12:30 p.m., Dec. 12)
end rookies get nod for key roles as deputy mayors
By Fred Sherwin
came early for east end rookie city councillors Matt Luloff
and Laura Dudas on Wednesday, as both of them were confirmed
as deputy mayors during their first term in office along
with Osgoode councillor George Darouze.
elected east end councillors Luara Dudas and
Matt Luloff have been appointed to serve as
co-deputy mayors, along with Osgoode councillor
George Darouze. File photo
role of the deputy mayors is largely ceremonial. They
are called upon to represent the Mayor at events which
he cannot otherwise attend, on a rotating basis. At the
same time it increases their profile outside their respective
wards and across the entire city. Councillors Mark Taylor
and Bob Monette served as deputy mayors during the last
term of council.
biggest advantage to being a deputy mayor is that the
position automatically comes with a seat on the city`s
influential 12-member finance and economic development
committee, which is akin to a cabinet post inside the
confines of Ottawa City Hall.
the finance and economic and development committee, Dudas
was also appointed to the community and protective services
committee, the transportation committee and the planning
committee, all areas where residents expressed their concerns
during the recent election.
have heard loud and clear from residents that increasing
and strengthening the local economy in the east, and improving
our road infrastructure and transit networks are significant
priorities," says Dudas. "In these roles, I will be a
strong and active voice for Innes Ward and Ottawa's east
will serve on both the community and protective services
and transportation committees with Dudas. He will also
sit on the Ottawa Library Board where he plans to push
for the expansion of a pilot project that allows library
members to borrow musical instruments. He is also pleased
that both he and Dudas will have a voice on the finance
and economic development committee.
made a lot of promises during the campaign in terms that
were fostering economic development in Orléans,
so being on the committee is pretty important," says
east end councillor Stephen Blais will also be on the
finance and economic development committee as chair of
the city's transportation committee. The Cumberland Ward
councillor was also appointed to the community and protective
services committee, the Hydro Ottawa Board and the South
Nation Conservation Authority.
chair of the transportation committee, Blais will lead
the discussion surrounding the formulation of an updated
Transportation Master Plan.
Transportation Master Plan identifies the transportation
facilities, services and policies that the City of Ottawa
will implement to serve a projected population of 1.14
million people by 2031. It sets direction for the City's
day-to-day transportation programs and provides a basis
for budget planning that is consistent with the growth
management policies of the City's Official Plan.
Transportation Master Plan will help guide our walking,
cycling, transit and road networks for years to come,”
says Blais who chaired the Transit Commission during the
last term of council. “I vow to bring the same work ethic
and enthusiasm as chair of the transportation committee,
as I did as chair on the Transit Commission."
transportation committee will also oversee increased expenditures
on transportation infrastructure that will be implemented
in the 2019 budget and it will oversee the proposed extension
of Brian Coburn Boulevard west of Navan Road, a fact that
is not lost on the veteran city councillor.
a city councillor who represents rural and suburban areas,
I want to continue to ensure that our local road networks
are repaved in real-time,” adds Blais. “We’ve also made
real progress on Brian Coburn Blvd and I want to ensure
it gets extended further west to reduce commute times
by alleviating traffic on Innes.”
will begin budget deliberations in the New Year.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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