Councillors shirk responsibility with storm water reprieve - Ottawa - CBC News

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, September 28, 2017

There aren't many sexy municipal issues — purchasing bylaw amendments, anyone? — and storm water sewer infrastructure is no exception.

Pipes, tunnels and ditches that collect rainwater are hardly a basis for a House of Cards plot.But in case we needed a reminder about why that underground network is so important, Wednesday afternoon's torrential downpour provided one. As climate change brings more unexpected, freakish weather, our infrastructure will take a beating.

And yet, mere hours earlier, council flushed its responsibility to fund storm water sewers over the next decade down the drain. They opted instead for a short-term fix that will see a drop in next year's rate increase, but requires borrowing $3 million and punts more difficult decisions well past the October 2018 municipal election.

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