Leadership

Blais secures massive grant for Navan Theatre Company

Vintage Stock gets a huge infrastructure boost

Cumberland Ward Councillor and supporter of community arts programs Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that Vintage Stock Theatre will receive a $40,000 grant to purchase a new portable theatrical stage.

BLAIS’ SLOW DOWN CAMPAIGN SHOWING RESULTS

BLAIS’ SLOW DOWN CAMPAIGN SHOWING RESULTS

Councillor Stephen Blais encouraging driver & pedestrian safety

Cumberland City Councillor and anti-speeding champion Stephen Blais is renewing his yearly efforts to encourage residents to slow down and come to a complete stop at stop signs in our community to help ensure pedestrians, especially children, are not put at harm’s way.

BLAIS CALLS FOR HYDRO FAIRNESS

BLAIS CALLS FOR HYDRO FAIRNESS

Cumberland Councillor wants One City–One Hydro

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is calling on the province of Ontario to allow Hydro Ottawa to purchase Hydro One customers who fall within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa.

Ottawa Sun

Time ripe to acquire hydro customers

A councillor wants the province to give Hydro Ottawa a fair shot at acquiring Hydro One customers who live in the city.
Hydro One privatization would cement Ottawa's raw deal

Hydro One privatization would cement Ottawa's raw deal

When it comes to our hydro in this city, amalgamated Ottawa is not one big happy family.

And if the provincial government moves ahead with its vague plan to sell private investors anywhere from 15 to 60 per cent of a stake in Hydro One, the city’s hopes of bringing all citizens under a single power plan could be dashed.

Blais to Steer Transit Commission

Blais to Steer Transit Commission

Unanimously Chosen by Peers

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais calls it an honour to be chosen by Ottawa City Council to Chair the Transit Commission.

Blais Named Francophile of the Year

Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais today was awarded the “Laurier Rogers: Francophile of the Year” by ACFO.

Blais Awarded Community Service Business of the Year

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to be awarded the 2013 Community Service Business of the Year award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce.

“It is truly an honour to be recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for the community service our office provides,” says Councillor Blais. “The members of my staff provide outstanding service to the residents of Cumberland Ward.”

The Business Excellence Awards are our opportunity to celebrate the contributions of outstanding businesses and business people in Orléans.

Orléans Job Creation Tax Incentive

Orléans Job Creation Tax Incentive

BLAIS ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOR ORLÉANS

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais announced the City of Ottawa’s plan for Economic Development for Orléans.

Lest we forget!

Do three other words mean more to the social fabric of our nation while aptly paying homage to the all too often unnamed heroes and heroines who sacrificed so much and expected so little from us? For me, Remembrance Day, like most days when we honour our veterans, has me thankful for so many reasons, including those of a personal nature.

As a child, one of my favourite activities was prodding my grandparents into telling me stories about World War II and how Canada became a great nation and defender of freedom. These stories were more valuable to me than any material possessions as they formed my affinity and love of history and of our country.

RISING IN THE EAST

RISING IN THE EAST

BLAIS ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOR ORLÉANS

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais announced the City of Ottawa’s plan for Economic Development for Orléans.

“Too many of us are forced to commute into the downtown or other parts of Ottawa,” says Blais. “By attracting high quality jobs to Orléans we will ensure more of us enjoy a more balanced lifestyle and higher quality of life.”

CITY PROVIDES $135,000 TO ORLÉANS-CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE

CITY PROVIDES $135,000 TO ORLÉANS-CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE

The City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee has approved an additional $135,000 for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre to help pay for the recent renovations and improvements to the centre at 240 Centrum Blvd.
More Jobs Coming to Cumberland Ward

More Jobs Coming to Cumberland Ward

Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that City Council has paved the way for new jobs to be created in Navan. Hydro One Networks will construct an operations centre outside the Village of Navan on Frank Kenny Road.

“Bringing jobs to Orléans and Cumberland is a top priority for me,” says Councillor Blais. “While this is a small step forward, I am pleased that we are moving in the right direction with making the east end a community where residents can live, work and play.”

Like him or not, rookie councillor Stephen Blais is getting things done

Stephen Blais doesn’t immediately see why he has a reputation for being arrogant.

Of course, the Cumberland Ward councillor has asked city staff and developers to leave his office for not being prepared enough for meetings. And he has pushed hard on the city’s bureaucracy to move forward on what he sees as key issues for the residents he represents in Orléans and Cumberland. And, he admits, he has “walked around process” on occasion instead of “walking through” it.

“Do you piss people off when you do that? Sometimes,” Blais concedes.

Fewer politicians is better

While serving as a Catholic School Board Trustee, my colleague from the public board, John Shea and I became good friends. As we both represented the same boundaries, I was confident that I could represent as many students as he did, which is why I lobbied my colleagues to reduce our own ranks in order to represent the same amount of students as public school trustees. The net benefit would have been more resources for students.

In schools compromise, the promise of a path to better solutions

The escalating conflict between the needs of suburban and urban schoolchildren reached a pitched level this week.

But while two local politicians were setting their hair on fire over the issue, another councillor was trying to hammer out a compromise to address the increasingly bitter battle.

Smoking is Optional - Breathing is Not

When 37,000 Canadians die from smoking related illness every year, should government ignore these facts and stick their heads in the ground like ostriches? Or, should they enact laws to protect the health and safety of residents, including society’s most vulnerable?

In this light, I am proud that on April 2, 2012, the City of Ottawa demonstrated leadership to protect all residents from the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. In addition to ensuring children can enjoy fresh air – not smoke filled air – while playing at beaches and parks, we will be able to enjoy Ottawa’s renowned patio season free of malodorous cigarette smell and the risk of being exposed to poisonous chemicals, which are known to cause cancer.

BLAIS TARGETTING PRICE FIXING AT THE PUMPS

BLAIS TARGETTING PRICE FIXING AT THE PUMPS

Cumberland Councilor Stephen Blais is warning gas retailers in Ottawa to obey competition laws or face stiff consequences from the City.

“Price fixing is illegal and won’t be tolerated in Ottawa,” says Blais. “Anyone manipulating gas prices has perpetrated a fraud against the City and the public and it won’t be tolerated.”

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