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(Posted 3 p.m., Aug. 31)
Councillor’s assistant seeks election in Innes Ward
By Fred Sherwin

For the past four years, Innes Ward candidate Tammy Lynch has been deeply involved in looking after the interests and concerns of residents living in the ward as an assistant to incumbent councillor Jody Mitic, who announced in the spring that he wouldn’t be running for a second term for personal reasons.

It is that personal involvement that motivated Lynch to run for the seat in the hope of continuing on the work started by Mitic, such as the proposed renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena and the effort to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard to Renaud Road.

“Nobody knows the issues and how to get things done better than I do,” says Lynch, who is running against Donna Leith-Gudbranson, who was an assistant to former Innes Ward councillor Rainer Bloess; Laura Dudas, who works in communications at the City of Ottawa and finished second to Mitic in the last election; and François Trépanier, who finished third in the last election.

Innes Ward includes the communities of Blackburn Hamlet, Bradley Estates, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill South and Chateauneuf. Lynch volunteered as a member of Mitic’s campaign for the 2014 municipal election, and joined his staff as Director of Community Relations after Mitic was elected.

Lynch, who has lived in Chapel Hill with her husband and children for 18 years, has volunteered for the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association, eventually becoming its vice-president of hockey operations for eight years.

Additionally, she has volunteered at Good Shepherd Catholic School where she became a member of the parent council. If elected to city council, Lynch says she would consult residents for their input on decisions affecting their community.

Her chief priority, if elected, would be traffic calming, which she says has been a common theme during her door-to-door campaign.

“It’s a safety issue,” says Lynch. “People don’t feel safe on their own street.”

In particular, Lynch wants to divert traffic currently driving through Bradley Estates by extending Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road. It’s a proposal first put forward during the 2014 campaign, and city staff are currently studying the option as part of a much larger study aimed at improving traffic flow in the area.

Other options included extending Brian Coburn Blvd. to the Blackburn Bypass which would be widen from four lanes to six lanes, but Lynch believes the extra lanes will be used for buses, and even if the weren’t, the traffic has gotten to such a point that the extra lanes wouldn’t fully mitigate the problem.

“Seventy per cent of the traffic using the bypass are going to the south end,” argues Lynch. “If you extend Brian Coburn to Renaud Road, you be diverting all that traffic from the bypass to where they want to go.”

The loudest opponent to extending Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road is the National Capital Commission, which doesn’t want to see an increase in traffic through the Greenbelt.

Lynch wants the city to increase its pressure on the NCC to agree to what everyone else sees as an obvious solution.

Besides extending Brian Coburn Blvd., Lynch would also like to see more money spent on improving roads in the ward. If elected, she plans to collaborate with community associations and residents to ensure more money is allocated for road resurfacing in the municipal budget.

Lynch also wants to ensure that the new LRT system is accessible to Innes Ward residents, saying on her website that she will “make sure that Innes Ward is not forgotten”.

The ward has an extremely high franco-phone population. Although Lynch is not bilingual, she has promised to ensure that francophone residents are served in French when dealing with the councillor’s office – a practice employed by the current councillor.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)




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