I Sense A Quiet Time At City Hall

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    Ken Gray
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    Expect a long line of charming press releases from city hall until Oct. 22 when all the bad news comes out but the next election is four years away.

    Do I sound cynical?

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    sisco farraro

    To some you seem cynical, yes, but we learn from what we’ve observed in the past.

    Roads that should have been fixed years ago suddenly become a priority , the hideous-looking footbridge across the Airport Parkway is suddenly completed after 2 to 3 years of delay, etc. We vote for our representatives at city hall to do a job for 4 years but about 3 months into year 4 the primary focus for some becomes on sell, sell, sell . . .  themselves. Some of the councillors are dedicated hard workers while others are along for the ride.

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    Luke Chadwick

    I wouldn’t say cynical but more realistic.

    In the early ’90s I was working in a consulting firm that dealt with the City of Brampton almost daily. Our firm’s engineers were the civil engineers of record for a new subdivision (who would have thunk it, a subdivision in Brampton) and the municipal election was coming up in less than a week.

    The construction of the subdivision was creating traffic tie ups, dust, noise etc. in the surrounding neighbourhood (which was the subject of the subdivision built just before the current subdivision but hey the construction of those now established people’s homes never caused any problems when they were built.

    The word came down from upon high that any work that impacted the nearby roads was to stop immediately as the election was coming up and the incumbent didn’t want residents grumbling about traffic tie ups due to this subdivision with the potential for votes against the incumbent in protest. That work stopped immediately and started up again after the election. The incumbent got in (and now his son is the local councillor). Looking at who had donated to the incumbent’s campaign and whose development applications got approved made for pretty interesting reading.

    Keep the bad news until after the election is an apt slogan.

    Mayor Jim Watson will just be telling us the rainbows-and-unicorns rhetoric during this election campaign. You can bet on that.

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