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Developers Change Their Winning Game


Has the development industry over-played its hand in Ottawa?

The development industry and its friends on Ottawa City Council must not have played much tennis.

Had they, they would know the old tennis adage: Never change a winning game.

What do you want to do when you play tennis? Win (or if you are not competitive, at least get some exercise).

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City Cash Crunch Causes Hiring Freeze

This is a City of Ottawa internal document:

To / Destinataire

Mayor and Councillors

File/N° de fichier:

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Two Duds For The Price Of One

So Arts Court’s ground-breaking is delayed indefinitely.


Wasn’t Arts Court where the baseball money went when the city cheaped out on a team for the Coventry Road stadium. You know a team with a couple of the best owners in Minor League Baseball. Owners who could make baseball a success and could put on a show.

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Put Info, Teeth In Lobbyist Registry


What does this submission tell the public about the point of the lobby? Nothing. Is the lobbyist registry just political window-dressing?

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Watson Backs Ward Review In 2019

This is a release from the mayor’s office:

Dear colleagues,

I have had the opportunity to read the staff report on the Ward Boundary Review. It is a long report, and somewhat technical, which is to be expected given the topic, but a few elements of the report struck me immediately, namely:

There is no requirement under the Municipal Act to conduct a ward boundary review;

The Municipal Act does not identify any criteria for establishing ward boundaries;

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‘Emergency Repairs’ Close Bridge: Internal Document

This is an internal City of Ottawa document obtained by The Bulldog:

To / Destinataire

Mayor and Members of Council

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Professor Hughes Teaches Journalism


“This is a good news story.”

– City auditor general Ken Hughes on his report concerning the fraud and waste hotline


Ah yes, there’s nothing more a journalist likes than being told what to write.

And strangely when your agent was studying journalism at the University of Western Ontario, he missed the lecture on Good News Stories. Maybe he was at the Elbow Room.

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The Jury Is Out On Auditor Hughes



The greatest fear of critics with the appointment of Ken Hughes as auditor general was that everything would be nice at Ottawa City Hall.

You see Hughes was appointed from within the ranks of Ottawa city staff so he would be auditing his ex-colleagues of many years. The fear was that he couldn’t twist the knife with people he knew.

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Fraud Line Results In 16 City Firings

This is a release from the City of Ottawa auditor generals office:

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Hughes Releases AG Report On Fraud Hotline

This is a release by the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa today received the Fraud and Waste Hotline Report tabled at Audit Committee by Auditor General Ken Hughes.

The Office of the Auditor General identified instances reported to the City’s Fraud and Waste Hotline in 2013 and 2014 which resulted in a range of management actions from discipline and suspension to termination.

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City, Police Charged By Labour Ministry

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor and Members of Council,

The purpose of this e-mail is to advise Council that the City of Ottawa was charged late this afternoon by the Ontario Ministry of Labour with five alleged violations of provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Concierge Plan: What’s Up On That?

Hmmm. Wonder if the concierge plan will be raised?

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City’s Planning Committee will be meeting with the Planning and Growth Management team to review the department’s 2015-2018 work plan.

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Does The City Have Too Many Planners?

cityhallsmallThe city said surface light rail on the Macdonald Parkway would cost $980 million.

Then when the National Capital Commission won the Texas Cage Death Match (only one bureaucracy leaves the cage alive) 100-day negotiations with the City of Ottawa (in which the city declared a victory of compromise) by getting its demand for a Macdonald Parkway tunnel, the Watson administration said the same light-rail line with a tunnel would cost $980 million …. again.

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City, Developers Finally Get A Room

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City hall is developing a concierge system for developers.

For years, wags around city hall have been saying that if the city got any closer to developers, they’d have to get a room.

Well guess what? They just got a room.

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