Vicky Smallman is a community activist who lives in Hintonburg and blogs about her neighbourhood and her city at Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks ( She ran for city council in Kitchissippi Ward in 2006. When she’s not blogging, rabble-rousing or chasing after two small children, she provides collective bargaining and organizing advise as a professional officer for the Canadian Association of University Teachers

That vision thing

Editor’s note: Today is municipal election day across Ontario. In Ottawa, you can enter your address in this polling station... Read More

Misty eyes, phone bots, modest promises – it’s character time in the mayor’s race

Today — October 14 — is the last advance poll before election. The pace is hopping! Debates, fundraisers, doorknocking... Read More

Looking for the ideas behind the sniping

Someone asked me today when I was going to stop being so polite during my weekly municipal pundit gig on CBC’s Ottawa Morning. I... Read More

The Dog Days of Summer Campaign

September is approaching and campaigns are picking up the pace. Candidates are starting to roll out their platforms. Pressure groups... Read More

Gender and the City: parity still eludes us

Apparently there are a record number of candidates running for municipal council this year. For those looking for some alternatives to... Read More

The strategist and the policy wonk – at last a contest for both

What a difference a few weeks make. It seems we have a mayoral race. It wasn’t much of a surprise when Mayor Larry O’Brien... Read More

New blood versus same old faces: who should prevail?

Much has been written about the need for fresh faces on Ottawa’s city council. From community coalition Our Ottawa to the high... Read More

Idea-shy mayor’s race: playing for time, or putting us to sleep?

It’s true that elections are no time to debate policy – between the hot button-pressing and the sound bite speaking, no one... Read More