Re: Rush on baseball stadium proposal excludes public

Re: Rush on baseball stadium proposal excludes public
Posted on May 30, 2013 | James O'Grady | Written on May 30, 2013
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Author's Note:

My comment on Joanne Chianello's column today regarding the lack of public consultation on the baseball stadium proposal coming to Council in the next few weeks.

Its unbelievable really. The more criticism the Mayor receives for his lack of transparency and consultation, the worse he gets. The criticism is justified while his behavior is not.

I've said this before but it bears repeating... In order to consistently make good decisions, one needs to include all the major stakeholders in the decision making process, even if you don't agree with them. Without everyone at the table, its impossible to get the best answer(s) for the stakeholders who will be affected.

The public is a major stakeholder in all decisions because all decisions affect the public in some capacity. Its not complicated to build meaningful public consultation into the decision making process, but yet, it rarely happens.

The City of Ottawa needs a real Public Consultation Policy, not Guidelines like they are currently pursuing. Otherwise, they will continue to make poor decisions over and over again.

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I am a social media entrepreneur, communications professional, part-time school teacher and community leader living in Nepean, Ontario. I am also a hockey goaltender, political hack and most importantly, an advocate... More

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Mark MacKenzie

Given the sole sourcing fiasco with Lansdowne, the mayor is treading in hot water by giving any appearances of behind the scenes negotiations for anything to do with the ball park.

He seems to think he has a mandate to do whatever he wants. When less than 50% of eligible voters vote, you don't have a mandate to do anything other than what you were elected to do. Anything else, requires consulting the public. Failure to do so, is an abuse of power.

As for fixing the broken public consultation process, the City should just recycle the report it produced, at considerable public expense, in September 2003, 'Encouraging and Advancing Public Participation in Ottawa' http://app06.ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/csedc/2003/10-07/ACS2...

It will save time and money on a process, judging by the Mayor's actions, that this City clearly only ever intends to talk about and never implement anyway.

Donna DuBreuil
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre

I asked the City reps about this report at the public consultation meeting on the City's Public Consultation policy in Barrhaven, although they aren't actually proposing a new Policy but rather Guidelines for Staff. They said they reviewed the document as part of their process.

Without a binding policy on public consultation its hard to imagine much will change at City Hall when it comes to public consultation and the role it plays in the decision making process.