Council members, in the debates about the Armco proposal on Robie and Quinpool (Willow Tree) used the argument of, "we're not in the business of ensuring the business viability for a developer" in response to the suggestion that cutting the tower from 29 storeys to 20 would make the project untenable. I very much agree with this stance.
But that stance cuts both ways. If Council is going to stand behind the idea that they're not going to worry about the business case, then this idea of requiring commercial studies is just hypocritical.
Wow, interesting link, Great Value. Holly heck Alberta!
Oddly, if you look at waste diversion, we're only third (behind BC and Quebec). But our waste diverted plus waste thrown out is still less than just the measurement for waste thrown out in most other provinces. I wonder why our overall waste generation is so low.
Thanks for making me laugh this morning.
Sooooo, is the new Discovery Centre any good? I get that it's nice to weave a story with a review... but you still need to include some "review".
I don't begrudge Councillors for being well paid; it's a hard job, and it's basically 24/7. You can't even do groceries without someone complaining to you that their neighbour's cat is pissing on their lawn.
That being said, the current Council salary scheme is absolutely illogical. Salaries (for all jobs, not just Council) should:
a) Compensate people fairly for their time, education, expertise, and effort; and
b) Be high enough to prevent people from skipping to better opportunities.
On the topic of b), no Councillor is saying, "well, I can get more money for being a councillor in Brampton, so I'm going to go there." So why do we give a rat's ass what councillors in Brampton make? Our competition for Council talent comes from the other jobs available in this city; Council wages need to be set so that it's a reasonable option compared to other jobs in the area. The sooner we switch to a Council pay system based on local salaries the better.
Oh I absolutely think we should have a nice park in the city. We just shouldn't pay $120 million for it.
I swipe left whenever someone mentions their, "fur baby".
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