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Matt Luloff

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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Dec. 5)
Inauguration ceremony held for incoming city councillors
By Fred Sherwin

Innes Ward councillor Laura Dudas signs her Oath of Office as Mayor Jim Watson looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Ottawa’s new city council gathered together in an official capacity for the first time Monday night for a ceremonial inauguration ceremony at the Shaw Event Centre.

After reciting the Oath of Office together, each councillor signed the Oath of Office document starting with Orléans Ward 1 rookie councillor Matt Luloff.

He was followed by fellow rookie Laura Dudas, who is taking over from Jody Mitic in Innes Ward 2.

Both Luloff and Dudas are ready to take on their new roles after spending the last five weeks attending orientation sessions and hiring office staff following the Oct. 22 election.

Fellow east end councillors Stephen Blais (Cumberland Ward) and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward) have had a much easier time of it. The veteran representatives have been meeting with local community leaders and constituents to get feedback on local issues.

Mayor Watson laid out a shopping list of priorities the new council will have to tackle in the coming weeks and months during his opening speech.

“We have many important initiatives that will be completed or started during the next term of council including the launch of the Confederation Line and the start of Phase 2 of the LRT,” Watson began to list, “completing the Ottawa River Action Plan; building a new central library at Lebreton Flats; continuing the progress we made in bringing good jobs to all parts of the city; continuing our work through the city’s 10-year Homelessness Housing Plan with the ultimate goal to ensure everyone in Ottawa has a home; hiring more police officers; and keeping our taxes and fees at a reasonable level to ensure our city is affordable especially for seniors on a fixed income.”

Before the new council can get to the Mayor’s laundry list of priorities, the councillors must first approve a governance report during their first meeting which was to be held on Wednesday. The report is expected to contain a recommendation to keep the same number of committees and sub-committees in place as there were under the previous council.

The two looming questions that still remains unanswered is who will be selected to sit on the various committees and who will serve as the committee chairs.

The latter question will be answered by Mayor Watson. The job of selecting who will sit on each of the committees and sub-committees will be left up to a nomination committee which is made up of 11 city councillors and Mayor Watson who will serve as chair.

Once the nomination committee is established, each city councillor must fill out a survey ranking their committee preferences.

The nomination committee will use the surveys to recommend who will sit on each of the various committees and sub-committees. They will also recommend the various committee chairs and vice chairs and table their report at the next city council meeting on Dec. 12.

Dudas is hoping to get on the transportation committee as well as other sub- committees and boards that align with the priorities she set out during the campaign.

Luloff has also set his sights on the transportation committee along with the community and social services committee and the library board.

Blais is holding his cards close to his vest. After chairing the Ottawa Transit Commission during the last term of council, he is leaving his options open.

“The Mayor has a very interesting Rubik’s Cube he’s trying to put together and I think he will have some conclusion to that process towards the end of the week and into next week,” said Blais. “From my perspective, having an opportunity to work on some big files would be fun.”

Innes Ward councillor Laura Dudas and Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff recite the Oath of Office during the inauguration ceremony at the Shaw Event Centre on Monday as Mayor Jim Watson looks on.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

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