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Oshawa City Council

Oshawa City Council
Term limits
New session started
December 1, 2010
Mayor of Oshawa
John Henry
since December 1, 2010
Deputy Mayor of Oshawa
John Aker
since December 1, 2012
since None
Seats 11
Length of term
4 years
Last election
October 25, 2010
(11 seats)
Next election
October 27, 2014
(11 seats)
Meeting place
Council Chamber
Oshawa City Hall
Oshawa, Ontario
Official website

Oshawa City Council is the governing body of the city of Oshawa, Ontario. Members are elected at large and are known as Councillors. City Council has 11 members 10 Councillors plus the mayor. The city posts agendas for Council and committee meetings.


In January 1978, the Oshawa City Council considered converting the former World War II paramilitary and commando training installation Camp X" into a $6-million museum complex.[1] The plan called for the 275-acre tract of land between Oshawa and Whitby to include an air museum, a naval display, and a war industries museum.[1] However, by 2009, the tract had been converted into an industrial park and Intrepid Park, a city park characterized as "a barren patch of grass".[2]

On September 3, 2013, undercover Durham Regional Police officers arrested three citizens in the council chamber while a police canine unit was stationed outside.[3] A video of the event was posted on YouTube a day later.[3] That same month, the council gave the staff of Oshawa city the power to bar individuals from entering Oshawa city hall under the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario.[3] At the time, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association attributed the September 2013 events to knowing "how to push each others' buttons."[3]


There are 4 standing committees of council:

  • Finance Committee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Corporate Services Committee
  • Development Services Committee


  • Regional & City Councillors
    • Nancy Diamond
    • Nester Pidwerbecki
    • Dan Carter
    • John Neal
    • John R. Aker
    • Amy England
    • Bob Chapman
  • City Councillors
    • Rick Kerr
    • John Shields
    • Doug Sanders


  1. ^ a b "Oshawa eyes spy camp site as war museum", Globe and Mail, January 26, 1978: 11 
  2. ^ Michelle Shephard (November 12, 2009), "Camp X ceremony pays tribute to spies", Toronto Star: A6, retrieved January 10, 2014 
  3. ^ a b c d Peter Kuitenbrouwer (December 3, 2013), "'Reign of terror' and arrests at Oshawa council makes a Toronto boy feel right at home", Postmedia News from the National Post, retrieved January 10, 2014 

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