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Katherine Hobbs Come Back: Top 10 List

Our mayor doing what he does best.


The $41-million shortfall on the City of Ottawa’s 2015 budget with more to come has shocked Ottawans.

So The Bulldog and its crack team of investigative reporters probed into the actions of Mayor Jim Watson, city staff and council.

With reference to the mayor, our gumshoes were relieved that tweets are free.

The investigation has been turned into a Top 10 list and the results are below:

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Cut Council Wasteful Spending: Odub

Bulldog contributor Odub criticizes council for its odd spending habits:

Ken,

On Tuesday I witnessed one of our city councillors shopping at the local discount grocery stores. Funny how they look for savings and control their spending when it’s THEIR money?

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Watson Makes Commitment Until He Doesn’t

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A giant $60-million contract for Phase 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail project has been sole-sourced.


No sole-sourcing Mayor Jim Watson pledged during the 2010 municipal election campaign.

So Watson called for bids for the lease on the Coventry Road baseball stadium and took the lowest bid rather than the best bid. Accordingly he screwed up and baseball in this city has suffered a setback from which it probably will never recover. Watson didn’t know what he was doing. No sports fan … no business expert. Good at getting elected though.

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Watson’s Council Stranglehold Cracks

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City Hall: Mayor Jim Watson’s domination over city council failed last week.


Mayor Jim Watson lost a major council vote last week on zoning amendments at 180 Metcalfe St.

In an 11-11 standoff, Watson found himself on the wrong side of the ledger. Tie goes to the opponents.

What does this mean? Well it shows that Watson’s stranglehold on city council can be broken.

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Who Voted For What On 180 Metcalfe

Fleury

Fleury

Here is how the voting broke down on the two zoning amendments at 180 Metcalfe St. last Wednesday at city council.

Those amendments would allow a hotel above the second storey of the building and make an exemption of 27 storeys when the community design plan says it should be 12.

Planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder said she was shocked that council would not allow the project and The Bulldog was shocked but for a much different reason:

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Harder Shocked, Bulldog More Shocked

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Harder

Planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder said she was “shocked” that a 27-storey hotel slated to be built at 180 Metcalfe Street was defeated at city council Wednesday.

It was to arise from the Medical Arts Building. The project will be addressed again at the Sept. 9 council meeting with the vote tied Wednesday at 11-11.

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A Burger King In The West Block: Whopper Watch

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“The mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau have asked for representation on the NCC’s board, which might help prevent future rubber-stamping.”

Citizen columnist Kate Heartfield

What the appointment of Mayor Jim Watson would do on the National Capital Commission board would be to bring the developer agenda to places such as the Macdonald Parkway.

Many Ottawa politicians are beholden to the development industry and the city’s planning department has gone native with developers. What developers want, the City of Ottawa wants. Planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder has never seen a developer she didn’t embrace.

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Taxi Reports Plumb Depths of Cynicism

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Watson

Your agent has seen many political screw-ups but the taxi report mess is a classic.

For three years, Mayor Jim Watson and former community and protective services chairman Mark Taylor (a very loyal Watson ally) delayed a report that was to cover all facets of the taxi industry … for three years.

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Beaches: It’s All About Jim

So recent media reports say keeping the city’s beaches open for young and old alike would have cost an extra $10,000.

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Watson Ignores English Outaouais

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Watson

Does English Outaouais not matter?

Mayor Jim Watson in his showboating tour of the federal election will hold a bilingual meeting at Ottawa City Hall on issues concerning local interest.

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin will hold a French-language debate in Gatineau.

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I’m Helpless On Cab Dispute: Watson

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Watson

Can’t fix cab dispute, Your Worship? You can try.

The office of Ottawa’s mayor carries with it a great deal of prestige and respect.

Or at least it once did. From ex-mayor Larry O’Brien going forward, the prestige of the office has dropped markedly. O’Brien was a loose cannon. The current model, Jim Watson, is so political a sweet politician that it makes your teeth ache. Put some variety in your life, Your Worship … take a stand.

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City Plans Go Disastrously Wrong: Reader

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Doucet

Bulldog contributor Sheridan weighs in on the planning screwups at Ottawa City Hall:

During the 2010 Ottawa mayoral election, Clive Doucet presented an extensive plan for a downtown surface LRT route which would have extended along Carling.

It was less expensive (no tunnel or expensive stations), could be constructed more quickly, and was the most “sustainable” route (according to his research).

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Why Married Ottawans Cheat: Top 10 List

Ottawans are being driven mad by dull things such as this but find respite with thy neighbours wife.


TOP 10 LISTWell Ottawa has finally been outed. Yes, we are interesting.

So interesting in fact that the denizens like to learn new things – such as how the spouse next door looks naked.

So The Bulldog, always the intrepid pooch in search of a good story, has dug deep concerning this pressing issue to discover why so many people in this community are members of the adultery site AshleyMadison.com. This we do through a Top 10 list:

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Two Duds For The Price Of One

So Arts Court’s ground-breaking is delayed indefinitely.

