Great Bulldog commenter Ron Benn sent along this note in relation to the post, City Hall Has Gone Native.
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Steve Collins has written a thoughtful article in Metro on the lack of a free flow of information at Ottawa City Hall … a long-standing problem.
It is refreshing to see this kind of work in Metro which often was a very successful summary of news but not a deep source of the day’s events. Metro appears to be becoming more serious and given the diminution of journalism over the past three or four years, this is very welcome.
– Neil Thompson, Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association
We now have an opportunity to see exactly where power resides at Ottawa City Hall.
Now that Phillip Slayton, author of Mayors Gone Bad, appears to be redefining our opinion of past urban leaders, perhaps it’s time to look again at the four years of former mayor Larry O’Brien in comparison to current mayor Jim Watson.
Take a second or two to vote in this Bulldog Poll on who was the better mayor … O’Brien or Watson?
“This is the people’s place. The politicians are just temporary tenants.”
OK, OK, this is enough. First opening Sens Mile, now this.
The way Mayor Jim Watson is trying to cash in on the Senators’ popularity is getting embarrassing. If Watson plays a regular defence shift for the Sens, then The Bulldog will give him credit for their success. Frankly, his skating is not good enough.
Remember Your Worship, it’s not all about you. This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Ottawa City Hall: We could use less spin and better government.
After Tuesday’s best Ottawa things must come the worst:
1. Apathy: If you only care about municipal affairs when it affects your property … well that is not enough. Sometimes only a third of eligible voters can be bothered to go to the polls. City staff and its politicians get away with a lot of odd decisions because they know the public really doesn’t care and that it won’t have any effect at the polling booth. Accordingly city staff in particular has taken to the practice of just going through the motions when it consults with the public. And why not? The public doesn’t care. And if you don’t care, you get what you deserve.
Here are some initial reactions from The Bulldog gleaned from the budget release document below. Whopper Watch is on high.
The feel-good city release on the budget follows The Bulldog’s initial take on it:
The City of Ottawa doesn’t provide written minutes of meetings.
What Mayor Jim Watson means with this quote below is that when the municipality puts city council and standing committee meetings on audio and video, residents must run through hours of recordings to find debates or quotes on events that interest them.
Now and then a city hall source will call to say The Bulldog should run this quote or that quote because it’s very relevant to a pressing issue. But The Bulldog simply can’t spend that kind of time to find one quote. Other journalists can’t as well.
Why don’t we have written minutes of meetings such as we had pre-2011, the Citizen’s Joanne Chianello asks?
Strangely enough, your friendly neighbourhood Bulldog asked that same question when written minutes were halted, to be replaced by audio and video.
Ahhh Grasshopper, you have so much to learn.
But now with the wisdom of time and hindsight, we see the mindset of our current leader King James of Watson and realize that he talks openness (“Why we’ve had fewer in camera meetings than any other municipality …”), he means something else. Like council meetings with no debate. Debate can be embarrassing.
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Here is a document that will leave municipal candidates with furrowed brows and anguished moments wondering how the electoral public will respond to filling in the blanks on this survey.
Yes, it’s the Ottawa Citizen survey of candidates in the upcoming municipal election and so now dear readers you can see the questions that contribute to the newspaper’s story, in whatever that form is.
Find anything interesting? Don’t be afraid to use the comment box below.
A Microsoft Word document of the Citizen survey is below. To see the document, just click on the highlighted words in the next line:
Who knew we had such readership satisfaction?
Overwhelming they do. Perhaps that’s why they’re reading The Bulldog.
About 80 per cent of respondents said they liked the The Bulldog while about 20 per cent didn’t like it at all.
Mayor Jim Watson’s term has been marked by many administrative errors.
Frequent Bulldog commenter and community activist Ron Benn serves up this very interesting comment on the breakdown in municipal administration:
No more long drawn out public ramblings by discontented councillors, no councillors sniping at each other in public. To paraphrase his comments of a year ago, we don’t have a gong show like in Toronto. The negative side of this outcome is that there are no meaningful discussions at committee and council meetings.
In fact, the Can-Am League is not even operating as an independent entity this season. Instead it is a division of the low independent-tier American Association. What that means for Ottawa, well who knows? The city isn’t discussing that.
The summer news doldrums have started a bit early this year.
So here at The Bulldog we bring you the top 10 reasons why there’s no news coming out of Ottawa City Hall:
Frequent Bulldog contributor Ron Benn talks about city hall secrecy:
When the policy to disclose is not followed, it is fair to pose the question of why?
One event is just that, one event. Two events may be the start of a trend, but it still too early to draw fair conclusions. By the time you hit five events over a short period of time, it is fair to conclude that there is a problem. So, how many events have there been?