Election Poll-By-Poll Results

- October 30th, 2014

Winning candidates will be scrutinizing these figures to see where they had the most support and what areas they need to win over ahead of 2018.

Statement Of Votes Cast Oct 30 2014 by Jon Willing

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Council Is Lame Duck. Here Are The Rules.

- October 29th, 2014

Council is currently “lame duck” because not enough members are returning Dec. 1.

That means it can’t make any new big money decisions until the new council takes over. At least 18 out of 24 had to be re-elected Monday to prevent the lame duck rules. Sixteen are returning.

City solicitor and clerk Rick O’Connor has distributed these handy rules to the current council.

October 28 2014- Lame Duck Memo

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2017 Task Force Chairs Are Outgoing Councillors

- October 29th, 2014

Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, Mayor Jim Watson and Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess at a 2017 event in June.

One of the results from the municipal election is the loss of both heads of the 2017 task force.

Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs and Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess have been co-chairing the campaign to plan Canada’s 150th birthday bash. Hobbs lost the election and Bloess is retiring from council.

It’s possible that Mayor Jim Watson asks the outgoing councillors if they’ll still participate on the task force, but it’s likely that other councillors will fill the chair roles.

There are plenty of leadership opportunities in the next term of council. Watson has announced he wants a sports commissioner and a standalone audit committee of council (an upgrade of its current subcommittee status).

So, let’s play pick your chairs. Here are the committees and boards traditionally led by a councillor, plus some of the new roles. Now, this committee structure could change if council so chooses during the upcoming governance review, but that’s really up to the mayor with advice from the clerk’s office.

Planning committee
Environment committee
Transportation committee
Community and protective services committee
Transit commission
Audit committee
Finance and economic development committee
Agriculture and rural affairs committee
Debenture committee
Information technology subcommittee
Built heritage subcommittee
Ottawa Public Library board
Ottawa Police Services board
Ottawa Public Health board
Ottawa Community Housing
Sports commissioner
2017 task force
Crime Prevention Ottawa board
Court of revision
Deputy mayor

Did I miss any?

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New Council Twitter Handles

- October 29th, 2014

Subject to change. But here are the handles everyone is using today:

Mayor Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa)
Orléans Coun. Bob Monette (@BobMonette1)
Innes councillor-elect Jody Mitic (@JODYMITIC)
Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder (@BarrhavenJan)
Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson (@Marianne4Kanata)
West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry (@Eli_ElChantiry)
Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri (@ShadQadri)
Bay Coun. Mark Taylor (@Go_Taylor)
College Coun. Rick Chiarelli (@RickChiarelli)
Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli (@KeithEgli)
Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans (@DianeDeans)
Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney (@TimTierney)
Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury (@MathieuFleury)
Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor-elect Tobi Nussbaum (@tobi_nussbaum)
Somerset councillor-elect Catherine McKenney (@cmckenney)
Kitchissippi councillor-elect Jeff Leiper (@JLeiper)
River councillor-elect Riley Brockington (@RiverWardRiley)
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko (@Chernushenko)
Alta Vista councillor-elect Jean Cloutier (@VoteCloutier)
Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais (@StephenBlais)
Osgoode councillor-elect George Darouze (@GeorgeDarouze)
Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt (@ScottMoffatt21)
Gloucester-South Nepean councillor-elect Michael Qaqish (@QaqishPolitico)
Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley (@AllanHubley_23)

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Five Storylines Revisited

- October 28th, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson commandeered a CFRA reporter’s phone after his victory speech for his first post-election interview Monday night (with the radio station).

On Monday I offered you five storylines to watch as the results came in, so let’s complete the narrative…

Open ward battles

It turns out there wasn’t a vicious battle for those six seats. I said the wards were unpredictable. Well… Catherine McKenney more than doubled the votes of the next closest candidate in Somerset. Jody Mitic didn’t have a problem in Innes. Riley Brockington breezed through in River. Jean Cloutier came close to winning half the vote in Alta Vista. Michael Qaqish overwhelmingly beat his competition in Gloucester-South Nepean. It was a tad tighter in Osgoode, where George Darouze won by more than 470 votes.

Watson’s pursuit of a “strong mandate”

Unofficial results have him winning 76.2% of the vote so, yeah, I’d stay that’s pretty strong.

Incumbents in battles

Two wards, Kitchissippi and Rideau-Rockcliffe, saw their incumbents defeated. There was a close race happening in Bay where former councillor Alex Cullen managed to come within 474 votes of incumbent Mark Taylor. Otherwise, we didn’t see the tight race in Rideau-Vanier we were expecting, and Kanata North was firmly in the hands of incumbent Marianne Wilkinson.

Voter turnout

It’s, unofficially, 39.9%. Not great. Here’s something I wrote on it.

Shaking up the get-along gang

For this, it’s to be determined. I think we’re going to be scrutinizing these new councillors to see if they’ve been whipped by Watson. Tough spot, because they could legitimately agree with the mayor’s policies. Council certainly hasn’t been rocked by the election. But plenty can happen over four years.

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