What Happened To Hume? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA journalist Pierre Bourque and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss planning committee chairman Peter Hume’s departure from city hall.

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Staff Picks Proponent For Gallery Work

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

In a report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on September 2 and by City Council on September 10, city staff are recommending a final preferred proponent to complete the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

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Goodbye, Peter Hume

Hume

Hume

Congratulations to Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume.

After 23 years of public service, Hume will not run in the Oct. 27 municipal election. The planning committee chairman says he needs a better balance between work and family. And being a councillor consists in part with extremely long hours, reasonable pay and not a lot of gratitude. No doubt the family suffered from the call of the ever-present BlackBerry.

But then Hume must have enjoyed the job because he stayed so long. He has done little else in life except participate in municipal affairs.

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Maguire Attacks Watson Debt Record

Maguire

Maguire

This is a letter to The Bulldog from mayoral candidate Mike Maguire:

Ottawa has a serious debt problem that has gotten measurably worse in the last 4 years. 

Our City debt was $700M when Mayor Watson started his 4 year term and it’s going to be a staggering $1.7B by the end of this term. That is simply an unsustainable level of borrowing when every other responsible jurisdiction in the Western world is trying to reduce their debt. 

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Ottawa To Become Medical Devices Hub

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

The Government of Canada has chosen Ottawa to become the country’s leading authority in medical devices commercialization with the announcement of a $14.9 million investment in the Medical Devices Commercialization Centre (MDCC).

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The Ottawa Champions: Who Cares?

champions logoSo the baseball Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League have unveiled their new logo and it is characteristic of the way the league and the team is being run.

The team picked the logo from 80 amateur drawings and then got a local graphic designer to spruce it up. The results are unimpressive.

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Watson Has Clear Road To Election Win

The Phantom

The Phantom

The last bump in the road to Mayor Jim Watson winning the Oct. 27 municipal election has been removed.

The Bulldog has learned that a prominent Ottawan, a politician, who had been weighing whether of not to take on Watson, has decided not to run. That’s unfortunate because this mayoral election really needed some legitimate, high-quality debate. The prospective candidate, who The Bulldog has dubbed The Phantom because he/she did not want their identity revealed.

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Human Error Cited In O-Train Derailment

This is a release from OC Transpo.

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Give John Baird A Language Break

Baird

Baird

Poor John Baird. Could it be that the foreign minister doesn’t tweet enough in French?

Oh no.

Imagine. Federal Language Commissioner Graham Fraser is probing the minister to see if Baird is not tweeting half in French and half in English.

Does Fraser not have a hobby? Is the Federal Language Commissioner actually spending good government money and time on something as minute as this?

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Hobbs Exploits The Power Of The Pooch

Hobbs

Hobbs

We here at The Bulldog know how important it is to feature a cute puppy to garner attention.

Why our whole site is named after the droop-lipped canine.

So here at The Bulldog, we respect dogs.

Apparently so does our favourite councillor, Katherine Hobbs.

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TSB Says Barrhaven Bus-Train Crash Probe ‘Ongoing’

The Transportation Safety Board says the investigation of last fall’s OC Transpo-Via Rail crash is still “ongoing”.

No date has been set for release of the report and the TSB does not know if the study will be finished prior to the Oct. 27 municipal election.

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Stand Up For The Glebe, Jim Watson

Watson

Watson

Is this what Mayor Jim Watson and the people behind Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group envisaged when they opened and re-opened the various amusements at the former Lansdowne Park?

Were they blind to the fact that residents of the Glebe saw all this coming? They had lived through the Rough Rider years, after all.

Now residents of neighbourhoods surrounding Lansdowne are being assaulted by people peeing on their back fences and exposing themselves. Vomit is on the sidewalks or elsewhere.

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Get Over It On Lansdowne: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray debate what residents of the Glebe should expect on RedBlack football game days.

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Ontario, Quebec Seek Regional Partnership

This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:

Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met today and announced their commitment to reinvigorate and strengthen the relationship between the two provinces in order to reinforce regional partnership in central Canada.     

“Ontario and Québec share a long-lasting history of collaboration, which has led to great achievements in the past. Both provinces are committed to work more closely together and to revitalize the strategic relationship we have had for many years, since we share many common interests and priorities,” said Québec Premier, Philippe Couillard.

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Route 76 Retired In Respect For Dead

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa will retire OC Transpo Route 76 out of respect for those who passed away on September 18, 2013.

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O-Train Down This Weekend

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

O-Train service will be replaced by bus Route 107 on Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, in order to complete signal work necessary for the O-Train Expansion Project. This work is an important part of the expansion project which is required to build and maintain a safe rail service for customers.

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Brookfield Pathway To Close

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Wednesday, August 20, the Brookfield multi-use pathway will be closed between Sawmill Creek Drive and Brookfield Road East.

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Keep Your Urine To Yourself

beerAh yes. Football and beer. A classic match.

Except that even the best bladders cannot not withstand the onslaught of much malted beverage without exceeding their bladder PSI … emphasize the pee.

So homeowners in the Glebe neighbourhood near TD Place at Lansdowne are experiencing the rare joys of excessive bladder PSI. Revellers to the new RedBlack football games are deciding in their beery way to empty their bladders on Glebe properties.

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Letterman’s Touching Tribute To Robin Williams: Video

Williams

Williams

This is a little out of character for The Bulldog, but dammit it’s my news site so I can do what I want.

Like everyone else, we were shocked at the death of Robin Williams, probably the greatest comedian of our generation. And few knew him better than David Letterman who had Williams on his show about 50 times over the years.

Letterman holds a special place in my heart because when I worked at the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s, his talk show came on at 11:30 p.m. (instead of the ungodly 12:30 a.m. slot in the east) since Winnipeg was in the Central Time Zone. So we Central timers got to see, what was then, one of the most innovative shows in television history.

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Charette New Privy Council Clerk

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

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Janice Charette as the new Clerk of the Privy Council, effective October 6, 2014.

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uOttawa To Open Business Law Clinic

This is a release from the University of Ottawa:

The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law will open Canada’s first bilingual and bijural Business Law Clinic next month. The new program will provide pro bono legal services to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in both official languages, and in both the common and civil law systems.

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Who Would Replace Jim Watson?

Dewar

Dewar

So Pierre Bourque called me from CFRA Monday wondering about who I thought would make a good mayor of Ottawa.

This was all good except we tailed away from the original question and I never did say who might make a solid mayor.

So here we go.

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Can Maguire Defeat Watson? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraPierre Bourque, pinch-hitting for Rick Gibbons on CFRA’s Homepage, caught me walking off a golf course Monday afternoon and asked about the state of the municipal election campaign and, in particular, if candidate Mike Maguire has a chance to defeat Mayor Jim Watson.

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Sussex Drive Closures

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Sussex Drive will experience intermittent closures overnight on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at the MacDonald-Cartier Boulevard overpass.

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You Built It Hobbs, You Fix It

Hobbs

Hobbs

Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs appears concerned about cut-through traffic in residential areas from main arterial roads.

Perhaps Hobbs and city planners should have been concerned about this when they extremified the old west end with huge towers. Traffic problems are obvious and they are occurring before even the giant development at the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent is even close to being completed.

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