Trash pickup deficits prompt councillors to question future of sole-source deal with city workers

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, June 19, 2018

Another deficit in city-run garbage pickup has some councillors questioning if the city should stop automatically giving municipal public servants the work without having a contract competition.

“I don’t think the city should automatically do much of anything, especially when the results haven’t achieved what was hoped for, so no, we shouldn’t automatically do that. We should be giving careful scrutiny to it,” Coun. David Chernushenko said Tuesday after an environment committee meeting, where councillors received the latest financial audit of in-house garbage collection.

The audit results for the year ending Oct. 31, 2017 show the downtown collection zone had a $463,869 deficit. The east Ottawa zone had a deficit of $608,022.

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