Tag Archives: Jim Watson

More On Chianello

The discussion of columnist Joanne Chianello’s work continues … this time on Twitter:

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City Conducts Meatball LRT Planning

Anyone get the idea that the mammoth Phase 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail project is being put together on the back of an envelope? That absurd idea of putting rail down the Macdonald Parkway where few people live is just meatball … Continue reading

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Sheriff Watson Comes To Town: Toppy 10 List

Oh thar’s gangs out thar but they’ve a-met thar match. Sheriff Jim’s a-come a-town. All those bad guys are a-runnin’ for da Gatyno Hills ’cause they know thar’s no reasonin’ with da Sheriff once he gets up a-head-uh steam. Pity da poor varmint who stand … Continue reading

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Guns, Gangs And Pablum

When I see announcements such as this one, it’s really disappointing. We have a serious problem with guns and gangs in the city so Mayor Jim Watson meets police chief Charles Bordeleau (with much publicity) to discuss the problem. What … Continue reading

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The State Of Light Rail: Botched

An artist’s conception of Ottawa’s new light-rail project. —  We’ve discussed for some time the problems surrounding Ottawa’s misguided light-rail line … the largest project in municipal history. It is a thorough and complete botch for $2.1 billion.

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Watson Addresses Guns, Gangs, Safety

This is a release from Mayor Jim Watson’s office: “I met with Police Chief Charles Bordeleau this afternoon to discuss the recent incidents involving guns and gangs in Ottawa. I am deeply concerned about the shootings that have taken place … Continue reading

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Forgive Us, Ms. Hobbs And Larry O’Brien

Things are getting desperate around Bulldog World Headquarters. We miss ex-Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs and former mayor Larry O’Brien. I know, I know … you’re going to say that The Bulldog did not appreciate them when they were around. That … Continue reading

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City Fails An Improved Macdonald Parkway

It’s exciting that young people are taking an interest in Canada’s capital. Too bad you have to go all the way to Kingston to find them. Ten graduate students in urban studies from Queen’s University in Kingston spent three months … Continue reading

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Plasco Decision Is The Slickest

If you want to know what’s behind Plasco dealings recently, just think politics. What a novel idea. Plasco asked for an extension last August to secure financing for its waste-to-gas project. So the city gave that extension to Dec. 31 … Continue reading

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Brave 2015 Predictions: Top-10 List

Councillor Rick Chiarelli … appointed the Loneliest Man In Town. — Everyone is making predictions about 2015 so why can’t The Bulldog? Here goes in the form of a Top 10 List: 10. Ex-Kitchissippi councillor Katharine Hobbs leaves planet to return … Continue reading

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Watson Goes To Ground On Gangs

The rash of shootings recently in Ottawa aren’t new. So why did it take so long for the municipal government to get involved? Is this one of Mayor Jim Watson’s let-management-do-what-it-wants-no-matter-the-consequences moves? It finally took Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans in … Continue reading

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Young Leaves Mayor’s Office: Internal Document

This is an internal memo from Mayor Jim Watson: Dear Council colleagues,   I am writing to provide you with an overview of the key members of my staff who will be available to assist you throughout the term. I … Continue reading

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Open Letter To Baird On Light Rail

This is an open letter to Foreign Minister John Baird from The Bulldog: Dear Mr. Baird: As the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, you have said publicly you do not want the city’s light-rail line to be built … Continue reading

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Arrest Made After Watson Threatened

A man has been arrested following threat made to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and OC Transpo.

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User-Unfriendly Audio Minutes: Whopper Watch

The City of Ottawa doesn’t provide written minutes of meetings. — What Mayor Jim Watson means with this quote below is that when the municipality puts city council and standing committee meetings on audio and video, residents must run through hours of … Continue reading

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Harder Gets Website Right: Worth Repeating

Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder last week certainly got the City of Ottawa website correct. The website is a nightmare for search. That search engine screams futility when it comes to the most basic requests for information. Mayor Jim Watson defends … Continue reading

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Council, Media Need New Priorities

Where did political priorities go and what happened to mature news judgment in this city? Does anyone really care if councillors accept $30 or $100 of trinkets from residents? Do we care if councillors exceed their trinket limit by, say, $20? … Continue reading

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Watson Welcomes Home Alfie

  Mayor Jim Watson took an opportunity to thank former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson for all his good work in the community.

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Council 1, Mayor 0

So what have we learned from the first three days of Ottawa’s new council? Mayor Jim Watson continues to be Jim Watson. That is: image is everything, utility places second to what’s right, he loves power (even to the detriment … Continue reading

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Watson Frugal? Sure: Whopper Watch

So Mayor Jim Watson wants to be frugal. Actually he just wants to appear frugal. Image is everything with His Worship. At Monday’s swearing-in ceremony for the new Ottawa City Council, Watson brought out the old saw that because Tim … Continue reading

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Fight Power Grab, Rick Chiarelli: Reader

This is an email from community activist and Bulldog reader Ron Benn to College Councillor Rick Chiarelli: Councillor Chiarelli, I am extremely disappointed in the mayor, and you know that I do not hold him in high esteem, for introducing … Continue reading

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Stand Up For The City Auditor General

Now is the time for councillors of good conscience to strike down the imposition of the 2014-2018 Council Governance Review at the City of Ottawa. Some of the major reforms do not better governance at the municipality but undermine the … Continue reading

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The Badly Flawed Governance Report

This is an email from avid Bulldog reader Andrew Zenner. Zenner has gone over the governance report with a fine-tooth comb: There are a number of issues in the massive 289-page Omnibus governance bill that is being brought to council … Continue reading

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Don’t Ram Through Governance Legislation (1)

This is bad. This is really bad. If you thought the consultation on consultations would never amount to a more cooperative city government, well unlikely as that was, it’s a lock now. As of  Sunday at 10 a.m., the city … Continue reading

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Serious Problems With Governance Report (2)

Let’s look for some reasons why certain people at Ottawa City Hall would like the governance report steamrolled through council. This from the report: That the Mayor be given delegated authority to conduct performance reviews, authorize salary adjustments within the Council-approved … Continue reading

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