Is It Time To Dump Manconi And Blais?

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In the media, it is common practice to give rookie reporters or editors three-months probation to see if they can handle the job.

What they need to do, among other things, is return to the newsroom with the answers to most basic of questions: who, what, when, where, why, how and how much in a story.

If the rookies can’t answer those questions after three months, the budding reporters are released.

Transit committee chairman Stephen Blais couldn’t or wouldn’t answer when the LRT project, the most expensive endeavour in Ottawa municipal history, would be finished. Blais narrowed it down to 2018 but the city said specifically when the project began it would be May 7, 2018. The city set the standard of reporting in days. Blais couldn’t meet it. He couldn’t meet it in months either.

John Manconi, the city’s general manager of transportation services, patronized reporters with “the train will go into revenue service when the train is ready to go into revenue service.”

Neither Blais nor Manconi could answer one of the most basic questions a reporter must ask and which they should know. And this on the most important project in municipal history.

So like a rookie reporter who can’t meet the basic ‘when’ question, should for the same reason Manconi and Blais be replaced?

 


 

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7 thoughts on “Is It Time To Dump Manconi And Blais?

  1. I am awaiting the fallout when the LRT isn’t open by election day on October 22, 2018, a mere five and a half months after the original May 7th opening date.

    Don’t they realize that they would be better off telling us now and letting the dust settle from that well in advance of the missed date? I understand that good news is more fun but when you have bad news, it’s best to get it out and dealt with quickly. Leaving us wondering is only inviting people to jump to their own conclusions.
    This will be a municipal election issue and, with this secrecy, they are handing control of it to their competition.

    I think I’ve figured out their plan though. The LRT will open, pardon me – “go into revenue service” – on October 22nd so you will be able to hop on the train to go cast your ballot in the election. It will, however, only run between Blair and the Train Station which is probably nowhere near your polling place. To solve that problem, they’ll have a polling station set up on the train so you can vote and check out the train at the same time.

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    1. The Voter:

      Best it open after the election for the incumbent because people aren’t likely to enjoy that extra transfer … particularly if it is raining.

      cheers

      kgray

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  2. Below is the definition of “Revenue Service” … is it to early to call for an audit?

    A revenue service, revenue agency or taxation authority is a government agency responsible for the intake of government revenue, including taxes and sometimes non-tax revenue. Depending on the jurisdiction, revenue services may be charged with tax collection, investigation of tax evasion, or carrying out audits.

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    1. Kosmo:

      Councillor Diane Deans asked for an audit and was met with anger and derision from his peers at city hall.

      Wonder why other councillors don’t want an audit.

      cheers

      kgray

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    2. “Revenue service” in this case means that the LRT is operating, i.e. in service, and people are paying to ride it, i.e. revenue is coming in.
      We’ll never see any figures, audited or otherwise, until after the 2018 election because Watson knows they won’t pass the smell test. This project is way over budget with expenditures hidden in other budgets and add-ons that are outside the original $2.1B price tag. It’s important that this stays under wraps until Phase 2, which is probably using the same voodoo economics, is well under way. That is if the true numbers ever come out.
      Why has no other councillor supported Diane Deans in her quest for an audit? Have any of them been told that if they want the train in their community they better toe the line? Now who would be telling them that?

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      1. The Voter:

        In addition botched major projects don’t bode well for councillors’ re-election prospects.

        cheers

        kgray

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