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Rally For Change

Wednesday June 17th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Shaw Convention Centre (Ottawa, Ontario)
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J2

Together, we can bring change in Ottawa - and we want you to be part of it. On Wednesday June 17th, Tom Mulcair will kick off his summer tour with a big Rally for Change in Ottawa. Join New Democrats from across the National Capital Region. Don't miss out.

For more details and to RSVP visit http://www.ndp.ca/rally-for-change.

Most of us are aware that the 2015 General Election will be done using a new set of election boundaries, providing 338 electoral districts instead of the previous 308 districts. You're perhaps even aware that in the next election there will be a new riding of Nepean adjacent to Ottawa West-Nepean, where our former MP John Baird was intending to run until his exit from political life earlier this year. The new Nepean riding incorporates parts of the old Nepean-Carleton riding as well as parts of the former Carleton-Mississippi Mills riding, and includes the communities of Barrhaven and Bell's corners.

If you'd compared the old and new riding maps, you might be under the impression that the redistribution does not affect Ottawa West-Nepean. That's not quite correct; our riding has been given some new households which were formerly Ottawa Centre households. These new households are along the south side of Baseline Rd. east of Farlane Blvd, and the west side of Fisher Ave. between Baseline Rd. and Viewmount Dr. There are approximately 250 households that have been transferred from Ottawa Centre to Ottawa West-Nepean as part of the redistribution.

The boundary changes are related to the amalgamation of Nepean into the City of Ottawa in 2001. All of the homes affected are homes that were part of the City of Ottawa before amalgamation; homes south and west were in Nepean. The original Ottawa West-Nepean boundaries followed the city boundaries in this south-east section of the riding, but now that there's no longer a city boundary to follow, the riding boundary follows the more usual practice of falling along city streets.

Canada goes to the polls this October 19th, and the Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Candidate search committee has been busy casting the net for a strong candidate to carry the NDP banner in our riding. There has been considerable interest in the nomination with many inquiries and so far four prospective candidates have received approval through the party's vetting process. They will be introducing themselves to you in coming weeks so watch this space!

A nomination meeting will be held mid summer. You must be a member in good standing for 30 days prior to the meeting so make sure your membership is up to date. A social event is planned for late June to give you an opportunity to meet the prospective candidates in person.
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