Watson, Baird Invoke Cone Of Silence

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John Baird and Jim Watson discuss LRT business under the cone of silence.

Maybe Randy Gordon needs a hobby? He has been peppering The Bulldog with an array of fun stuff. Maybe this is his hobby?

Now the avid Bulldog reader has an explanation for all the quiet surrounding the 100-day truce between Mayor Jim Watson and top regional cabinet minister John Baird as they decide on a western exit from the light-rail plan.

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Commercial Plan Badly Flawed: Activist

This is a comment from Hintonburg community activist Jay Baltz on the place to rezone parts of residential area to commercial:

The original goal of this study, which was to add zoning permission at specific properties to allow existing corner stores and small food outlets in residential communities to easily continue existing, was a good idea.

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Snow Parking Ban Tonight

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Due to weather conditions, overnight parking restrictions are in effect tonight from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. across Ottawa. This overnight parking restriction will remain in effect until the City announces it has been lifted.

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Detailed Weekend Winterlude Highlights

This is the list of events for this year’s first weekend of Winterlude from the Canadian Heritage Department:

Canada’s Capital Region is ready to welcome residents and visitors to the 37th Winterlude, which will begin on Friday, January 30, 2015. Over three weekends, until February 16, Ottawa–Gatineau will be the ideal destination to discover Canadian winter traditions through numerous cultural, sport, culinary, scientific and family activities.

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FULL LOCAL: Latest Ottawa News

fulllocalFull Local brings you the best in Ottawa news, information and opinion from the city’s news sites and blogs – all in real time.

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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FULL CANADIAN: Breaking National News

fullcanadianRead Full Canadian for the latest, breaking national news from the best sources in the country.

Full Canadian runs in real time so you get news as it happens.

Full Canadian is below:

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POLITICS AND GOSSIP: The Latest On Everything

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Politics and Gossip is below:

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Commercial Plan Threatens Our Neighbourhoods

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Will residential neighbourhoods be ruined by legislation being considered by the City of Ottawa?

Oh brother, here we go again.

The focus of Ottawa City Hall, both in its execution and the coverage of it, should not be on the jousting, if any, at council nor the inside-baseball discussion of the inner-workings of the bylaw factory.

No, the focus should be on the people of Ottawa. Not petty fiefdoms whose denizens  want the light-rail project down the Macdonald Parkway because that’s their plan and their egos are riding on it and so that’s the way it is going to be (even when its wrong).

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How About A Jug-Milk Store Next Door?

Some things to remember on bringing commercial to residential areas:

1. If this pilot project rolls out the satisfaction of city staff and council, what’s to say someone can’t put up a store in a residential area in Kanata, Barrhaven or Orleans. The plan is just to do this in the inner city but if someone wants a similar store in Stittsville, do you think the Ontario Municipal Board will turn it down when the city has already allowed it in the Glebe?

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And One More Vital Point

Who wants to put small commercial into residential neighbourhoods?

It’s a measure that could be the thin edge of the wedge to eventually getting highrises in century-old downtown neighbourhoods and maybe even the suburbs if this trend continues.

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What’s In Watson’s Speech

Avid Bulldog reader Randy Gordon sent this along email on Mayor Jim Watson’s state of the city speech. Gordon already knows what’s in it:

Ok folks get ready for it.

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Text Of Mayor’s State Of The City Address

This is the text of Mayor Jim Watson’s State of the City address:

Good morning.

I want to wish all Members of Council a very Happy New Year. I hope you had a restful Christmas and holiday season.

Because – as you know – we have a very busy year ahead of us.

Much of that work will begin next week as we table our first draft budget of the term.

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WEB ADDICT: Enjoy The Odd And The Fun

web addictSometimes readers say The Bulldog is just way too serious. Other times, it’s not serious enough, according to critics.

Well The Bulldog is taking a serious stand on this. We plan to be funny, odd, interesting and addictive. How?

Check out Web Addict below. It updates every 30 minutes with new material:

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BULLDOG HOMES: The Best Info In The Field

bulldog homesOttawans love their little bit of home ownership.

So if you are looking for a new home or renovating the old homestead, Bulldog Homes is a good place to start. Check out the stories below:

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BULLDOG AUTO: The Best In Motoring News

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The best automotive journalism is below:

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Leave It To The Planning Department


The dream of quiet residential living still survives but the City of Ottawa is doing its best to end it.

Here is why people love their homes. This might come as news to city staff and a journalist or two.

Most people get married or some such similar relationship and add a couple of youngsters to the mix.

It’s a time of wonder, love and building lives together.

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Less Snow? Watson Gets Credit

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Ottawa’s snow budget is lower this year in contrast to last season when the City of Ottawa racked up a $14-million shortfall.

Sources close to Mayor Jim Watson say this has resulted from His Worship taking over the Ottawa weather from God. “The previous administrator was really not doing a thorough job on the weather front and so the mayor took on the arduous task of cleaning up this file,” a source, who refused to be named but goes by the pseudonym Serge, said privately.

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Churchill, Poilievre Together Again

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You know as an old history undergraduate, when I think of Sir Winston Churchill, I immediately think of Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre.

So with the passing of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, Poilievre, a mind of great renown having graduated from the John Baird School of Charm, took it upon himself to write on the great British leader, administering a critical look from his perch in Greater Goulbourn on one of the most important figures of the 20th century.

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Is Chianello A Watson Cheerleader? Reader

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The great Bulldog commenter Ron Benn served up a good one on the Joanne Chianello issue that ran on Friday.

Here’s Benn’s comment:

As an outsider to the craft of journalism, I am loathe to criticize someone for a lack of professionalism, as I do not know what the standards are to judge behaviour against. Furthermore, I do not profess to understand the distinction between the responsibilities of a reporter versus a columnist.

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Senior Public Service Shuffled (1)

This is a release from the Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

John Forster, currently Chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada, becomes Deputy Minister of National Defence, effectiveFebruary 2, 2015.

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Backgrounds Of The PS Shuffled (2)

This is a release from the Prime Minister’s Office:

John Forster

Education

Master of Business Administration, YorkUniversity

Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto

Professional Experience

Since January 2012

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City To Consult On East LRT

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa is looking for public feedback on its preferred alignment for the Confederation Line East Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension at a series of open houses in early February. For the most part, the preferred alignment for the rail line is in the median that runs in the middle of Highway 174 and is being co-ordinated with the eventual widening of the highway.

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God Bless Bryan Murray

If you missed the Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan on Senators GM Bryan Murray, it’s here.

It’s required reading for those of us who live in this city and care, not just about the Senators, but this community’s people.

Murray, with Stage 4 cancer, is contemplating the end of his term as Senators’ GM and his life … both of which he loves.

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Canada, Ukraine Move Toward Free Trade

This is a release from the Canadian foreign affairs department:

Kyiv, Ukraine – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, and Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromaviius, today issued the following statement during Minister Fast’s trade and development mission to Ukraine:

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NCC To Remove Infested Hampton Park Trees

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to advise the public that a number of dead or dying ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer will be removed from Hampton Park. There are now approximately 370 ash trees in Hampton Park that constitute a safety hazard for pedestrians and motorists.

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