Secretive process leaves urban councillors on sidelines

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By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, December 12, 2018

You might think the nominating committee of Ottawa city council would be responsible for nominating people to various standing committees and boards, and helping to choose the chairs for these important bodies.

That's what Coun. Theresa Kavanagh thought. But like the new Bay ward councillor, you'd be wrong.

"I found it a little strange … that as a member of the nominating committee that I'm not part of the selection, I'm not part of the decision-making," Kavanagh said after being presented with a list of Mayor Jim Watson's choices.

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