Urgent Notice re: Vendor License Harmonization
Spring is almost
here and the Rural Council is gearing up to meet the many challenges
and opportunities on the horizon. As you may know, Janne Campbell,
President of the West Carleton Rural Association (WCRA) has been
asked by Bob McKinley to chair the Rural Council on an interim
basis. She has accepted with enthusiasm, especially given that many
of the WCRA issues are the same ones that the Rural Council is
working on. We hope to have a working constitution and a published
list of our officers and directors in place by the end of April.
Communication is high on our agenda and we plan to keep you informed
of our activities by email, through the media and via the website (www.ruralcouncil.ca).
We would like to
draw your attention to the City of
Vendor License Bylaw harmonization. The city is once again taking
the one-size-fits-all approach and is suggesting downtown licensing
fees and selling space regulations for suburban and rural vendors.
For example, a farmers’ market would be required to pay $3000
annually and each vendor would be asked to pay $250 per day. This
may be feasible in the City core where numbers are sufficient to
support these costs but in the rural areas, the fees will shut down
rural vendors and entertainment events. Stakeholders are very
concerned and consumers should also be concerned about the loss of
fresh local produce and events.
subcommittee of stakeholders (Andy Terauds, Jack MacLaren, Larry
Shouldice and Peter Kondruss)
has drafted a response to the City’s proposed licensing fees and
regulations. The premise of the response is to “keep it simple” and
to ensure that licensing fees are in keeping with the economic
realities of the area (rural, suburban, and urban). The committee is
seeking support from all groups and individuals and is asking them
to send a united message, based on the document entitled
Stakeholders’ Response Document, to the City of Ottawa
mayor and councillors.Without
a means of selling produce locally, farmers’ markets and roadside
vendors will be gone soon. Other basic arguments are included in the
document. These can be expanded on and added to but the basic
message must be on the same principles from everyone (not
necessarily in that order). A convenient list of councillors and
their contact information can be found at http://www.ruralcouncil.ca/Mayor_and_councillors.htm.
You should also send your message to
or call him at
Mr. Bouvier is responsible for the
coordination and preparation of this bylaw.
also intends to present Mayor Bob Chiarelli
and Council with a single document (Stakeholder and Consumer Support
Document) showing support from as many organizations and individuals
as possible. If you would like to lend your name or the name of your
organization or group to the document to be presented to the Mayor
and Council, please contact Shirley Dolan at 623-0675 or by email at
You will find the
following documents on our website at
are also attached for your convenience.)
Please pass this message on to friends,
neighbours and relatives and support your local producers as
they open for business this spring.
President for the Rural Council