PROVEN: No benefits of amalgamation to boast about
(Motion results below)
OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL
Moved by Councillor G. Brooks
Seconded by Councillor D. Thompson
amalgamation of the City of Ottawa was forced upon the former 11
municipalities and the Region of Ottawa-Carleton;
some communities, including rural communities, still question the
benefits of amalgamation;
AND WHEREAS, although the City of Ottawa
conducted a Universal Program Review, the benefits of amalgamation
have never been clearly identified and quantified;
AND WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Ottawa is
morally obligated to demonstrate to the residents that they are
receiving value for money;
AND WHEREAS, the
residents of the City of Ottawa deserve and require accurate
information on the benefits of amalgamation;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Ottawa
requests that the Province conduct an independent third party public
review of the benefits of amalgamation, with the results to be
released to the public no later than May 31, 2006.
Results of vote:
proposed look at costs, benefits as demerger gathers steam
Thursday, August 26, 2004
overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ask the province to review the
costs and benefits of amalgamation, but the proposal's backers say
the demerger movement is gathering steam and they will continue to
fight for a comprehensive review.
councillors who sponsored the proposal -- Glenn Brooks of Rideau
Ward and Doug Thompson of Osgoode Ward -- stressed they were not in
favour of dissolving the City of Ottawa, but rather that they were
reacting to considerable dissatisfaction from some rural residents
to their new place in the city.
The rest of
city council showed little appetite for reopening the hotly
contested issue, voting the proposal down by a vote of 18-2.
"We are as
likely to revisit this as the mayor is to have a baby," said Diane
Deans, councillor for Gloucester-Southgate.
is a deamalgamation movement out there because those
people, our residents, are not convinced that
amalgamation has any benefits to them. The
e-mails that I'm receiving, including (from) the core of
the old city of Ottawa, indicate to me that there are
considerable growing concerns with amalgamation and its
-Councillor Glen Brooks, Rideau Ward
councillors, such as Georges Bedard of Rideau-Vanier Ward, argued
that it was too soon after amalgamation to determine whether the new
city was a success.
be given a little time to mature as a unified city," he said.
Chiarelli said the vote "sends a very, very strong message that
amalgamation is moving in the right direction. The five rural
councillors, including (Mr.) Brooks and (Mr.) Thompson, said they do
not support deamalgamation, and I think that's a very strong message
that says 'What we have, we can work with'."
Cullen said that, unlike in Quebec, where some cities voted earlier
this year to demerge, "there is not a provincewide movement to
But Mr. Brooks
"There is a
deamalgamation movement out there because those people, our
residents, are not convinced that amalgamation has any benefits to
them," he said. "The e-mails that I'm receiving, including (from)
the core of the old city of Ottawa, indicate to me that there are
considerable growing concerns with amalgamation and its benefits."
Mr. Brooks said
there were between 2,600 and 3,000 names on a petition in Greely
supporting demerger, adding that organizations were currently being
formed that would work toward it.
said he was disappointed with the outcome of yesterday's vote
"because it wasn't intended to raise the issue of deamalgamation. It
was just to be able to show residents that either we're financially
better off, or we're not. I think Councillor Brooks' motion was
quite clear on that."
added that he planned to do some research of his own on the benefits
of amalgamation, as the mayor had promised him "full access" to
documentation on the finances of rural Ottawa.
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