Leadership

Where's the drama?

Most on council go with flow for 1st meeting

It didn't take long on Wednesday to realize the world has turned upside down at City Hall.

For starters, the first council meeting of this term started right on time. Getting right down to business? What's up with that?

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Leadership

Councillors debut with the business of City Hall

Transit Commission generates discussion, but most points pass without comment

If there was a single directive that set the tone for the new term of city council, it may well be this tidbit from the memo councillors received on the procedures for the first meeting: "As a result of the discretionary spending freeze ... lunches and snacks will not be provided at council. Coffee, tea, juice and pop will continue to be provided."

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OC Transpo

Blais Keeps First Promise During First Council Meeting

Blais Keeps First Promise During First Council Meeting

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais today cast his first vote during his first City Council meeting in support of establishing a Transit Commission for the betterment of the City of Ottawa.

“I am pleased that my vision of an Ottawa Transit Commission will become a reality for our city,” says Councillor Blais. “I believe that this transit commission will ultimately lead to improvements to our public transit system.”

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Safety / Sécurité

Blais reminds residents to keep Operation Red Nose phone number handy

Blais reminds residents to keep Operation Red Nose phone number handy

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais encourages residents who have consumed too much alcohol not to drive home but to consider calling Operation Red Nose this holiday season.

The number is 819-771-2886.

“We don’t want to see any resident of Ottawa and Gatineau driving while inebriated. Please keep this number handy this holiday season”, said Mr. Blais. “If you think you had too much to drink, be responsible and call Red Nose, it may be the best decision you ever made”, added the councillor.

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Young blood keeps it fresh

Four council young guns are mindful of not blasting into City Hall in a blaze of glory.

Although they're eager to get the keys for their new offices Wednesday, the under-40 group of councillors acknowledge the veteran leadership around the council table. Mathieu Fleury, who will represent Rideau-Vanier ward, will be the youngest councillor at 25 years old.

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