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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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