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  • #740182 Reply


    Besides Watson, councillors who say they’re going are:
    Capital Coun. David Chernushenko
    Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans
    Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli
    West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry
    Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury
    Innes Coun. Jody Mitic
    Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt
    Orléans Coun. Bob Monette
    Bay Coun. Mark Taylor
    Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson
    They are all going as it’s part of their ‘work’.
    They are allowed to accept 2 tickets each from OSEG plus some other party freebies.
    Since OSEG is a partnership with all of us voters, these freebie tickets should have been raffled off in each ward (take note Councilors Fleury and Deans as more was expected from both of you).
    Shame on those attending on the tax dollar!

    #740187 Reply


    The sad part is that all who take the freebies assume that it’s a right to do so.

    Going to s football game is not city business, it is a perk.

    If a person can’t think of ethics on the small things then how can that person be trusted on anything?

    There should be no free tickets in the first place.

    If one is going to take same then one should, at the very least, look for a way to pass the benefit on. There must be someone or some cause that might be deserving.

    A ward organization could perhaps raffle the tickets off to raise operating funds.
    A disadvantaged child might appreciate a day at the game.

    Here are a couple of things that pop into my mind :
    – children’s wishlist
    – food bank
    – Boy Scouts, Girl Guides
    -Big Sisters, Big Brothers

    Then we have the taxable benefit. If a councillor is going to take a gift and use it for her/his own personal joy, then s/he should have to declare the value as income.

    Just what city-business is going to be discussed while watching a football game?

    It is monkey-business and it is so ingrained in the system that it is not even looked at as being shameful.



    #740192 Reply


    I’d like to revise my comment.
    I thought it was bad that councillors took free tickets for personal use.
    My initial reaction was based on thinking that the tickets were worth $50. to $100.

    A buddy just informed me that a couple of free tickets could be worth hundreds of dollars!!

    I don’t know what the value of these freebies are but IF my friend is correct about the value then these councillors should, perhaps, resign based on greed and stupidity.


    #740191 Reply


    Will any of them be taking advantage of the free bus service? Or is the service only for the non-working…

    #740190 Reply


    Earlier this year, a regular contributor to The Bulldog posted on all the extra activities expected of city councilors. I believe we are all aware of the many demands on their free time. However, nobody forced them into the job, they come knocking on our door asking for our vote to get themselves elected.
    Now, those using the free tickets are stating: I represented the city on the Grey Cup Festival Committee, I was on the Organizing Committee, I’m councilor for the area and devoted a great deal of energy to help pull off this event, I’m Sports Commissioner and my attendance is important.
    Can the egos and sense of entitlement get any bigger and all is approved by the City’s Integrity Commissioner).
    While most of us were watching the SA meetings, the freebie tickets were yet again a late Friday news dump.

    #740198 Reply

    The Voter

    If they are attending as part of their work, why do they need two tickets?

    #740197 Reply

    The Voter

    There was a kerfuffle a few years ago about councillors accepting tickets to a sporting event and, as I recall, those tickets included a free parking pass. You don’t really think they would travel on the bus service that they oversee for the use of the rest of us, do you?

    #740209 Reply


    The Voter:

    Exactly what I had in mind, it was the RedBlacks first ever game you recall.

    Maybe just maybe the tickets should not be given as gifts, they should be given to the Councillors as staff perks??? Bye for now I’m off to the game with a ticket I purchased with my own hard earned money.

    #740215 Reply


    To: The Voter
    Great question. Would like an answer from the Mayor and all councilors who took two tickets.

    #740214 Reply


    According to David Reevely (Ottawa Citizen) two tickets are worth $1,000 and located in the north side stands. They are presents from the CFL and OSEG and have been approved by the city Integrity Commissioner. Council members can also snaffle $100 in food and cocktails provided by the event.
    The Ethics Advisor sent councilors and their assistants a mass email a month ago with the subject line ‘integrity’.
    Yet this was only in the online Citizen Friday evening and in the hard copy yesterday on page A6. Good way to say ‘sure we reported it’ and yet not make waves with voters.

    #740231 Reply


    CRA allows an employer to give an employee a non-cash gift of up to $500 per year and after that the benefit is taxable.

    Cash gifts or cash-like gifts are fully taxable.

    So the councillors don’t work for the football club; therefore, they can grab freebies worth $1100, ???????


    #740238 Reply

    Ken Gray

    You’ll remember that the City of Ottawa has a partnership with the Lansdowne group.

    The Grey Cup was held at Lansdowne park.

    We know the city poured tens of millions of dollars into the football stadium at Lansdowne, I wonder if their partners received money for cleaning up brownfields there, too.




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