By Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed, December 16, 2021
Jim Watson’s impending retirement from politics should allow the city to take a deep breath and think about how to reboot Ottawa council and improve local democracy. We need a better council than what we have now.
...In a changing city beset by new issues and challenges such as climate change, the rising cost of public transit, homelessness, and lack of affordable housing, the budget has often not reflected the city’s needs.Should transit fares for instance, be increased every year, and become increasingly unaffordable? The city declares a climate emergency, but shouldn’t there be funding to implement the policy.