- Bianca Müller
With Waye Mason, Jennifer Watts cast a symbolic vote against expanding the Bayers Lake business park. She also made a poignant comment on the disposition of the former Northcliffe Rec Centre in Clayton Park: The city will lose over a million dollars by keeping the site as open space, rather than sell it for development, and yet no one bats an eye. Watts supported the greenspace position, but pointed out the double standard when it comes to city spaces in poor urban areas, like St. Pat's-Alexandra school.
Watts' shining moment, however, was a failed attempt to reverse a planned 25-cent increase in bus fares, trying to shift the burden over to property taxes. She couched the proposition in all the right moral, social and political terms, but still a council majority ignored her. We would've awarded Watts a solid A, were it not for her embrace of the idea of cutting the recyclable deposit in half.