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‘We will not be intimidated:’ Harper

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Harper

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks:

“My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

“Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.

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Ottawa Together

flagWe’re all a little shaken today that our gentle city has seen such violence.

A soldier at guard over the a fallen warrior becomes a fallen soldier himself. A shooter is gunned down in the halls of Parliament. Our elected representatives are terrorized in the symbol of Canadian democracy.

Something similar happened in Boston at the marathon in 2013 when death came to that peaceful event and citizens were locked down in their homes.

Then came the signs, not just in Boston but across the continent, Boston Strong. Those signs even showed in Boston baseball’s most hated rival park, Yankee Stadium. Sweet Caroline became a national obsession.

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City Lowers Flags For Fallen Soldier

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Flags at all City facilities will be flown at half-mast to honour the life and service of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), who gave his life today in service to Canada.

The City of Ottawa extends sincere gratitude to Corporal Cirillo and his family and offers our deepest condolences to his family and friends for their tragic loss.

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The Real Nature of Terror

Here’s one, among many today, of the worst nightmares of security officials in Canada.

In the past, terrorists have focused on hard targets such as airports that have very high security.

But the scariest part of this terrible incident, which is still very fluid at this point, is the reports of locking down the Rideau Centre near Parliament Hill.

Police and security officials can’t protect the whole country. Recently a terrorist of some kind tried to run over two soldiers in Montreal with a car. One soldier died. That’s the kind of unorthodox terror threat that officials simply cannot defend against, unless by human intelligence.

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Watson ‘Shocked’ By Shootings

This is a statement from Mayor Jim Watson concerning the shooting incidents near or on Parliament Hill:

As with all Ottawa residents and all Canadians, I am shocked and saddened by what has happened in the last hour here in the nation’s capital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured.

Ottawa Paramedics and Fire Services provided first response to those injured and Ottawa Police Services are engaged with other law enforcement agencies at this time in pursuit of the criminal or criminals who have carried out this vicious and unwarranted attack.

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The Maguire Boost That Never Was

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Maguire

The Bulldog on Tuesday decided after much hand-wringing that the website would not endorse candidate Mike Maguire for mayor.

In fact, early on Tuesday morning The Bulldog was going to read like what is posted below. In that incarnation of the mayoral endorsement, The Bulldog was backing Mike Maguire as the best of two bad alternatives, the other being Mayor Jim Watson.

Below are the relevant parts of The Bulldog endorsement that was removed early Tuesday and that supported Maguire. In fact, The Bulldog could not support a candidate who doesn’t reflect the views of this website. Neither Watson nor Maguire, The Bulldog feels, are suitable for Ottawa’s top post.

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Gray, Snow Look At Kitchissippi Ward

cfraCFRA Afternoon Edition host Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray take a look at one of the most contested wards in Monday’s Ottawa municipal election … Kitchissippi.

Here incumbent Katherine Hobbs is sawing off with former Hintonburg Community Asssociation chief Jeff Leiper with Michelle Reimer in the fight as well.

Leiper appears to be in the lead but what might save Hobbs is the fact that she has two major opponents who might split the opposition vote. That’s happened before in this highly politicized ward.

Here’s Gray and Snow on CFRA:

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Petition Aimed At Ending Bus Detour

Things are getting tough in Kitchissippi ward.

This anonymous letter is being sent to homes in the ward concerning the plan to run the Transitway bus detour due to light-rail construction on Scott Street.

This issue is obviously a weak point for Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs because the hated (in the ward at least) of the bus detour came about on the councillor’s watch.

Somebody is working hard to defeat the councillor.

Here’s the letter:

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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.

So if you are busy, rather than wade through the local media, get 10 lead stories from a number of sources across the city. Read what a number of news people think are the best stories of the day rather than just one media outlet. Be informed fast.

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.

This is the finest way to very quickly stay informed of the complete Canadian news picture in a few minutes. You’ll save time and get top quality information with Full Canadian.

Get the best Canadian news in one place. Read Full Canadian and be informed with the best information without wasting your time.

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CITY VOTE ’14

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

It’s Ottawa’s most comprehensive coverage of the upcoming municipal election.

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The Bulldog Backs No One For Mayor

election endorsementLet’s give credit where credit is due and discuss what Mayor Jim Watson has done right.

It won’t take long.

Watson has not embarrassed his office by making wild comments on a wide assortment of issues as his predecessor did. The office is treated with respect and good on Watson for that.

Watson has been a great communicator going to public gathering after public gathering in an effort to reach the people. More likely given that it is always about Jim, it’s a perpetual election campaign.

Still, he is out there. As one public servant said, Watson is a great retail politician but on the wholesale side … administration and public policy … not so much.

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Mayoral Choice To Be Released

election endorsementBy this time of the morning, Bulldog readers, god bless you all, would have usually sat down, pulled out their tablets, had a coffee, a

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piece of grapefruit, a bowl of corn flakes and read the commandments of the aforementioned canine.

However most of you, one hopes, will have noticed that there is nothing new on The Bulldog this morning. There are two reasons for this.

First, The Bulldog had a very successful, though entirely too invasive, procedure performed on him by some wonderful people who did it without a twinge of pain.

