In journalism, one of the worst writing errors is burying the lede.
In other words, taking the best information in a story and moving it to the middle or end of the story. Now of course the City of Ottawa would never do such a thing because it is an information powerhouse of experts.
So your agent can only surmise that in the release below, the best information was “Mayor Jim Watson, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, Environment and Climate Protection Committee Chair David Chernushenko.”
It could not possibly be that the City of Ottawa is halfway through converting to LED lighting. Coincidentally your agent is halfway through converting his house to LED lighting. I can’t believe I missed this great Ken Gray moment without posting something on The Bulldog about the monumental event.
So because these three politicians are at the top of this release, your agent can only surmise that the three were the most important information in this missive because city hall experts could not be wrong.
Just to take this a step further, the purpose of this bit of whimsy was to publicize the three politicians above. Combine this with Watson and Councillor Jan Harder spending $600,000 on an environmental assessment that will be out-of-date in five years for a train line to Harder’s Barrhaven which will not have a line past 2031, and we witness politicians plugging themselves with taxpayer money and development charges as an election approaches on Oct. 22.
Stop it. This is unethical because it gives incumbents a step up on potential opponents in the upcoming vote, it’s a gross waste of money and it is using city facilities to publicize themselves. That’s our tax money, not politicians’.
This release actually goes to show that it takes three politicians to change a light bulb.
Now if you will excuse me, your agent must go to celebrate his own conversion to LED. No city announcement needed.
The release is below:
Mayor Jim Watson, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, Environment and Climate Protection Committee Chair David Chernushenko, Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad, and Chief Energy and Infrastructure Services Officer for Envari, Adnan Khokhar, shed some light on the City’s efforts to convert its 58,000 street lights from high-pressure sodium and metal halide to light emitting diode (LED) technology.
The City is working on the conversion in partnership with Envari (formerly known as Energy Ottawa) who will continue to help to convert the remaining street lights to LED technology. As new roads are built in the future, they will also be equipped with LED lighting. Envari is an affiliate of Hydro Ottawa, the City’s power supplier. Envari has the detailed technical knowledge, experience and project management expertise required to assist with the LED conversion project.
LED street lights have lower maintenance costs, offer greater light control, reduce light pollution, and allow staff to more easily monitor problems and even receive automatic notifications in case of failure. Extensive improvements in efficiency, output, and costs of LED over the last few years have made the technology an attractive replacement to existing equipment.
Switching to LED technology is allowing the City to reduce its energy consumption used for streetlighting by more than 60 percent, generating annual savings of approximately $4 million. In addition, the City expects to reduce maintenance costs for street lights by 50 percent, an extra $2 million in savings each year. Conversion of the remaining street lights is expected to be completed in 2020.
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