Team Says No To Early Sens Mile

go sens goThis is a release from the Ottawa Senators:

Dear Councillor,

Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder has reached out to Mayor Jim Watson and to Councillor Rick Chiarelli, thanking Ottawa City Council for its support for the team’s strong push to post-season play but asking that implementation of the Red Mile be deferred until after the Sens clinch a playoff spot – a tradition the Senators would like to maintain.

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Watson Backs Corporate, Union Campaign Gifts

WHOPPERWATCHMayor Jim Watson took the high road on the corporate and union donation issue? Sure.

At planning committee for example, a number of members will have taken campaign donations from the very companies whose developments they will be voting on.

Can’t possibly be a conflict of interest, right Your Worship? In fact Watson says he can’t be influenced by a $750 donation. But everyone knows it doesn’t work that way. There’s the corporate donation, the executive’s donation, the employee donation and the owner’s aunt in Topeka, Kansas donation …

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Nussbaum Tackles Watson’s Corporate Kitty

Nussbaum

Nussbaum

Credit where credit is due.

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum will seek to end campaign donations from corporations and unions. Nussbaum wants the support of city council and would like to talk to the province about making the change (the province has jurisdiction).

Getting the support of council will be a tough one because many of its members receive donations from those two groups.

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Bulldog To Publish Earlier

The Bulldog

The Bulldog

So if you’re coming in late, you’ll be able to read tomorrow’s Bulldog really late (or really early).

For The Bulldog will be dropping its posts between approximately 12:20 to 12:30 a.m. So all you insomniacs can chow down on a little Bulldog reading before going to bed.

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Rob Ford Years Still Haunt Toronto

Ford

Ford

The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume says the legacy of former mayor Rob Ford is still causing damage in that city.

Ford’s positions on mass transit during his troubled term are likely to create huge bills for taxpayers without much commuter effectiveness. Sound familiar Ottawa?

Politicians are terrified of making sleeping Ford Nation angry:

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Cycling, Surface Light Rail Misunderstood

Bike paths seem to be getting much traction these days at Ottawa City Hall.

And that’s great. It gives less primacy to the ever-dominating car.

But just as an aside, think of how easy it would have been to cycle across town with a surface train, pedestrian and bike corridor through downtown. We didn’t get it because downtown business didn’t want to lose its street parking.

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Dummy To Perform Last Test

This is a release from Carleton University:

The Carleton University Crash Dummy (CUCD) team will be performing its final crash test of the academic year on Friday, March 27 in co-ordination with Ottawa Police Service.

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Dump The Queen … Please

The Queen

Is Canada mature enough to cut its ties to the Queen? No.

QUOTABLEBarbados, a country just short of 50 years old, is doing what Canada can’t even consider. It’s getting rid of the Queen.

Here’s Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the move:

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Ottawa Debt Rises Shockingly High

cityhallsmallHere on The Bulldog we’ve been warning of the accumulation of debt at the civic level but the locals’ apathy is such that we just can’t gain traction.

Oh well, maybe this will do it.

Bulldog reader Jamie Carson sent this little missive along that shows the serious level of Ottawa debt. You might not mind such a debt if it were been poured into a worthwhile light-rail project rather than the one we have.

The tale of the tape is below:

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Dawg Packer Concurs With City PR Post

Bulldog reader Blake Batson concurs with a recent post on playing politics with city press releases.

To read the post to which Batson refers, click here.

Batsons response is below:

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