Political hobnobbing includes trading intel on who wants top city council jobs

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2018

(...)If council approves a governance report on Wednesday, the general leadership structure won’t change much this term. There will be eight top-level committees — agriculture and rural affairs, audit, community and protective services, environment and climate protection, finance and economic development, planning, transportation and the transit commission — all needing chairpersons who will be tasked with implementing Mayor Jim Watson’s re-election promises and stickhandling hot files through the legislative process.

(...)But the chair of the environment committee this term might have the most important leadership role on council, outside of the mayor.

Council is scheduled to adopt a new waste policy in 2019 and from that will flow decisions about how residential garbage is collected and processed. At mid-year, the city will start allowing plastic bags and dog feces in the green bin, but there will be pressure for the city to increase its waste diversion rate across all recycling streams. Council resolutions will impact the next garbage-collection contracts, which are scheduled to be awarded in 2019.


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