Why Ottawa's new council could give Jim Watson a rougher ride

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, October 23, 2018

(...)Some of the seven new councillors elected this week are more progressive than their predecessors — as well as Watson.

They include Theresa Kavanagh, an NDP activist who will replace Mark Taylor in Bay ward; Laura Dudas, who will take over from Jody Mitic in Innes; and Glen Gower, who beat Shad Qadri in Stittsville.

It's not a massive shift in outlook for council, but it boosts the ranks of the existing left-of-centre contingent — think Somerset's Catherine McKenney, Rideau-Rockcliffe's Tobi Nussbaum, Rideau-Vanier's Mathieu Fleury and Kitchissippi's Jeff Leiper — who often found themselves on the losing sides of votes to, say, freeze transit fares.


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