Our town growing quickly. New houses and apartment buildings are going up everywhere. While this is a positive development for our town, it needs careful stewardship to prevent services from declining or municipal infrastructure to become overused or outdated.

Young Family

Andrew Tennant sits on the grass next to his wife, Tash. He is holding their son, Cade, while Tash is holding their daughter, Alice.I have lived in the area all my life. I grew up on a small farm in Beckwith and went to school here in town. I attended Carleton University for Economics and Algonquin College for Stonemasonry (an odd mix, I know). I met my wife, Natasha, in high school here and we've been together since. She teaches skating at the arena. We have two kids, our son Cade (7), and our daughter Alice (5). We live on Frank Street in an old house which I spend a lot of time renovating and repairing.

I'm running because there needs to be a representative who speaks for young, working families from everyday experience. Our previous council is not an accurate cross section of the people who live here. This is not a fault of theirs; I'm not being critical. But, I'm not retired, I have a day job (mason), and I think a lot of people here do too. My wife and I and our two young children use the parks, arena, beach and pool on a daily basis. » read more

I'm the owner of Castle Masonry and Construction. I like working in and around town a lot, and with the recent economic growth in our region, it has provided enough work locally that we don’t need to travel far every day.

Some people might recognize me as the bartender from the old Leatherworks, where I used to work evenings and weekends while going to school.

I grew up here and I'm staying here to raise my family. I want to be one of the people making smart decisions here that are going to ensure that my young family and the young families of all my friends have a good future here. Not that another councilor would do poorly, but I trust my own ability. « show less

Relevant Experience

Relevant Experience

I've been involved, on a volunteer level, in our municipal politics for a long time now, as I have been working with various groups and committees for about 8 years. I have served on the Municipal Heritage Committee for about 8 years, I was an assistant coach for the CP soccer club for 3 years and I recently served on the board of directors for the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce for 2 years. I also volunteered on the Carleton Place 150th anniversary committee. Most recently, I served on the board of directors of the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce for 2 years before stepping aside to run for council.

My background in construction is becoming more and more relevant to the more pressing issues recently being discussed in council. Local building and development has become very busy and council is being tasked with trying to balance growth with the interests of the existing neighbourhoods. I believe that my experience in construction, combined with my lifelong knowledge of the area could be a very helpful asset to council.

Ensure That Our Growth Does Not Adversely Affect Services, Infrastructure or Expenditures

Ensure That Our Growth Does Not Adversely Affect Services, Infrastructure or Expenditures

Our town growing quickly. New houses and apartment buildings are going up everywhere. While this is a positive development for our town, it needs careful stewardship to prevent services from declining or municipal infrastructure to become overused or outdated. Hand in hand with this is the potential for financial issues as we are required to act quickly to sustain service levels to accommodate a larger population.

I believe that I have valuable skills and experience to address these challenges due to my construction background. I would be very comfortable working with public works, recreation and town contractors to help manage projects we will be undertaking in the future. I would also maintain a firm stance on staying within budget.

Hold Steady the Tax Rate

Hold Steady on The Tax Rate

I will fight hard to keep us from increasing our tax rate above the rate of inflation.

We are competing with Stittsville, and Beckwith for home buyers and we certainly should be lower than Stittsville.

I pay very careful attention to the annual budget I think that the last two councils did well to keep the rate increase low. I would pledge to take the same stance when working on future budgets.

Provide Online Access to Municipal Government

Provide Online Access to Municipal Government

This issue has been discussed at length, I am aware.

Regardless, I would bring it up again.

Not everyone is able to attend council meetings, sometimes life gets in the way. Council meetings should be available in video for anyone who would like to view them. I would push for a downloadable video file from the town website. Long term, I would like to live stream the meetings.

Remove Restrictions on Heritage Properties

Remove Restrictions on Heritage Properties

I have a lot of experience with heritage properties. A good part of my business is restoring older properties, and providing long term maintenance solutions to the owners of these buildings. I have also been a Carleton Place Heritage Committee member for many years, where I have seen the government side of the grants and loans available (or not) for restoring these buildings.

Our town has great architecture. Restoring and maintaining these buildings is expensive. Creative solutions are necessary to provide support to the owners of these buildings without giving a taxpayer paid handout. Some ideas that have come forward include a property tax freeze for a certain number of years when an owner wants to improve/restore their property. Another idea might be to ease the requirements and costs of permits for work on these buildings.

This also allows us to grow inside town boundaries, and not annex more land from Beckwith. This type of infill has commercial advantages as well. These types of rehabilitation projects create living space in the older neighbourhoods, which are typically walking distance from downtown merchants.

Council meetings should be available in video for anyone who would like to view them.

Contact Andrew

Contact Information

Andrew Roy Tennant

Phone: (613) 291 - 6093

E-mail: castlemasonry.andrew@gmail.com

Website: tennantforcouncil.com

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Internet Voting

If you are on the Voters’ List, you will receive an instruction letter in the mail which will contain your Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will be required to vote.

Voting by Paper Ballot

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Advance Voting

Advance voting will be held at on Saturday, October 13, 2018 and Wednesday October 17, 2018 at:
Carambeck Community Centre, at 351 Bridge Street, Carleton Place
Poles are open from 10 AM until 8 PM

Election Day Voting

Regular voting will be held at on Monday, October 22, 2018 at:
Carambeck Community Centre, at 351 Bridge Street, Carleton Place
Poles are open from 10 AM until 8 PM

Regular voting will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at:

  1. Carambeck Community Centre, 351 Bridge Street, Carleton Place
    Poles are open from 10 AM until 8 PM
  2. Waterside Viva Retirement Community – residents only
    Poles are open from 10 AM until 12 PM
  3. Riverview Seniors Residence – residents only
    Poles are open from 2 PM until 4 PM

For complete details please refer to the Carleton Place 2018 Municipal Election site.