“Free The Falls.”

– Lindsay Lambert who has started a petition addressed to Mayor Jim Watson to have the Ring Dam removed from the top of Chaudiere Falls

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The Bulldog’s 10 Best Ottawa Things

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The multi-purpose Rideau Canal … the soul of Ottawa.

Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume has devoted a series of articles to the 10 things he dislikes about Toronto.

So we here at The Bulldog were so appalled by Hume’s negativity that we decided to hold off on the 10 bad things about Ottawa … until Wednesday.

Today we are all sweetness and light and will discuss our 10 favourite things about Ottawa:

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Ottawa A Democracy? No It’s A Clique

Bulldog commenter Ottawannabe fired up this good opinion on light rail that we thought deserved more play, so here it is.

To read the post to which Ottawannabe refers, click here for the post Why LRT On The Macdonald Parkway.

Great exchange of views.

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Ottawa Gets Its Zibi


This is a release from Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp concerning redevelopment of the Chaudiere Islands:

Ottawa, February 24, 2015Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), today announced details of one of Canada’s largest urban renewal master-planned projects, the revitalization of the industrial lands on the Chaudière and Albert Islands, and the downtown Gatineau riverfront.

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Prince Of Wales Bridge Anyone?

Prince of Wales Bridge

Prince of Wales Bridge

Bulldog reader and community activist Randy Gordon was eager to see this letter posted on his take on the usefulness of the Prince of Wales Bridge.

Who am I to argue?

It appears that a city proposal to convert a 135-year-old rail bridge, the Prince of Wales bridge, linking Ottawa and Gatineau into a pedestrian and cycling crossing has disappeared from the city’s website. Gee it was even mentioned in the mayor’s State of the City address last week.

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Winterlude Schedule Unveiled

This is a release from Canadian Heritage. It features the program for 2015 Winterlude:

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today unveiled the official program for Winterlude 2015.
Winterlude will run from January 30 to February 16, 2015, with festivities taking place at three official sites: Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau and the Rideau Canal Skateway and Confederation Park in Ottawa. A wide range of activities will also be presented by partners at other venues around Canada’s Capital Region.

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Chaudiere Project A Go

This is a release from Windmill Development Group:

Windmill Development Group has received the green light to proceed with its plans to transform the former Domtar lands into an accessible and breathtaking sustainability showpiece for the region.

At their Council meeting Tuesday evening, Ville de Gatineau councillors unanimously approved Windmill’s redevelopment plans for the brownfield site, which straddles Chaudière and Albert Islands and the adjacent riverfront in downtown Gatineau. Ottawa City Council approved Windmill’s plans onOctober 8th.

“We couldn’t be happier with the Council’s reaction to our proposal,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group. “We’ve been very encouraged by the support from the Council and planning staff.”

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Windmill Plans Last Chaudiere Meeting

This is a release from Windmill Development Group which is planning a huge project on the Chaudiere and Albert Islands and on the Gatineau shoreline:

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Champlain Bridge To Lose Lane

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

From October 27th to October 30th, motorists can expect localized lane closures on the Champlain Bridge between 9 am and 3 pm, due to regular maintenance and HOV sign replacement work. Flag persons and cones will be in place to direct traffic.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists to exercise caution and to respect working crews, and obey signage and flag persons at the site.

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NCC Board Meeting On Tuesday

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Canada’s Capital Region — The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites members of the public and the media to attend its public Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the NCC’s headquarters.

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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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Champlain Bridge Lane To Close

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

On Friday, August 15, from 10 am to 2 pm, motorists can expect delays on the Champlain Bridge, as the centre lane for high occupancy vehicles (HOV) will be closed.

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Don’t Offend Ottawa-Vanier: Whopper Watch

In the provincial riding of Ottawa-Vanier, one of the top issues is a bridge to move trucks to Gatineau from Ontario without routing them through downtown Ottawa as is now the case.

People such as Mayor Jim Watson and local Liberal MP and cabinet minister Madeleine Meilleur effectively killed such a bridge option at Kettle Island and are studying a truck tunnel through downtown which, of course, will never fly.

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NCC To Consult On Capital Lands

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the public to take part in a consultation on the development of the first Capital Urban Lands Master Plan, to be held on March 25 and 26 in Gatineau and Ottawa.

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Windmill Releases Chaudiere Consultation

Windmill Developments has released the results of its Dec. 11 public consultations on its Chaudiere Islands project.

The click on the hotkeyed document below:

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Museum Celebrates Snow

snowThis is a release from the Canadian Museum of Civilization:

Big snowflakes, blustery winds and snowdrifts. Love it or hate it, snow is an essential part of the Canadian landscape. This winter, it’s the subject of the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Snow: an exhibition that won’t leave you cold!

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Build A West-End Bridge

Here’s a Facebook friend who says he has a solution to our cross-border bridge woes in Ottawa:

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Windmill To Hold Domtar Lands Meeting

This is a release concerning Windmill DevelopmentsDomtar lands project:

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John Baird Could Install Vinyl Siding


That old U.S. embassy could still be used for something, John Baird.

If the National Capital Commission is looking for ways to make money, perhaps it should try turning the Fall Rhapsody Festival into something.

Thousands of leaf-peepers from the national capital region and beyond pack Gatineau Park with their cars to see the colours, then they go home. Maybe they could do something else while they’re here. Maybe find a new place for their money.

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National Capital 150th Fete Logos Revealed

The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau unveiled their logos for events leading up to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

The logos are below:

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Interprovincial Transit Study Released

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The National Capital Commission has released its transportation report.

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC), the City of Ottawa and the Société de Transport de l’Outaouais in collaboration with the Ville de Gatineau announced today that the Interprovincial Transit Strategy final report document to better integrate transit between the downtown cores of Ottawa and Gatineau is now available.

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Interprovincial Transit Study Highlights

These are the highlights of the Interprovincial Transit Strategy:

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Winterblast: Winterlude Unveils Its Lineup

Winterlude includes more activities for youth with Winterblast.

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) today unveiled the line-up of events for the 35th edition of Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration.

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Gatineau Park Group Condemns Turmel Bill

This is a release from the Gatineau Park Protection Committee:

The Gatineau Park Protection Committee (GPPC) is saying the private member’s bill tabled today by NDP MP Nycole Turmel is deeply flawed and must be amended.

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