What Ottawa is Talking About – 13 October 2021

13 October 2021

▪️Ottawa City Council will appoint a new councillor in the vacant Kanata North ward. Former councillor Jenna Sudds was elected to Parliament last month, vacating her position. The City has 90 days to call a byelection, or, as it plans to do, appoint a replacement councillor. Applicants for the job can apply October 29, and council will choose November 10. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayors in the Pontiac region want changes to new language bill. Quebec’s Bill 96 aims to strengthen the French language by barring bilingualism to any municipality that has fewer than 50 per cent English speakers. The local mayor's group recognizes that the region is less than 50 per cent Anglo but still has a solid core of English speakers that will be at a loss if all services are French-only. [CBC]

▪️It's City budget time and City councillors are Zooming with their constituents. This is your last chance to tell your ward councillor what you think the City should be prioritising. It starts today with Osgoode and Rideau-Goulbourn wards, and continues until the 26th. It's free – natch – but you do need to register and have Zoom installed. [City of Ottawa]

▪️The venerable McIntosh Apple was developed as a commodity in 1811, only 45 minutes from Ottawa. (That’s 45 minutes now – in 1811, that would be, oh, three days?) [NY Times]

▪️The Fall 2021 Skating and Hockey eGuide is now online. [City of Ottawa]

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