Monday, August 30, 2010

ATTENTION RESIDENT OF #OTTAWA: Canadidates Debate on Spending! Please attend! #roft

I received an email from the Ottawa Taxpayers Advocacy Group about a debate among candidates for mayor and council regarding spending. Please attend!

The objective of this debate is to find out where candidates stand on a number of cost saving initiatives as well as enable residents to ask questions on the efficient spending of hard earned taxpayer dollars. Please invite family and friends to come prepared to ask questions and make comments that could influence the platform of candidates and ensure that after the next election there will be a real change in the spending culture at city hall. With your help the new City of Ottawa will never again spend $300,000 defending one tree that is already damaging the foundation of a home owner. Some of the ideas will be low hanging fruit that can be implemented within the first 6 months of a new Council; others involve radical change and probably require the establishment of a volunteer task force to develop an implementation road map, activity flow charts and Pareto analysis of the ideas.

It is much easier not to rock the boat of a well established spending culture, but the boat needs a sail and rudder to give direction to the rowing of Council and help Ottawa reach the port of long term property tax affordability. For example we often hear “the rate of inflation” or 0 or 2.5 being mentioned as a tool, but inflation from 2001 to 2008 is 16.9%, salary plus benefits up 54%, benefits up 84% or 5 times the rate of inflation within the same time period. We believe "No New Money" is just what we need stir this boat on a course of financial sustainability. It simply means every new spending initiative be accompanied by an equivalent cut in administration or other existing services.

Ottawa could be a beacon of management efficiency that will attract business tourists from within and outside Canada while ensuring employees involved in the implementation of “No New Money” techniques will be viewed by other organizations as highly skilled managers and consultants. Monday September 13, 5pm–9pm Council Chambers, 110 Laurier Avenue, please RSVP online at

Councillors Debate Agenda

5.00 – 5.30 Meet & Greet

5.30 – 6.30 Councillors Debate
Moderator- Ottawa SUN Walter Robinson
Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Councillor Doug Thompson, Harley Collison, Clinton Cowan, Keith Egli, Wade Wallace, GJ Hagenaars, Iain McCallum

Mayoral Debate Agenda
6.30 – 8.45 Mayoral Debate
Moderator- CFRA Steve Madely, (6.30- 7.45)
Moderator- CFRA Rob Snow, (7.45 – 8.45)
Clive Doucete, Jim Watson, Larry O’Brien, Stan Pioro, Robin Lawrence, Jane Scharf, Mike Maguire, Charlie Taylor, Alex Cullen (Awaiting Confirmation),
8.45 – 9.00 Meet & Greet

Please pass on this information to those concerned with spending in Ottawa City Council.

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