Telling the whole story.

I currently live in Waterloo, Canada. It is one of three medium size cities that adjoin each other in Waterloo Region, the other two being Kitchener and Cambridge. Of the three, Waterloo is the city with the poorest performance. For example, staff costs account for almost 57% of total expenditures, up from 51% in 2007.

So as a taxpayer, I was happy to see the city going through an organizational review. Last week the local paper noted the elimination of nine employees as a result:

Nine City of Waterloo employees are losing their jobs as a result of a city-wide organizational review.

“There are nine employees that were notified of their last working day yesterday and that includes management and non-management,” chief administrative officer Tim Anderson said on Thursday.

Fast forward to this week, and the Waterloo Chronicle, a community weekly, has pretty much the same article, with one tiny, almost unnoticeable difference:

The city paid consultant KPMG $150,000 for the review, called 2013 Forward, and the layoffs impact both full- and part-time employees, including managers. The city will begin a recruitment process to hire new staff following a report to council on May 6.

The original message is one of welcome restraint. And then the real story comes out. I guess I just expected too much. I wonder how many people noticed that subtle note?

3 thoughts on “Telling the whole story.

  1. Hi Larry.
    Nine civil servants get cut. Some unknown number will be hired. It will be interesting to see whether the local media (or city councillors) have the courage, knowledge or interest to probe this more deeply.

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