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Jan Harder’s New Ottawa: Top 10 List

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Harder

TOP 10 LISTPlanning committee chairwoman Jan Harder is certainly changing the built nature of Ottawa.

Yes under the Barrhaven councillor’s short reign, Ottawa will have its tallest condo near Little Italy … or at least what will be left of it when the commercial rents go sky high in that neighbourhood. Can you say strip mall?

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Tell The Truth About City Audits

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Hubley

“We’re showing you the warts on the city, where there are problems and what we’re doing about it, but that’s a big step forward. In the past, you wouldn’t have seen too much of that.”

– Councillor Allan Hubley, chairman of the audit committee.

Oh come on councillor. You can’t be serious.

Hubley was remarking on the auditor general’s recent report that outlined 16 city employees being fired in 2013-14 for various offences.

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Rick Chiarelli’s Spare Time: Top 10 List

It’s ridiculous that College Councillor Rick Chiarelli is not chair of an important standing committee.

He’s bright, still young yet a veteran, and extremely hard-working. Why he’s even a lawyer which could come in handy when chairing anything to do with the city.

Chiarelli works seven days a week.

So why isn’t Chiarelli chairing an important committee?

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McKenney Supports The Homeless

native centreA big congratulations to Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney for standing up for the homeless in the upcoming budget.

She carries on the tradition of the great Diane Holmes in supporting people who can’t take care of themselves.

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Hobbs’ Employment Test

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Hobbs

One Ottawa City Hall wag brought up a good point or two after my diatribe on Friday  The Unholy Triumvirate That Runs Ottawa that illustrated how the municipality is really run.

This person said that campaign donations from developers don’t have a big effect on mayoral and councillor voting patterns.

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Where’s Katherine Hobbs?

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Who is representing Kitchissippi for the last two weeks of council’s term?

So if Matthew Pearson of the Citizen is correct in his assumption on Twitter that Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs has left her office with her staff, who is representing her ward for the next two weeks?

You know, the humdrum phone calls about city services such as the garbage not being picked up. That is part of the job of a councillor. And will she be paid for these two weeks if she really is absent?

The new city council’s term begins on Dec. 1. According to Pearson, Hobbs flew the coop on Nov. 14.

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Rob Ford Is Getting Pathetic

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Ford

Councillor-elect Rob Ford is truly getting pathetic.

He’s had alcohol problems, behaviour problems, he hangs out with nasty people, he’s overweight, he’s embarrassed his city and this nation, he’s had drug problems and now he has cancer.

Yet he carries on in the political world when he should be smelling the roses on the way. Who knows how his cancer will turn out? Wouldn’t he rather spend this time with people he loves?

The man truly doesn’t know how to quit, be it food or drugs or politics.

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Hobbs Voted Most Likely To Lose: Poll Results

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Hobbs

Good morning voters.

Here are the results from Sunday’s Bulldog Poll on which councillors are most likely to lose.

Normally The Bulldog would ask which councillor would win, but the “losing” way of dealing with it tends to eliminate ballot-box stuffing.

Our friend Katherine Hobbs, the Kitchissippi councillor, leads the pack of councillors who are likely to be looking for work on Tuesday.

Here are the poll results:

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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.

To hear the broadcast, click on the podcast player below:

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Deans To Appear At Senate Committee

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Deans

This is a release from the office of Councillor Diane Deans:

City Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the City’s Transit Commission has been invited to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in support of the Honourable Robert Runciman’s Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against public transit operators).

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Hobbs, Again

The tweeps are back at it again.

They’re still fuming about The Bulldog post What Is Hobbs’ Constituency? On Wednesday, the tweeps went wild about taxpayers paying the whole tab for brownfields cleanup a la Hobbs.

So here are another couple of dissatisfied tweeps:

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Hobbs Raises A Stink

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Hobbs

Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs is always good for a controversy.

The Bulldog post What Is Hobbs’ Constituency? raised the blood pressure of a number of people on Twitter.

To see the tweets on the topic. see below:

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Goodbye, Diane Holmes

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Holmes

It is easy to like Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes.

Holmes was the conscience of Ottawa City Hall. She was often on the losing end of votes but she followed what she believed was right. Her liberal views often clashed with the conservative values in the upper echelons of city hall, but she stuck to her guns. Good for you, Diane Holmes.

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Right On, Diane Holmes

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Holmes

It takes a brave councillor to stand up to city staff. That’s because city staff can make a councillor’s life miserable.

Need a road plowed, councillor? Yeah, we’ll get to it … someday. Grass needs to be cut on an empty lot … sure, it’s 148th in line.

But Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes doesn’t put up with a lot of guff. And she has called down the Planning and Growth Management Department in the way it deserves. Holmes is right … it no longer serves the citizens of Ottawa.

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Peter Hume’s Campaign Donations

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Hume

Toronto has banned donations from developers and unions to civic political campaigns.

Bulldog Ottawa has strongly advocated for a similar ban for the nation’s capital. But no such luck.

Mayor Jim Watson has enacted a lot of governance legislation but much of it is window-dressing instead of addressing the real issues facing city hall.

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Betty Hill Had Spunk

We’re all saddened by the death of former rural politician Betty Hill at the all-too-young age of 76.

One has to admire a person who goes out and gets a law degree in her 50s when she could easily be enjoying the fruits of her labour. And she was a successful woman politician at a time when it was more difficult to be a successful woman politician than it is today.

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Councillor Steps Up For The Bulldog

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Deans

This is an internal city email sent by Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans to City of Ottawa executives and obtained through the municipal and journalism grapevine.

To read the circumstances surrounding the Deans’ email, click here:

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Debating Councillor Mark Taylor

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Taylor

Bulldog Ottawa’s post on Bay Councillor Mark Taylor  prompted a debate.

Here’s how it unfolded:

canophone says:

July 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM (Edit)

That’s what people asked (getting a new councillor) about the previous Bay Ward Councillor Alex Cullen as well … and then we got a new councillor the last election.. Don’t count on there being any new next time either.

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Clark’s Good Manners At The Playmate Club: Whopper Watch

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Clark

This is Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark on his cultural evening at the Playmate Club on Montreal Road.

The night began with bridge and ended with the councillor’s licence being temporarily suspended because he had been drinking:

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Listen Up, Peter Clark

Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark comes across as a tough, no-nonsense kind of politician.

Clark doesn’t mince his words or speak kindly of his enemies, real or imagined.

So now that we catch him in a rare moment of humility, perhaps he might just listen for once.

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Twitter Tweep Has Advice For Peter Clark

This Twitter tweep has a pronounced view on what Councillor Peter Clark’s next move should be.

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We Have Peter Clark’s Apology Email

This is a copy of an email Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark sent to his colleagues explaining his alcohol and driving incident:

Dear colleague,

I am writing to inform you of an unfortunate incident that happened over the course of the last three weeks.

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It’s Official: Stephen Blais To Leave Hospital

Here is Councillor Stephen Blais’ tweet concerning his departure from hospital after a major heart attack. It’s been a long road back:

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Flags To Be Lowered For George Kelly

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The flags at City Hall will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, April 14, 2013, the day of the memorial service being held for the late Mr. George Kelly, former Ottawa City Councillor who represented the Overbrook-Forbes ward from 1985-1991.

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Elect Bulldog For Dog-Catcher

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How do you think this picture would look on a campaign sign? Just wondering.


One of the nasty websites around town this week has your friendly neighbourhood Bulldog running for Kitchissippi councillor in 2014 now that my close personal friend Katherine Hobbs has thrown her hat in the ring. No word yet if she hit the ring with the toss.

Here is the speculation:

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