If three more councillors joined, this group would have a majority on the 24-member council.
The Bulldog is endorsing candidates in Ottawa-area ridings for the upcoming federal election. Today we discuss Ottawa South riding:
David McGuinty, Liberal: To paraphrase Mark Twain, it’s hard to throw a brick in Ottawa South without hitting a McGuinty.
His brother Dalton had a long high-profile career in provincial politics. Why the McGuintys’ father represented the riding.
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What struck me about the interview with Councillor Catherine McKenney is that she actually answered the questions posed.
It was truly refreshing, as was her candor regarding the challenges the city faces in resolving some critical problems. It is in direct contrast to the comments from Mayor Jim Watson, and Councillor Keith Egli at a recent budget (non)consultation session.
When your agent was born in London, Ont., many decades ago, he popped out as a Canadian.
Well it is because your agent landed on Canadian soil. No test, no qualifiers … just hit the ground crying. Never stopped. And the person born down the hallway at Victoria Hospital was Canadian, too. An accident of birth.
“I often find it ironic when I hear people with heavy accents, who are obviously new Canadians themselves, saying we don’t want to accept more people from offshore. There’s really quite an underlying tone of racism in that element.”
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
How can people with heavy accents be racist when not wanting to accept refugees to Canada?
McKenney looks at the $52-million operating deficit, the fact that there are no permanent deputy city managers in place, the current city manager Kent Kirkpatrick is leaving, acting deputy city managers are being stretched by doing the deputies’ work and their former jobs and the threats to current programs by the deficit. McKenney calls the current situation “alarming.”
Perhaps Marianne Wilkinson is correct.
If the City of Ottawa can’t bring light rail to Kanata by 2031, maybe the tall foreheads on Laurier Avenue (who are never wrong … unless they are caught … and even then, sometimes still not wrong) should consider using the heavy-rail lines that run from Kanata for transit, the Kanata North councillor says.
Here’s comedian Rick Mercer on Carleton candidate Pierre Poilievre.
The Bulldog will be endorsing candidates in Ottawa-area ridings for the upcoming federal election. Today we discuss Carleton riding:
Pierre Poilievre, Conservative: Under no circumstances should incumbent Poilievre be sent back to the cabinet and House of Commons.
Sometimes it looks as though the federal campaign is being run for the convenience of the mayor to grandstand and showboat. Just to make things clear, Watson is not running federally this time out. It just looks that way.
“Fortunately, at the mayor’s request, the city is exploring an earlier deadline. But even that might not be soon enough.”
Mark Sutcliffe in the Citizen on the city’s second taxi report
The operative word in the above is “second.”
You see the city and Mayor Jim Watson have been sitting on a comprehensive study into all facets of the taxi industry for three years.
Kelly Clarkson, who will be at the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 1, has a rather popular video. It has been seen more than 163 million times on YouTube. Strangely her concert couldn’t make a city press release on what’s going on this fall but the Redblacks football game that night did.
Last week your trusty Bulldog noticed that the Ottawa Senators had been shutout of a city press release on autumn happenings.
Lots of stuff though from TD Place.