One of the themes of The Bulldog is that too many councillors are compromised by donations to their campaigns from special interest groups.
Think this is an exaggeration? Read this story from former Citizen colleague Joanne Chianello, now at CBC:
As (Mayor Jim Watson) pointed out, people are allowed to lobby for their personal property. And neither council, nor city staff, should take lightly their power to limit what people can do with their homes and land.
However, that consideration doesn’t always appear to be meted out evenly. Even the mayor admits it.
“I suspect probably there would have been less discussion if it was a less well-known family, to be perfectly honest,” said Watson.
And that may very well be a suspicion shared by many other city hall watchers.
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