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Second City, Second Metro: So What Exactly Was The Problem? The Solution?

In 1965, Don Reid was Ottawa’s mayor. This photo is from 1956: nearly ten years before Reid found himself in the Big Chair™. Image: City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA038104.

Following up from the last instalment, Jones’ third chapter laid out the report’s objectives and offered up a brief discussion about some possible solutions.

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Second City, Second Metro: A Summary of Statistics and Collected Testimonies

A portion of the boundary between Nepean and Ottawa, as it appeared in 1965. Image: Detail from National Capital Commission, Map of Ottawa of Environs, 1965.

Continuing from yesterday’s introduction, today I offer up the second chapter of Jones’ Final Report and Recommendations. In this chapter, Jones and Research Director Donald Paterson offer up a brief statistical snapshot of the Study area and an analysis of the fifty-six submissions received during the hearings.

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Second City, Second Metro: Murray Jones and the Creation of Ottawa-Carleton

Feet up, mission accomplished. Ottawa became Ontario’s second two-tier municipality in 1969 following his charing of a local government review in 1965. Planner and chair Murray V. Jones kicks his feet up in this 1969 photograph taken for the Toronto Star. Image: Norman James / Toronto Star / Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection, Item TSPA 0058455f.

In May of 1964, former Metro Toronto planning commissioner Murray Jones was appointed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs J.W. Spooner to head up a commission of one to study just how the reduce the friction in the relationship between Ottawa, its surrounding municipalities, and the Federal and Provincial governments.1”Will Probe Carleton,” The Globe and Mail, May 29, 1964, 10; “Mayor Hails Ontario Study,” Ottawa Journal, May 29, 1964, 3. The problems had been longstanding, had cropped up in even the most mundane of situations, and were as much a headache to deal with for the Province as they were the municipalities involved.

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1. ”Will Probe Carleton,” The Globe and Mail, May 29, 1964, 10; “Mayor Hails Ontario Study,” Ottawa Journal, May 29, 1964, 3.