City Wants Ideas On Saving Money … Stop Lansdowne

We here at The Bulldog have an idea or two.

Don’t go into debt during a period of high interest rates to the tune of $419 million for Lansdowne when the police force is a shambles, our paramedic service can’t keep up to demand and light rail is monstrously late and doesn’t work.

It is unconscionable to be going forward with Lansdowne at a time like this.

And after all that misspending, the city pumps out a release asking the public how it can get involved in saving money. The public already was involved in saving money at Lansdowne and nobody listened.

Here’s an idea for saving money. City council can resign due to the brutally incompetent vote on Lansdowne and we ask the provincial government to create a board to govern Ottawa until the next election.

There’s a precedent for this. The Mike Harris Conservatives replaced the board at the Ottawa Hospital and put it under an administrator. That might not have been the right thing to do but with this clown show decision on Lansdowne, there’s a damn good reason to replace this council.

It won’t happen but we can dream.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Do you have ideas on how the City of Ottawa can improve our services and save money to reinvest into other priorities? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re conducting service reviews, which are an evaluation of an organization’s services to look for improvements to service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness. We want to harness the incredible wisdom of people like you, who live in and contribute to our beautiful city every day. Our goal is to put any savings that are found from the service reviews towards the Term of Council priorities. These priorities are focused on making our city an even better place to live, learn, work and play.  

We are starting by focusing the service reviews on the four themes of the Term of Council priorities. Each theme will last up to three months, during which time you will be able offer ideas and suggestions on that topic. The priorities are focused on creating an Ottawa that:
Has affordable housing and is more liveable for all (fall 2023)
Is more connected with reliable, safe and accessible mobility options (winter 2024)
Is green and resilient (spring 2024)
Has a diversified and prosperous economy (summer 2024)

We understand that each one of you brings unique perspectives and experiences to the table, and we want to tap into that diverse pool of knowledge. We’re looking for ideas on how we can offer services in a new and innovative way, or how we can reduce costs.

Your input will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our city, allowing us to prioritize projects, allocate resources effectively, and create a more sustainable and prosperous Ottawa. Your ideas have the power to drive positive change, making a lasting impact on our community for years to come. 

Visit for more information and stay tuned for news and engagement opportunities on Engage Ottawa as the City rolls out this major project.



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5 Responses

  1. Annette Goldenberg says:

    So the city wants ideas on saving money?They want us to tell them how to save money? What a joke. The best way to save money is first get rid of that whimp of a mayor, then get rid of all the councellors. Not one of them know their butt from their elbows. They don’t come any dumber the whole damn bunch of them. They have created all these problems and now they want our help. Maybe they should leave immediately. Get rid of LRT and Landsdowne, stop making any more problems and don’t ask any of the public for money and do not raise taxes. I’m totally fed up with this whole group. GET RID OF THEM IMMEDIATELY!!!

  2. Robert Roberts says:

    Don’t ask for ideas that will never be implemented. Asking is the trick. Makes voters feel good: NOT. you won’t get my vote with this manipulative trick that in itself reveals so much about city hall!

  3. John Langstone says:

    In a week where we are considering transit cuts and approving the unnecessary replacement of a sports venue that will increase debt repayment exposure in the order of half the transit deficit, council/staff is stone deaf enough to issue the words, “We want to harness the incredible wisdom of people like you, who live in and contribute to our beautiful city every day. Our goal is to put any savings that are found from the service reviews towards the Term of Council priorities.” What about the presentations from citizens to finance committee last week? Question is, are we being set up for a tax increase in excess of the 2.5%?

  4. Bruce says:

    Anybody who offers “ideas to save money for city hall” is wasting their time and energy since NOBODY at city hall listens to you! A vast and significant SILENCE is what should be the answer to the fools who “represent” you the taxpayer! This tactic is once again the bait and switch used so many times before by those in power at city hall.

  5. David Jones says:

    I’m going to take a different approach here. Let’s say the city receives 5000 ideas. What if 10% of those ideas warrant analysis? That’s 500 studies. How much staff and consultant time is going to be needed to assess those ideas? Let’s guess 40 hours each @$50 an hour. That a million bucks. Me? I’d hire a decent consulting firm that knows Ottawa, the ways and means of local government and policy and give them the $million. (That’s assuming the city’s idea has any merit at all).(Which is a massive assumption).

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