City Celebrates Pride Week

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

 Mayor Jim Watson will proclaim Pride Week in the City of Ottawa.

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Councillors Missing In Action

Exactly what are these councillors up to?

Three councillors you would expect to file nomination papers haven’t done so.

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Plasco Deal Has Safety Net

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Watson

If you are an incumbent politician running in an election year, the last thing you want are or potential controversies. In that final year of term, everything needs to be running smoothly.

So the layoff of 12 employees at Plasco Energy has prompted more speculation concerning the future of the company.

But that’s not to say that Mayor Jim Watson and city staff haven’t covered their bases on this file.

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Mahoney To Seek Liberal Nomination

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Mahoney

So here I am poppin’ through the email inbox when golly gee there’s a note from Richard Mahoney.

Hi Richard, how are you doin’? Long time, no talk.

Mahoney is a lawyer, a bit of a consultant and is now trying to win the Liberal nomination in Ottawa West-Nepean. He was an advisor to former prime minister Paul Martin and a two-time federal loser in Ottawa Centre.

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Welcome To O’Brien’s Second Term

Facebook friends take on Lansdowne and Mayor Jim Watson:

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How Sherring, Denley Differ

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Denley

Following on the heels of such people as Peter Kent, Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy, Sun city hall columnist Sue Sherring is leaving the ranks of ink-stained wretches and trying her hand at politics.

Well congratulations for putting your name on a ballot. That’s a real way of showing support for democracy. Voters deserve a choice and Sherring joining the electoral battle in Gloucester-South Nepean contributes to that choice.

It will be a wide-open race because Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches, the councillor for the ward, is packing it in. If anything, Sherring might be the favourite in the ward given her name recognition.

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Lansdowne: It’s Not Watson’s Project

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Watson

Might there be an election coming?

Mayor Jim Watson has been milking Lansdowne for votes for some time now. Updates on the stadium, this opening, that opening. Watson, never known for turning down a photo shoot, has been all over Lansdowne in the PR sense, even by his voluminous standards.

Now Watson is joined by two councillors on this vote gravy train in a grip-and-grin event today.

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Bulletin: Bulldog And Watson Agree On French

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Watson

OK, I’d like you all to take a deep breath.

What is written below will come as a shock to most of you.

The Bulldog is agreeing with Mayor Jim Watson.

I know, I know … you think perhaps the canine who types has bumped his noggin, but no.

Nothing like that.

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The Flaw In Light-Rail Funding: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray discuss light-rail funding, whether Ottawa is bike and pedestrian friendly and municipal binding arbitration.

To listen to The Bulldog portion of Rob Snow’s Afternoon Edition, click on the podcast player below:

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Champlain Bridge Lane To Close

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

On Friday, August 15, from 10 am to 2 pm, motorists can expect delays on the Champlain Bridge, as the centre lane for high occupancy vehicles (HOV) will be closed.

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Watson’s Big LRT Errors: Whopper Watch

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Mayor Jim Watson needs federal funding for Phase 2 of the light-rail project.

Oh good grief.

Mayor Jim Watson says Ottawa needs to get its LRT Phase 2 funding in order soon so that momentum can continue on light rail after Phase 1 is completed in 2018.

“We don’t want to lose the skilled workers and the equipment and the knowledge and the momentum that we have gained with Phase 1,” said the mayor.

Come on.

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Where Was Watson On City Rail Woe?

Every time a Via signal malfunctions at the Fallowfield crossing of Woodroffe Avenue, Mayor Jim Watson properly throws a fit because of safety concerns.

That’s because the Fallowfield crossing is where a deadly crash occurred last fall when an OC Transpo double-decker bus slammed into the side of a Via Rail train. Via was not at fault in that accident.

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Highway 174 Delays Expected

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Saturday, August 16, lane reductions will begin on the 174 reducing westbound traffic to one lane west of Blair Road to the Highway 417/174 split. The lane reductions will be in place until late August. These lane reductions are required as part of the Highway 417 Expansion Project.

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Canadians Back Legal Pot: Poll

This is a release from Angus Reid Global:

As attention is focused on the return of marijuana legalization activist Marc Emery to Canada, recent survey results show the majority of people in this country support his cause. They do not, however, view legalizing pot as a top justice priority.

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Don’t Buy Watson’s Used-Car Arguments

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Watson

What city does Mayor Jim Watson live in?

When two European tourists write an open letter in the Citizen decrying the “car culture” of Ottawa, our mayor says their criticism is not warranted. What?

OK. So why do most homes in this city have a driveway and a garage? Why do our intensified condos (perhaps extremified) have huge underground car parking lots for tenants? Why even condos built beside mass transit stations have enormous parking lots because, as one prominent councillor said: “We don’t want to declare war on the car.”

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Watson’s Easy Politicking

Mayor Jim Watson doesn’t like binding arbitration with employees, especially now that CUPE 503, a large city union, and the municipality haven’t been able to negotiate a new contract.

So it’s off to arbitration we go.

Watson doesn’t like binding arbitration and would like to see Queen’s Park change it. Binding arbitration has been causing rather high settlements.

But change it to what?

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The Bulldog Returns Aug. 12

The Bulldog will return on Tuesday, August 12.

But to continue to be informed on municipal and national events, The Bulldog suggests you use the following news feeds on this site. They are constantly updated so you receive the latest in good information and current affairs.

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The End Of Rob Ford

In what could turn out to be a great poll for Toronto and Canada, Mayor Rob Ford is trailing throughout Toronto (except Scarborough) in a poll leading up to the Oct. 27 municipal election.

If the figures are correct and hold over the next three months, the poll shows the likely winner in the municipal vote will be former provincial Progressive Conservative leader John Tory. Then Canada and Toronto, with a Tory win, could end being the target of U.S. late-night talk-show hosts:

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You Like The Bulldog: Poll

bulldogWho knew we had such readership satisfaction?

We polled readers, after a scathing comment from Andrew, if they like The Bulldog or not.

Overwhelming they do. Perhaps that’s why they’re reading The Bulldog.

About 80 per cent of respondents said they liked the The Bulldog while about 20 per cent didn’t like it at all.

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Canadian Ebola Risk Low: Gov’t

This is a release from the Foreign Affairs department:

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement regarding the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragic outbreak in western Africa.

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