Ottawa·ELECTION 2018

Coyle, Kennery face off in College ward

The CBC's Kate Porter tweets a rundown of the debate from the Westcliffe Community Centre in Bells Corners.

Incumbent Rick Chiarelli misses debate due to advisory committee meeting at city hall

Emilie Coyle and Ryan Kennery speak with residents after a debate at the Westcliffe Community Centre in Bells Corners on Sept. 27, 2018. The incumbent, Rick Chiarelli, didn't take part because he was at a meeting of the city's environmental stewardship advisory committee. (Kate Porter/CBC)

There was more agreement than disagreement at a debate last night in Bells Corners, as two strong challengers for Rick Chiarelli's seat in College ward covered a range of issues without him.

The Westcliffe Estates and Lynwood Village community associations asked Ryan Kennery and Emilie Coyle to weigh in on everything from their positions on taxes and transparency to development and household waste.

Residents then had questions for the candidates about how they would help seniors who live in buildings with no air-conditioning, deal with the rooming houses near Algonquin College, and make city contracts more transparent.

It may be the only debate in the ward this election.

Experience with city hall, community

"The number one thing to me in my life, the lens I always see everything through, is how we can make community better," said Emilie Coyle, presenting herself to several dozen people at the Westcliffe Community Centre.

Coyle is a lawyer who has focused on refugee and immigration law, primarily for non-profit organizations.

Ryan Kennery described himself as a problem solver during his years in mayor Jim Watson's office. He has since moved on to local public affairs company MediaStyle.

"I had the opportunity to be part of some of the big projects at city hall, such as Lansdowne and light rail, which I think gave me a really interesting perspective on the inner workings of the city," said Kennery.

Both Coyle and Kennery said residents are looking for a councillor who answers their phone calls and emails.

Chiarelli's calendar conflict

For his part, Chiarelli sent a campaign member to explain he could not miss a meeting of the environmental stewardship advisory committee that was held at the same time. Chiarelli is the council liaison.

It was one of only three nights during the campaign he couldn't attend an election event, he relayed.

See below for a rundown of the debate from the CBC's Kate Porter .