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    "Only the Greens are willing to implement new levies to fund transit", writes Joanne Chianello in the Ottawa Citizen http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/0531-obsr-election
    May 31, 2014 7:31 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    May 30, 2014 11:50 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Safe speeds on local streets? http://kevino.ca/traffic School board mergers? ttp://kevino.ca/education Protect prime farmland? ttp://kevino.ca/foodwater Pick one - or all three!
    May 30, 2014 4:04 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Thanks to Xtra for chatting with me (for like 45 minutes). Results of the interview! http://dailyxtra.com/ottawa/news/kevin-o%E2%80%99donnell-makes-bid-ottawa-centre (minor correction, we're dedicating 2% of MTO's $3B budget to cycling/walking... $60m per year, of which about $3m to $4m would come to the City of Ottawa)
    May 29, 2014 3:06 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Advance voting starts Saturday and continue every day until Friday June 6th http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-votes-2014/ontario-votes-advance-polls-open-saturday-1.2656895 Get your vote on!
    May 29, 2014 5:31 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    What are our local streets for? Are they for moving cars, and cars alone, as fast as possible? Or are they for kids to practice learning to bicycle and play street hockey? Are they for walking home from the Transitway to your front door? Are they for driving slowly for 75 metres from your driveway to a collector road where speeds can increase? I say our local residential streets are for everyone. Or they should be. To make that happen we need to slow things down so everyone can be safe. I propose lowering the default, unsigned speed limit in Ontario to 30km/h. Research shows that if cars are going 30km/h or less the chance that a pedestrian or cyclist will die in a collision is significantly lower than when a car is going over 30km/h. Anytime cars and people are sharing the same space collisions will happen. Our local streets will never have bike lanes and some may never have sidewalks. What we must do then is ensure that if a collision occurs a tragedy does not happen too. Scrapes and bruises resulting from a low-speed collision will heal. Lives lost from a 50km/h collision cannot be saved. Ottawa Centre residents are already asking City Hall for traffic calming measures one street at a time. I applaud these efforts but they will never be enough. If most residential roads are the default 50km/h and only a few are slower, drivers will ignore the lowered limits and it is hard to make progress. We cannot put speed humps everywhere. That is why I propose lowering the unsigned limit to 30km/h. No more begging City Hall one block at a time for a safer speed limit. No more drivers ignoring a special speed limit because they are accustomed to 50km/h. No more excuses. No more waiting. Instead of spending a lot of money putting up speed limit signs after residents have mobilized, City Hall would now simply focus on putting up 50km/h signs on the few roads that require higher speeds. Ottawa already does this so that drivers can go 60km/h here, or 80km/h there. My proposal would simply mean we have a few additional 50km/h signs where needed. By flipping the priority we make it easier on everyone. If there is no speed limit sign, everyone is sharing the space and moving carefully, on "streets". When the City decides cars need to move faster it will put up a sign and the street's purpose changes to being a "road" - meant for travel, not for living on. This will also be the City's opportunity to ensure non-drivers are still safe on these roads by putting in segregated bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian cross walks. As humans we are an amazing species. We can change and adapt to anything. We simply have to choose to do it. I know I can adapt to driving at 30km/h from my home, past my neighbours, to a collector road. I will be happy to adapt to no longer having to stand at the end of my driveway protecting my daughter from cars - just in case she steps into the road while playing on our driveway. The cars would be going slow anyway - I would feel she is safe to play outside. I think this is an easy choice.
    May 29, 2014 2:47 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    The Ottawa Centre RogersTV debate is on tonight at 8pm, then replays 4 more times.
    May 28, 2014 3:49 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Just fired off the most pointy-end-of-a-stick media release I've ever sent. I wish it were not necessary. http://kevino.ca/content/green-candidate-supports-merging-school-boards-ndp-candidate-fears-catholic-voting-bloc
    May 28, 2014 10:26 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Premier Wynne says NO to saving up to $1.6 billion a year in our education system. (Oh, and also says no to ending discrimination: that's a "distraction")
    May 28, 2014 4:22 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Watch: Premier Wynne decides YES or NO to perpetuating discrimination in Ontario schools (and to saving $1.6B/yr) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUzp6bq4okM
    May 27, 2014 7:35 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    NEW DATE! June 3rd now - still at Atomic Rooster - still with the awesome Mike Schreiner
    May 27, 2014 7:25 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    The only way we'll ever get enough affordable housing units built is to force them to be built.
    May 27, 2014 10:17 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre

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