Duly Quoted: Janet Davis and Josh Matlow
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Duly Quoted: Janet Davis and Josh Matlow

“I’ve never seen such a poor case made for contracting out”
—Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York), as reported by Marcus Gee on Twitter.
“With unilateral announcements on transit & garbage w/o allowing cllrs a vote, Mayor Ford has single-handedly decreased Council from 45 to 1”
—Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s), on Twitter.

In a hastily called press release late this morning, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East), chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, formally announced a plan to launch a competitive bid process to contract out certain garbage collection services. The Public Works committee will be discussing this proposal further when it meets next week, on April 26.
However, part of the proposal they will be considering will include a delegation clause: if passed (first by Public Works and then a full meeting of council), this will mean that council’s Bid Committee, rather than city council, will review the quotes from various service providers vying for the contract. In short, council will vote on whether it should issue a bid for private service garbage proposals, but quite possibly will not vote on which company will be awarded the contract in the end. Since the Bid Committee, according to its guidelines, generally only awards contracts that are “equal to or less than $2.5 million” and this contract will be for $20 million, this is a substantial departure. Ford’s administration, in other words, is asking councillors to vote themselves out of the decision-making process on a major policy plank, thereby inciting the ire of several.

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