According to The Bulldog’s top secret civic source Deep Pothole, the city is trying to keep Ottawa 2017 separate as an entity from the municipality as possible. That’s because if there are liabilities coming out of extravaganza, those costs would be borne by Ottawa 2017 rather than the city.
It’s rather like some promoters do when they are presenting a huge concert. The concert is incorporated as a separate numbered-company entity from the main promotion company. So if the show flops at the gate, some if not all of the losses are the responsibility of the separate corporation rather than the promoter.
The mayor’s persistent placing of his name on releases might be perceived as a link between Ottawa 2017 and the City of Ottawa. And that could cost the city big money if, for some reason or other, Ottawa 2017 is sued.
That said, with so many videos and press releases featuring His Worship already out there, one wonders if that ship has already sailed.
The other theory on the disappearance of Watson in every Ottawa 2017 missive is that the mayor was concerned that this free publicity was being reported repeatedly by The Bulldog.
Pleasant thought, but we’re going with the legal argument.
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