Worn down by ward
Don't listen to
council: there's time to adjust boundaries properly
The Ottawa Citizen
Thursday, May 05, 2005
city councillors say one of the reasons they are changing ward
boundaries is to help produce effective representation. Judging
by their discussion of the issue, it's in desperately short
supply. The problem has more to do with the councillors
themselves than where the ward boundary lines are drawn.
Councillors created the timetable for the ward boundary report,
and they've had plenty of notice of what it would contain.
Tuesday, they said they didn't really like it, but it was too
late to change it. If so, why did they spend the morning
listening to public presentations? Surely councillors' job is to
make decisions, not just rubber stamp consultants' reports.
"it's too late" argument is a bunch of self-serving baloney.
It's the first week of May. The new boundaries don't have to be
finalized until the end of December.
not enough time to start over again, but it is enough to improve
what they've got. The truth is, most councillors don't care
about the new ward boundaries because the changes don't affect
their fiefdoms. Those who care most are the ones with large
suburban wards. They are happy because the consultants suggest
smaller wards, and less work.
unconvincing were protests by councillors who thought there were
too many wards, or that the size should be balanced out more. If
that was the goal, they should have told the consultants that
city council will expand by two, the number of rural councillors
goes down by one. It's a bad idea, but not one councillor really
went to bat for rural people, including the ones they elected.
And this, despite the fact the city's last plan to change ward
boundaries failed at the Ontario Municipal Board because it
wasn't fair to rural people. Haven't they learned anything?
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