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- November 24, 2017 at 10:22 PM #740182
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!November 25, 2017 at 9:43 AM #740187
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.
ChazNovember 25, 2017 at 7:08 PM #740192
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.
ChazNovember 25, 2017 at 7:09 PM #740191
KosmoNovember 25, 2017 at 7:11 PM #740190
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.November 26, 2017 at 8:22 AM #740198November 26, 2017 at 8:23 AM #740197
The VoterNovember 26, 2017 at 1:47 PM #740209
KosmoNovember 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM #740215
MarreNovember 26, 2017 at 6:09 PM #740214
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.November 27, 2017 at 6:43 AM #740231
ChazNovember 27, 2017 at 6:47 AM #740238
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.