We appear to have a failure to communicate.
Unnamed employees in the light-rail tunnel hole say that the working conditions are not good. That the portable toilets are so filthy that employees are relieving themselves in the tunnel (which, if we follow Mayor Jim Watson’s suggestion that pay toilets should be the rule in the LRT stations, might be the chosen method of future passengers for passing whatever).
On the other hand, Rideau Transit Group and the City of Ottawa say everything in the hole is hunky-dory (Watson can’t say enough times that the project in on-time and on-budget). That said the project isn’t on-budget because oversights (such as a fare system … really … did someone miss that?) were put in a package subsequent to the $2.1-billion budget. And on-time? Well the city is not sure, what with the sinkhole with its subsequent flood and all, that it is on-time. If the city says the project might not be on-time (and this city would call hell tepid), count on it, this puppy is late.
So here’s a bit of advice absolutely free from The Bulldog. If the city can’t be on-time and on-budget and it is paying more than twice as much as is necessary for the first two phases of this project and giving taxpayers less than the first project and has had one major sinkhole on Waller and another on huge one Rideau and a little one after the first two, at least keep the workers and the public safe.
Video above: The failure to communicate from Cool Hand Luke. Video below: That ‘safe’ sinkhole.
Given the tendency to fib at the city and the fact we’ve seen three sinkholes appear, one would be tempted to agree with the workers on safety. You’d think that after the first sinkhole, the city would be extra-cautious about having another one … except it had one plus a flood. Then another little one. Many, many workers and garden-variety residents could have been killed. The city got off extremely lucky.
Then, astonishingly, the city wouldn’t release the cause of the Rideau sinkhole until it was forced to by freedom-of-information legislation. The city said it was releasing the information, when forced to, in its usual spirit of openness.
Yes, that pretty much is the city’s spirit of openness.
Almost forgot the advice. The city can’t undo what has already happened in terms of atrocious safety. Witness the sinkholes and tunnel flood.
But keep workers and Ottawans safe now and in the future.
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