Five stories to see in Ottawa the week of May 2-6

Municipal and provincial election campaigns begin in Ottawa and Ontario.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at five stories to watch this week.

Ottawa’s municipal election campaign begins

The 175-day race to the polls begins Monday, when candidates for mayor, councilor and school board can begin filing their candidacies for the municipal election.

Starting May 2, candidates can start accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign once nomination forms have been submitted.

Mayor Jim Watson and four councilors have said they will not seek re-election.

Former Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli and con. Catherine McKenney and Diane Deans have announced they will be running for mayor.

Ottawa will also have a new ward for the 2022 election, as the city adds a 24th councilor to deal with population growth.

Election day is Monday, October 24.

Ontario election campaign

Ontario’s provincial election campaign begins on Wednesday, as party leaders and candidates begin the four-week campaign.

Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives are seeking a second consecutive majority term. Last week’s Progressive Conservative budget included promises of a new low-income tax credit, money for elder care and money for highway construction.

The Ontario Liberals and Leader Stephen Del Duca have pledged to end for-profit long-term care, invest more in home care and establish $10 a day before and after school child care. day.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s campaign platform includes fast-track pharmacare, an income tax freeze for some residents and the hiring of tens of thousands of health care and education workers .

The Green Party of Ontario’s election platform promises lower transit fares and a tax on domestic buyers of multiple properties.

Election day in Ontario is June 2.

Queen’s Park seen in August 2021. (Craig Wadman/CTV News)

‘Rolling Thunder Ottawa’

All eyes will be on the “Rolling Thunder Ottawa” event to see if the bikes will leave after the weekend’s event.

Hundreds of motorcyclists and people gathered in downtown Ottawa for the three-day event, which aimed to reclaim the National War Memorial following the Freedom Convoy event in January and February.

“The bikes are coming and we’re going to take over this landmark,” organizer Neal Sheard said during a Saturday service.

Ottawa police said no injuries or property damage were reported during the first two days of the event. Ten people were arrested on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, police were investigating an incident of “hate-motivated mischief” at the capital’s biker church.

Acting Chief Steve Bell said police are continuing to gather information and intelligence to find out if the event will continue during the work week.

“What I can tell you is that our operation is not over, we will continue to be in and around the area…the rest of the weekend,” Bell told CTV News Ottawa.

“Like last time, we’re going to say our operation won’t be over until everyone leaves our area.”

A convoy of motorcycles drove through downtown Ottawa on Saturday morning as police watched the crowd. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

The future of Lansdowne Park

Ottawa’s finance and economic development committee will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss a new plan for Lansdowne Park.

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group last week unveiled a $330 million plan, called “Lansdowne 2.0.” It includes a new events center, replacing the stands on the north side of TD Place, three towers for housing, and new retail space.

The proposal says the additional taxes and airfare fees, ticketing fees and direct cash distributions to the city from the Lansdowne Partnership will fund new city infrastructure on a “tax-neutral basis” for city ratepayers. city.

The project will be carried out in three phases:

  • Event Center: Start in November 2022 and end in September 2024
  • North Stadium Grandstands, Retail Podium, Parking: Early Dec. 2024 and completed May 2027
  • Residential towers: start in 2024 and end in 2029

Com. Shawn Menard is hosting a community discussion on the plan on Monday.

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, including new north side stands, a new events center and three residential towers. The project is expected to cost $330 million. (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group/Handout)

CFRA 75th Anniversary Celebration

CFRA celebrates 75 years on the air this week.

CFRA signed on the air May 3, 1947.

Join The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll on Tuesday morning, with special guests Steve Madely and Ken “The General” Grant.

580 CFRA Ice Storm ’98 Coverage

EVENTS IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK

Monday

Candidates can register for the 2022 municipal election

The annual meeting at Ottawa International Airport.

Tuesday

Ottawa Finance and Economic Development Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday

Ontario’s election campaign begins

Ottawa Transportation Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Thusday

The CFRA celebrates its 75th anniversary

Ottawa Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Meeting – 10:00 a.m.

Friday

Ottawa Finance and Economic Development Committee Meeting – 9:00 a.m.

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