7:30 a.m., Dec. 5)
ceremony held for incoming city councillors
By Fred Sherwin
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.
Ward councillor Laura Dudas signs her Oath
of Office as Mayor Jim Watson looks on. Fred
reciting the Oath of Office together, each councillor
signed the Oath of Office document starting with Orléans
Ward 1 rookie councillor Matt Luloff.
was followed by fellow rookie Laura Dudas, who is taking
over from Jody Mitic in Innes Ward 2.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
the nomination committee is established, each city councillor
must fill out a survey ranking their committee preferences.
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.
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.
has also set his sights on the transportation committee
along with the community and social services committee
and the library board.
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.
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.”
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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