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“I believe the public deserves a clear and direct answer to those seeking federal office as to where they stand on light rail transit and our economic future as a city.”

– Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

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Play Nice With The Other Kids, Your Worship

Mayor Jim Watson has asked all federal candidates for this fall’s election to say where they stand on light rail.

That’s rather presumptuous of the mayor given that he has no authority to demand these things. But furthermore it rather backs a candidate against the wall … either agree to the city’s demand for LRT or we out you as an anti-LRTist. The shame.

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Ottawa 2017: It’s About Canada



Good for the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association.

The City of Ottawa has put up only $1 million for Ottawa 2017 … about enough to pay for the street-cleaner after the elephant parade.

But the hoteliers have come forward with a good-sized whack of cash of $2.5 million for Canada’s 150th birthday party. Ottawans should be respect that.

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Is Watson Jealous Of Baird?

Ah jealousy.

This twitter tweep wonders how far it extends between former foreign minister John Baird and Mayor Jim Watson now the Baird in rolling in the big bucks in the private sector:

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Watson, Chiarelli Make New York Times


Must be a slow news day in New York.

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere …

It’s Hockey Night in Manhattan with two of our favourite politicians Mayor Jim Watson and College Councillor Rick Chiarelli starring in a New York Times article on hockey madness in Canada.

Apparently Watson is so enthralled by his place in the Times that he is thinking of running for office in Gotham in 2017.

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“Ottawans have never elected a mayor as bad as Watson when it comes to transparency, consultation with the public and debate at city council.”

Bulldog commenter Sheridan


Watson Should Tackle Conflict Of Interest



Certainly Mayor Jim Watson doesn’t want to be accused of conflict of interest.

Watson has been a major proponent of ethical government, enacting much legislation on the issue.

But an area of his penchant for ethics has escaped his acute sense of right and wrong.

And that’s conflict of interest. We’re sure the mayor does not want to be accused of conflict of interest because he might vote on an issue that affects one of his campaign contributors. Because that would raise some serious ethical questions for himself and his councillors.

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Watson Drops Prayer At Council Meeting

This is a release from the Office of Mayor Jim Watson:

Hi Mr. Gray,

Below are the Mayor’s comments from this morning:

“Minutes ago, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling on whether a municipal council’s recitation of a prayer before a meeting offends the Charter protection of freedom of conscience and religion.

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Larry, Jim, Sue And As The Bulldog Turns

KD ... right?

KD … right?

Why it’s just like old times.

Crashing and banging of comments. The return of King D—, KD, Willy Williams, Wee Willy, Willy “Larry” Williams and who now says he is former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien. Willy “Larry” Williams is like a dark cloud on a summer day. Love him.

So apparently, according to Larry, The Bulldog has an enemies list a la Richard Nixon. Sheesh, how much time does he think I have?

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2017 Fete Previewed At Lunch

This will be interesting. The city recently put out a call for corporate sponsors for 2017 celebrations.

Perhaps Mayor Jim Watson has discovered that the city’s $1 million for the fete doesn’t go very far in 2015.

But that won’t stop Watson. Nobody likes a party more than him … especially when the federal government will be paying for the bulk of it:

Mayor Jim Watson will be joined by Councillors Jean Cloutier and Mathieu Fleury at the Annual Chair’s Luncheon of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. A presentation on Ottawa 2017 will provide the first glimspe of programming elements and the anticipated long-term economic benefits for the region.

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Watson Studies Elgin Street Tunnel



This is a comment from Odub:

Hi Ken,

Rumour has it that the “Taxinator” is not satisfied with the Sens Mile being above ground and is going to fund a study to have a tunnel dug under Elgin Street and if any seniors, churchgoers or infants dare to stand in his way, he will dig it all the way to Palladium Drive.

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Watson’s Fiscal Disaster



Fortunately there are people with the Senators who are expert at running a NHL franchise. You won’t find them at Ottawa City Hall.

All the city has done is deny Sens owner Eugene Melnyk help in getting a MLS franchise and not even letting the Sens bid on a casino.

City politicians are very quick to cash in on the popularity of a winning team but are loathe to help the Senators turn a reasonable profit. It’s hypocrisy of the highest order with their bets of Beaver Tails versus smoked meat.

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Welcome To Sens Foot



Mayor Jim Watson finally got to open Sens Mile on the weekend courtesy of the hard work and talent of the Ottawa Senators.

Watson’s always there for good news on the Sens. Never hurts to hitch your political wagon to something that’s a local winner. Funny, you never see him when the Sens miss the playoffs.

And the the irony of the mayor supporting the Sens is not lost on not-very-acute observers of local politics. Was it not Watson who wouldn’t let Sens owner Eugene Melnyk even bid on an OLG casino that would have helped the money-losing team survive over time? Ah how quickly Watson’s memory is short when it is opportune for him. To be sure, he is nothing but an opportunist when it comes to politics.

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Watson, Sens Plugs Get Embarrassing

OK, OK, this is enough. First opening Sens Mile, now this.

The way Mayor Jim Watson is trying to cash in on the Senators’ popularity is getting embarrassing. If Watson plays a regular defence shift for the Sens, then The Bulldog will give him credit for their success. Frankly, his skating is not good enough.

Remember Your Worship, it’s not all about you. This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Mayor’s Sens Plugs Get MORE Embarrassing

Mayor Jim Watson using the Sens success for his political purposes is getting even MORE embarrassing.

Watson wants people to tweet him to show their Sens support. Not the Sens … just the mayor. Does the man have no shame?

First the Sens Mile, then raising the Sens flag, then tweeting the mayor to show support for the Sens … or is it support for the mayor?

The mayor’s Sens tweet is below:

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The Bulldog’s 10 Worst Ottawa Things

ottawa city hallOttawa City Hall: We could use less spin and better government.


After Tuesday’s best Ottawa things must come the worst:

1. Apathy: If you only care about municipal affairs when it affects your property … well that is not enough. Sometimes only a third of eligible voters can be bothered to go to the polls. City staff and its politicians get away with a lot of odd decisions because they know the public really doesn’t care and that it won’t have any effect at the polling booth. Accordingly city staff in particular has taken to the practice of just going through the motions when it consults with the public. And why not? The public doesn’t care. And if you don’t care, you get what you deserve.

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