The Finance and Economic Development Committee today unanimously approved a framework for the City to participate in the National Capital Commission’s commercially confidential negotiations for the LeBreton Flats redevelopment. While not a direct partner in negotiations with the National Capital Commission and RendezVous LeBreton Group, the City’s participation could help advance the City’s interests and help protect the City’s taxpayers.
The Committee approved Smart City 2.0, the City’s vision for Ottawa’s evolution in the digital age. By working with schools, communities and partners from the public and private sectors, the City will build on existing smart initiatives to increase connectivity, economic growth and innovation, so all residents can have equal access to digital services.
Following changes by the Province to modernize municipal legislation, the Committee approved updates to a series of by-laws and new policies to guide Council-staff relations, as well as pregnancy and parental leave for Members of Council. These updates would come into effect on January 1, 2018.
Additional changes related to codes of conduct, conflict of interest and the role of the City’s Integrity Commissioner will be considered by City Council next year.
The provincial changes allow registered third parties to advertise during an election campaign. Ahead of next year’s municipal election, the Committee approved updates to both the Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law and the Signs on City Property By-law to address signs from registered third parties.
The Committee also approved updates to the Contribution Rebate Program By-law, to reflect the recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, including prohibiting corporate and trade union contributions for all candidates to municipal office. While changes to provincial legislation has raised the contribution limit to a single candidate or third party advertiser from $750 to $1,200, the maximum rebate for an individual contribution to a candidate’s campaign remains $75.
Items approved at today’s Finance and Economic Development Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, November 22.