“Police have beats … and I often will see police filling out reports in an abandoned parking lot off the beaten path. Do it on that street where the murder was so that the public sees the police presence and criminals see the police presence.”
Mayor Jim Watson on how to fight the rising tide of violence in Ottawa
Oh my god.
Ottawa has 22 homicides, triple the number of last year, and this is a solution that Mayor Jim Watson provides to the citizens of Ottawa?
Police officers should fill out their paper work in their cars in places where killings and violence have occurred?
If Watson actually believes this, then we don’t exactly have a nuclear physicist or brain surgeon working out of the civic offices on Laurier Avenue. More to the point if this is the solution Watson offers to the victims of crimes or the friends and relatives of those who have been murdered, perhaps it’s time for a new mayor. In fact, it has been time for a new mayor for many years.
The budget is a mess, the accumulated debt is frightening, the light-rail plan is a joke, the lack of transparency in civic government is worrying, he wants to build a budget-busting impractical truck tunnel to get himself out of the Kettle Island bridge mistake and the mayor can find time to go to the Grey Cup to celebrate the victory of a team owned by some of his campaign contributors but can’t have spent more than 10 minutes thinking of a way to deal with the vital issue of violence if this is the best he can do. Watson is out of his depth … but then he is always has been. He isn’t about to get any smarter.
By the way, high-profile meetings with the police chief don’t count as a way of solving the violence problem.
That’s because anyone with a small knowledge of social problems understands that once these concerns reach the police, the social safety net is in tatters. What has Watson done to fill these holes? The only holes Watson has filled between bake sales are light-rail sinkholes.
Give your head a shake for a moment, Your Worship. Here is an example of how the city is so out-of-touch with its various communities. Take a look in some of our immigrant neighbourhoods to see how many baseball fields are in parks there. Lovely baseball fields no doubt but does anyone from Ethiopia or Somalia or Syria even know what baseball is?
Watson is so out of his depth on so many issues that 1) he should get some experts helping him in fields where he has little knowledge (that’s a lot of experts) and 2) movers and shakers in this community (who came together so well and so quickly on the Civic) need to start finding smart candidates to run for mayor and council in 2018.
In case you missed it, this guy can’t handle the job. Were the mayor’s post to simple dispense party advice, well, Watson’s your man. If you want more … no.
This city cannot afford four more years of Jim Watson.
Mayor Jim Watson doing what he does best.
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