An active public negates the power of special interest groups … especially the development industry.
That’s an expression used during the heady days of empire when one of yours began to exhibit the traits of the locals in some far-flung post. In journalism, it’s a term that means that the reporter identifies more with his or her sources rather than reporting the truth or ignoring stories because they would embarrass some friends on a beat.
No, it has nothing to do with Canadian indigenous people.
And that’s what has happened at Ottawa City Hall.