A Bizarre Definition Of Greatness: WHOPPER WATCH


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Kanellakos “was a great leader.”

New city manager Wendy Stephanson on her predecessor Steve Kanellakos



As former mayor Jim Watson was defined by the light-rail fiasco, so too was the leader of the municipal public service Steve Kanellakos.

It’s unfortunate. That said, turning the largest project in municipal history into a national laughing-stock does not define “great.”

You simply cannot overlook that in the evaluation of Kanellakos. To do so would be foolish.

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The biggest fear in the appointment of Stephanson was that, in coming from the inside, she would continue the culture of a failed municipality.

The statement above bodes ominously. It is very disappointing that in the rare change of city manager, we get more of a continuing city culture when instead the municipality needs a revolution.

The city requires a sea-change after Lansdowne and light rail. Doesn’t look like the local government will get it.

Instead, same-old same-old. The amalgamation watch-words of open, caring and inclusive have evolved into closed, uncaring and exclusive.

This is not how local government, the level of government closest to the people, should work. Instead it should be hyper-democratic and very good at what it does. Perish the thought but rather touchy-feely.

The City of Ottawa is the antithesis of that and, given the dumpster fire that is light rail, woefully incompetent.

Ken Gray





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4 Responses

  1. David Jones says:

    I may be overly cynical, but I have always been disturbed when I see this report from a city council: “We did a national search for the position and found the best candidate right here – already on our staff.” If any individual is so evidently best of breed, why would a council foolishly spend a fortune on engagement consultants, travel and interviews? Or not even bother? The only possible answer is that an inside “candidate” guarantees delivery of business as usual. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what the council wanted.

  2. Been There says:

    Promotion from within, rarely works at this high a level and why it isn’t the norm in private industry. Ken, you are correct, the same old won’t bring about
    the changes our city desperately needs.

  3. Ken Gray says:

    Sadly Mr. Jones, I believe you are correct.



  4. Kosmo says:

    Standards and credibility at 110 Laurier are lower than previously reported.

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