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Accountability at city hall lacking
Re: Politicians kept out of the loop, Dec. 22. Beyond the water-treatment plant, the city is awash in poorly conceived, shoddily constructed and disgustingly managed projects -- Plessis Road, the city's fire stations, the police headquarters, to name just a few.
That no one is taking responsibility or being reprimanded is unacceptable; ex-CAO Phil Sheegl walked away with a golden handshake, and director of water and waste Diane Sacher has been on a suspiciously unexplained leave of absence since March.
All evidence indicates city hall couldn't build a treehouse on time and within a million dollars of budget.
I find it incredulous that a lawsuit could be filed on behalf of city council without its prior knowledge.
Who is authorized to do this? It seems highly unorthodox, and council should provide an explanation.
It was the duty of the committee overseeing water and waste management to keep abreast of the plant's operation -- it shouldn't have been waiting for a report. While a lawsuit is appropriate, this by no means exonerates council for its lack of oversight.
The article Politicians kept out of the loop (Dec. 22) highlights the latest version of a cheap morality play that has been running at city hall for years.
It goes like this: bureaucrats fail to tell their so-called political masters what's going on and when, as is sometimes the case, politicians find out they've been kept in the dark, they get upset and are reassured it won't happen again. That shuts them up until the ritual repeats itself.
Isn't it time we put the brakes on this merry-go-round of institutional secrecy and phony promises? Why do politicians not see through this repetitious ruse and institute punitive measures to end it?
Hydro's costly commitment
The NDP is fond of putting up "Steady Growth, Good Jobs" signs; we know from the Dec. 23 articles Sinking deeper into deficit and Ratepayers on the hook for Hydro that the "steady growth" they're responsible for is in the deficit and the debt.
Are there going to be articles telling us about where the private-sector "good jobs" needed to offset the deficit and debt will be coming from?
Ratepayers on the hook for Hydro (Dec. 23) is a story about the goose that used to lay the golden egg.
Over the years politicians from both the provincial Progressive Conservatives and NDP have taken all the eggs and plucked whatever feathers they could to feather their own nests.
With no eggs left to bear, the goose is now cooked.
Government spending not all bad
Dave Angus warns against the perils of governments that spend too much, especially on infrastructure, and suggests "support for small business, venture capital, trade development and marketing" will get us back on track economically (Beware government of good spenders, Dec. 22).
At the federal level, Canada has just had one of the most business-friendly governments in a very long time, and now has a very favourable debt-to-GDP ratio. Somehow, small and big business did not step up and make things better as per neo-liberal economic thinking.
Angus should spend time finding out why the private sector is reluctant to invest instead of slagging governments that decide to try something different to stimulate the economy.
Jets' Ehlers will bounce back
Winnipeg Jets rookie right-winger Nikolaj Ehlers may have gone eight games without a point and 10 without a goal, but it's not getting the rookie down (Dry spell doesn't faze Ehlers, Dec. 23).
Ehlers has great hands, he passes well and, most importantly, he is very tough mentally. With his positive attitude and support and encouragement from the bench, he'll do just fine.
Colorado low piles snow high
To the naughty (and nice) state of Colorado: Thank you so much for delivering us a beautiful white Christmas.
But hey, enough already -- please be a Grinch and keep the highs and lows for yourself for a while.