How Can The Problem With The Bobblehead Council Be Resolved?

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    sisco farraro

    All regular readers of the Bulldog are familiar with the control Jim Watson has over enough city councillors so that even with only one vote at council he always seems to get what he wants with regards to any issue tabled. It’s fine to complain about this problem as many of us do. But now it’s time to fix this problem so it won’t persist for the next 4 years. I propose the following.
    1) Determine who these people are. Voting records are kept for all tabled issues. A simple count will show which councillors are in Watson’s back pocket.
    2) Publicly announce the results of the counts and expose the councillors constantly referred to as “bobbleheads”.
    3) Question the motives of each member identified as belonging to this group.
    4) Take this information to the streets, the newspapers, etc and sing “Hallelujah”.
    5) Vote to oust these “public servants” on October 22nd.
    I realize this is a simplistic solution to the problem which is why I’ve begun this discussion in The Bulldog Forum. I know the creative readers of the Bulldog can put together a comprehensive, executable plan.

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    #750237 Reply

    Chaz

    Simple solution is hire Seven of Nine. She knows how to break the Borg.

    Complex solution is to get a larger piece of Ottawa’s electorate to give a damn.

    Join or form a rate-payer group, volunteer to work for a candidate, knock on doors. Ousting a regime requires words – yes. but much physical work is needed, too.

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    sisco farraro

    Prior to the 2014 election, in one of the all-candidates meetings held in the ward, George Darouze was specifically asked if elected would he be a bobblehead councillor. “Oh no, not me” (or something very similar) was his response. In the last four years Jim Watson has spent a great deal of time in Osgoode ward, where he is not very popular, attending events with Mr Darouze bobbling along behind him. There’s No. 1.

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    #750249 Reply

    Chaz

    Sisco,
    This is a tip that will serve every person well. It is a skill that can be used to evaluate people in business,personal life and political situations. Read a book or seek out a course on reading people’s body language. You will learn to watch for macro and micro tells. It is a bit of an eye opener to learn that every person has tells and lots of them.

    Works great when playing poker but becomes invaluable when judging politicians. ( Works when raising kids too.)
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #750271 Reply

    EajD

    Sisco,

    Over many municipal elections in the past, community groups have created scorecards on certain issues of concern to them, aiming to identify who voted for what. For this term of Council, again such a scorecard was prepared by a group I know. It has become a useless exercise because, with rare exceptions, they all vote the same way. This was already evident in the previous term. This goes for Committee votes too.

    The exceptions, such as they are, can be counted on one hand. They would include Leiper, McKenna and Nussbaum, sometimes joined by a few others.

    This city has forgotten what debate and civic discourse means. Leadership. Vision.

    Four more years.

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    #750274 Reply

    Ken Gray
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    EajD

    It will take years after Watson has left to repair the damage he has done.

    It’s cultural (ie. debate and listening to the public) and fiscal (enormous amounts of debt).

    cheers

    kgray

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    #750286 Reply

    Chaz

    Ken,
    While some people care about having a council that debates and some might wonder why a budget gets rammed through in December* , a 60% majority of Ottawans just don’t seem to give a hoot.

    Is this a cultural, generational or Ottawa phenomenon?

    * cities are still debating their budgets in February and March. What is so special about Ottawa that makes Xmas miracles even necessary ?

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    sisco farraro

    After reading Chaz’s first comment I had a small epiphany. What if we had a city council comprised of politicians and non-politicians, people who in no way benefit from votes in city hall and sit at the table where they can’t be bullied by Jim Watson, where lobbying is used to decide the outcome of issues tabled at city council, and where people within a ward are polled to determine what they want. This group would have no affiliations with any member of council and if it was determined that someone did, both the politician and the non-politician would be fired immediately. I haven’t fully thought this concept through, but I think many Bulldog readers feel big changes are necessary at city hall and this is different from anything I’ve heard.

    EajD. You are correct. The issue with scorecards and my initial comments are they require a very large investment in time. In our elections many people vote for the same party time after time without really knowing why. Elections are decided by voters who are aware of the issues, vote on the merit of the solutions presented, then hope the party they vote for follows through. So our elections are decided by what, 5 to 10 percent of those who vote?

    Does anyone mind if I throw Allan Hubley’s name into the ring as bobblehead number 2?

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