Retail politics: Glebe business association turfs Coun. Menard from the board

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, June 25, 2020

The association representing businesses in the Glebe has made the extraordinary decision to turf its local councillor from the board and ask city council for a replacement representative.

The Glebe BIA’s decision Wednesday night came after Capital Coun. Shawn Menard throughout the spring strongly advocated for the removal of some street parking on Bank Street in favour of more space for pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(...)“This decision by the BIA came as a surprise to me,” Menard said in an emailed statement Thursday.

“Since entering office 19 months ago we have been promoting small local businesses in our newsletters, posting resources for businesses on our website, helping to secure a gateway sign to this area, adding more bike racks on Bank Street, helping to get planters fixed, adding public bathrooms, providing assistance to those who are house-less in this area, and by attempting to implement pedestrian and bicyclist friendly policies that have been shown to not only benefit residents, but also bolster businesses’ bottom lines.”

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