French President To Address Parliament

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that François Hollande, President of the French Republic, will address Canada’s Parliament as part of his first State Visit to Canada from November 2 to 4, 2014.

President Hollande will be accompanied by several cabinet ministers and a large business and academic delegation from France. The visit, which is part of concerted efforts by both Canada and France to further strengthen the deep and longstanding bond between the two countries, will focus on greater cooperation on international security and threats, trade and economic development, innovation, and broader people-to-people ties.

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John Kerry To Visit Ottawa

This is a release from the foreign affairs department:

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Ottawa on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

“Canada and the United States have been partners, allies and friends through good times, as well as through some of our most tragic moments in history,” said Baird.

“President Obama and Secretary Kerry were among the first people to reach out to Canada during the horrific events of last week. I am grateful that Secretary Kerry will visit Ottawa and stand by Canadians as we mourn the loss of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and as we move forward in pursuit of our shared values.”

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Who Is Your Pick For Mayor? Bulldog Poll

ballotboxWell, here we go. This is the last Bulldog Poll before Monday’s election.

In the past, the readership of The Bulldog has shown overwhelming support for candidate Mike Maguire. Let’s see if that holds just before election day.

And while we have a moment, The Bulldog would like to thank everyone who has participated on this news site through reading, debating or commenting during this long civic election campaign.

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Which Councillor Is Most Likely To Lose? Bulldog Poll

ballotThe Bulldog has been trying to get some input from the various councillor races and this might be the way to do it.

Here’s the question: Which incumbent councillor is most likely to lose? An interesting proposition we think.

After all in this election, the most interesting races are in the wards where the composition of Ottawa City Council will be decided.

So get practised for voting on Monday. Try out, what we hope, will be a very interesting poll.

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The Mayor Of Oz

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The wee Wizard of Oz at the controls of his illusion machine.

In the movie The Wizard of Oz is a much respected master of illusion — the Wizard.

The Wizard appears to have great powers and a fearsome visage that all should respect through those illusions.

But Dorothy’s dog Toto sniffs out the man behind the controls of the grand illusion machine. And the real Wizard is but a small middle-aged man of no particular significance except that he can portray quite the impression when he’s at the controls of his deceptive machine.

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Redblacks Tribute To Our Fallen Soldiers

Below is a YouTube video of the ceremonies honouring our fallen soldiers on home soil at the Ottawa Redblacks game on Friday evening. The video was shot by Mark Blevis.

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Diplomatic Appointments Named

This is a release from the foreign affairs department:

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Heather Cruden becomes High Commissioner in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Sidney Frank becomes Consul General in Bangalore (Republic of India).

Philip Pinnington becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, with concurrent accreditation to Montenegro and to the Republic of Macedonia.

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Champlain Bridge To Lose Lane

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

From October 27th to October 30th, motorists can expect localized lane closures on the Champlain Bridge between 9 am and 3 pm, due to regular maintenance and HOV sign replacement work. Flag persons and cones will be in place to direct traffic.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists to exercise caution and to respect working crews, and obey signage and flag persons at the site.

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Who Knew? Election Interest Soars

Didn’t think there was much interest in this municipal election?

Well this is a surprise.

The page view count today on The Bulldog is running at twice the level it normally does at this time of day.

Without a mayor’s race of note, pundits said this might not be a big turn-out election. And they might still be correct.

Hope the website doesn’t go down. So far, so good.

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Please Be Clear, Concise In Comments

As you know, The Bulldog encourages readers to comment and debate.

It is a vital part of this news site.

On Monday, we’re hoping that you will join enthusiastically in the debate on the live blog that will run all election day. So I hate to run this note because I’m afraid it will discourage people from participating in the debate.

Nevertheless, I’ve had to kill three or four comments over the past two days that can’t be saved by editing. That’s because I couldn’t understand what you were trying to say.

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We’re Unprotected, Canadians Say In Poll

This is a release from the Angus Reid Institute:

Just more than half (55%) of Canadians say they aren’t confident in the ability of domestic security services to prevent homegrown radicals from carrying out terrorist attacks in Canada.

These are among the findings of an Angus Reid Institute (ARI) online survey of Canadian adults on global and national threats to security and safety.

Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org

Key Findings

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Woodroffe Intersection Closed Permanently

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

As of Wednesday, October 22, the Woodroffe Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive intersection is permanently closed and through traffic will no longer be permitted. Motorists can access both roads by using Strandherd Drive.

In the same general area, Woodroffe Avenue will be closed for construction between Cresthaven Drive / Paul Metivier Drive and Prince of Wales Drive. This work will also begin on Wednesday. The closure is required during installation of sewers along this section of roadway. The work is expected to be completed by mid-December. Detours will be clearly marked.

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Kirkpatrick On Shooting, Lockdown

This is a City of Ottawa internal memo written by city manager Kent Kirkpatrick to staff and obtained by The Bulldog:

Message to employees following downtown shooting

Following the events that took place yesterday in Ottawa’s downtown core, I want to thank all City employees for adapting and cooperating during a very difficult and uncertain situation.

Not only were we learning of the events unfolding downtown, a number of employees were involved in a lockdown and unrelated power outages at Mary Pitt Centre.

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Watson Takes Half A Step Forward

When people think of a mayor responding well during a crisis, they recall New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani during the 9/11 tragedy.

Mayor Jim Watson took half a step forward from being a politician to becoming a leader.

Watson was quick to respond officially at the tragic events that occurred on Wednesday on Parliament Hill.

The mayor sent out a press release expressing his shock at the events of the day, then tweeted that out that release to his 41,000 followers.

That’s how that mayor of a major city is supposed to respond when difficult circumstances unfold.

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Tough Sherring Needed On Council

election endorsementScott Hodge, a candidate in Gloucester-South Nepean ward, has extensive community experience plus a business and government background.

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Sherring

Hodge says he would bring his financial acumen from his professional duties to city hall. In addition, he would consider starting express buses from Ottawa’s south end.

The Bulldog has repeatedly come out against creating committees under the councillor’s position. In Hodge’s situation, he would create both a youth committee and a seniors committee. That’s been a deal-breaker in the past for The Bulldog. Once again the city and province spent years trying to create a one-level of government and now some potential councillors want to start unelected committees under them. It’s the job of the councillor to represent the community, not that of appointed committees.

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Light Rail? Come On: Whopper Watch

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O’Brien

Don’t really know what writer Mark Brownlee was thinking when he wrote this whopper in Wednesday’s Citizen:

(Larry O’Brien) scrapped an ill-advised plan and replaced it with the 12.5-kilometre spine that will serve as the basis for most every other transit project in this city for the next century.

In truth, O’Brien scrapped a good plan that ran from Barrhaven to the University of Ottawa at one-third the cost of the current $2.1-billion tunnel project. That stretches from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Road.

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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 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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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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