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Van Oldenbarneveld Starts The Good Fight

Sad to hear that local CBC journalist Lucy van Oldenbarneveld is taking time off from her evening hosting duties to battle Stage 2 breast cancer.

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Do You Love Your Dog?

dogHow is it possible that someone could leave a dog in a sweltering car in the Byward Market on a day when just walking down the street leaves people looking like they just took a shower with their clothes on?

Owning a dog is a responsibility … not an onerous responsibility … but a responsibility nevertheless.

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Greenbank Road To Close Thursday Night

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Greenbank Road will be closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic in both directions between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road, overnight from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30 to 6 a.m. Friday July 31. The road will be closed to begin construction of a railway track across the Greenbank Detour Road, as part of the Greenbank Road widening project.

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Developers Change Their Winning Game


Has the development industry over-played its hand in Ottawa?

The development industry and its friends on Ottawa City Council must not have played much tennis.

Had they, they would know the old tennis adage: Never change a winning game.

What do you want to do when you play tennis? Win (or if you are not competitive, at least get some exercise).

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Clean Up The Planning Department

Great Bulldog commenter Ron Benn sent along this note in relation to the post, City Hall Has Gone Native.

The underlying problem within the city’s planning department is quite troubling: the complaint by the developers is that they get conflicting requirements from within the planning department.

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City Appoints Auditor Tuesday

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Please be advised that, in accordance with Subsection 10(1) of the Election Compliance Audit Committee Rules of Procedure and Subsection 82 (1) of the Procedure By-law (2014-441), that the Deputy City Clerk, on behalf of the City Clerk and Solicitor, has called a meeting of the Election Compliance Audit Committee on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. for the purpose of Appointing an Auditor for the compliance audits of Candidate Mark Taylor, Bay Ward and Candidate Eli El-Chantiry, West-Carleton March.

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Brown Gets Supreme Court Post

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Mr. Justice Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Justice Brown will fill the seat previously occupied by Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein. The appointment is effective August 31, 2015.

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Heat Warning Issued

This is a release from Ottawa Public Health:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a heat warning for Ottawa effective July 27 until further notice.

A heat warning is issued when the Environment Canada temperature forecast is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the night time temperature is not cooler than 20°C or the humidex is expected to exceed 40°C for two consecutive days.

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City Hall Has Gone Native


An active public negates the power of special interest groups … especially the development industry.

The biggest problem with the concierge program at Ottawa City Hall is that staff, council and most certainly the mayor have gone native.

That’s an expression used during the heady days of empire when one of yours began to exhibit the traits of the locals in some far-flung post. In journalism, it’s a term that means that the reporter identifies more with his or her sources rather than reporting the truth or ignoring stories because they would embarrass some friends on a beat.

No, it has nothing to do with Canadian indigenous people.

And that’s what has happened at Ottawa City Hall.

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PM Screwed Up On Economy



Prime Minister Stephen Harper is still the most trusted leader to oversee the economy, according to a Mainstreet Research poll.

Mainstreet (whoever they are) says nine out of 10 Canadians think the federal government should balance the budget … something that is unlikely now that Ottawa is receiving $1 billion for light rail and Canadians are getting $3 billion in childcare benefits.

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Orleans Library Closed During Reno

This is a release from the Ottawa Public Library:

The Orléans branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed from Tuesday, August 4 to Thursday, August 6 in order for the branch to be retrofitted.

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Stop The Madness Between Bikes, Cars

A cyclist shows some of the common problems between cars and bikes. Frankly the scariest thing I see on the video above is that everyone is driving on the wrong side of the road.

For decades, cyclists and car drivers have been bickering about how impolite the other is.

So Atlantic CityLab took on the most common complaints of the two groups that share the road and tries to explode them.

This from CityLab:

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Cranky Old Ken Gray



Ha ha. Twitter had this little display of 140-character-or-less debate of like-minded people agreeing with each other.

When has that ever happened?

They didn’t like me. Oh dear. How will I ever tweet again in this town?

Kind of wondering where this came from. Did your agent do something bad? The target is lil ole me.

The pixel evidence is below:

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Tory LRT Money Smacks Of Desperation

The City of Ottawa conducts one of its Phase 2 light-rail meetings.

Today we will look inside the Conservative mind. God help us all.

It’s like reading a lifetime of Randy Denley columns. Pass the Prozac.

It goes something like this. Tories build highways because their well-heeled constituents drive cars.

White-wine-and-wicker Grits and raving mad communist Dippers build light rail because sandal-wearing people believe in mass transit. You know, transit for the masses.

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