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Wow, An Apology For A Lifetime

citizenYour agent has been in journalism for 37 years now and never in that time have I seen an apology that was used as the flare on page 1.

One doubts that it was there on its news value, though it has some.

What it probably means is that representatives of the Ottawa Citizen and former premier Dalton McGuinty have been in some tough negotiations over the nature of the apology. By the looks of the front page, McGuinty won.

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What Now Tories Post-Hudak?

Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star charts the future course of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario following the defeat of former party leader Tim Hudak:

Who will make up the new coalition of voters that returns the Progressive Conservatives to power? What are those voters looking for, and what can the party offer to win them back?

If it remains a party of angry McGuinty haters (he left the building long ago), the Tories will stay stunted through 2018 and beyond. If they cling to the old glory (gory) days of Mike Harris, whose election was a reaction to an unpopular NDP government and an unelectable Liberal alternative in the 1990s, their party will remain frozen in time.

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Wynne Must Fight McGuinty Legacy

Martin Regg Cohn, the excellent Queen’s Park gumshoe for the Toronto Star, says voting in Ontario is like choosing the lesser of three evils:

In the first moments of her first provincial election as Liberal party leader, Kathleen Wynne faced her first big question.

Not about her campaign platform, the outlines of which were contained in last week’s provincial budget. Not about anything she had or hadn’t done or would do if re-elected.

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Bring Political Ethics Back

This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Tony Benjamin. He was responding to the post, The Political System Is Broken:

It’s been broken for a good while. When you have a political party patting themselves on the back, while the federal debt has skyrocketed under their stewardship, then you have some problems. If this is what the best and brightest gets us …

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Fraser Win Shows Grits Still Kicking

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Congratulations to new Liberal MPP John Fraser in Ottawa South.

Fraser knows his community well and despite all the problems swirling around the previous Grit regime at Queen’s Park, the Tories could not defeat him. He will be a good local MP  because he has been former premier Dalton McGuinty’s problem solver in the riding for many years. Fraser is a decent guy.

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Ontario Imposes Agreements On Teachers

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

Ontario is moving forward with the implementation of collective agreements for all teachers and support staff that meet the province’s fiscal targets while protecting the classroom experience and the gains made in education. All new contracts are retroactive to Sept. 1, 2012 and will expire on Aug. 31, 2014.

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Ontario Teachers Are Looking Out For No. 1

With respect, we have returned to memories about the teachers who helped us during our formative years.

But today, there is less respect. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is conducting rotating strikes across the province.

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Keep The Legislatures Open: Interest Group

There’s more out there on the Bulldog sites than just Bulldog Ottawa.

On Bulldog Canadian today, a national interest group starts an anti-prorogration campaign so that legislatures stay open for reasonable amounts of time.

Meanwhile on Bulldog Business, we discuss the issue of Canadian companies hoarding “dead money.”

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What Should McGuinty Do Next?

On Bulldog Canadian today, we discuss if Dalton McGuinty should run federally.

And on Bulldog Business, we explore what ever happened to the good discussion on the Lang and O’Leary Exchange.

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Peter Hume For Ottawa South?

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Now here’s an intriguing thought. Could someone like Alta Vista councillor and planning committee chairman Peter Hume win the provincial riding of Ottawa South with Premier Dalton McGuinty gone?

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Inside Scoop On McGuinty’s Federal Aspirations

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Bulldog Canadian has the inside scoop on what Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is thinking about a federal leadership run.

To read the post, click here.

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Christine Sinclair, Dalton McGuinty … And More

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We have lots of new material on the Bulldog Group of News Sites today.

On Bulldog Canadian, check out the analysis written last night on the surprise resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, an Ottawa boy who made good.

Also on Bulldog Canadian, we look at Bulldog reader reaction to the suspension and fine of Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair.

On Bulldog Business, Charleston RiverDogs owner and comedian/actor Bill Murray makes a moving video speech on the joy of Single-A baseball as he is inducted into the South Atlantic League hall of fame. Appropriate now as Ottawa returns to the ranks of minor league baseball in 2014. And if you watch the video to the end, you get to hear a funny joke about a talking dog. The Bulldog liked it.

As well on Bulldog Business, don’t miss Ten Good Reasons To Call Sick. You might want to do that this morning.

Finally on Digital Dog, we continue to run the podcast of Algonquin College journalism professor Joe Banks expressing his optimism about the future of journalism.

That’s a lot of stuff.

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Watson Thanks McGuinty For Public Service

This is a release from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Dalton McGuinty’s resignation as premier. To read Bulldog Canadian’s take on the McGuinty years, click here:

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Teachers Look Bad, Senators Look Good

What exactly are our Ontario teachers trying to do other than alienating the public?

First they began withdrawing volunteer services from schools.

Then they didn’t show at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in Kanata for meet-the-teacher night despite the fact more than 100 parents appeared.

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Ontario Teachers Don’t Need To Wear Black

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty faces enormous fiscal challenges including skyrocketing health-care obligations.

Teachers are some of the most valuable resources in our society. They mould keen youngsters into valuable adults. They are paid accordingly.

But society has paid an enormous price for the largest economic calamity the world has faced in a lifetime, the Debt Crisis of 2007-08 and the subsequent long recession. People in the private sector have lost many jobs or have been damaged financially.

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