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Should City Put Money Into New Sens Arena?


Can Ottawa afford to subsidize the Ottawa Senators?

The long-term future of the Senators, your agent always thought, is not as sound as many locals think.

Multi-millionaires don’t become multi-millionaires losing $10 million a year. And I don’t doubt at all (having covered the former owner Rod Bryden difficulties with the Senators) that they are losing that kind of money … or more with the very soft Canadian dollar today. Revenue is earned with low Canadian dollars but player expenses are in high U.S. dollars. That’s the formula that got Bryden in such trouble … a huge currency obstacle.

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Plasco Has Human Loss

The demise of Plasco Energy Group is disappointing because of the ruined environmental opportunity and the loss of jobs and profits. Such a shame.

But there is a bigger cost than that.

Plasco raised more than $300 million to finance the project.

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Do We Want A Turtle Or A Mayor?



Here’s what happens when you don’t deal with a problem.

It gets worse.

That’s what Mayor Jim Watson has done.

His Worship should have shown leadership to try to bring the principals in the taxi-airport dispute together. He has not.

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Want Watson, Cabbies? Hold A Bake Sale

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Bake sale

Bulldog contributor extraordinaire Sheridan weighs in on the taxi/Uber issue.

As usual, Sheridan says Mayor Jim Watson has difficulty taking a strong stand:

While the taxi protest at the airport might not be part of Watson’s mandate, he has shown that he does not want to take control of the issue of taxi reform.

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Waterloo Takes On Uber

Waterloo appears to be the leading municipality in dealing with Uber.

No doubt Ottawa officials will be watching how all this turns out as the issue has created a considerable controversy here:

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Forget The Feds, Watson Should Address Local Issues

The release below is the usual shaming of the federal government at election time into saying nice things about how they will address local issues.

Perhaps Mayor Jim Watson is incorporating Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin into the mix of the usual local electoral demands to make Watson look like he is not doing his usual showboating.

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Beach Closings: Watson Gets His Comeuppence

First George in The Magnificent Ambersons gets his comeuppance. Now Jim Watson gets his from the gods of beaches.

In Orson Welles’ great film The Magnificent Ambersons, we wait through the whole movie for George to get his “comeuppance.”

It only took to mid-August for Mayor Jim Watson to get his.

You see Watson has this obsession (something to do with votes, no doubt) of making an arbitrary target for an annual operating tax increase of two per cent. Then he beats the target by a bit. Good PR.

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Thank Goodness: NCC Serves Democracy

nccPerhaps we are supposed to be outraged that the National Capital Commission had no choice about approving the Memorial to the Victims of Communism near Parliament Hill.

One hopes not.

Crown corporation or not, the public service in all its forms serves at the behest of our elected officials. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. Remember … it’s a democracy.

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No Tax Money For New Arena: Rabble

A tour of the Canadian Tire Centre: Will the Senators be able to move downtown? takes on the issue of public money for professional sports and says the idea comes up lacking:

The National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators want to abandon the club’s 20-year-old arena in the suburb of Kanata and rebuild near the city’s downtown.

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I’m Helpless On Cab Dispute: Watson



Can’t fix cab dispute, Your Worship? You can try.

The office of Ottawa’s mayor carries with it a great deal of prestige and respect.

Or at least it once did. From ex-mayor Larry O’Brien going forward, the prestige of the office has dropped markedly. O’Brien was a loose cannon. The current model, Jim Watson, is so political a sweet politician that it makes your teeth ache. Put some variety in your life, Your Worship … take a stand.

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Soccer Fury Take On Baseball Champions

Here at The Bulldog we’ve been harping away on what it will take to make the Can-Am League Ottawa Champions successful at the gate.

Let’s face it, the team isn’t exactly a brand name in the capital.

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Are Uber Drivers Employees?

The contractor status of Uber drivers in California is before the courts which could have wide-ranging implications for the company and the people who work for ride-hailing firm:

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LOL Is So Two Weeks Ago

Sad to say we’re reporting the death of LOL in texting. HaHa.