Nice.

Wasn’t Arts Court where the baseball money went when the city cheaped out on a team for the Coventry Road stadium. You know a team with a couple of the best owners in Minor League Baseball. Owners who could make baseball a success and could put on a show.

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Please Sir, I Want A Concierge, Too

ottawa logoLook … your agent needs a concierge.

Why I’m redeveloping my lot which is zoned for three storeys but I want 55 storeys. Surely we can work something out.

You know, we need intensification so I frankly don’t see the problem with putting a 55-storey tower in a residential area. And you don’t need visitor parking anymore so that’s a slam dunk. Why the city was ready to allow two towers at 335 Roosevelt in Westboro so what’s wrong with just one tower on my street. Like what is my street … chopped liver?

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Politicians Have Big Sense Of Entitlement

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Watson

This is a fine comment from excellent Bulldog contributor Ron Benn concerning Mayor Jim Watson’s tele-conference with the public:

There is a continuing sense of entitlement from the political “elites”, be it at a federal level (Senate expenses, advertising of Conservative programs using tax dollars …), provincial (advertising of Liberal programs using tax dollars) and at the municipal level (accepting contributions from developers and then adding costs within the planning department to reduce the costs borne by those same developers).

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This Wasted Money Is Brought To You By Jim Watson

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Watson

What a waste.

Mayor Jim Watson’s telephone town hall cost $10,000.

The Bulldog can hold the same kind of town hall at the cost of nothing.

We haven’t done it but we can hold a Twitter discussion at the cost of nothing. We haven’t done it because The Bulldog is open for comment business 24 hours a day. No so the mayor.

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Guess Who Is Ottawa’s Next Mayor?

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McKenney

Nominal Liberal Mayor Jim Watson and ultra-conservative Jan Harder might think again about their massively pro-development agenda at any cost.

They’re running against the political tide.

A Forum Research poll shows the NDP with a comfortable lead over the Tories and Liberals heading into the fall federal election.

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Watson Must Resign, Again

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Watson

The City of Ottawa has completely botched the municipalities light-rail program.

Now the city is screwing up the lives of others because of its horrible LRT mistakes costing hundred of millions of dollars.

Almost anyone with a remote knowledge of the project feels the line should go down Carling Avenue where commerce and people congregate. Instead, through sheer stubborness and stupidity, the municipality has gone the ridiculous route of driving rail down the Macdonald Parkway where but geese congregate.

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Watson Backs Ward Review In 2019

This is a release from the mayor’s office:

Dear colleagues,

I have had the opportunity to read the staff report on the Ward Boundary Review. It is a long report, and somewhat technical, which is to be expected given the topic, but a few elements of the report struck me immediately, namely:

There is no requirement under the Municipal Act to conduct a ward boundary review;

The Municipal Act does not identify any criteria for establishing ward boundaries;

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Ottawans Are Not Baseball Virgins

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Watson

Ottawans are not stupid.

They are accustomed to watching the highest level of hockey in the world at the Canadian Tire Centre.

So when someone brings in the lowest form of minor league baseball to this city, fans will be skeptical. Residents don’t mind watching their Quebec league and Ontario league juniors because at least these players have an outside chance of making the NHL.

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Harder Tries To Save The Concierge Pig

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Harder

Planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder is famous for her straight-shooting tough commenting.

Well Ms. Harder, maybe you will recognize your style in the following:

Harder has responded to overwhelming criticism of the new developer concierge program with a series of ineffective public consultations, primers and surveys on planning.

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It’s Not My Fault, Watson Says (Again)

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Watson

When things go bad, there are two things you can expect from Mayor Jim Watson.

1. He will try to ignore it such as when the light-rail tunnel collapsed, he was busy tweeting;

2. He will say it’s not my fault such as when Premier Kathleen Wynne (rightly) wouldn’t give His Worship two new casinos in Ottawa instead of one to get him out of a political pickle with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk trying to bid on one. Who needs four casinos in Ottawa-Gatineau? Who needs three for that matter. Or two?

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Concierge Plan Jeopardizes Lobbyist Registry

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Nussbaum

“In my six months here, I haven’t noticed that the larger developers are having any problem navigating city hall.”

Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

Nussbaum was speaking to planning committee this week addressing the controversial concierge proposal that would see planning department employees assigned to individual developers to guide their projects through the city bureaucracy.

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O-Train Woes Only Part Of The Problem

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Watson

Mayor Jim Watson has been all over Via Rail for signaling problems on its crossings north of Barrhaven where at the Woodroffe example, a tragic collision occurred between an OC Transpo bus and a train.

But then the north-south commuter rail line run by the city has its own signalling woes. In fact the line has been down 18 times in the last year. Why isn’t Watson all over this? Well it’s not politically expedient to be.

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