By Ecology Ottawa's Council Watch, Peace and Environment Newsletter, July 5, 2023
On June 14, City Council considered the future of waste management in Ottawa. The end decision is a disappointing microcosm of protecting the status quo, fearing change, ignoring evidence and best practice, and falling short of the ambition required for true environmental progress.
...It’s disappointing to see Council back down from necessary—albeit insufficient—ecological action. This was an easy win: only one-quarter of households would be affected by the original proposal, and municipalities across the country already have comparable programs. If Council fails to take action on such simple issues, how will they respond on other ecological issues that traditionally face greater opposition, like densifying or reducing car dependency?