Beware Of Wading Pools

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City is asking residents to ensure that children are kept away from City wading pools located near a river.

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Flaherty Coverage ‘Distasteful’: Reader

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Flaherty

Bulldog reader Tony Benjamin had this controversial comment about the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty:

I am not saying Flaherty didn’t do his job well, but it was his job and he was paid for it.

That is what we should routinely expect from our elected officials. Unfortunately Flaherty’s positive actions seems to be a rare experience with our politicians.

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City Warns Of Flooding Danger

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

With the weather forecast over the next two days predicting heavy rainfall, the City is asking residents to take precautionary steps to protect their family and home from flooding.

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Gladstone Work Resumes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Gladstone Avenue, between Bank Street and Metcalfe Street, will be closed to commuters as of 9 a.m. on Monday, April 14. This closure is necessary to complete rehabilitation work to replace existing water and sewer infrastructure. The reconstruction, which will establish a wider boulevard and wider sidewalks, is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

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Victoria Street Closed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Victoria Street is now closed to replace an existing culvert. The work to replace the culvert is slated for completion in about two weeks.

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Culvert Woes Close Dilworth Road

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Dilworth Road is closed between Fourth Line Road and McCordick Road to replace an existing culvert. Work to place the culvert has begun today, and is slated to be completed in about a month.

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Flaherty To Receive State Funeral

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Flaherty

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a State Funeral will be held for the Honourable Jim Flaherty on April 16, 2014 in Toronto, in honour of his years of dedicated service to the Canadian people.

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More Queensway Construction Woes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Sunday, April 13 until Thursday, April 17 there will be off-peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Kent Street and the Highway 417/174 split and between Parkdale Avenue and Rochester Street. Hwy 174 westbound will also be subject to off-peak lane reductions between Montreal Road and Blair Road.

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Formal Rail Boss Announcement

Here is the formal City of Ottawa announcement of the new rail director:

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Light-Rail Office Gets New Chief

This is an internal City of Ottawa document:

Deputy city manager Nancy Schepers to Council:

The purpose of this memo is to inform you that after an extensive and

successful search, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Steven Cripps has

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Find Third Way For Fireworks

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The summer fireworks festival needs trees removed to improve sight lines.

Putting the annual summer fireworks festival on the Ottawa River near the Parliament Buildings is an outstanding idea.

The location gives the festival outstanding visibility in one of the most scenic locations in the city. It certainly would be a draw for tourists.

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Via Rail In Action: Whopper Watch

The Flat Earth Society has invaded Via Rail.

Despite the fact that many had seen the rail signals not working on Greenbank Road level crossing, Via Rail’s response was:

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Anderson Road Closed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Anderson Road is closed between Ridge Road and Renaud Road to allow for construction to replace a culvert. It is expected that the road will reopen on Monday, April 14.

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PM’s Statement On Flaherty

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following statement on the sudden passing of Jim Flaherty:

“Dear friends, today is a very sad day for me, for our Government and for all of our country.

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Via To Slow Trains Through Ottawa

This is a release from the City of Ottawa that contains a release from Via Rail:

To / Destinataire: Mayor and City Council

From / Expéditeur: Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager

VIA Rail Crossings: Date: April 10, 2014

Please find attached a News Release issued by VIA Rail with respect to a change in protocol.

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Move On From Desjourdy Ruling

Ottawa Police ServiceNo one is happy that Sgt. Steven Desjourdy was found guilty of discreditable conduct.

There is no joy in Desjourdy leaving a woman six years ago topless for hours in a cellblock strip search. He left the woman in urine-soaked pants as well.

She had been charged with assaulting an officer but that charge was ultimately stayed.

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What’s Watson Up To? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and Ken Gray from The Bulldog discuss the recent political machinations of Mayor Jim Watson concerning cigarette butts and other assorted issues.

To listen to the broadcast, click on the podcast player below:

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Rob Ford: The Video Game

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Ford

It had to happen. Toronto’s embattled Mayor Rob Ford now has a video game.

Never thought I’d say this, but Rob Ford deserves better. With the amount of public-relations napalm he’s dropped Toronto, the embattled mayor should’ve gotten a slick first-person shooter with a graphics engine blasting shock and awe – or at least a Dance Dance Revolution clone – not this heh-heh bare-bones riff on a side-scrolling video game.

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City Raises $519,000 For UW

This is a release from the United Way:

City employees were applauded by City Council after raising $519,007 for the United Way/Centraide of Ottawa through the 2013 Employee Campaign. The money was raised through pledge form donations, as well as a number of employee-led initiatives and special events.

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Watson’s Much Ado About Nothing

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Watson

This is vintage Jim Watson.

Our brave mayor has started a controversy about cigarette butts outside drinking establishments. After all, he must have started it because it’s never been whispered as an issue or a solution proposed as public policy.

Oh these cigarette butts are a mess and we at the City of Ottawa, and me, Jim Watson, are concerned in this election year. I, the mayor, will take charge of this gripping question and legislate a solution. No ungodly smoker will drop his cigarette remains onto the sidewalk while I run this municipality. If they do, they will have to run the gauntlet of bylaw officers charged with enforcing this heinous crime.

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Hobbs, Constituent Exchange Emails

Here is an email exchange between Bulldog reader Randy Gordon and Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs:

From Hobbs (all correspondence was on April 7, 2014)

Randy,

I have not been contacted nor am I aware of any application for the 747 Richmond site. If an applicant is working with planning I may or may not be contacted.

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Watson Comes Up Short

Mayor Jim Watson has slapped $1 million down to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Now a million sounds like a lot. But in reality, it would only pay for about a quarter of the overrun on the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge.

A million bucks ain’t a million bucks anymore.

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Science Cafe Goes Volcanic

This is a release from Science Cafe:

Imagine a volcanic eruption that could produce enough lava to cover all of Canada or the U.S. to a depth of hundreds of metres.

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Hobbs Gets Busy With Nothing

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Hobbs

Ahhh, Katherine Hobbs. What are you doing?

Is she solving the world hunger problem or making improvements to transit?

Has she found a way to drill the light-rail tunnel faster? Or is she pondering infrastructure projects as a Kitchissippi councillor should.

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NCC Board To Meet

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites members of the public and the media to attend its public Board of Directors, meeting as well as its 13th annual public meeting. The two events will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at NCC headquarters.

Public Board of Directors Meeting

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