By Ryan McGreal
Published December 10, 2008
Once again, City Council has voted not to refuse a course of action, but to refuse to consider its options.
The idea, suggested by Councillor Bob Bratina, might save the city tens of millions of dollars while simultaneously reinvigorating a failed urban mall and encouraging city staff to discover and explore the downtown.
His opponents claimed it was too late for Council to change its mind and disputed the $150,000 cost to staff of preparing a report that could assess the full cost of Bratina's recommendation.
Bratina's argument that the global economic crisis requires Council to rethink big-ticket decisions like the City Hall renovation fell on deaf ears. Councillor Brad Clark argued, "We should be able to defend our decision as a council." Councillor Maria Pearson echoed this, saying, "Decisions have been made ... Lets' move on."
Yet as John Maynard Keynes famously said: "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"
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