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The Shortliffe Report made a number of specific observtions and recommendations regarding Rural Issues. Enclosed are selected highlights:


My Recommended Model

  • the existing 18 regional wards, their names and boundaries be continued as the electoral wards of the new City,
  • for the first two terms of the new Council the representatives from the Western Townships and Cumberland / Osgoode will have 2 votes each on all matters before Council, and on the proposed Standing Committees, in order to ensure enhanced representation of rural interests,

The Standing Committees will meet in different geographic locations in the new City.

Also,

  • eight Community Satellite Offices (location guidelines included in the Report) will be created to provide front-line services to ensure accessibility and citizen engagement. These offices will provide some services, information, small community meeting rooms and other facilities. These Satellite locations will also provide office space for the ward Councillors to meet with constituents and to liaise on their behalf with City Hall,

The following observations are taken from the same report:

Chart 3: Population Growth to 2021
Urban Municipalities 1996   1999   2009   2021  
Cumberland 47,367 7% 50,400 7% 63,300 7% 76,600 8%
Gloucester 104,067 14% 108,430 15% 127,650 15% 151,480 15%
Kanata 47,909 7% 53,240 7% 73,210 8% 96,940 10%
Nepean 115,100 16% 120,600 16% 145,120 17% 168,050 17%
Ottawa 323,340 45% 327,000 44% 357,100 41% 388,600 39%
Vanier 17,247 2% 17,270 2% 17,770 2% 18,430 2%
Rockcliffe Park 1,995 0% 2,010 0% 2,120 0% 2,180 0%
Total Urban: 657,025 91% 678,950 91% 786,270 90% 902,280 89%
Rural Municipalities 1996   1999   2009   2021  
Goulbourn 19,267 3% 21,900 3% 28,100 3% 34,100 3%
Osgoode 15,904 2% 17,100 2% 21,200 2% 25,300 3%
Rideau 12,444 2% 12,800 2% 15,300 2% 17,300 2%
West Carleton 16,541 2% 16,900 2% 21,900 3% 26,000 3%
Total Rural: 64,156 9% 68,700 9% 86,500 10% 102,700 11%
RMOC Total: 721,181 100% 747,650 100% 872,770 100% 1,004,980 100%

"As the new City comes into existence, it is vital that the reality of its character as a mix of urban / suburban and rural residents and lifestyles be carefully taken into account by the City Council as it establishes policies and takes decisions. It is particularly important that rural residents know that their views and aspirations are being recognized in the governance structure of their city."

Recommendation 10:

I recommend that, for the 1st term of the new City Council,

  1. votes in full Council be established at 21 (one each for the Mayor and the 18 Councillors, save and except, Councillors for the ward "Western Townships" and for the ward "Cumberland / Osgoode" who are to be accorded 2 votes each to enhance representation of rural interests;
  2. the special vote status for the two rural wards is to remain in effect during the 2nd term of the new City Council. Not until after the 1st two terms, is City Council to review and, if it so determines, amend the vote allocation / weight of the two rural Councillors.

"To recognize the importance of rural communities and to ensure that their concerns are specifically addressed by City Council:"

Recommendation 13:

I recommend that, for the 1st term of the new City Council,

  1. the responsibilities of the Rural Affairs Standing Committee include such matters as:
  • agricultural issues,
  • rural lifestyle issues,
  • maintenance of voluntarism,
  • preservation of trees and wood lots,
  • wet lands issues,
  • drainage issues,
  • livestock compensation issues,
  • liaison with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture;
  1. votes in the Rural Affairs Standing Committee be established at 8, and the Councillors for the ward "Western Townships" and for the ward "Cumberland / Osgoode" be accorded 2 votes each (i.e., the 2 rural Councillors would have a total of 4 votes and the 4 urban Councillors would have 4 votes);

 

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