Elitist City Types Can’t Handle Garbage: BENN

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What can the city do about garbage?

The city can encourage a reduction in non-recyclable items placed at the curb. The city could find another site for a landfill. The city could also install incinerators of a type similar to those used in Europe. The city could solve two problems with one solution: increase the supply of sustainably generated electricity close to the load, and move refuse from households and businesses, if for no other reason than public safety.

Instead the city staff and councillors spend their time pontificating on how society needs to change at the snap of their elitist fingers. This will inevitably be followed by staff and council wondering what to do when all of the dominoes don’t fall in the pattern that they had hoped for. The blame for which will be laid at the feet of the populace for not adapting fast enough to meet the idealistic standards of those who live in ivory towers.

In short, the people who report to work at city hall could actually do their jobs. To provide that most basic of services – moving garbage from the curb. Or it can continue to not provide the mandated basic services. Just add the failure to handle the volume of refuse that it knows exists and will continue to exist, just like the city continues to fail to provide a functioning public transit system, and … well the list is too long to go on.


Ron Benn, a finance executive, has been a member of the Centrepointe Community Association for the better part of three decades.

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2 Responses

  1. Nicholas says:

    You’re right on the money Ron. My councilor (Jeff Leiper) has weighed in on this one and he’s not in favour of incinerators (said he will vote new landfill). He will go full bore on cycling infrastructure like what’s available in Europe but won’t touch their waste technology because he believes society has to change at the consumer level to demand less environmentally damaging products and packaging.

    When I pointed out to him that he is actively choosing to damage the environment short term to affect some sort of societal change, which will result in future generations digging up his landfill to burn at a later date… crickets.

  2. sisco farraro says:

    One of the rules of life is Keep Everything Simple. Ottawa City Council chooses not to adopt this rule because they think their overly-complex solutions, to pretty much everything, make them look like they should be able to sit in the same room as the smart girls and boys.

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