I am very pleased today to receive the honour of the endorsement of the Ottawa & District Labour Council (ODLC).
1. One of the strengths of Sandy Hill is its demographic diversity. What do you propose to do to maintain a healthy diversity where all of groups can find the housing they need?
Sandy Hill is a vibrant and diverse community and I will continue to ensure that the proper policy measures are in place to make it a great place to live for families, young professionals, students and seniors. It is important that we continue to engage residents in discussions about our community and work together to identify areas where there are opportunities for growth, while also protecting the character of our mature neighbourhood.
2. How can the objectives of the Secondary Plan be supported given the development pressures on Sandy Hill?
The Sandy Hill Secondary Plan is a vision for Sandy Hill. The original Secondary Plan is now out of date and needs to be updated. I have placed this project at the top of the priority list for the City’s Planning Department. We will work together as a community in early 2015 to set out a renewed vision for Sandy Hill that respects our mature and diverse neighbourhood.
3. Residents have expressed strong concerns with what they call the City’s lack of enforcement of by-laws (such as noise, garbage, property standards) as well as absentee landlords and derelict properties. What additional steps would you recommend to address these issues?
We have already taken great steps in the right direction when it comes to by-law enforcement. We have introduced a more common-sense approach to dealing with noise violations and as a result the volume of complaints have decreased (and continue to do so) since the policy came into effect. We have also introduced more strict requirements for property standards and increased proactive enforcement in the community. Next term, I will push for better and quicker response times to 3-1-1 calls and continue to demand proactive by-law enforcement in our community.
We have also worked with members of the community to create the Sandy Hill Town and Gown Committee – now in its second year. This committee has brought the University of Ottawa, the City and the community around the same table to discuss campus community issues and proper long term planning. We have enjoyed great success with this committee already and I look forward to continuing our work together.
4. Traffic calming is a controversial topic amongst Sandy Hill residents. How do you propose to address the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists?
During the last four years, we have worked together to find innovative solutions to traffic problems, including speed humps on Mann Avenue, reducing traffic speeds near Viscount Alexander School, adding new pedestrian lights at the Transitway, placing bulb outs on Chapel Street and ongoing proactive speed limit enforcement.
It is important that we continue to be innovative about traffic calming because resources are scarce. This can be as easy as painting bulb outs, adding on-street parking, painting crosswalks or working with Safer Roads Ottawa to provide public education campaigns. Safety is an important matter and I will continue to work with the community to address concerns and find effective solutions.
5. Why are you the best person to represent Sandy Hill? What positive changes have you contributed to Sandy Hill?
Sandy Hill is wonderful community made up of passionate residents. Together, we have already made significant improvements to our community. We have seen great progress in protecting the integrity of our mature neighbourhoods from the effects of growth, through the conversions moratorium that resulted in zoning changes, the approval of the Infill 1 policy to ensure that new developments are in line with our community, and changes to the Property Standards and Noise by-laws to ensure that all residents are respectful of the quality of life in our neighbours.
We also introduced more strict property standards specific to heritage and vacant properties to ensure that they do not fall into disrepair.
I have demonstrated that I can effectively engage and work with the community on issues that matter most to residents, while bringing effective change at City Hall. I am very proud of this work and I look forward to continuing our efforts in the years to come, especially in creating a sound vision in the Sandy Hill Secondary Plan renewal in 2015 that supports our community going forward.
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Mathieu Fleury was born and raised in Ottawa. He attended Francojeunesse Elementary Public School and Franco-Cité Catholic High School before graduating at the University of Ottawa where he earned both his Master’s (Sports Management) and Bachelor’s (Human Kinetics) degrees.
Mathieu has a diverse background in sports, project management, and health promotion. Prior to becoming City Councillor for Rideau-Vanier in 2010, he worked at Lowertown Pool and Plant Recreation Centre serving the public as a lifeguard supervisor, advanced swimming instructor, as well as a camp and aquatic program coordinator. In addition to his 10 years of front-line experience at the local level, Mathieu was also an intern for the Minister of State for Sport where he was involved in sports policy at the federal level.
Mathieu has seen first-hand the benefits of community engagement. Having been involved with various community organizations such as the Sandy Hill Minor Hockey Association, le Patro d’Ottawa, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and volunteering for various national and local sports organizations, he understands that in order to achieve meaningful results and solutions, we need to listen, engage in dialogue, and collaborate with others.
Over the past three years, Mathieu and his team have built strong relationships with the community by working directly with residents to effectively address issues and concerns. As a result of these combined efforts, some major initiatives were implemented (see Accomplishments), in addition to tighter regulations on noise, property standards and the removal of residential conversions. The Sandy Hill Town and Gown was also formed as a result of stakeholder discussions to find a working solution to create a better community dynamic between university students and residents. Furthermore, Mathieu has supported the Confederation Line-Light Rail Transit Project, Complete Streets Policy, and the Laurier Segregated Cycling Lanes.
Mathieu also understands that policy decisions must take into account the perspectives of all people and ages. For example, he worked on the Older Adult Plan, a forward thinking and coordinated approach to get more benches and shelters at bus stops and in parks and making city infrastructure more accessible. He has also supported different senior resources including the Pauline Charron Centre. As the representative for one of the most diverse wards in the city, Mathieu has also worked on the Immigration Portal, supported the expansion of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Jer’s Vision to name a few.
Besides his role as City Councillor, Mathieu also has a passion for working with youth and children. He currently sits as a Board Member for the Ottawa Children’s Wish Foundation, was co-chair for the 2012 United Way Ottawa Campaign, and also the Chair to the Mayor’s First Youth Summit. With his background in sports and through community partnerships, Mathieu helped launched the Ottawa Sports Council in 2013 where he currently sits as a Director on the Board.
It is through these initiatives, community efforts and involvement that Mathieu will continue to actively work hard to improve and beautify the heart of our nation’s capital: the Rideau-Vanier ward. He will continue to build on the very strong foundations of our urban communities (Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and Vanier) while responding to concerns in a balance and effective approach.
Since arriving at City Hall, Mathieu and his team have maintained an office that is accessible, open, and transparent. He understands his role as City Councillor and will continue to be a community leader and builder by listening and engaging in dialogue with residents of Rideau-Vanier that lead to good decision-making with meaningful results.