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CITY VOTE ’14

Here is a compendium of Bulldog stories covering the Ottawa municipal election on Oct. 27. It’s Ottawa’s most comprehensive coverage of the upcoming municipal election. Hobbs RSVP Address Interesting Take Lambri in Knoxdale-Merivale Advance Polls Open Oct. 1 Kate and Jim: Together … Continue reading

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Kate And Jim, Together Again

Talk about the Odd Couple. A combination of signs in Kitchissippi. — Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs are the closest of political allies. Unknown is if Watson believes she is a good councillor (though that’s what he’ll … Continue reading

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Get Watson Tax Cap Right: Reader

It’s the great commenter Sheridan looking with disdain at Mayor Jim Watson’s pledge to keep tax increases at less than two per cent. The Bulldog correctly labels this a “shell game,” as reporter Joanne Chianello completely neglects the issue of … Continue reading

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Chianello Falls For Watson Shell Game

One can understand Mayor Jim Watson convincing the public that he will not increase taxes more than two per cent. However, you just wonder how Watson can snow Citizen columnist Joanne Chianello. It’s her job to be on the lookout … Continue reading

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O’Brien Respected Democracy: Reader

Here is a Facebook post from reader Phillip Blancher:

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Jim Watson: Yesterday’s Man

In newspapers at present, the edifices they built to hold massive presses, huge advertising and circulation departments and large reporting and editing teams are being dismantled. Why? Because small is in. Papers aren’t as profitable as they once were so … Continue reading

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Independent Bulldog Turns Two Today

Many thank you’s to the great readership and commenters on The Bulldog. Your support has kept The Bulldog healthy as this news site celebrates its second birthday as an independent entity. Freedom of speech is alive and well here. On Sept. … Continue reading

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City Has Mickey Mouse Operation: Reader

Great commenter Sheridan took on the pressing issue of whether Jim Watson is a better mayor than Larry O’Brien. To best understand Sheridan’s comments, please read this post first: Why Watson Is Better Than Larry O’Brien. Here’s Sheridan: “Don’t you … Continue reading

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Why Watson Is Better Than Larry O’Brien: Top 10 List

Don’t you miss pictures like this one? — Ahh, you never thought you’d see this in print, but it’s true. The Bulldog thinks Mayor Jim Watson is better than someone else at something. In this case, it’s former mayor Larry O’Brien. … Continue reading

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It’s All About Jim

How about a few real solutions, Jim Watson. Watson, to much fanfare, has allocated $2 million for affordable housing. Does the mayor care about affordable housing? Not with $2 million he doesn’t. Think for a moment … $2 million will … Continue reading

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O’Brien Was A Democrat

A Facebook friend takes on whether Mayor Jim Watson’s job performance is better than former mayor Larry O’Brien:

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Watson’s A Fraidy Cat: Darren Wood

Mayoral candidate Darren Wood believes he has Mayor Jim Watson running scared: I would recommend people talk to their co-workers, neighbors and friends and ask who they are considering in this year’s mayoral election. More and more I am hearing … Continue reading

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Was O’Brien A Better Mayor Than Watson?

The ever-solid Bulldog commenter Sheridan wonders if Mayor Jim Watson is a worse administrator than the former mayor Larry O’Brien. We also like Sheridan’s comment at the end of his note that “every citizen of Ottawa (of reading age) should make … Continue reading

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The Failure Of Civic Democracy: Poll Results

The real tragedy of the upcoming municipal campaign is that Ottawans have little choice and few places to vent grievances, if at all. The Bulldog poll on Mayor Jim Watson’s first four years in office shows great disappointment with his … Continue reading

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Are You Happy With Watson’s First Term? Vote

Now is your chance to tell Ottawa City Hall about its performance. — This week kicks off the Ottawa municipal election campaign in earnest. So let’s start by looking back back on the last four years. Are you happy with … Continue reading

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Why The Mayor Didn’t Debate In Richmond: Top 10 List

The first mayoral debate of the 2014 election is tonight but the hoedown is missing one player … His Worshipnator Jim Watson. We think Watson is missing the blast because the mayor likes his PR to be perfect and debates … Continue reading

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Watson Is Right On Debate: Reader

Here is a comment far different than Sheridan’s words on Saturday. This one is from Bulldog commenter David: Here’s a question: why is the Richmond Village Association hosting a mayoral candidates’ debate before the time to register as a candidate … Continue reading

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Watson’s Campaign Platform: Top 10 List

On Tuesday, the campaign for municipal office gets serious. Why our Mayor Jim Watson took a week (a whole week) late in the summer to develop his platform for Oct. 27. Like most candidates, he will release his ideas in … Continue reading

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Watson Wrong To Ignore Richmond Debate

Should Mayor Jim Watson be at the first mayoral all-candidate meeting staged by the Richmond Village Association? Yes. Will he be there? No. Now why is this? Here’s a man who can attend the opening of an envelope and yet can’t … Continue reading

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The Mythical Truck Tunnel

Must be election season. Why else would you re-announce money for a study of a downtown truck tunnel that simply won’t be built and might be quite dangerous were an accident occur down there with a vehicle carrying a large … Continue reading

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Should The Bulldog Run For Mayor? Vote

Let’s have some fun today. The news is very slow now so we’ll give this a try. For years The Bulldog has been asked if this news site was being written in preparation for a run for mayor. Furthermore The Bulldog was … Continue reading

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Who Would Make The Best Mayor? Vote

So here’s another poll looking at the mayoral election with The Bulldog added into the list of candidates. Pick your favourite candidate in the poll box below. You get one vote.

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Maguire Attacks Watson Debt Record

This is a letter to The Bulldog from mayoral candidate Mike Maguire: Ottawa has a serious debt problem that has gotten measurably worse in the last 4 years.  Our City debt was $700M when Mayor Watson started his 4 year … Continue reading

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The Ottawa Champions: Who Cares?

So the baseball Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League have unveiled their new logo and it is characteristic of the way the league and the team is being run. The team picked the logo from 80 amateur drawings and then … Continue reading

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Watson Has Clear Road To Election Win

The last bump in the road to Mayor Jim Watson winning the Oct. 27 municipal election has been removed. The Bulldog has learned that a prominent Ottawan, a politician, who had been weighing whether of not to take on Watson, … Continue reading

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