New com­mit­tee chairs on deck for midterm shuf­fle

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A rookie coun­cil­lor would head up coun­cil’s trans­porta­tion com­mit­tee un­der changes pro­posed for a midterm shuf­fle.

Knox­dale-Merivale Coun­cil­lor Keith Egli is rec­om­mended to re­place Kanata North Coun­cil­lor Mar­i­anne Wilkin­son as the chair of the com­mit­tee, which over­sees is­sues re­lated to trans­porta­tion plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture.

Wilkin­son “has agreed to con­sider” a move to chair the board of Ot­tawa Com­mu­nity Hous­ing, re­plac­ing Glouces­ter-South Ne­pean Coun­cil­lor Steve Des­roches, who is ramp­ing up work as a deputy mayor, Mayor Jim Wat­son wrote in a memo Tues­day evening.

“It is im­por­tant in my view that Coun­cil strive to strike a bal­ance be­tween lead­er­ship roles be­ing as­sumed by long-serv­ing and more re­cently elected Coun­cil­lors,” Wat­son wrote.

“I feel that th­ese pro­posed changes strike an ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance,” while re­flect­ing in­put re­ceived by the city clerk’s of­fice, the memo states.

The changes are pro­posed as part of a gov­er­nance re­view fol­low­ing the first two years of coun­cil’s term.

Among pol­icy changes, staff rec­om­mend de­tails about events that the mayor or mayor’s des­ig­nate plays host to on be­half of the city be proac­tively dis­closed on an an­nual ba­sis. Those events are man­aged by the city’s pro­to­col of­fice, which would report the bud­get for each event and spon­sor­ships re­ceived for it.

The pro­to­col of­fice also keeps an in­ven­tory of gifts that the mayor and city of­fi­cials can give on be­half of the city to vis­i­tors or fundrais­ers held by non-profit com­mu­nity groups. The type of gift pro­vided, along with the rea­son for it, the re­cip­i­ent and the gift’s value would be dis­closed un­der a pro­posal.

An­other rec­om­men­da­tion would have staff come up with a “rou­tine and proac­tive dis­clo­sure pol­icy” so that peo­ple wouldn’t have to file for­mal ac­cess-to-in­for­ma­tion re­quests for ba­sic in­for­ma­tion.

The pro­pos­als are to be dis­cussed next Tues­day by coun­cil’s fi­nance and eco­nomic devel­op­ment com­mit­tee. There are other rec­om­mended changes to com­mit­tee mem­ber­ships — a new mem­ber here, some­one leav­ing there. Among them:

Or­léans Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette would be ap­pointed to the fi­nance com­mit­tee, re­plac­ing Wilkin­son.

Stittsville Coun­cil­lor Shad Qadri would re­place Egli as vice-chair of the city’s tran­sit com­mis­sion.

Kanata South Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Hub­ley would re­place Monette as vice-chair of the trans­porta­tion com­mit­tee.

Rideau- Goul­bourn Coun­cil­lor Scott Mof­fatt would be­come vicechair of the IT sub­com­mit­tee, re­plac­ing Cum­ber­land Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais, who is re­cov­er­ing from a heart at­tack. (Blais would re­main as vice-chair of the agri­cul­ture and ru­ral af­fairs com­mit­tee.)

Bar­rhaven Coun­cil­lor Jan Harder would be con­firmed as chair of the built her­itage sub­com­mit­tee.

Cyrus Re­porter, one of four cit­i­zen mem­bers of the city’s tran­sit com­mis­sion, plans to va­cate his post, and a search for a re­place­ment would be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble. Other cit­i­zen mem­bers would have their ap­point­ments ex­tended to the end of this coun­cil term.

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