When I asked that PDFs of a public consultation be online asap, was I being unreasonable? After all I don't really know how things work inside the city. Maybe there is some labourious process involved in creating the PDF files.
In answer to my own question: no. It is not unreasonable.
A little while back a City of Ottawa councillor floated the idea of a road toll on Highway 174, right at the city limits. The idea being people coming into Ottawa aren't paying for the rest of the road through property taxes (which is how we pay for all roads), so that's not fair. I responded to Ken Gray's post about it in a comment. Just posting it here so I have a copy forever, just in case.
June 4, 2013
Following up on yesterday's devapps graph, here's the network of lobbyists and their clients. To absolutely nobody's surprise, Jeff Polowin stands out.
Lobbyists are in blue, their clients are in yellow. The sizes are weighted based on how active they are, and what activites they are doing (email is less important than a "meeting").
OttWatch.ca tracks the status of every development application at the City of Ottawa and keeps track of the date of each change. Below is a directed graph of how each development application has proceeded through various states. It is not perfect since OttWatch is tracking a lot of applications starting "in the middle" - and is missing the real "first state".
Mass emails to the GPO contact list sometimes go out under my name as Deputy Leader. It's always interesting because I'll get replies from people I've never met before. A recent mailing touched on the topic of Catholic schools and I got a reply from someone who wasn't happy we support a fully secular system. For the record, my reply: