As a citizen, you're welcome to speak up at a city council meeting, you just have to make sure you follow the rules.
The Ottawa City Council passed a measure Tuesday night amending their rules for public comment. Under the new rules, the public comment period at each meeting will last for a maximum of 45 minutes. Each individual speaker will have, at most, 5 minutes to speak their piece at a meeting.
Both of those limits can be overruled with a vote at a council meeting. According to Mayor Dan Aussem, there had never been an issue with comments going too long at meetings, but the city wanted to have something official in the code just in case.