Thursday, April 21, 2022
Hey, you should run for mayor or city council
Ottawa – like most governments in Canada – always makes a big deal about encourging people to vote, usually with high profile advertising. They are always so much quieter about encouraging people to run for office.
Election day for the mayor and 24 councillors, one for each ward, is October 24.
To run, you need to be a citizen, over 18 years of age, and a resident of Ottawa or property owner in the City. You can also run if you are the spouse of a property owner but we don't like your chances to win.
For that matter, you don't actually need to live or own property in the ward that you hope to represent. Again, bon chance if you don't.
But wanting to run isn't enough – you'll need to collect signatures from at least 25 eligible voters. They don't need to intend to vote for you.
Ottawa is one of those Canadian cities that discourages poor people from running for office. Candidates for mayor must pay $200 to the City to run, candidates for councillor must pay $100.
Sure, it's only $200 and $100 but who does this exclude? People without $200 or $100. People on welfare in Ontario receive the princely sum of $733 per month. People in disability receive $1169. The filing fees are not nothing.
You can argue that it prevents fringe candidates from running, but it only excludes those fringe candidates who don't have $100. If you do have it, you can fringe away to your heart's content.
Once you have your stuff together, you need to schedule an appointment with the Ottawa Elections office to file your paperwork. They are taking appointments on a first-come, first served basis this Monday.
The final deadline for your nomination is August 19, 2022, at 2 pm.
The City is holding an online information session for potential candidates next Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm. Call the Elections Office at 613 580 2660 or email [email protected] to register.
(The same session will be run in French on Thursday, April 28 at 6pm.)
If you are serious, all the fine print is available at https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/elections
▪️The Cottage Life & Backyard show rolls up to the EY Centre this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You’ll find realtors selling land and cottages, designers and artisans selling services and homey touches, and a main stage where you can learn about renovations and landscaping. Refreshments provided by Ogham Craft Spirits, Whitewater Brewing, and Dairy Distillery. Tickets cost $13 for general admission, and you must book your timed entry in advance.
▪️Bellwethers Vintage holds its Spring Sidewalk Sale on Saturday (12:00pm - 6:00pm) and Sunday (12:00pm to 5:00pm). This delightfully curated shop will be offering massive discounts with many items priced between $5 and $15. Masks are expected inside and out. 9 Florence Street.
Saturday April 23
Head to the Rideau Curling Club between 11:00am and 5:00pm for the latest edition of Fly Market. In addition to the vintage sellers, Lou Fast Food will be slinging the poutine, and fine tunes will be provided by DJ Sacha Foster. 715 Cooper Street.
Sunday April 24
▪️Freewheeling Craft returns to the NAC on Sunday April 24 (11:00am to 4:00pm). It’s free to attend, and you’ll find 70 vendors selling crafts, homewares, and more. Peter A. Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin Street.
▪️Sip some bubbly and gaze at - and potentially buy - art by local and regional artists at Santini Gallery’s Sip and Shop event on Sunday (11:00am to 5:00pm). 422 1/2 Preston Street.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Number: 7. Fighting words! The number of things that Windsor does better than Ottawa. The story argues Windsor is better in pizza, Italian food, proximity to Detroit, bowling alleys, wine country, and political correctness (less). You've got us on proximity to Detroit, the rest is arguable. [NarCity]
Ottawan of the Day: Mayor Jim Watson. The Mayor is one of 61 Canadians who have been 'indefinitely prohibited' by the Russian government because of opposition to the Ukraine invasion. It's a list on which one should be proud to appear. [CTV]
Quote: ‘If you give it to one group and you don't give it to the other, to me it doesn't make sense’ – Doreen Katto, a programme co-ordinator for Matthew House Ottawa, responding to the Ottawa Transit Commission's desire to provide free OC Transpo service to Ukrainians fleeing the invasion. Campaigners argue that free transit passes should be available to everyone arriving as a refugee, regardless of their country of origin. [CBC]
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ It's a hat trick reverse ferret mask mandates as Algonquin College decides to extend theirs until further notice. It was scheduled to end May 1. Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have already decided to extend their mandates. [Ottawa Citizen]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️A sixth woman has come forward with harassment allegations against College ward councillor Rick Chiarelli. Her allegations are even creepier than some of the stuff that got Chiarelli disciplined by the City's integrity commissioner. We won't go into it because it'll put this newsletter into your spam folder. Chiarelli denies all the allegations – both the ones that got him disciplined and the new ones. [CBC]
▪️The National Capital Commission has prepared a report on replacing 24 Sussex Drive with a new, modern Prime Minister's residence. The report doesn't have architectural designs but does include a wish list: dining for 125 guests, meeting rooms and office space, and private living space for a family with four children and three guest rooms. The currently abandoned 24 Sussex Drive was only used for living space, guest lodging and meetings were done elsewhere. The NCC report also acknowledges that a new Prime Minister's residence could be located somewhere else other than 24 Sussex. [Toronto Star (but linked to News of Canadabecause of paywall]
▪️The City will endorse sewer insurance company for another five years. There was controversy last year after Service Line Warranties of Canada sent out mailings with the City of Ottawa logo that confused many, wondering if it was a scam or an official invoice. The reality turned out to the company is a legitimate insurer and the City had previously agreed to allow its logo to be used. The City encourages homeowners to get insurance for their sewer and water lines as the City is only responsible up to the property line. The new five year agreement allows City Councillors to view any mail outs by Service Line Warranties before they are sent. [CBC]
▪️The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is looking for donations of 100 Ontario native plants for Lee Boltwood Park. There are ambitious plans to transform the park, but there are limits: there is no water for plants except rain and the neighbours want the park to attract bees. The society is looking for donations of Monarda (Bee Balm and Wild Bergamot), Black-eyed Susan, Creeping Phlox, Evening Primrose, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Helianthus, Heliopsis, Yarrow, Gaillardia, Goldenrod, Liatris, Bloodroot, and Canadian Anemone. [Stittsville Central]
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