Maybe Ottawa Vote Needs Rob Ford

Ford

Ford

Troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can cause a controversy most anywhere.

Why this week police had to intervene between Ford and his posse and the organizers of an all-candidates debate.

Seems the organizers only wanted each candidate to have one staffer go into the debate because of space limitations. OK, seems reasonable.

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Ontario To Implement Pension Program

This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:

Ontario is moving ahead with a first-of-its-kind mandatory provincial pension plan that would build on the strengths of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and support long-term economic growth.

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Colonel By To Have Traffic Interruptions

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Traffic on Colonel By Drive, between Bank Street and Hawthorne Street, and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, between Bank Street and Laurier Avenue, will be reduced intermittently to one lane for short periods, while paving is being completed on sections of the Rideau Canal Eastern and Western pathways.

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Do You Hate The Bulldog? Vote

You see bulldogs are really very nice.

bulldog pollOn Monday, Bulldog commenter Andrew listed all his reasons for his hatred of this news site.

Well now it’s your turn. How do you feel about The Bulldog? Is it a helpful addition to the Ottawa media mix or a blight on the journalism landscape?

Does it provide independent comment on Ottawa issues?

Now is your chance to express your opinion where the debate on local questions occurs. On The Bulldog itself.

You can vote below:

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FULL LOCAL: Latest Ottawa News

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Full Local‘s content changes minute-by-minute. When there’s something happening in Ottawa, you’ll get it first in Full Local.

Full Local is below:

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POLITICS JAM: Latest And Best Canadian Opinion

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Come back again and again. It changes with new articles minute-by-minute. Politics Jam is below: Continue reading

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FULL CANADIAN: Breaking National News

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Global Warming And Canada

Veteran Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson looks at how global warming will affect Canada.

We should be concerned:

Floods (again) in southern Manitoba. Ferocious forest fires (again) in the Northwest Territories. Memories still fresh from last year’s terrible floods in Calgary. Summer in Canada.

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Canadian Diplomats Quit Libya

This is a release from the foreign affairs department:

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Libya and the temporary withdrawal of Canadian staff from that country:

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POLITICS AND GOSSIP: The Latest On Everything

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YOUR FOOD & WINE: Best In Taste

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Take a break from the daily content of politics and local affairs with a bit of innovative food and wine. Your Food & Wine is constantly updated in real time.

To read Your Food & Wine, just look below:

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CITY VOTE ’14

cityvoteHere is a compendium of Bulldog Ottawa stories covering the Ottawa municipal election on Oct. 27:

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GREAT BIG CITY: Best In Urban, Planning, Design News

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I Hate The Bulldog: Reader

bulldogThis is a submission from new Bulldog commenter Andrew.

We’ve noticed an increase in the number of page views from forum.skyscaperpage.com recently so maybe this is where this comment is from. The Skyscrappers are noted for writing drivel like this so perhaps that explains the quality of comment.

The spelling and grammar has been markedly cleaned up on this comment:

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Construction To Slow St. Laurent

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

 Beginning on Tuesday, July 29 southbound traffic along St. Laurent Boulevard will be reduced to one lane between Cyrville Road and Coventry Road. This is required to install a new watermain and undertake road renewal work. The lane reductions will be in place until the fall.

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The Phantom Delays Decision

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The Phantom

The Phantom, a high-profile candidate who is considering running for mayor, has delayed his/her decision once again.

Mr. or Ms. Phantom started this exercise back in April, attempting to get all of his/her ducks in a row.

Without the proper lineup of fowl, The Phantom will not run. He/she needs support from both the Conservative and Liberal forces in the city. That might be enough to successfully take on Mr. Tweet … Mayor Jim Watson. The Phantom was supposed to make the fateful decision on the weekend, but again, it has been pushed back.

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More Highway 417 Closures

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Friday, July 25, Hwy 417 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Hwy 417/174 split from Friday evening at 9 p.m. until Monday morning at 6 a.m.

Starting Monday, July 28 until Saturday, August 2 there will be occasional off-peak lane reductions on Hwy 417 in both directions between Kent Street and the Hwy 417/174 split and between Parkdale Avenue and Rochester Street. Hwy 174 westbound will also be subject to off-peak lane reductions between Montreal Road and Blair Road.

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More Long-Term Highway 174 Lane Reductions

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Monday, July 28 there will be off-peak lane reductions on Highway 174 eastbound between Orléans Boulevard and Tenth Line Road during the installation of new lights along the highway.

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Bulldog Poll Validity Questioned

This is a comment from long-time Bulldog reader Spencer who questions the validity of The Bulldog Mayoral Poll.

Spencer feels the poll is more a reflection of the views of people who read The Bulldog rather than the public at large:

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Highway 174 Crash Prompts Repaving

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Due to the recent collision on Highway 174, repaving of the section between Trim Road and Cameron Street is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 26.

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Watson Crushes Lazy Campaigners

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Watson

This is a comment from the superb writer and commenter Sheridan on the outcome of The Bulldog mayoral poll.

To read the poll results to which Sheridan refers, click here:

I think Mayor Jim Watson still has the advantage among the general public, but this poll is a good omen for mayoral candidate Mike Maguire.

It should encourage Maguire to hit the ground hard after Labour Day. Garbage disposal/recycling and hydro reforms are some of the stronger issues that Maguire is placing at the vanguard of his election platform. His transit platform is still sketchy and he will need to detail that more.

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Mayor In Election Mode

This is an email from frequent Bulldog contributor Bruce Webster:

Did you notice that the mayor Jimbo managed to attend at least five events on Friday? Good thing the city runs so well that the head overseer can be out of office so much!! Photo op after photo op in an election year Oh right he has been doing the same thing since he entered politics.

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City Pleads Guilty On Environmental Charge

This is a City of Ottawa internal document obtained by The Bulldog:

Mayor Watson and Members of Council,
 
Further to my e-mail of January 8th, 2014 below, the purpose of this correspondence is to provide Council with an update on the above-noted matter.
 
Members will recall that earlier this year, the City was charged with two counts under the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”), stemming back to an incident in November 2012.

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Highway 174 Reopens

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Highway 174 from Cameron Street to Trim Road is now reopened.

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Bulldog Poll Has Surprise Outcome

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Maguire

Maybe the Bulldog Poll just reflects the readership of bulldogottawa.com. Or maybe more.

One thing is certain. Candidate Mike Maguire has an amazing lead over incumbent Jim Watson in our poll. Even more interesting is that in the doggiest days of summer, the participation in the Bulldog mayoral poll was surprisingly high.

That shows an unusual devotion to Maguire among a fair number of people. Now those people might just be the wonkish readership of The Bulldog. Or maybe this dissatisfaction with Watson has spread throughout the rest of the city.

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