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2014-08-26 at 13:33

Rebecca Johnson files to run at-large in Oct. 27 municipal election

Rebecca Johnson has served on city council since 2003 and will seek a fourth term in October.
Rebecca Johnson has served on city council since 2003 and will seek a fourth term in October.
By Leith Dunick,

At-large Coun. Rebecca Johnson has put her name forward once again, and will seek a fourth term on city council on Oct. 27.

Johnson, one of two women on the current council, confirmed her decision on Tuesday. She says her experience is why voters should put a mark beside her name on the ballot.

“Heading into this election, I have the advantage of knowing this community incredibly well and the issues we are confronted with. Over the next four years, the city needs to look at a long-term plan for Thunder Bay and how we get to that vision. I also see continued efforts in regards to diversity and accessibility as a main priority as we work toward positive change.”

Johnson was first elected in 2003 and said she’ll be campaigning on three simple values: honesty, transparency and doing the right thing.

“If there is one thing I hope the community has learned about me over the course of my political career, is that I am honest. Whether people agree with me or not, I never shy away from the truth. If re-elected I will continue to pride myself on these notions and be an honest voice on council, even in the face of adversity.”

She becomes the 17th candidate to file in the at-large race.

Also in the hunt for one of five positions are Naomi Abotossaway, Iain Angus, Diane Armstrong, Andrew Brigham, Terri-Lynne Carter, Vanessa Catalan, Kimberly Coreau, Larry Hebert, Christopher Holland, Tamara Johnson, Sargon Khubyar, Robin Rickards, Aldo Ruberto, Wolfgang Schoor, Barry Streib and Lawrence Timko.

With Johnson’s decision, McIntyre Coun. Trevor Giertuga is the lone incumbent not to publicly state his intentions for the upcoming election.

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dynamiter says:
We will get the exact same result as we did in the Provincial election. There appears to be no credible alternatives putting their names forward. And no new people or retreads ( ie Timko, Sargon) have been stating publicly that they will be opposing the views of those currently in place. Therefore we will get the same old garbage from the same old status quo bunch of people. Guys like Foulds is so naive - he wants to know the results of a deer hunt policy after one year. Come on - use your head - or at least stop trying to talk to everybody while saying nothing of value.
8/27/2014 12:04:58 PM
tiredofit says:
Let's not forget that she was also Tony Zwig's biggest fan as well, even after he sued us the first time (I still see another one coming despite his OPG contract being cancelled). She was the one who suggested that we turn the Horizon Wind Farm on the Nor'Westers in to an RV Theme Park to enhance support for it.

BIG FAT NO FROM most in South Neebing that's a guarantee!
8/27/2014 8:12:09 AM
nvjgu says:
Absolutely not. Hope there is change like they all talk about.
8/27/2014 8:02:00 AM
ring of fire dude says:
I'll vote for anyone who states in their platform that they will NOT renew Commisso's contract and the other half of City Administration .
8/26/2014 11:23:03 PM
Jack Frost says:
Johnson was first elected in 2003 and said she’ll be campaigning on three simple values: honesty, transparency and doing the right thing.

8/26/2014 10:46:55 PM
CM Punk says:
Excuse me but the title of the article says next months election.
This article was published on August 26th, that would mean that the municipal elections are in September. LOL.
I believe they are being held in October so the title is false.

Tired of these same old gang getting elected into council.
TBay is looking more and more like Detroit.
Dirty, full of crime, terrible roads, and lost jobs.
8/26/2014 10:20:52 PM
Joey_J says:
Baffles the mind to hear people suggesting we need a whole new council. Such bluster suggests that people have forgotten the election of 2000 when the winds of change blew through. How much did that council cost us in three years before we needed to vote back in the council deposed in 2k ? And who served as mayor throughout that travesty?
8/26/2014 10:14:45 PM
Molly says:
I suggest we move Council meetings to Dawson Court. This would allow current Alderman to be closer to home and a chance at an earlier bedtime.

Like many I am in favour of term limits. Until that occurs I guess we can limit these dinosaurs by simply voting them out.
8/26/2014 6:43:23 PM
signman says:
Coucillor Johnson's quote as reported on TBTNewswatch Oct 15 2012.

" I certainly don't think we have the money to do it at this point in time"

Headline in the Source.

Coucnil multiplexed, by Leith Dunick.

Councillor Johnson says it's not the right time to consider building a new event centre.
With infrastructure needs growing , the at-large representative said the city doesn't have the money to afford its share.

She has recently voted with the rest of council to approve a $1 million dollar cost over-run on phase 3 of the proposed Event Centre.

She also voted not to let the public have a direct vote in the form of a plebiscite on this huge and costly Event Centre that is not needed now.

She is as about as predictable as the weather.
I'd rather bet on the weather as her voice is blowing in the wind.

