City Radio System: What? Me Worry?




“Let’s fix this.”

Mayor Jim Watson


No, His Worship isn’t talking about his neighbour’s pet cat Fluffy at the spay and neuter clinic. Or the employee in charge of the transmission-challenged new municipal radio system who might find himself at the aforementioned clinic if the radio system doesn’t work soon.

This radio system was supposed to be up and running in 2015, but it’s not.

So where was Watson in 2015 or 2016 when the radios weren’t working then? Does it take that long to get His Worship’s attention or did he just read about the problems in the newspaper.

Photo above: “Let’s fix this.” Yikes

Yes let’s take charge of this problem as soon as I find out about it.

“Don’t rush to fix it and then get it wrong, but fix it and do it right and make sure public safety is not at risk,” Watson said. That’s a 10-4, Your Worship.

Well no probs about our wireless friends rushing. Why they’ve had 2015 and 2016 to fix it. What? Me worry?

No word if Watson will don his mighty tool belt to take on this task himself. We hear he was pretty good with the tin cans and long string in his youth. Why His Worship might put in a call to Marconi if Marconi doesn’t cost too much. This is the Watsonator getting ahead of an issue. Take charge.

How to reach Marconi? Why call 311. Oops, wait a second. That doesn’t work either.

Signal Hill here we come.

It’s 2017. How difficult can radio and telephone systems be?

Where is Alexander Graham Bell when you need him?

“Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you.”

It could have been that easy.



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4 thoughts on “City Radio System: What? Me Worry?

  1. According to the article from Jon Willing that appeared in the Ottawa Sun yesterday, “The City is paying Bell $5.5 million annually for 10 years for the system, which was supposed to be fully implemented in 2015. It is still being rolled out.” Yet, this only now concerns this mayor.

    Anne Marie

  2. Mayor Watson has demonstrated a preference for a low maintenance administration. He is likely aware of problems, such as this long running (since 2015) new radio system deployment, before they become public. He prefers that problems stay out of the public domain, so that he doesn’t have to address the people on what has caused the failure, and what is being done about it.

    After all, like the term middle class, there is no generally accepted (and by that I mean one that both politicians and the public would accept) definition of open and transparent.

  3. Well I waited long enough. I was waiting for someone to say it.

    So here it goes , looks like – IT’S BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD


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