Watson Crushes Lazy Campaigners

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Watson

This is a comment from the superb writer and commenter Sheridan on the outcome of The Bulldog mayoral poll.

To read the poll results to which Sheridan refers, click here:

I think Mayor Jim Watson still has the advantage among the general public, but this poll is a good omen for mayoral candidate Mike Maguire.

It should encourage Maguire to hit the ground hard after Labour Day. Garbage disposal/recycling and hydro reforms are some of the stronger issues that Maguire is placing at the vanguard of his election platform. His transit platform is still sketchy and he will need to detail that more.

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Mayor In Election Mode

This is an email from frequent Bulldog contributor Bruce Webster:

Did you notice that the mayor Jimbo managed to attend at least five events on Friday? Good thing the city runs so well that the head overseer can be out of office so much!! Photo op after photo op in an election year Oh right he has been doing the same thing since he entered politics.

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City Pleads Guilty On Environmental Charge

This is a City of Ottawa internal document obtained by The Bulldog:

Mayor Watson and Members of Council,
 
Further to my e-mail of January 8th, 2014 below, the purpose of this correspondence is to provide Council with an update on the above-noted matter.
 
Members will recall that earlier this year, the City was charged with two counts under the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”), stemming back to an incident in November 2012.

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Highway 174 Reopens

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Highway 174 from Cameron Street to Trim Road is now reopened.

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Bulldog Poll Has Surprise Outcome

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Maguire

Maybe the Bulldog Poll just reflects the readership of bulldogottawa.com. Or maybe more.

One thing is certain. Candidate Mike Maguire has an amazing lead over incumbent Jim Watson in our poll. Even more interesting is that in the doggiest days of summer, the participation in the Bulldog mayoral poll was surprisingly high.

That shows an unusual devotion to Maguire among a fair number of people. Now those people might just be the wonkish readership of The Bulldog. Or maybe this dissatisfaction with Watson has spread throughout the rest of the city.

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Accident Closes Highway 174

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Highway 174 remains closed in both directions between Cameron Street and Trim Road due to a transport truck rollover.

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Financial Course Offered To Civic Candidates

This is a release from LAC & Associates Consulting:

The City of Ottawa is a major financial enterprise with assets of over $14 billion and annual expenditures of almost $3 billion.  A key part of the job of an elected official is understanding the finances of the City.

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Albert, Slater Get Thinner

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Lane reductions will occur on Albert Street and Slater Street while the bus-only lanes from Bay to Elgin are resurfaced, and all lanes are resurfaced on Slater Street from Empress to Elgin. This work will occur during off-peak hours beginning this week and will last for approximately one month.

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O-Train Service To Be Interrupted

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

O-Train service will be replaced by bus Route 107 for four days this summer in order to complete the next stage of work required for the O-Train Expansion Project; the dates are as follows:

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Vimy Heroes Deserve Better: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for Rob Snow, and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss renaming the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge and how the municipal election is unfolding.

Gray says the bridge is too far away from downtown to honour the Vimy victory and it would be better to name the span after a major municipal figure.

To listen to The Bulldog portion of the Afternoon Edition on CFRA, use the podcast player below.

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Who’s Your Choice For Mayor? Vote

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The Bulldog adds The Phantom to the list of mayoral candidates.

bulldog pollLast week The Bulldog introduced you to The Phantom.

That’s a high-profile Ottawan who is considering running for the mayor’s post or in the next federal election. The Phantom’s politics consist broadly of fiscal conservatism and liberal social policy.

The Phantom is wavering on what to do?

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Harper’s Russian Reaction Is Feeble

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Harper

So Prime Minister Stephen Harper is considering even more sanctions against Russia for its role in shooting down a plane-full of innocent people.

Why Canada has imposed sanctions against 110 Russians or Russian organizations for illegally annexing Crimea and starting an uprising in eastern Ukraine.

What if Russia tries to annex all of Ukraine? Will Canada impose sanctions against 220 Russians? That will bring the government to its knees. Perhaps we’ll threaten to give prominent Russians paddy-whacks.

