Now that the new LRT plan is a go, city’s plans to consult the public
Ottawa Citizen

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2017

The city will hold an “interactive information session” on its next round of light-rail plans a week after city council’s finance committee approved the plans on Friday.

This is just enough to say the public will get to ask questions about the plans without subjecting those plans to any real threat. Even the parts that should be threatened.

Mayor Jim Watson has learned from previous councils’ habits of listening too much. Whether Ottawa should build light rail used to be controversial and city council gave a lot of provisional approvals for things, often by narrow margins only achieved by promising that nothing was definitive yet and we could pull the plug later. Which councillors once did.

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