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Councillor Richard Cannings

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop's University and a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University, Richard Cannings held various teaching posts in Nova Scotia & Quebec. While Vice-Principal at a Quebec Elementary School, Cannings worked towards his masters degree in Canadian History

Cannings was appointed Quebec City Bureau Chief for CFCF Radio and Television in 1973. This was a post he held until 1977, whereupon he accepted the Position of Press Secretary to Minister of State (Urban Affairs) and Chief Political Organizer for Quebec, the Honourable André Ouellett.

From 1980 to 1982, Cannings was Press Secretary at Consumer and Corporate Affairs. In addition, Cannings worked for André Ouellett when he was acting Minister of Labour and the Minister of Public Works.

Richard Cannings is well known for his work in heritage conservation. In 1986, he received a third degree, this time in the History of Art & Architecture from Carleton University. In 1988, he was elected President of Heritage Ottawa, a post he held until 1991.

Richard is now the longest standing Councillor on Ottawa City Council. Since 1991 he has worked diligently alongside his constituents on such issues as the Vanier Parkway Extension, the Kettle Island Bridge Proposal and The Task Force On Prostitution.

Richard Cannings is married to CBC National reporter, Julie Van Dusen. Together with their three children, Molly, Patrick and Olivia they live on Lonsdale Road in Manor Park.

Richard will continue to use his diverse work experience to serve his community to the best of his abilities. Please do not hesitate to call or write with any concerns or suggestions that you may have.


Richard Cannings
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5A1

Telephone number: (613) 244-5357
Fax number: (613) 244-5374

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