THE PLEDGES: Make all city data available in machine-readable format, unencumbered by licensing agreements. Publish freedom-of-information requests. Limit the use of discretionary exemptions to reject freedom-of-information requests. Publish the mayor's calendar. Elect members of executive policy committee. Create a new body to replace the EPC Secretariat.
THE PRICE TAG: Making all data machine-readable may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement, if not millions, due to software purchases and labour costs.
REALITY CHECK: Politicians who pledge more openness and integrity when they're not in power often find it difficult to live up to their promises. Case in point: the federal Conservatives, who came into power on an integrity platform.
THE PLEDGE: "I can smell a rat a mile away."
PRICE TAG: Rat-smelling would be free of charge, presumably.
REALITY CHECK: Humans can easily detect the smell of smoke drifting from a distance of 1.6 kilometres, but not that of small rodents.
THE PLEDGES: Enact a moratorium on land sales until the RCMP review city audits. Eliminate executive policy committee. Have council meet four times per month, instead of once.
PRICE TAG: None.
REALITY CHECK: While the elimination of EPC would remove the mayor's power to appoint a loyal cabinet, it would have little effect on the public service.
THE PLEDGES: Change campaign-finance rules to lower maximum spending and ensure donors' identities -- and their professions -- are made public immediately. Publish a list of financial transactions between the city and donors. Certify contractors on the basis of integrity. Modernize conflict-of-interest rules.
PRICE TAG: Unknown, though integrity certification would incur some cost.
REALITY CHECK: Ouellette is the first and only candidate to disclose his donors' identities.
THE PLEDGES: Further investigate city hall real estate and construction scandals. Ensure the responsible public servants face the consequences. Suspend the signing authority of senior administrators for major projects. Conduct performance reviews of senior administrators. Establish an employee code-of-conduct committee. Provide whistleblower protection for city staff. Disclose councillor attendance and voting records online. Disclose contract awards online.
PRICE TAG: The previous round of audits cost millions. Further investigations, possibly employing the power of subpoena, would cost even more.
REALITY CHECK: Existing city staff would resist further investigations, placing a mayor who promises to "turn over all the rocks at city hall" at odds with the senior ranks of the public service.
THE PLEDGES: Bring back the EPC Secretariat, a defunct policy office that used to serve as a buffer between politicians and the public service. Limit walk-on reports and motions at council committees.
PRICE TAG: Bringing back the EPC Secretariat would cost approximately $800,000 on salaries and other expenses.
REALITY CHECK: The city already reduced the number of walk-on reports during the final years of the Katz administration.
THE PLEDGES: Create a new accountability czar, a lobbyist registry, a new code of ethics and new conflict-of-interest guidelines. Beef up whistleblower protection. Publish the mayor's calendar. Institute a one-year cooling-off period for former elected officials and bureaucrats seeking to do business with the city.
PRICE TAG: While the size of Wasylycia-Leis's proposed "Accountability Winnipeg" entity is unknown, a bare-bones ethics office with one manager and one administrator would cost more than $200,000.
REALITY CHECK: A lobbyist registry would drive some lobbying underground.