Bonehead Moves Politicians Make

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    If The Bulldog allows us to have a little fun, I would like to start a thread of some of the crazy political decisions politicians make everyday. It can be any level of government and any country (I’m sure we have enough here in Ottawa). I will start with two of my most recent favorites:

    First, let’s ban cigarette smoking everywhere on public property, private property and even outdoors (city beaches) but let’s legalize marijuana. Sounds crazy to me.

    Second, and most recently, let’s not allow 100-per-cent compostable coffee pods in the green bin, but let’s allow dog poo in plastic bags that are not compostable (and will have to be removed) in the green bin. Sounds crazy to me.

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    Ron Benn

    Kosmo, I like your idea of highlighting policies that are obviously at odds with each other (incoherent in my terminology).

    To that end, a few years ago the city introduced a bylaw directed at reducing greenhouse gases, whereby we are precluded from letting our cars idle for extended periods of time. In the meantime, there is another city policy to limit the expansion of infrastructure that would allow low-passenger capacity vehicles to move along more quickly. As a consequence traffic is frequently brought to a standstill along many a roadway in Ottawa, forcing an untold number of vehicles to idle, thus generating more greenhouse gases.

    Another example, albeit on a more limited scale, was something that happened in Centrepointe Park earlier this winter. The city’s public works department removed a garbage pail from a playground, as it was full of, you guessed it, garbage. This was done according to the e-mail message I got, to protect the children in the playground, the one that was under a metre or so of snow, from the overflowing garbage. The concept of emptying garbage cans on a more frequent basis apparently did not cross their minds.


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