Go Scott, go! Scott Piatkowski for Kitchener City Council

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Go Scott, go! Scott Piatkowski for Kitchener City Council

Good for you, Scott!


January 4, 2010
For immediate release

Scott Piatkowski to run for Kitchener City Council

Longtime community activist Scott Piatkowski today announced his intention to run for a seat on Kitchener City Council in this fall’s municipal election. At 8:30 this morning, Piatkowski officially registered as a candidate in his home ward (the newly created Ward 8, which includes Forest Hill, Victoria Hills and Westmount).

Piatkowski previously ran for City Council in 2006 in the former Ward 6 (West-Victoria Park). He finished a strong second to longtime incumbent Councillor Christina Weylie and attracted 25 per cent of the votes in a hotly-contested four person race. He was also runner up in 1994, when he ran for Regional Council.

“I think I have a lot to offer the voters of Ward 8, and the people of Kitchener in general,” said Piatkowski. “I have a long history of community involvement and a passion for this city that has driven me to want to contribute more. I think that, as a member of City Council, I’d bring a set of skills and an approach to politics that are badly needed at Kitchener City Hall.”

Piatkowski cites several key issues as factors that motivated him to run:

- The importance of increasing voter turnout in municipal elections and of facilitating greater citizen engagement between elections;
- The need to ban corporate and union contributions to municipal candidates, something that Toronto has just become the first municipality in Ontario to enact;
- The need to create controls on the activities of municipal lobbyists operating in the city, including the creation of a lobbyist registry;
- The potential for Kitchener Utilities to be more aggressive in promoting conservation and conversion to alternative energy sources;
- The importance of planning growth in a manner that protects groundwater, provides options to automobile usage, and minimizes sprawl while preserving core neighbourhoods; and
- The need to preserve heritage buildings in the Kitchener core and to ensure that a strong retail presence (alongside institutional, office and residential uses) is a priority in any downtown redevelopment.

Piatkowski, 44, works as Community Co-ordinator for Beechwood Co-operative Homes in Waterloo, and has worked in the co-operative housing movement since 1989. “Managing a housing co-op is a lot like running a city, except on a smaller scale. We have lots of maintenance and infrastructure issues to take care of, disputes between neighbours, revenues to collect and costs to control. I’d really like to be able to apply the lessons that I’ve learned about the value of true participatory democracy.”

An active member of the community, Piatkowski’s volunteer work has included serving as:

- A member of the city’s Community Grants Review Committee
- A member of the Steering Committee for the city’s Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)
- A member of the Waterloo Region Cycling Advisory Committee
- A member of the Steering Committee for the Westmount Neighbourhood Association
- A facilitator with the Co-operative Young Leaders program (CYL)
- A delegate on the Ontario Regional Governing Committee of The Co-operators Insurance
- President of the Ontario Council for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
- President of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)
- A Board member with the North Waterloo Housing Authority
- A Director with the Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario
- Chair of the Board of Directors with the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU)
- A member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Senate
- A minor soccer coach for over ten years

Piatkowski has also run in two previous federal elections (1988 and 1993) as a New Democratic Party candidate (a more complete biography is attached).

Municipal Election Day will be Monday, October 25, two weeks earlier than its traditional date in mid-November. Today was the first day on which candidates could register for the 2010 vote (something that legally allows them to raise and spend money). Piatkowski was the first candidate in the City of Kitchener to register.


Scott Piatkowski


www.scottpiatkowski.ca (in keeping with municipal election laws, the site has not been updated since 2006, but will be updated now that registration is complete)


Scott Piatkowski was born and raised in Kitchener and has lived in the community for all but two of his forty-four years. He is a graduate of Eastwood Collegiate and Wilfrid Laurier University. He and his wife of twenty years have two teenage daughters who attend Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate, the same high school that his father attended in the late 1940s.

He is currently the Community Co-ordinator with Beechwood Co-operative Homes in Waterloo and has previously managed other co-operative housing communities in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Ottawa. He has also worked for the Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario, located in Toronto, and as an MP’s assistant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

He has been an instructor and consultant with Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation since 1992, delivering workshops and providing advice to Boards and staff on how to achieve sound management and governance. In November 2005, he was named “Outstanding Housing Educator” by the Waterloo Region Housing Coalition, in recognition both of this work and his broader work in educating the community about affordable housing issues.

Scott has served as President of Ontario Council for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and on the Board of the Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario. He is a former President of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), a former Chair of the Board for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU), and also has extensive Board experience with other local organizations.

Currently, Scott serves as a member of the Waterloo Region Cycling Advisory Committee, a member of both the Community Grants Review Committee and Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) for the City of Kitchener, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Westmount Neighbourhood Association. He is a volunteer facilitator with the Co-operative Young Leaders program (CYL) and has been a minor soccer coach since 1998.

Scott has been involved in the politics of this community for over two decades. He ran as a New Democratic Party candidate in both the 1988 and 1993 federal elections. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Ontario NDP and was President of the Ontario New Democratic Youth in from 1988 to 1989.

For nearly twenty years, Scott has been a prolific freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, and is a former weekly columnist for The Woolwich Observer, ECHO Weekly and The Waterloo Chronicle.



Good luck Scott! Hope you win. 


Apparently any Ontario resident can donate to the campaign...just give us the address or online donation form, Scott... :)

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

Aw shucks!!! Wink

I need to restore the donation link on my site (which had to be shut down between elections). I'll let everyone know when it's clickable.

Pogo Pogo's picture

Good Luck!


If at first you don't succeed....

Best wishes Scott. Give it all you have!

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I'm still working on a comprehensive site update, but I'm happy to announce that the [url=http://www.scottpiatkowski.ca/index.php?page=getinvolved]donation link[/url] is now working.


