1 p.m., Nov. 27)
councillor Rainer Bloess given heartfelt send-off
By Fred Sherwin
Boess will forever be remenbered as a man
of the people who always put the interests
of his constituents first. Photo circa 2004
his 20 years in politics, Rainer Bloess was both well-liked
and well-respected as evident by the large turnout at
his retirement party Wednesday night.
outgoing city councillor for Innes Ward was surrounded
by family, friends and supporters, some of whom can trace
their connection to Rainer back to when he was first elected
to the former Gloucester city council in 1994.
to 300 people packed the banquet room at the Pineview
Golf Club which was decorated with old campaign signs
and banners. The theme of the evening was "The man,
the whine, the legend". Guests were invited to pen
their well-wishs on a series of placards, while a slide
show documenting his 20-year career was beamed onto a
it came time to address the crowd, Bloess couldn't help
but make self-depreciating quip about the size of the
crowd and the reception her received.
never seen so many people so happy to see me leave,"
joked Bloess before summing up his 20-years of public
service. "I've always operated on the theme that
you should try and make a difference every day. He could
be a small thing or it could be a big thing. Overall I
think we made a difference."
in the day, Bloess was among the eight exiting city councilors
honoured during the final meeting of the outgoing city
his farewell speech said he could look back on his 20
years in office with no regrets"
years. Just like that. Gone, Bloess said with an
obvious lump in his throat.
first getting elected to Gloucester city council in 1994,
Bloess was reelected five times, once as a Gloucester
city councillor in 1997, and four times to the newly formed
Ottawa city council in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010. His
only political defeat came in 2010 when he lost the federal
Liberal nomination to David Bertschi.
nearly half of his political career, Bloess has sat beside
fellow east end councillor Bob Monette who says he will
miss his colleague.
think Im going to miss his sense of humour most,
and his knowledge. He always had good advice and he knew
his stuff, Monette said during the evening send-off.
great at tabling motions out of the blue without letting
anyone know ahead of time."
Monette, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Beacon Hill-Cyrville
Coun. Tim Tierney and West Carleton Coun. Eli El-Chantiry
also paid tribute to Bloess who will soon be
setting off for a lengthy visit to South America with
his partner Lynn Leduc.
last official function as a city councillor will be an
appearance in the Parade of Lights this Saturday. After
that its bon voyage.
will be missed by his constituents, especially those in
his native Blackburn Hamlet where he is revered as one
of their own. It is unlikely, however, that he will ever
be forgotten. He even hinted during his speech a desire
to remain involved in the community at some level.
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