8/26/2014 6:32:19 PM
rolling wind says:
And don't forget...Rebecca Johnson does not want the city day cares anymore...too much money to run...but long ago when it served her needs for child care she was all for city run child care.Look at the meeting archives...don't take my word for it.
So TBayers with young families remember who doesn't support city run child care
8/26/2014 5:06:28 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Was there even hydro back then ?
8/26/2014 11:19:54 PM
Dockboy says:
Now that she done away with Municipal golf course she's recently stated she wants Strathcona closed as well, maybe in 2015. I'm sure many golfers will be voting her out. That golf course has a lot more character than she does!
8/26/2014 4:23:57 PM
sickandtired says:
She brought us not only the rusted poles but the granite animals that many children have broken their teeth on, and that now sit underneat of crates due to ongoing damage! Money well spent! Millions and millions on her interpretation of "art"! Bye, bye Rebecca!
8/26/2014 4:17:39 PM
signman says:
She promoted the sale of Municipal Golf Course.

The city got only $650,000 dollars for this golf course yet she promoted the city purchasing 2 ugly beacons at the waterfront that cost taxpayers a million dollars.

What a disappointment she is!

8/26/2014 4:16:53 PM
westfortforever says:
I believe it was Coun. Rebecca Johnson that put up a good argument in a council meeting as to why the city should spend 1.5 million on the 2 rusted poles at waterfront. they are art, people will come to see them ect ect.
8/26/2014 3:21:09 PM
brandon says:
Did she really? Hmmmm.... changes my opinion of her for the negative.
8/26/2014 4:37:44 PM
rolling wind says:
Non of the present city council have my vote...lets vote out all these old dogs...this city deserves better then whats in there.
8/26/2014 3:05:42 PM
CLETE says:
It's time for real change. The old club has to go.
8/26/2014 2:18:45 PM
BuddhaMum says:
Good luck to Rebecca. I hope no one confuses you with Tamara.
8/26/2014 1:58:49 PM
Jack Frost says:
NO thanks Rebecca Johnson, time for change !!
8/26/2014 1:58:16 PM
bttnk says:
Please, please get some young blood running for election. I would really like to run for election, but with a young family, I simply would not be able to give it my full effort.
8/26/2014 1:58:00 PM
progress now says:
I understand what you mean.

For myself, young blood is not so important. NEW blood is essential. New eyes, new perspective.

I think it only a dream.
8/26/2014 5:40:55 PM
dockboy says:
Talk about a prime example of why we should have a limit on terms one can serve.
8/26/2014 1:57:52 PM
fastball says:
Well, don't vote for the "old blood" then. These dinosaurs aren't just strolling into empty offices at City Hall. Someone's voting for them.
Blame the electorate.
I'd hate to see a good, hardworking councilor have to quit - just because he/she's been in office for a few terms. We do the city a disservice if we start getting rid of good people. We're throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Change starts at the ballot box. People keep electing the same old familiar names - and then bitching about how many dinosaurs are on Council.
Start paying attention to the issues and what the candidates have to say, so you can vote with a bit of intelligence.
That might involve turning off the TV and grabbing a newspaper, though.
8/26/2014 7:00:45 PM
musicferret says:
She is perhaps the only candidate who routinely asks tough questions in regard to throwing money into pet projects, and actually votes against some of them.

I believe she truly does have ALL citizens at heart in her decision making, rather than just contractor friends, and businesses in a particular area.
Got my vote. She is as close to a great politician as we have ever had in this city.
8/26/2014 1:53:04 PM
Bob Roberts says:
It's time for out with the OLD and jump on and off the bandwagon politicians. Out of touch with reality. The voters need to make a clean sweep of all the deadwood at City hall.
8/26/2014 1:45:04 PM
Shane Caker says:
We just did exactly that by voting in Hobbs. How's that working out for you?
8/26/2014 10:37:11 PM
event centre fan says:
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest not one incumbent seeking the same office, other than possibly the mayor's race, will lose. I seriously think you're looking at a council that has one new face -- and I'm guessing it'll be Lawrence Timko, so not even a truly new face. "Everyone" was clamoring for change in 2010 and not one councillor was ousted. What we got was a new mayor in Keith Hobbs. A year ago I'd say Hobbs was a shoe-in again, though I'm not so sure with Ken Boshcoff, another familiar name, putting his name forward. Is there really anyone who is seriously vulnerable? Andrew Foulds should run away with Current River. Larry Hebert, Iain Angus and Rebecca Johnson are locks. Joe Virdiramo will take Westfort and Linda Rydholm will win in Neebing. Trevor Giertuga is certain to get back in if he runs in McIntyre. That leaves Mark Bentz, Brian McKinnon, Paul Pugh and Aldo Ruberto. Like him or not, Aldo will probably finish fourth in the at-large race.
8/26/2014 11:16:25 PM
event centre fan says:
My guess is Bentz is probably the most likely incumbent to lose. He barely held on four years ago and he's got even stronger competition this time around. But that could actually help him, if the votes are split.

McKinnon is a two-time incumbent and name recognition is key. He's also facing three no-name candidates.

Paul Pugh? His only competition is a fringe candidate who has close ties with anti-everything Ray Smith and company.

Just where do you see all this change coming from? I've looked. I don't see it.

I think it might come in 2018, when some of the veterans decide to walk away after seeing the event centre through to completion (or put out to pasture because of a lack of funding). McKinnon, Angus, Johnson, Virdiramo and Hebert are all candidates to step aside four years from now.

But for now they're too strong, too well known.

And that's not me trying discourage newcomers, it's just reality, a message that was already delivered four years ago.
8/26/2014 11:26:14 PM
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