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Bob Monette

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Tim Tierney




(Updated 1 p.m., Dec. 10)
Deputy mayors, standing committee members approved
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

City council has given its stamp of approval to the city's six standing committees and corporations, and named it's choice to fill the two deputy mayor roles.

Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette has been nominated for one of the deputy mayor positions while Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has been given the nod for the other deputy mayor position.

Monette has also been nominated to sit on the Transportation Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Member Services Sub-Committee.

The committees are vitally important in conducting business at City Hall, mainly because it is the only opportunity for public engagement on policy issues and also because any recommendations they make to council of the whole are adopted 99 per cent of the time with the odd amendment.

A quick scan of the nominations announced on Tuesday would suggest the east end is well represented on most of the standing committees. The only one that may come under question is the Community and Protective Services Committee where rookie councillor Jody Mitic, who is arguably the least experienced member of council, has been nominated as the only committee member from the east end.

Beacon Hill, Cyrville Ward Coun. Tim Tierney has been nominated to co-chair the Planning Committee, as well as be a member of the Transit Commisson and the Information Technology Sub-Committee. He has also been nominated to sit on the Police Services Board in the mayor's place and chair the Ottawa Public Libary Board.

Stephen Blais, meanwhile, has been nominated to chair the Transt Commission as well as sit on the Planning Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the South Nation Conservation Authority, and the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation.

The nominating committee did their best to make sure that all of the rookie councillors had a prominent role on the standing committees by making each of them a vice-chair except for Mitic. The Innes Ward councillor is the only new member who wasn't given a co-chairs role, instead he was named the city's first ever sports commissioner even though his biography is devoid of any participation at the minor sports level.

Mitic was also nominated to sit on the on the Community and Protective Services Commitee, the Environment Committee, the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation and the Transportation Committee where he is expected to push for an emendment to the Master Tranportation Plan to allow for the extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard to Anderson Road.

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