Denley: Taxpayers deserve better data on how city services are doing
Ottawa Citizen

By Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen, September 20, 2017

Openness and transparency are the motherhood and apple pie of politics. It would be tough to find a person on Ottawa city council who didn’t support the concept. And yet, the city is doing worse than it used to when it comes to keeping taxpayers informed.

Those with an interest in the city’s green bin and recycling programs have just been told Ottawa’s performance in waste diversion is below the provincial average and far behind the leading cities in the province. We didn’t find that out from the city, though. That information is courtesy of a grassroots group called Waste Watch Ottawa. The group got the figures by crunching numbers supplied to a provincial agency.

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