism degree at Carleton. Find out more about Mr. Taylor on his website, or contact him at Twitter at @Mayorcharlie.
Jim Watson An interview by Kym Shumsky, blogger at Relishing.ca, as part of her 100 strangers series. Find out more about Mr. Watson on his website, or contact him on Twitter at @JimWatsonOttawa. Samuel Wright We have sent out our interview questions to Mr. Wright, and hope to hear from him soon! You can find out more about Mr. Wright on his website, or contact him on Twitter @Sam4mayor.

From the press:

This will be smart: Ottawa Mayor Debate 2.0, Ottawa Sun, September 8, 2010

Volunteers coax U to vote, The Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2010

Les Candidats à la mairie Jime Watson, Larry O’Brien et Clive Doucet  s’affronteront lors d’un débat, L’Express, September 22, 2010

 

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