An Ottawa Public Library-funded poll showed that 72 per cent of respondents agreed with the OPL on 557 Wellington St. for their new concrete monolith.
And the reason for this? Cost. The public likes the 557 Wellington St. spot because it is cheaper than the other proposed downtown locations.
That’s a relief. Count on Ottawans, when given a chance, to opt for the low-cost alternative. That bargain-basement 19th-century library will set us back about $100 million and be obsolete as soon as the doors open but of the dumb options on the table this is the least-expensive dumb option.
The kids will be at home using that new-fangled, librarian-free Google. Oh those kids. Without librarians guiding them, they’ll be poisoned by alternative facts. God help us all.
Video above: Peter Finch as Howard Beale from the movie Network doing an imitation of the editor of The Bulldog.
Pity our economy-minded Ottawans if they ever discover that our city overpaid on the Confederation Line by $1.4 billion. Or that we will be tunnelling Phase 2 of LRT along a park where nobody lives. Or that we’re studying building a multi-billion dollar truck tunnel to keep dangerous goods out of downtown except that dangerous goods can’t be shipped through a tunnel. Or that we turned down a $1-billion bridge without city funding that would have solved getting dangerous goods out of downtown.
You know I’m not a real smart guy but those previous four sentences just wobble the mind.
Still I heard from a senior public servant this week that my little proposal of an Internet library and small libraries to house computers for public access (particularly for underprivileged kids) sounds like a good idea but it doesn’t work. Might save some money. No reason why it doesn’t work … it just doesn’t work. Who can argue with that?
When you read those four sentences above starting with ‘Pity’ and end with ‘town’, you wonder how anyone from city staff can express an opinion in good conscience. Hey, I didn’t even mention Orgaworld.
At rest, Ottawans will choose going with the cheapest alternative, OPL-funded survey or not.
But again those four sentences above show we are blowing our fiscal brains out on projects that don’t work. Hard to imagine but a $100-million cheapo version of an obsolete library is a minute mistake compared to the above unbelievable four sentences.
If Ottawans ever wake up from their municipal coma to discover how billions of dollars are being flushed down the toilet on projects that don’t work, they will turf this council out so far their next meeting will be in Hawkesbury.
And by the way, you know why Ottawa City Hall is not open, caring and inclusive? Because the mayor, council and city staff are scared the public will discover their past and present mult-billion dollar miscues. Yes I am thinking the squelched sinkhole report which could badly damage (as the city would have it) it’s pile of lawsuits over the Rideau Street depression.
That said, we were told by city clerk Rick O’Connor that the city didn’t do anything wrong. Well that’s a relief. Perhaps O’Connor’s lawyerly brilliant mind is way ahead of my plodding model but if the city didn’t do anything wrong on the sinkhole, how could the report damage future lawsuits?
Obviously the law is much more complicated than I can comprehend.
But back on topic. Maybe we can recover some of the flushed money from the previous four sentences by rooting around in the sewage storage tunnel.
It’s time for The Bulldog to get Howard Beale out again from the movie Network. I think I’m doing an imitation of him right now with this post.
I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore.
Don’t worry … I’ll be better tomorrow.
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