NO AMALGAMATION PLANS FOR RUSSELL TOWNSHIP

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS | NEWS - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

Les can­di­dats à la mai­rie du can­ton de Russell n’en­vi­sagent pas, à l’heure ac­tuelle ou à l’ave­nir, de faire de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té une ban­lieue of­fi­cielle de la ville d’Ot­ta­wa.

Amalgamation with the Ci­ty of Ot­ta­wa came as a sur­prise ques­tion to mayoral candidates ln the last ail-candidates de­bate for Russell Township.

Har­ry Ba­ker. a frequent at­ten­dee in the visl­tors gal­le­ry du­ring Russell Township coun­cil ses­sions. had one ques­tion du­ring the open mike ses­sion of the Oc­to­ber 10 ail-candidates de-bate at the Embrun Com­mu­ni­ty Centre. He wan­ted to know in­cumbent Mayor Pierre Le­roux's opi­nion about ru­mours that some mem­bers of Ot­ta­wa ci­ty coun­cil are pro­pos-ing ab­sor­bing Russell Township and ma­king n2rt nf ri­fin­mees eas­tern ru­ral sec­tor. Image block No." sald Mayor Le­roux. 'The ans­wer would be a flat out 'No' from me' Charles Arm­strong, one of the two chal-len­gers to Le­roux's re-elec­tion hi& al­so sta­ted that he op­po­sed any sug­ges­tion about the township amal­ga­ma­ting with Ot­ta­wa. Shawn McNal­ly, the other mayoral can­di-date, was not present when Ba­ker as­ked his ques­tion. McNal­ly had to ex­cuse him­self from the all-candidates event Mat eve­ning at­ter the in­tro­duc­to­ry speeches be­cause of a fa­mi­ly mat­ter. But McNal­ly has ne­ver in­di­ca­ted at any time du­ring hls own cam­pai­gn, in­clu­ding past in­ter­views with me­dia. that he has ever even thought about the township gi­ving up its in­de­pen­dence and amal­ga­ma­ting with any neigh­bou­ring mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

—ar­chives

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