Watson’s Great Ottawa Sites: Top 10 List

grand canyon

Who needs the Grand Canyon when Ottawa has the Bruce Pit.

“It looks like our version of the Eiffel Tower right here in Riverside South. This is going to be a new landmark,” Mayor Jim Watson said at the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge opening on Saturday.

“Forget the Sydney Opera House, forget the bridge in St. Louis. We’ve got the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge.”

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Piled As High As The Bridge: Whopper Watch

Watson

Watson

Perhaps The Bulldog is not showing the right collegiality as illustrated on the Stepford Council, but isn’t incredible how high politicians can pile this stuff:

“It looks like our version of the Eiffel Tower right here in Riverside South. This is going to be a new landmark,” Watson said at the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge opening on Saturday. Cue the ribbon-cutting. No one does it better than the Watsonator.

“Forget the Sydney Opera House, forget the bridge in St. Louis. We’ve got the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge.” Watch the Bobbleheads bobble.

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Wylie New Public Works Chief

This is a City of Ottawa internal memo:

I am very pleased to announce Kevin Wylie as the successful candidate in the competition for the General Manager of Public Works to replace Larry O’Keefe who will be retiring from the Corporation at the end of December 2014.  Kevin will assume responsibility for the Public Works, General Manager position on January 1, 2015.

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The Bulldog Is Ill

Ouch

Ouch

Ken Gray thought he had all his shots but obviously he missed one.

We’ve been trying to keep the dawg going but the flu that’s going around has flattened this canine.

The Bulldog will be back when he’s feeling better.

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Watson, Council Share Green-Bin Blame

ottawa logoThis news site has been saying repeatedly that a change is necessary in senior city staff.

We said that after the three major new bridge problems, the faulty sinkhole inspection, the cave-in of the light-rail tunnel at Waller Street, or the zoning bylaws that have just become a suggestion. Now we have the green-bin scandal.

Ottawa’s public service has gone from a highly efficient organization to the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. However our non-interventionist mayor won’t take charge as the public expects him to. He’s much happier tweeting or cutting ribbons on the way to being re-elected. Ottawans really don’t care until another scandal appears in the media.

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Mayor’s PR Machine Never Sleeps

Watson

Watson

So as the green-bin scandal whirled around Ottawa City Hall, what was our Mayor Jim Watson doing?

What else? Handing out a plaque. Another grip-and-grin photo.

Business as usual. The man is relentless.

Why and Katie Hobbs was there. A rare double.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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The Green-Bin Fiasco: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray take on the mess that was revealed by the green-bin audit.

To hear the broadcast, go to the podcast player below:

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Organics Contract Generates $7M In Extra Costs

This is a release from the City of Ottawa auditor general’s office.

Please click on the highlighted words below to see the AG’s release:

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Drop P3 For New Library

Harder

Harder

The Bulldog doesn’t think a need exists for a huge central library.

Better to use the $70 million to turn the Ottawa Public Library into a virtual library where most materials can by downloaded rather than stored in stacks in large, expensive buildings. (click here for a detailed post on the lack of need for a new library).

Still Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder wants to find a company that would participate in a public-private partnership with the city on the library.

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Watson’s Management Of The News

Here’s how you distract the media from the horrid audit of the Orgaworld contract.

Take a bus-full of media to Lansdowne to open the stade. That means fewer media covering the green-bin train wreck and a good-news story to offset the bad-news story coming out Wednesday at city hall.

Bet the bus is full.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Albion, Leitrim Paving To Finish In September

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Beginning on Wednesday, July 9, sections of Albion and Leitrim Roads will be resurfaced as part of the City’s renewal efforts to improve transportation in Riverside South–Leitrim.

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Library Has Edifice Complex

libraryYou see, there’s this thing called the Internet.

Librarians should know this very well because so many of them in the corporate world have been replaced by Google. Cost structures are so tight nowadays in the private sector that libraries are seen as expensive frills rather than necessities. The bottom line is the bottom line.

But the Ottawa Public Library is a different creature altogether. The OPL is likely to propose a $70-million plan that would rip apart the current main branch at Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street and replace it with a new grand structure.

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Staff Gave Faulty Info On Orgaworld Deal

Chiarelli

Chiarelli

Council was given inaccurate information and faulty methodology was used in framing the Orgaworld contract, audit committee chairman Rick Chiarelli said Monday.

