Report of the Citizens' Task Force on Ward Boundaries
discounted or ignored much of what the rural citizens presented,
due to their mandate of numbers, numbers, numbers...
West Carleton - Ward 5
"Submissions received regarding this ward acknowledged the
lower population numbers, but emphasized issues such as the large
area of the ward and the need to avoid "diluting the rural voice"
with an injection of adjacent suburban development. Suggestions
were made about expanding the ward into the adjacent Ward 6,
Goulbourn, and picking up some rural population from it. The same
reasoning was used to look at connecting with the rural portion of
north Kanata, using either the Old Carp Road, or March Road -
Riddell Drive as dividing lines. Both of these representations
were counterbalanced by requests from within the respective Wards
4 (Suburban Kanata) and 6 (Goulbourn/Stittsville) that their
boundaries not be significantly altered."
(Suburban interests did not want to be annexed into a rural
ward - Ed.)
"As has been noted above, the Task Force is very mindful of the
pride with which citizens view their current and former political
areas, particularly the former townships. The Task Force has
analyzed options from the standpoint of numbers, as directed by
Council,... The strategy it has adopted is that some suburban
development will have to be combined with the "rural" areas in
order that the criteria set by Council can be achieved..."
(Gotta get them numbers... - Ed.)
Osgoode - Ward 20
"This ward is affected by the general comments received in
regard to representation by population. Various specific comments
were made in terms of how to increase the area/population of the
ward. There were three main proposals in this regard. One
suggested linking it with Ward 19 as in the former Regional ward
structure. A second proposed linking part of the ward with Ward 21
- Rideau. The third was a proposal to connect with the southern
portion of Ward 10 ? Gloucester-Southgate".
"Based on its review, the Task Force concluded that recreating
large rural wards such as existed in the former Regional ward
system was not a good choice. This ruled out a link with Ward 19."
(But I guess that doesn't hold true for the merger of Rideau
and Goulbourn right? - Ed.)
"The proposed changes mean that this ward could become one of
the larger wards by the end of the planning period, if growth
occurs at the rate forecast. As has been noted previously, rapid
growth usually involves housing occupied by younger families, so
the voting population will be closer to the City average than the
total population number suggests."
(Younger, suburban families? - Ed.)
3. That Council consider a revised name for Ward 20.
(Never mind that Osgoode has been known as Osgoode since
before Confederation - Ed.)
Rideau - Ward 21
"Suggestions were made to link the ward with adjacent areas in
Ward 3 to the north and Osgoode to the east in order to increase
the population to more acceptable levels. In this latter context,
an anonymous flyer was distributed within the greater Manotick
area proposing consideration of two options involving links with
these wards. The first model showed connections to parts of Wards
3, 10 and 20. The second proposed a partition of both former
Rideau and former Osgoode. The flyer provoked public comment, but
did not reflect "natural" boundaries and was of limited assistance
to the Task Force."
(In other words, representation by population mattered more
than common sense suggestions... - Ed.)
"Virtually all of the comments received recognized the
population problem and were directed towards solving it. The
challenge for the Task Force was to look at the issue in a
comprehensive fashion so that the solution would tie into an
overall plan for all of the wards in the area and not just Ward 21
"The Task Force reviewed the various options and concluded
that the best choice, within the terms of reference supplied by
Council, was to combine Wards 21 and 6."
(Didn't matter what the people wanted right? - Ed.)
"The new ward moves above the City average in 2006 and 2009,
but will stay well within the allowable threshold."
(... but is also create the second largest geographic area in
the new city (70,772.21 ha), more than 10 times the size of Ward
12 - Rideau-Vanier (795.32 ha). The population would also grow to
the third largest in the city at 53,000 residents by 2009, versus
34,900 in Ward 11 - Beacon Hill-Cyrville - Ed.)