Watson’s Campaign Platform: Top 10 List

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Watson

On Tuesday, the campaign for municipal office gets serious.

Why our Mayor Jim Watson took a week (a whole week) late in the summer to develop his platform for Oct. 27. Like most candidates, he will release his ideas in dribs and drabs, dragging it out for the whole campaign.

But The Bulldog with his close relationship to the mayor has received an early copy of the top 10 Watson ideas for the next four years. They are below:

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Watson Wrong To Ignore Richmond Debate

Should Mayor Jim Watson be at the first mayoral all-candidate meeting staged by the Richmond Village Association?

Yes.

Will he be there?

No.

Now why is this? Here’s a man who can attend the opening of an envelope and yet can’t find time to talk to the people at a town hall-style meeting.

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New Season At uOttawa

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

Every year, like clockwork, the University of Ottawa buzzes with excitement at the end of August.

With a campus welcoming the equivalent of a small city each year (close to 43,000 students this fall) there’s a lot happening at uOttawa. Each year brings new students, courses, events, research funding and teaching approaches.

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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.

Get the best Canadian news in one place.

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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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Bulldog Tricked By Readers: Poll Results

mayorThe readers of this news site are sly Bulldogs indeed.bulldog poll Why they’re practising bait-and-switch.

On the first poll question Tuesday, the Dawg Pack says: “Sure Ken. Run for mayor. We’re behind you 53.57 per cent. Yeah, put down some money, hire a team of mercenaries, get some signs and start the canvas.”

However on the second poll question, the Pack’s support dissipates. A paltry 5.45 per cent said they’d vote for a mayor called The Bulldog. Pretty fickle support there Dawgs. And here I thought I could trust you.

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No, I’m Not Running: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraOK, last week CFRA’s Pierre Bourque was all over me about running for mayor or commissar of Kitchissippi. No such luck.

Now Ron Corbett, filling in for Rob Snow on CFRA’s Afternoon Edition, says The Bulldog torqued The Phantom (the undisclosed major candidate who was considering running for mayor but dropped out) or that Ken Gray is The Phantom. No … I’m The Bulldog.

To hear Gray deny all the allegations from CFRA hosts, listen to the podcast player below:

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Demolition Permit Issued

This is a City of Ottawa internal memo:

Mayor and Members of Council,

I am writing to apprise you of recent developments in respect of the work being undertaken regarding the properties at 287 Cumberland Street and at 207-209 Murray Street.

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Laroche Park Gets Sens RINK

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa announced that it will welcome a Sens RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood for Kids) Project in the spring of 2015 as part of its redevelopment of Laroche Park.

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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 because it’s 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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YOUR FOOD & WINE: Best In Taste

y2Your Food & Wine collects the best blogs and websites in Canada and the world and presents them to you in an easy-to-access format.

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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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.

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

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

greatbigcityGreat 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.

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Highway 417 To Close At Lees

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 6, lanes on Highway 417 will be closed in stages in the vicinity of Lees Avenue leading to a full closure of both the eastbound and westbound lanes to allow for the placement of the new Lees Avenue overpass.

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Discombobulated Don: Whopper Watch

Wellington Village

Don Monet’s Cube Gallery is on Wellington Street West near Smirle Avenue.

Hello … Don? Don are you there? Get your bearings buddy. Figure out exactly where you are.

When Ottawa Magazine did a series of features in its September edition on downtown neighbourhoods, its people consulted with a number of community experts.

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The Mythical Truck Tunnel

Must be election season.

Why else would you re-announce money for a study of a downtown truck tunnel that simply won’t be built and might be quite dangerous were an accident occur down there with a vehicle carrying a large load of gasoline.

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Phantom Speculation Stops Here

Who was The Phantom?

I will take the secret to my grave.

To learn about The Phantom, click here.

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Should The Bulldog Run For Mayor? Vote

mayor bulldogLet’s have some fun today.

The news is very slow now so we’ll give this a try.

For years The Bulldog has been asked if this news site was being written in preparation for a run for mayor. Furthermore The Bulldog was seriously approached last winter by a prominent Ottawa politico asking if he would hit the hustings for mayor.

As well, a number of city public servants have wondered the same thing as have a few political operatives in town.

Last week all this speculation came to a head when journalist Pierre Bourque asked Ken Gray last week on CFRA if he were preparing to run for the top civic job.

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Who Would Make The Best Mayor? Vote

So here’s another poll looking at the mayoral election with The Bulldog added into the list of candidates.

Pick your favourite candidate in the poll box below. You get one vote.

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What Happened To Hume? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA journalist Pierre Bourque and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss planning committee chairman Peter Hume’s departure from city hall.

To hear the broadcast, click on the podcast player below:

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Staff Picks Proponent For Gallery Work

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

In a report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on September 2 and by City Council on September 10, city staff are recommending a final preferred proponent to complete the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

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Goodbye, Peter Hume

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Hume

Congratulations to Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume.

After 23 years of public service, Hume will not run in the Oct. 27 municipal election. The planning committee chairman says he needs a better balance between work and family. And being a councillor consists in part with extremely long hours, reasonable pay and not a lot of gratitude. No doubt the family suffered from the call of the ever-present BlackBerry.

But then Hume must have enjoyed the job because he stayed so long. He has done little else in life except participate in municipal affairs.

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Maguire Attacks Watson Debt Record

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Maguire

This is a letter to The Bulldog from mayoral candidate Mike Maguire:

Ottawa has a serious debt problem that has gotten measurably worse in the last 4 years. 

Our City debt was $700M when Mayor Watson started his 4 year term and it’s going to be a staggering $1.7B by the end of this term. That is simply an unsustainable level of borrowing when every other responsible jurisdiction in the Western world is trying to reduce their debt. 

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Ottawa To Become Medical Devices Hub

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

The Government of Canada has chosen Ottawa to become the country’s leading authority in medical devices commercialization with the announcement of a $14.9 million investment in the Medical Devices Commercialization Centre (MDCC).

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