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What Debt Crisis?

Brilliant New York Time columnist and economist Paul Krugman said the debt crisis in the U.S. was manufactured for political purposes.

So where is the much-predicted U.S. debt crisis? And are there parallels for this in Canada?

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White Unveils Mayoral Platform

This is a release from mayoral candidate Robert White and contains his basic platform:

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Bulldog ‘A Worm-Like Hack:’ Candidate

This is a comment that mayoral candidate Robert White sent to The Bulldog last weekend:

You don’t have editing standards, BULLDOG, you are just a censor.

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Mike Duffy Was A Journalist

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Duffy

One of the saddest parts of the Senator Mike Duffy saga is that he was a journalist.

A rather well-known one at that.

So for those of us who spent a lifetime trying to do the best we could to honestly report and comment on the events of the day, Duffy’s move to the Senate (with its cash-for-life benefits) was a tad odious.

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Phantom Candidate Still Waffles

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The Phantom

Yes, there is a major candidate waiting in the wings to run against Mayor Jim Watson … maybe even two.

The Bulldog has been calling this person the phantom candidate so let’s just settle on The Phantom as the name of the potential mayoral candidate.

The potential candidate is a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. He or she is as familiar with a boardroom as the hustings.

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Redblack Game Parking Restrictions

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The Ottawa REDBLACKS play their first home game at Lansdowne tonight at 7 p.m. Motorists are advised that parking restrictions are in place to ensure transit and emergency service operations. Restrictions are clearly marked on the following streets from 3:30 to 11:30 p.m.:

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Lansdowne Traffic: Worth Repeating

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The problem with taking the bus to Lansdowne is that those vehicles are caught in the same traffic that drivers try to avoid by taking public transit.

Now that part of Lansdowne Park is about to open, the words of Capital Councillor David Chernushenko ring true.

Of course we’ve known about the transit-challenged Glebe area for years but Ottawa went ahead to build a park, shopping centre, high-rises and refurbish the stadium. All will add more traffic:

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Ottawa Lands Track Championships

This is a release from Athletics Canada:

Athletics Canada announced today that the 2017 and 2018 Canadian Junior/Senior Track and Field Championships will be held in Ottawa, Ont. Athletics Canada, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club jointly made the official announcement this morning at Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

“The City of Ottawa is pleased to welcome Athletics Canada and looks forward to hosting the athletes, coaches, families and spectators that will come here to compete, cheer and enjoy our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Canadian Track and Field Championships is a welcome addition to our planning for Ottawa 2017.”

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Kinsella Takes On Ford, Tory On Guns

Liberal pundit Warren Kinsella discusses handguns and two of his favourite people, John Tory and Rob Ford, and there position on guns:

In my line of work, that’s what you call a “wedge.”

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Give Us City Hall Leadership

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Mayor Jim Watson’s term has been marked by many administrative errors.

Frequent Bulldog commenter and community activist Ron Benn serves up this very interesting comment on the breakdown in municipal administration:

Mayor Jim Watson’s most notable achievement in the 3 or years years that he has occupied the mayor’s chair is that he brought harmony to council.

No more long drawn out public ramblings by discontented councillors, no councillors sniping at each other in public. To paraphrase his comments of a year ago, we don’t have a gong show like in Toronto. The negative side of this outcome is that there are no meaningful discussions at committee and council meetings.

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Ottawa’s Brutal Administration: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for regular host Rob Snow, discusses with Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray what’s wrong with Ottawa City Hall administration as illustrated by the green-bin audit.

To hear The Bulldog segment of the Afternoon Edition, use the podcast player below:

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Glebe Readies For Redblacks

This is a release from the Glebe BIA:

Glebe merchants are prepared to greet thousands of fans heading their way on July 18 for the Redblacks home opener. The Glebe BIA is planning a big welcome as they animate the street with entertainment, music and super fans to create the ultimate fan experience.

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