It's time Cumberland was represented on City Council.
The Cumberland Ward seat has been empty since February when councillor Stephen Blais was elected to Queen's Park.
The City, having to choose whether to run a byelection during a pandemic or appoint a councillor on its own, chose to do neither and left it vacant.
Council is bringing up the subject again on Wednesday: will they call for nominations or will they let Ottawa's largest Ward continue to be unrepresented?
We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌦️ 70% chance of showers. High of 26°
Quote: “I could talk sewers all day” – Steve Courtland, the city’s senior wastewater and drainage engineer. Courtland is supervising the $232 million sewage overflow system, nine stories underground, which will prevent effluent from spilling into the Ottawa River during rainstorms. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ There have been 2149 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since Friday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 16 day streak.
⭕ City plans to make not wearing a mask indoors punishable by $400 fine but will be taking a much lighter touch in enforcement. Council considers it Wednesday. [CBC]
⭕ Ontario may enter Stage 3 of loosening restrictions. Premier Doug Ford is expected to annouce the next step today, possibly opening playground, expanding groups to more than 10 people, and reopening workplaces. [CBC]
⭕ The City is asking the public for donations of masks to give to vulnerable residents. [CFRA]
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