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City of Ottawa holds off on Cumberland by-election amid pandemic

City Clerk Rick O'Connor said that a by-election was currently not feasible.
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Ottawa municipal election sign, October 2018. 1310 NEWS file photo

Ottawa City Council is waiting to call a by-election in Cumberland ward, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ward's seat on city council became vacant when the former councillor Stephen Blais resigned after being elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Orléans.

Under provincial legislation, the city has the option of calling a by-election or appointing a replacement councillor.

At Wednesday's city council meeting, City Clerk Rick O'Connor said that a by-election was currently not feasible. City staff were then asked to research options to fill the seat and report back to council within 60 days.

In the meantime, three other city councillors have been tapped to help with issues in Cumberland Ward: Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas, Orléans Ward Councillor Matt Luloff and Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze.




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