So what do you get when your organization is the first to reach out to Ottawa 2017 bureau to participate in corporate support of the party?
At least that’s how Hanif Patni sees it. Patni owns Blue Line taxis and thought he was being a nice guy when he offered to Ottawa 2017 to put its logos on cabs to promote the show. Patni said he would make a donation of some kind.
Unfortunately, no one wrote up a contract. Meanwhile the donation must be stuck in the mail.
And that’s when Mayor Jim Watson became involved.
Watson is no friend of the taxi industry and wondered why the logos were on cabs. Now we know. The taxi firm got them at the time of the informal agreement and the drivers slapped them on their vehicles.
But Watson sees it a different way. Blue Line hasn’t given the Ottawa 2017 bureau anything so without money in the $28-million not-monitored corporate and city slush fund, one can’t run the logos.
So good enough. Some of the drivers during the dust-up between the city and the cabbies pulled the logos off their taxis.
But there is a moral to this story.
If you are doing a deal in good faith with the City of Ottawa, get it in writing. A handshake is not good enough.
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