In fact, the city’s declared figure includes the $11 million OC Transpo deficit so the city’s figure of the overall deficit is $42 million.
I have no idea why the City of Ottawa did not simply say that the transit deficit was part of the $42 million rather than sending a 16-page document plugged full of figures. I think we all get tired of the gamesmanship.
In other words, provide the information in the most awkward way.
A simple yes or no would have done the trick.
Such actions do not make for a good relationship between the city and the media but then the media is so alienated by the communications department that perhaps a good relationship is impossible at this point.
Maybe when incoming city manager Steve Kanellakos comes on board (who has an excellent relationship with the media), he can teach the communications department how to act in an effective and proactive way.
And yes $42 million is a huge operating deficit.
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