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February 7, 2020

Ottawa-Vanier & Orleans by-elections

The previous Ottawa-Vanier 2016 provincial by-election candidate, Above Znoneofthe, formerly Sheldon Bergson, has been officially nominated to run again, and the previous 2018 Ontario General Election candidate Keegan Bennett will run in the adjacent Ottawa neighborhood Orleans riding.

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October 13, 2019

Ontario Court says it’s unconstitutional to exclude any candidates from election debates on public property

The ruling Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:10 in the evening came four hours after the hearing for a two-part injunction application brought by self-represented Mississauga Centre riding Independent candidate Greg Vezina against the City of Mississauga regarding candidate debates and the removal of his campaign signs.

To be sure, if the City were to organize candidates’ debates… and decide to invite certain candidates to participate, while excluding others… I would not hesitate in granting… injunctive relief.”

— Ontario Superior Court Justice James Stribopoul

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October 12, 2019

Ottawa-Vanier independent candidate wants to see change in voting system

Officially, Keegan Bennett is independent, but he actually represents the None of the Above Party (NOTA).

The party’s main proposed policy is a transition away from Canada’s conventional representative democracy in favour of more direct democracy. The party is officially registered as an Ontario provincial party, but not as a federal party which is why it cannot run federal candidates under its own name. Keegan Bennett ran in the Ottawa-Vanier riding during last year’s provincial election, and this time he’s officially representing the NOTA party.

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October 11, 2019

Mississauga-Centre None of the Above Party candidate: Greg Vezina

During the 2014 provincial election, Vezina founded and became leader of the NOTA the Party of Ontario and ran as one of the eight founding candidates in the riding of Mississauga-Erindale.

Vezina is running on a platform of direct democracy and the use of ammonia energy. Before going to the polls, Vezina is asking voters to do their own research on the two subjects.

He ran again in the February 2016 Whitby-Oshawa byelection. In the 2018 provincial election, Vezina also ran as a candidate in Mississauga-Streetsville.

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September 12, 2019

WNED and PBS asked to do Canadian New and Smaller Party Leaders’ Debate moderated by Noam Chomsky

Leaders Debate

“It is quite incredible that elections in Canada today require the intervention of foreign broadcasters and journalists to be fair and democratic, a sentiment many in the USA agree with.” – Dan Donovan, Ottawa Life Magazine Publisher and Managing Editor

On Sunday producers for the Democracy Channel® and Ottawa Life Magazine asked Dave Rotterman V.P., WNED Buffalo/Toronto, to co-produce the debate scheduled as requested on October 8, 9 or 11, 2019 at the Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec using the same sets as the two main debates, as was the case in 1993. If that venue is unavailable then an alternative venue, location city and date may be substituted.

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