Move Fast On Bus Safety Changes

OC Transpo busChange comes slowly at Ottawa City Hall:

Six months after the tragic OC Transpo-Via Rail bus-train collision that claimed the lives of six Ottawans, significant safety measures come to the Woodroffe Avenue Transitway line at Fallowfield where the mishap occurred. By May 15, a warning signal should be operating at the site of the crash. One wonders how many vehicles passed through the level crossing between September to May without it.

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Bring Political Ethics Back

This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Tony Benjamin. He was responding to the post, The Political System Is Broken:

It’s been broken for a good while. When you have a political party patting themselves on the back, while the federal debt has skyrocketed under their stewardship, then you have some problems. If this is what the best and brightest gets us …

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Homelessness Progress Slow: Report

This is a release from the Alliance To End Homelessness:

The 10th annual Report Card on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa was released by the Alliance to End Homelessness (ATEH) Ottawa on April 15, 2014. For the third year in a row, grades range from “A” to “F” — measuring yearly change in four areas affecting homelessness in Ottawa during 2013.

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Great Lakes Ice Causes Weather Woes

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Great Lakes ice cover is affecting weather, shipping and fish stocks.

The Atlantic Cities goes into detail on the effects of deep Great Lakes ice cover on weather, shipping and animals.

This cold winter has almost frozen over the lakes for the first time since 1979:

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The Political System Is Broken

Elizabeth Renzetti in the Globe and Mail talks about a political system that doesn’t work:

Imagine a kitchen table somewhere in Canada where a family is sitting down to dinner. One of the children says to her parents, “I’ve finally decided what I’m going to be when I grow up. I’m going to be a politician.”

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In Praise of Jim Flaherty

The National Post’s Michael Den Tandt takes a look at the career of the late Jim Flaherty, finding a rare moderate in the Conservative party:

Jim Flaherty was just one man, but he was a man of great personal charm and integrity, of wisdom even, in a key role, in a government that too often appears mysteriously void of these qualities.

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Garbage Words You Don’t Need

So what are the words you can cut from your writing?

The Globe and Mail reprinted this story from Entrepreneur.com listing the offending words.

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Cruel Tricks On Via Rail Line

It’s hard to believe that sick people live in our city who would vandalize train warning signals at level crossings in Ottawa.

But that’s what is being considered as a possible cause of numerous train warning signal outages on the Via Rail line through the south part of urban Ottawa. Police have been notified of this new wrinkle in the situation.

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Grief Over Flaherty Death Is Real

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Bulldog commenter Sheridan takes on the controversy on this news site concerning the coverage of former finance minister Jim Flaherty’s passing:

I think the fact that Flaherty, a long-serving and high ranking civil servant (both federal and provincial), died at the age of 64 and so soon after resigning his post as Minister of Finance (and is therefore fresh in everyone’s memory), makes this an emotional experience.

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Rob Ford Sings Ford Nation

Here’s yet another satirical video on the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford:

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Ukraine Crisis Sends Baird Abroad

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement announcing that he is dispatching Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to Europe and Eurasia, from April 22 to 28, 2014. His visit will include stops in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia.

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Beware Of Wading Pools

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City is asking residents to ensure that children are kept away from City wading pools located near a river.

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Flaherty Coverage ‘Distasteful’: Reader

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Flaherty

Bulldog reader Tony Benjamin had this controversial comment about the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty:

I am not saying Flaherty didn’t do his job well, but it was his job and he was paid for it.

That is what we should routinely expect from our elected officials. Unfortunately Flaherty’s positive actions seems to be a rare experience with our politicians.

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City Warns Of Flooding Danger

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

With the weather forecast over the next two days predicting heavy rainfall, the City is asking residents to take precautionary steps to protect their family and home from flooding.

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Gladstone Work Resumes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Gladstone Avenue, between Bank Street and Metcalfe Street, will be closed to commuters as of 9 a.m. on Monday, April 14. This closure is necessary to complete rehabilitation work to replace existing water and sewer infrastructure. The reconstruction, which will establish a wider boulevard and wider sidewalks, is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

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Victoria Street Closed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Victoria Street is now closed to replace an existing culvert. The work to replace the culvert is slated for completion in about two weeks.

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Culvert Woes Close Dilworth Road

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Dilworth Road is closed between Fourth Line Road and McCordick Road to replace an existing culvert. Work to place the culvert has begun today, and is slated to be completed in about a month.

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Flaherty To Receive State Funeral

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Flaherty

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a State Funeral will be held for the Honourable Jim Flaherty on April 16, 2014 in Toronto, in honour of his years of dedicated service to the Canadian people.

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More Queensway Construction Woes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Sunday, April 13 until Thursday, April 17 there will be off-peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Kent Street and the Highway 417/174 split and between Parkdale Avenue and Rochester Street. Hwy 174 westbound will also be subject to off-peak lane reductions between Montreal Road and Blair Road.

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Formal Rail Boss Announcement

Here is the formal City of Ottawa announcement of the new rail director:

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Light-Rail Office Gets New Chief

This is an internal City of Ottawa document:

Deputy city manager Nancy Schepers to Council:

The purpose of this memo is to inform you that after an extensive and

successful search, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Steven Cripps has

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Find Third Way For Fireworks

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The summer fireworks festival needs trees removed to improve sight lines.

Putting the annual summer fireworks festival on the Ottawa River near the Parliament Buildings is an outstanding idea.

The location gives the festival outstanding visibility in one of the most scenic locations in the city. It certainly would be a draw for tourists.

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Via Rail In Action: Whopper Watch

The Flat Earth Society has invaded Via Rail.

Despite the fact that many had seen the rail signals not working on Greenbank Road level crossing, Via Rail’s response was:

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Anderson Road Closed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Anderson Road is closed between Ridge Road and Renaud Road to allow for construction to replace a culvert. It is expected that the road will reopen on Monday, April 14.

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PM’s Statement On Flaherty

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following statement on the sudden passing of Jim Flaherty:

“Dear friends, today is a very sad day for me, for our Government and for all of our country.

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