Typical Pol: no policy but still wanting a handout.



Good on you Scott. Break a leg. I'll be pulling for you.


Scott's going to win! Go get'em, Scott.

Malcolm Malcolm's picture



1. Good Luck.


2. Is this the second or third run?


4. How close did you come last time (though I gather it's a redistributed ward)?

remind remind's picture

Go scott go.......


When you are striding Kitchener like the colussus we all know you to be Scott, will you still remember all the little people who helped you on the way up?

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Best wishes, sport. BTW, your Facebook page looks good - and I joined.

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

A the little people... and the little goats.

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

In 1994, I ran for Waterloo Regional Council, which is elected at large. This is the second try at winning a seat on Kitchener City Council.

Last time, the 22-year incumbent got 36% of the vote. I was second with 25% of the vote (657 votes behind).

The wards have been redistributed. About half of the ward is territory that I ran in last time (and did well in). The other half is from a different ward.


Lost in Bruce County

Best of luck Scott! I have a good feeling you'll win!

Papal Bull

Go Scott! If I were in your town and in your ward, you'd have my vote!

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

There's still time for you to move. Cool


Kitchener is becoming an increasingly conservative city.  The Conservatives dislodged the Liberals here in the last federal election.

George Victor

But the "lower taxes" pitch can take your type only so far , Aug.  :D

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Augustus wrote:
Kitchener is becoming an increasingly conservative city.  The Conservatives dislodged the Liberals here in the last federal election.

By 17 votes. But, if you want to take that as a sign of a political movement, then go right ahead.


2 of the seats were close yes, but all 3 federal Kitchener seats are now Conservative.

Kitchener-Conestoga fell in 2004, and Kitchener Centre and Kitchener-Waterloo fell in 2008.

The latter 2 were close and will be competitive next time, but the first one is out of range for the Liberals.


Scotts been doing a good job in Ward 8, I recently moved to Ward 10 and have learned that Denis Pellerin seems to be the guy to look out for.

I have contacted him with a few concerns and received honest responses from him. If you are in Ward 10 Kitchener check out his website: Denis Pellerin | Ward 10 Kitchener Election 2010 Council Candidate

Good luck to both Scott and Denis on Election day 2010!

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If anyone is interested in donating (and is eligible to do so), they can do so by following [url=http://www.scottpiatkowski.ca/index.php?page=getinvolved]this link[/url].


The campaign is starting to heat up (by which I mean that more people are actually aware that there is one).

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Hey, look everyone! I'm on [url=http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottPiatkowski#p/a/u/0/qIB71EwS-Tk]YouTube[...!

Subscribe to my channel.

View the video.

Click "Like".

Add your comments.

Pass it on.




congrats on the ward 8 candidacy and on the you tube video. haven't touched base in years, since co-op days. we just moved to kitchener. hope to see you around, and hope to see you sitting on city council. - bob brosius

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Paying the bills

When I help with other peoples' election campaigns, I'm almost always the fundraiser (often, because no one else wants the job). Asking for money isn't hard for me if I believe that the cause is just.

It's different when I'm the candidate. I have so many other things to do that's it's easy to let the question of paying for the campaign slip down towards the bottom of the priority list. And, unlike other campaigns, I'm working from my own list of personal contacts instead of someone else's. That increases the risk that someone might get offended at being asked for money.

So, here I sit in the last week of my campaign for Kitchener City Council -- one that looks very much like it could be successful -- staring at the prospect that my campaign might end up in a deficit position. That's not fair to my family (who have already given up so much to have me run), and it also goes against everything I've learned about how to run and finance election campaigns.

I've made a personal decision to refuse contributions from developers, sadly one of the principal sources of funds for municipal candidates. Last week, I actually mailed back a cheque that I received from a developer (although I did take it as a sign that they thought I was likely to win).

That's why I'm asking for your help.

Please make a donation to my campaign to ensure that it breaks even. Whatever you can afford to give would be greatly appreciated, whether it's $20, $50, $100 or even $750 (the maximum allowable).

Click the link below to make a secure online donation (by credit card or by direct debit to your account)


If you prefer to donate by cheque or money order, please send your donation (payable to the "Scott Piatkowski Campaign") to:

Scott Piatkowski
44 Katherine Crescent
Kitchener, ON N2M 2K1

Please be sure to include your full name, address and phone number with your donation.

Donations to municipal election campaigns in Kitchener are not tax-creditable, are limited to $750 per person and can come only from those who are "ordinarily resident in Ontario". By law, the identity of anyone donating $100 or more must be disclosed to the public.

Thanks in advance for whatever you are able to contribute.


P.S. To find out more about my campaign

Visit my website

Follow @ScottPiatkowski on Twitter

Join "Scott Piatkowski for Kitchener City Council" on Facebook

View and/or Subscribe to my YouTube Channel


Councillor - Ward 8
Elect:      1

17 of 17 polls reported

Trailing By

Zyg Janecki

Scott Piatkowski

Bill Pegg

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Damn that was close. Good fight, Scott.

George Victor

Maybe it's partly the ward you are battling in, Scott. And the confusion existing over the importance of civic issues at this time. 

Since Seiling is repeating his objective for a billion-dollar light rail (and we all know it would be a billion, not $762, 555,365.70) the larger community that depends on thinking regional representation to counter Seiling, will be begging for knowledgeable representation there.

Why not consider organizing a thoughtful group of people (the letter-writer and professional engineer, Kaufman, would provide marvelous input, for one) dedicated to the enlightenment of regional voters over the next four years and making Ken Seiling's project impossible to pass, politically. The developer/real estate community is still salivating at the prospect of a tram trundling down King St., even while a working community under economic stress builds to a critical mass in need of BUSES that serve every corner of the region.