CBC: City wants to end 'insanely inequitable' insurance program

College ward Coun. Laine Johnson, who has previously spoken out about the unfairness of the existing program, said like Amys, she's interested in seeing how city policies can be adjusted to ease the burden.

"I don't want the City of Ottawa's risk-averse processes to choke out any good energy coming from communities," Johnson said.

She said a vibrant network of community associations representing Ottawa's neighbourhoods is vital for local democracy.

"Community organizing, in any form, is where true democracy happens," she said. "That's where neighbours are meeting neighbours and sharing their voice. Without those community groups, my job becomes a lot harder."

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