Electric bus flip-flop shows how council decisions are really made

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, June 22, 2019

When Ottawa's transit commission voted in favour of buying two electric buses this week, it didn't initially appear to be controversial news.

As OC Transpo boss John Manconi said during the meeting, "everyone here is in favour of electric buses," a reference to the transit commissioners and city staff sitting in the Champlain meeting room at city hall.

Everyone? Actually, no. Just last month, in fact, city staff penned a memo — signed by Manconi himself — recommending against an electric bus pilot, at least for now.


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