“Council could not make a good decision,” Chiarelli said as the controversial audit is due to be released on Wednesday.

The committee chairman said that no proper methodology was used by city staff to arrive at the 80,000-tonne figure per year of organics to be supplied by the municipality to Orgaworld. The Orgaworld contract was framed by the 2006-2010 city council.

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Rob Ford’s Step-By-Step Recovery Plan

Ford

Ford

The Globe and Mail offers a solution to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s problems:

Toronto’s mayor arrived back in town this week straight (well, I haven’t seen blood work) from his two-month stay in a rehab facility, and it’s clear we’re looking at a man who has turned around his life 360 degrees.

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Construction To Close Kanata Streets

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Ecology Ottawa’s Odd Position

oilOil from western Canada will move. The question is how.

Because Canadian pipeline capacity is low, petroleum products are taking over the rail industry. There are simply not enough pipes to carry Canadian oil products so they are being shipped by rail.

Rail, as we have seen on many occasions, has not been the safest method of moving oil. The possibility of derailment is ever-present.

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Bernardo’s Strange Attraction

The Star’s Rosie DiManno weighs in on the strange attraction that killers engender from some people.

One of those people is the gruesome murderer, Paul Bernardo:

But even serial sex killers have their fan clubs, their heart-throb freaks.

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Raise Speed Limits, Ontarians Say

In other countries, some roads have speed limits as high as 135 km/h.

But in Ontario, the speed limit remains at 100 km/h. Now Ontarians talk back to that in a new poll:

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Bernardo: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Bernardo

Bernardo

It takes all kinds. A woman from London, Ont. is saying she is ready to marry serial killer and rapist Paul Bernardo, creator of some of most hideous crimes in Canadian history.

The purported bride actually has the words “Paul’s girl” tattooed on her. Good grief.

Postmedia’s Christie Blatchford weighs in:

It’s the story that just won’t go away, and more’s the pity.

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Queen Street To Close For 3 Months

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Beginning July 7, Queen Street will be closed both directions between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street to complete the Queen Street watermain replacement. The work is expected to last approximately three months.

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Lansdowne Retail Mix Not Developers’ Fault

This is a City of Ottawa video on construction at Lansdowne Park last year.

Developers are not in the business of charity. They’re in the business of making money.

That’s what they do naturally. Birds chirp, fish swim, developers develop.

So if the city gives some developers a break on building heights, all developers will expect a break on building heights. That’s why the number of storeys on buildings in Ottawa resembles a bidding war rather than planning.

And if you allow tall condos to be built beside single-family homes … even on commercial ribbons that abut residential areas … developers will do it. Because most are not in the business of protecting neighbourhoods or creating brilliant urban milieus, their MO is making money. Nothing wrong with that. But that’s all.

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Lansdowne Prepares To Open

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) received a presentation and update on the opening and operation plans for the revitalized Lansdowne from City staff and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

“The vision that has guided the design and construction at Lansdowne is solidly based on the values we put at the core of developing our city – sustainable, connected, accessible and healthy communities that protect and foster our local heritage and culture,” said Mayor Watson. “I am excited to welcome residents to Lansdowne, and together discover all that the new site has to offer, beginning this summer and for many years to come.”

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Downtown Moves Wins Awards

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Downtown Moves, the plan for how people will move around Ottawa’s downtown core in the future, has won four awards from national, international and regional planning associations.

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Watson’s Video Version Of His Campaign Whoppers

About 407 viewers have been treated to this Jim Watson campaign video on YouTube. Whadda guy.

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It is amazing how high you can pile fertilizer and no one is better in stacking that garden supplement that our Mayor Jim Watson.

Watson has release a video campaign spot on YouTube that creates a fair pile in just less than a minute and a half. Watch how your garden grows. His Worship, given the quantity of fertilizer he has created here, could start handing it out to farmers. That way, he might a get a rural vote or two.

But let’s get to the tale of the tape.

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uOttawa Gets New Law Dean

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

The University of Ottawa is pleased to announce the appointment of Céline Lévesque as dean of the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section.

Lévesque is an author, lecturer and researcher, and an associate professor in the Faculty of Law. She is an expert in international investment law, her primary focus, as well as in international arbitration and international trade law.

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