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Time to talk about changing campaign finance rules (Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen)

When Tobi Nussbaum ran in last fall’s campaign, the Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor promised to introduce a motion to ban corporate and union donations in municipal elections during his first 100 days in office.

A tall order. Moving the motion is easy — but getting 13 of his council colleagues to agree to the election financing changes was going to be a serious challenge. Mayor Jim Watson has said he doesn’t see any issues with companies and unions contributing to campaigns.

Rookie councillor renews push to ban corporate campaign donations (Alistair Steele, CBC News)

First-time Ottawa city councillor Tobi Nussbaum says he'll ask Queen's Park to prohibit corporate and union donations to candidates seeking municipal office in this city.

But first he'll need the support of his council colleagues, many of whom accepted such contributions during the recent election campaign, and say they don't support a ban.

Nussbaum refused to accept corporate and union donations during last year's campaign, and promised voters in Rideau-Rockcliffe he'd raise the issue if elected.

Everything you need to know about Ottawa's budget (Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen)

Wednesday is budget day at Ottawa City Hall.

After weeks of discussion and debate, the $3.073-billion spending plan is expected to pass without much fuss.

Here’s what you need to know.

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES

The residential tax-rate increase for both urban and rural homeowners will be two per cent, while the commercial rate increase will be 1.37 per cent.

Ontario's possible plan for slower speed limits faces a bumpy road ahead (Matthew Coutts, Daily Brew)

The Ontario government is currently considering reducing speed limits in residential areas as part of a plan to protect pedestrians in the case of automobile accidents. 

In many ways, that debate is a unique one. In other ways it is well-debated territory that, in most previous cases, has fallen on the side of slower speeds for the sake of safety.

According to CBC News, the potential shift would make the limit in areas where no speed limit is posted 40 km/h. Default speed limits in Ontario are currently 50 km/h.

Speeding concerns on St. Laurent prompt lane reductions (Nicholas Galipeau, Ottawa Citizen)

Protesters gathered on the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Karen Way on Monday afternoon chanting “Easy on the Speed” to slow traffic in advance of the 2015 reconstruction to reduce the number of lanes on St. Laurent, which will slow the pace of reckless traffic permanently.

New council shows early promise (Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen)

An amazing thing happened Wednesday at this term’s first city council meeting.

Councillors discussed, debated and disagreed on the specifics of a 289-page governance review for more than two-and-a-half hours. And yet the sky didn’t fall, there was no sign of dysfunction, and council seemed actually more productive than ever. There were even a few compromise motions passed, with a welcome absence of grandstanding. Could this be the dawn of a new era around the council horseshoe?

De l'action au premier nouveau conseil municipal d'Ottawa (Radio-Canada)

Les conseillers d'Ottawa, élus aux élections du 27 novembre, ont lancé les débats, mercredi, lors de leur toute première réunion du conseil municipal.

Ils ont d'abord pris connaissance du rapport sur la gouvernance, de presque 300 pages, qui trace les règles de fonctionnement des quatre prochaines années.

Une recommandation propose notamment de réduire le nombre de rencontres officielles de trois comités permanents, soit les comités des transports, des services communautaires et de protection ainsi que de l'environnement.

Les conseillers élus prêts pour leur entrée (Sébastien Pierroz, L'Express Ottawa)

MUNICIPAL. Place au vif du sujet pour les huit conseillers élus à la Ville d'Ottawa le 27 octobre dernier.

La formation dans le cadre du Programme d'orientation mis en place par l'administration de la Ville est dorénavant terminée depuis ce vendredi. Trois semaines en tout qui ont vu les nouveaux échevins plancher sur des sujets tels les responsabilités des conseillers, les principes d'établissement d'un budget, les procédures à suivre dans la salle du conseil, ou encore les dossiers sur l'urbanisme.

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