“Just like when you buy a brand new house, you move in, you expect everything to be perfect and every once and a while there’s a couple things that aren’t exactly the way they are supposed to be. Our staff fixed them very quickly.”
Then came his almost-fatal heart attack in 2013 and a five-month break from his duties while he recovered. At times his life was very much in jeopardy.
Understandably Blais has been reserved and very serious since he returned to duties at city hall. Cumberland ward residents and Ottawans need the old Stephen Blais back.
A lot of wild ideas have been bandied around in Ottawa but this one is one of the weirdest.
Putting electronic tolls on Highway 174 is a non-starter. And Mayor Jim Watson even says he’s willing to consider options on it. You know, Kinda-Two-Per-Cent Jim.
This is an email from the vice-president of the Cumberland Community Association:
Dear Mr. Gray,
The purpose of this email is to bring to your attention activities that are unfolding in the east end of Ottawa that I believe would be of interest to you and your Bulldog Ottawa readers.
This is a release from Marta Blais, the wife of Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais:
A week ago today, my husband, Councillor Stephen Blais suffered a serious heart attack. As Stephen continues to clear hurdles on his path to recovery, I would like to take this opportunity to thank his office staff for their tireless work on behalf of Cumberland ward residents. Our family has also immensely benefitted from their devotion to us throughout this time.