“It is imperative that the Salvation Army engage us in an open, transparent and accountable public consultation process held in good faith. This would help ensure an open and transparent review of any proposed location, allow for concerns of residents, businesses and community groups to be properly heard and addressed, and ensure the services they are offering add value to our neighbourhood.”
Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury on the Salvation Army shelter
proposed for 333 Montreal Road.
Just three words for you councillor: Mooney’s Bay playground.
Can’t see how the Salvation Army could do a worse job of consulting than the City of Ottawa and for Fleury to criticize another entity for failing to consult … well … that’s a mouthful. You’ll remember the consultation on consultations?
Fleury, Ottawa’s lifeguard-in-chief and devoted young follower of Mayor Jim Watson (from whom he has learned his political chops), is probably worried that the new Sally Ann shelter in his ward will cost him votes. And so it will.
Now Fleury is learning what it is like to have an ally in Watson. For the mayor, the mayor is Job 1. Something or someone in the way is a speed bump on the way to what he wants. Councillor you are now officially a speed bump.
Watson is telling the city (and Fleury) to give the Montreal Road shelter a chance. Watson wants to make sure that the Sally Ann doesn’t locate in Watsonland … you know, the Glebe, Kitchissippi, Rockcliffe, Manor Park … Funny, Fleury’s ward isn’t on that list.
Looks like young Mathieu is being thrown under the bus by His Worship. If the councillor is not sure, he should check with River ward’s Riley Brockington who is expert in the fine points of OC Transpo under-carriages.
(Yes, Riley this is a gratuitous comment about you but we’re trying to find ways to get you in The Bulldog because we’re frightened you will criticize this publication for ignoring you. So there you go, Riley, you’re in. Welcome aboard.)
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