Why Has The Mayor Been Chosen To Hand Out GG Award?

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    Ken Gray

    This from City Of Ottawa communications:

    “Mayor Jim Watson will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on behalf of the Governor General of Canada. The honour recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.”

    Should that honour not be bestowed by someone in the vice-regal office? Could they not find someone in the vice-regal office if the governor general is otherwise occupied? No doubt the GG is very busy what with the recent deaths in Saskatchewan but this a vice-regal responsibility, not that of a city mayor.

    Is Watson now the assistant governor general in charge of handing out plaques? Is this his new appointment?

    Your agent has a call in to city communications about this.

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    Ken Gray

    Here is the response by city hall.

    “As the medals are awarded on a national scale; municipalities and organizations are asked by the Office of the Governor General to present the medals. The Mayor and Ward Councillor will present the medals to the recipients tomorrow. For additional questions regarding the presentation of the awards, please contact the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.” – Cathy Bowles, Chief Protocol Officer

    I asked communications specifically to talk to someone about this and specifically asked not to be emailed on it.

    Communications sent the above email.

    Communications and the city hall does this so they don’t have to answer any follow-up questions and only get out the message they want.

    That’s improper.

    That said, I did better than the Citizen’s Kelly Egan who couldn’t get an answer in a week for his questions on parking.


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    The Voter

    I have attended the awarding of the Volunteer Awards in another community and it was a local politician along with reps from the various organizations the recipients were involved in. In my friend’s case, she had been nominated by a community organization and the group’s board chair was invited to hand over the award along with the deputy mayor.
    People who get higher awards are invited to Ottawa and get theirs from the GG while the lesser awards are handed out locally. Ninety-one people were awarded this medal in the past year which would have been a huge travel bill for the non-Ottawa ones. In addition, if it’s handed out locally, their friends and family as well as the people they volunteer with can attend the ceremony.

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    The Voter

    I should add that in that other community, the focus was on the volunteer organizations as well as the medal recipients.

    The politician very much took a back seat – he called out the name of the winner and the organization, picked up the medal and accompanying paperwork and handed it to the person from the community group who then presented it to the awardee. I’m trying to recall if he was even in the pictures that were taken.

    Something tells me that Watson will not be so restrained.


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