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Blackout period begins for councillors seeking re-election

A 60-day blackout period is now in effect for city councillors running for re-election.

The Municipal Act makes it clear: no councillor can use any city money for election purposes.

That means weekly e-newsletters providing updates from councillors to residents won't be sent out.

"Neither will be there be councillors' columns in community newspapers," Deputy City Clerk Leslie Donnelly says. "Neither will their websites be updated; the websites go static."

Several councillors have ward offices in community buildings; the part of the sign bearing their name will be covered up as dictated by the rules leading up to the election.

Ottawans will head to the polls Oct. 27.

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