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Distracted Driving Fines Skyrocket

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

Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, would help keep the province’s roads among the safest in North America by reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities.

If passed, the proposed legislation and supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act will make highways and roads safer by:

  • Increasing fines for distracted driving from its current range of $60 to $500 to a range of $300 to $1,000; assigning three demerit points upon conviction; and adding distracted driving to the existing list of novice driver conditions.

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Blackburn Hamlet Can Drink The Water Again

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has lifted the boil water advisory affecting approximately 200 addresses in the Blackburn Hamlet area. The advisory was in effect for all the addresses on the following streets:

  • Glen Park Drive
  • Birchtree Park
  • Compata Way
  • Fairglen Mews

Water sample results indicate the water is safe for all consumption purposes.

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BULLDOG PEOPLE: All The Stars Come Out

bulldog peopleWhat are all the beautiful people doing?

You know … the showbiz types, the people that the public just can’t get enough of.

Here’s a chance to find out. Bulldog People brings you the best in celebrity news from the best sources in the world.

When all the stars come out, you can read about it first in Bulldog People.

Get your star fix right here:

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POLITICS AND GOSSIP: The Latest On Everything

politicsandgossipRead the cutting-edge information on politics, trends, gossip and most everything else on Politics and Gossip.

It’s the No. 1 way to remain current on insider political knowledge, journalism, trends and the latest gossip.

Come back again and again.

Politics and Gossip is updated in real time. You can’t afford not to be here.

To read Politics and Gossip, just click on the headline above or “Continue Reading:”

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POLITICS JAM: Latest And Best Canadian Opinion

politicsjamPolitics Jam on Bulldog Canadian brings together the best Canadian columnists and opinion-makers all in one place and in real time.

There’s faster way of keeping informed quickly and in real time of the finest in Canadian opinion. The Bulldog brings you Politics Jam that keeps you on the cusp of what Canadians, from across the country, are thinking. Yes all of Canada, not just a few publications in the nation’s power centres.

Come back again and again.

Politics Jam changes with new articles minute-by-minute. Politics Jam is below:

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

greatbigcityLove cities?

Can’t get enough of them?

Well if you are reading The Bulldog, we have a major focus on cities and that carries on in Great Big City.

Great Big City features the latest, cutting-edge information in real-time on urbanism, planning, ecology and design from the finest publications around the world … all in one place.

You can’t be on the cusp of planning, transportation and the environment without reading Great Big City.

And the best part is it’s always new, with original material changing minute-by-minute. Great Big City begins below:

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Johnston-McKitterick Is The Bulldog’s Choice

election endorsementOsgoode ward is blessed by a great number of solid candidates.

Johnston-McKitterick

Johnston-McKitterick

They are running to replace the irreplaceable Doug Thompson who is retiring.

It’s too bad some of these people didn’t move and run in urban wards where the choice is limited.

So let’s get at it.

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Get Your Skis Shined Up

Gatineau Park doesn’t close in the winter, it just changes seasons.

Here’s what’s in store in that wilderness beside the city.

This is a release by the National Capital Commission:

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uOttawa Goes To China

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

The University of Ottawa has created a joint medical program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

The new Ottawa-Shanghai Joint Program of Medicine, offered in Shanghai, will bring the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine’s four-year medical education (MD) program to China. It’s the first time a school of medicine in China has adopted a North American medical education program. It’s also the first Sino-Canadian joint medical program.

Classes will start next fall for 30 Chinese students, who will participate in an introductory program. The four-year-MD program will start in 2016.

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You’re Wrong, Bulldog: Campaign Chief

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Anderson

Below is an email sent to The Bulldog by Tobi Nussbaum’s campaign manager James Anderson in Rideau-Rockcliffe ward.

Of course, Anderson’s job is to defend Nussbaum, a role he does very well.

But he should note on his website that I drew conclusions from Nussbaum’s platform. With as many candidates as are running in the Oct. 27 election, with respect, I cannot read every press release the Nussbaum campaign publishes. I would never get these endorsements finished.

So my advice, if you are still listening, is that if you have important policy releases, you should put them in your candidate’s platform, not buried among press releases with headlines that don’t relate to the main issue using about tiny six-point type for the aforementioned irrelevant headlines.

You’re an editor. You should know that.

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We’ll Miss You Katie Hobbs

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Hobbs

Oh that Katie Hobbs. She’s got one slick website.

Found this on the re-election website of Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs.

Why does she need to say what her “sole motivation” is?

“I ran for councillor to help people in my community. It is my sole motivation.”

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The Hidden Municipal Party Agenda

This is a comment from avid Bulldog reader Ron Benn looking at the role party workers play in the municipal election:

As we contemplate the question of why some candidates attract more funding than others, consider the role of the individuals who are actively involved in federal and provincial riding associations, during municipal election campaigns.

Whether they wish to acknowledge it or not, most of the high profile and successful candidates are members of political parties.

For example, Mark Taylor was part of Jim Watson’s staff when Jim Watson was the MPP for Ottawa West Nepean. Alex Cullen is very well connected with the NDP.

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