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City To Take OMB To Court

Harder

Harder

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa is challenging an Ontario Municipal Board decision that, if leftunappealed, could create uncertainty about the authority of both the City’s Official Plan and local neighbourhood plans.

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Ottawa Ignores Heated Mailbox Issue

canadapostWhile College Councillor Rick Chiarelli and his staff get blasted by phone calls from angry residents who are finding Canada Post super mailbox locations chosen with little or no consultation in his ward, many municipalities are going to the courts to stop this action because of citizen concern and high costs.

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City Opens Splash Pads

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa has opened the majority of its splash pads that will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through to September. To view splash pad locations, visit ottawa.ca.

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What Next For The Old ATM?

Is there still room for the lowly old ATM in a world of electronic banking?

The Atlantic CITYLAB probes this pressing question:

This would seem a bad time to be in the ATM business. Every week brings pronouncements of some new digital payments system.

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Severe Weather Warning Downgraded For Ottawa Area

Environment Canada has downgraded the weather warning for the Ottawa area.

The hashtag for it on Twitter is #onstorm. Report what you see to comments here at The Bulldog. The Bulldog is publishing storm-related tweets below.

The weather warning is below:

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Parkdale, ByWard Markets Open

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa residents can now savour the homegrown flavours on offer in the ByWard and Parkdale markets. These outdoor marketshave opened for the season, offering local produce, seasonal plants, flowers, and more.

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The Ethics Of The Melnyk Illness

Melnyk

Melnyk

I think we’re all glad that there is hope for Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk in his fight for life due to liver problems.

But ethical issues surround this case.

One of them is discussed by Robert Roberts, a frequent Bulldog contributor, in an email to me:

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Looking Back At The Old Met Store

When Ottawa’s Urbsite publishes a new post, it is always an event.

Great history, boffo photographs, it’s the best.

This time Urbsite turns its sights on the old downtown Metropolitan store.

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Doctor Leaves Phone In Patient’s Abdomen

This post is off The Bulldog’s usual radar but it is such a great story that we had to run it.

This from C/NET:

As reported by Gulf News, she gave birth, but when she came home, her family claimed they noticed that her abdomen was vibrating.

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WHOPPERWATCH

“When you move a crossing, you must blow a whistle, but these residents can’t live in that kind of situation for two years. I’ve got one family whose children are autistic, and they get so upset every time the whistle goes. I’ve got people who have migraines, people working shift work and are not able to sleep.”

– Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder on the situation at the Greenbank Road Via Rail level crossing

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Orchestrating The News?

The Bulldog is always interested in timing of press conferences and news releases as a method of orchestrating media coverage.

What caught my eye this week was the release for plans of a monument remembering the victims of the OC Transpo bus crash north of Barrhaven. This pro-active story came out at the Wednesday and its release was under the control of city officials. It showed that city officials cared about the victims of the tragedy which is no doubt true.

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City Seeks Parking-Spots Feedback

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Residents are invited to review a new discussion paper on proposed changes to the City By-law that sets out the minimum number of parking spots to be included in new developments or in existing buildings applying for change of use.

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Release LRT Land Costs: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraRob Snow of CFRA’s Afternoon Edition and Ken Gray of The Bulldog discuss what’s going on at Ottawa City Hall with Mayor Jim Watson refusing to release expropriation costs along the light-rail line and now blocking release of the cost of connecting light-rail stations to nearby buildings.

The discussion on CFRA is below:

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City Moves On Fallowfield Rail Crossing

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor, City Councillors and Citizen Transit Commissioners,

The purpose of this e-mail is to provide the results of the detailed operational and human factors study of the Fallowfield Road at-grade rail crossing outlined in my November 21, 2014, Memo to Council (attached for reference).

Staff received the study dated March 31, 2015, from the expert agency Human Factors North Inc., and undertook its due diligence with respect to the report’s recommendations, and is taking steps to implement the recommendations.

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Changes Recommended At Rail Crossing: Report

This is the report by Human Factors consultants prepared for the City of Ottawa concerning the Fallowfield Road-Via Rail level crossing.

It was written in response to Transport Canada safety concerns at the crossing.

The report is below:

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Jim Watson’s Light-Rail Outrage

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

What’s going on here?

First the City of Ottawa (the residents’ government, not that of the mayor, council or bureaucrats) wouldn’t release to the voting and tax-paying public how much expropriations cost for Phase 1 of the light-rail project. Residents have a right to know how their money is spent.

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