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City Plans Go Disastrously Wrong: Reader



Bulldog contributor Sheridan weighs in on the planning screwups at Ottawa City Hall:

During the 2010 Ottawa mayoral election, Clive Doucet presented an extensive plan for a downtown surface LRT route which would have extended along Carling.

It was less expensive (no tunnel or expensive stations), could be constructed more quickly, and was the most “sustainable” route (according to his research).

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What’s Watson Doing About Airport Taxi Fight?



Mayor Jim Watson appears to have toned down his rhetoric directed at Ottawa’s besieged taxi drivers.

He says actions such as the Ottawa airport protest and videoing Uber drivers only hurts the cabbies.

In fact such a confrontation in a field controlled by the municipality does not make the mayor look good.

Why isn’t the public asking what the mayor is doing about the protest at the airport?:

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All The LRT Conjecture That’s Unfit To Print

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There are times when putting out The Bulldog and dealing with some people who read it drives you bananas.

This is one of those times.

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Senator Or Rat? How To Tell The Difference



Local extermination companies are reporting that they’ve never had to deal with so many rat infestations in Ottawa.

Why some of them are the size of footballs, they say.

Officials are saying it’s because of all the construction in town and particularly the drilling of Ottawa’s new light-rail system.

But these folks had best remember that light-rail drilling is close to Parliament Hill so exterminators should be very careful about what breed of rat they’re putting down.

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Orleans Intersection To Close

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The intersection of Brian Coburn Boulevard and Portobello Boulevard will be closed this weekend, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 15.

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Bulldog Backs Dewar: Ottawa Centre



election endorsementThe Bulldog will be endorsing candidates in Ottawa-area ridings for the upcoming federal election. Ottawa Centre is the first such post:

Paul Dewar, NDP:

Dewar is the incumbent in the riding and has always been a good local constituency man.

The son of the late, great Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar, he keeps a high profile in the neighbourhood and on the national scene. Dewar knows politics begins at street level. No doubt he learned that at his mother’s knee.

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A Formula For Beach Tragedy

The National Capital Commission will keep its beaches open until Labour Day.

The City of Ottawa will close its beaches (not have lifeguards on duty) on Saturday.

No one remembers the NCC being flush with cash but it’s beaches are open longer.

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3 Ravens Hoopsters Play Among The World’s Best

Here’s what makes the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team tick.

This website often touts the great quality of basketball exhibited by the Carleton Ravens men’s team.

Sometimes a few people think it is straight homer boosterism. And yes about two per cent is just that. The other 98 per cent is absolutely outstanding basketball.

The Ravens often defeat top Division 1 NCAA teams on their annual tours to Ottawa in August. The Ravens have no business being on the same court as these full-scholarship American teams that have huge structural advantages.

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Is The Glebe A Tourist Area?

The Glebe Business Improvement Area would like to see its neighbourhood declared a tourist area so that stores and the like can stay open on statutory holidays.

Is the Glebe a tourist area? It’s arguable but not really.

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Expect Delays Around Canal

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway users and motorists on Colonel By Drive, between Rosedale and Leonard avenues, can expect delays from August 12 to August 21, 9 am to 3 pm, due to grading work taking place on adjacent land.

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City Arrogance Results In No Ridership Studies

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An artist’s conception of an Ottawa light-rail station.

If you think the mistakes made on the Orgaworld contract, the delays and errors at the Vimy Memorial Bridge, the mistakes made at the Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge and the problems at the Hurdman bridge were a big deal, well you haven’t seen anything yet.

Those mistakes were measured in MILLIONS  of dollars. Mistakes on the first two phases of the Ottawa light-rail project are measured in BILLIONS of dollars … $5.1 billion in fact for the two phases of the plan.

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Ottawa River Condo Issue Heats Up

When Ottawans heard that the National Capital Commission wanted to “animate” the Ottawa River shoreline, people thought they meant a restaurant here or there, a patio, some swimming holes, a few paddle boat docks and maybe the Daffy Duck Film Festival held on one of those floating movie screens.

However nothing in Ottawa is exactly what it seems. Often plans have a more sinister side. Harmless on the outside, dastardly on the inside.

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