Tag Archives: Jim Watson

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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Governance Report ‘Underhanded': Reader (3)

This is a comment from Bulldog reader Sheridan: This is truly amazing and underhanded. We just had a municipal election in which there was no mention of the need for new governance legislation. Indeed, the leading election issues were: a … Continue reading

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City Governance Report Leaked To Bulldog

This is a document obtained by The Bulldog. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, the report 2014-2018 Council Governance Review had not been made available to the public as part of the agenda for Wednesday’s special council meeting. The purpose of … Continue reading

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Watson, Baird Meeting Bugged

The Bulldog is the only media outlet in Ottawa that was successfully able to bug the room where Mayor Jim Watson and Foreign Minister John Baird met to discuss light rail on the Macdonald Parkway. Here is a transcript of … Continue reading

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Watson’s Six Whoppers In Two Sentences

Oh dear. We the management and staff at the venerable Bulldog have been trying very hard to not write something about the mayor of all of Ottawa, but we have failed again. It’s just His Worship Jim Watson keeps giving … Continue reading

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Governance Review Fast-Tracked Too Soon

This is an email from Bulldog reader Jonathan Mark. The Bulldog has been hearing the same complaints from city officials. This report should be held until councillors have a chance to read and study the changes thoroughly. And why is this … Continue reading

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What The Baird-Watson Note Means

Henry Kissinger called it constructive ambiguity. That’s where you talk in vague diplomatic terms that don’t offend either party to a negotiation in which there is little common ground. And that’s what the Baird-Watson memo released on Thursday after the … Continue reading

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Absolutely Nothing About Jim Watson: Video

The only person at city hall speaking and doing and by doing and speaking getting himself in a mountain of trouble is Mayor Jim Watson. Watson has light rail in a terrible state and The Bulldog’s guess is that you … Continue reading

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Watson Paints Himself Into LRT Corner

Mayor Jim Watson has painted himself into an expensive corner on western light rail. Watson thought he could bully the National Capital Commission into giving the city land on the Macdonald Parkway for high-speed light rail. Instead the NCC decided … Continue reading

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Baird, Watson Pledge To Work Together

This is a joint release from the office Foreign Minister John Baird and the City of Ottawa: John Baird, Minister Responsible for the National Capital Commission and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and His Worship, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson … Continue reading

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Battle Of The Parkway LRT: Whopper Watch

Mayor Jim Watson feels slighted by the National Capital Commission because he claims the NCC had plans to meet with the city to discuss progress on the Macdonald Parkway light-rail line in January. But the NCC made the decision early. Instead … Continue reading

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The Bully Is Bested

As in war, in politics the first casualty is the truth. Further to The Bulldog’s call Tuesday for Mayor Jim Watson’s resignation, the City of Ottawa tried to bully the National Capital Commission into surrendering its land on the Macdonald Parkway … Continue reading

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