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Charges Withdrawn In March Road Tree Incident

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor and Members of Council,

This is to advise that earlier today, the City Prosecutor withdrew two charges under the Urban Tree Conservation By-law in relation to alleged violations of destruction/injury to trees occurring in May 2014 at 936 March Road.

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Revenge Of Ottawa’s Suburban Nerds

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Welcome to Jan Harder’s new Ottawa.


If you catch councillors Rick Chiarelli or Jan Harder on the right day, they will go on and on about how wonderful Nepean was.

In fact, Chiarelli was out campaigning to stop amalgamation that would end Nepean and other lower-tier municipalities. He lost.

However what really happened was not that municipalities were amalgamated into Ottawa. Ottawa was amalgamated into the suburbs.

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Tell The Truth About City Audits

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“We’re showing you the warts on the city, where there are problems and what we’re doing about it, but that’s a big step forward. In the past, you wouldn’t have seen too much of that.”

– Councillor Allan Hubley, chairman of the audit committee.

Oh come on councillor. You can’t be serious.

Hubley was remarking on the auditor general’s recent report that outlined 16 city employees being fired in 2013-14 for various offences.

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Kanata Bus Users Furious At Problems

This is a release from the office of Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson:

Councillor Marianne Wilkinson has organized a meeting for users of the 60, 64 and 68 routes to discuss their issues with the service they are receiving since changes were introduced at the end of December.

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Commercial Plan Threatens Our Neighbourhoods

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Will residential neighbourhoods be ruined by legislation being considered by the City of Ottawa?

Oh brother, here we go again.

The focus of Ottawa City Hall, both in its execution and the coverage of it, should not be on the jousting, if any, at council nor the inside-baseball discussion of the inner-workings of the bylaw factory.

No, the focus should be on the people of Ottawa. Not petty fiefdoms whose denizens  want the light-rail project down the Macdonald Parkway because that’s their plan and their egos are riding on it and so that’s the way it is going to be (even when its wrong).

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OC Transpo To Serve Tanger Outlets

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

New OC Transpo service to Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata will be available seven days a week.

Currently, Route 96A is providing weekday service to Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes. Connections to Route 96A can be made downtown, along the Transitway and in Stittsville.

For weekday late evening and weekend service, new Route 196 will be available starting Friday, October 17.

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Kanata’s Huntmar Drive Re-Opens

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Residents travelling along Huntmar Drive will experience two permanent changes in traffic flow beginning today.

First, Huntmar Drive, north of Palladium Drive, is again open to traffic. This section of Huntmar Drive has been closed due to construction since June 9.

Second, the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Campeau Drive has been turned into a roundabout. The roundabout will be expanded to a two lane roundabout in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it will be operated under construction conditions.

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Municipal Byelections Carry Real Costs

ottawa logoApparently the issues raised in The Bulldog post on Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley resonated around Ottawa City Hall, even on Sunday when the article was released.

There has been some concern about Hubley making noises about running federally next year while vying for a council seat now. Now it must be emphasized that Hubley has not said he will run federally, but he hasn’t ruled it out either.

According to a veteran watcher at city hall, the worries about any such Hubley move go beyond the ethical The Bulldog raised.

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The Draft For Allan Hubley: Whopper Watch

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No one is drafted to run in a federal riding.

Usually some party brass come forward to try to encourage a person to run and the leadership generally finds a way to get the person they want nominated. No great rising of the masses of Kanata is likely to demand that Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley run federally. It’s usually a quiet dinner with a few executives.

Nevertheless here is Hubley pondering if he should run federally … just as he is running for council right now.

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Construction To Close Kanata Streets

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Highway 417 Closures

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Monday, June 16 until Saturday, June 21 there will be occasional off-peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Kent Street and the Highway 417/174 split and between Parkdale Avenue and Rochester Street. Hwy 174 westbound will also be subject to off-peak lane reductions between Montreal Road and Blair Road.

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East, West Ends To See Hwy. 417 Closures

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Starting Sunday, February 2 until Sunday, February 9, there will be off peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Nicholas Street and the Highway 417/174 split. In addition there will be westbound lane reductions on Hwy 417 near Parkdale and along Hwy 174 east of Blair Road.

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Kanata Gets Intensified With Little Consultation

This is an email to Bulldog Ottawa from the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association:

The following is what was provided to the City of Ottawa Planner as feedback for a new City initiative presented at a public meeting Nov 18, 2013.

This certainly appears to be a new initiative for the City to add intensification with only minimal consultation. The event was poorly attended as there was minimal promotion of the event and no previous indication of the implication of the ‘study’.

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Kanata Group Condemns Light-Rail Plan

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A Kanata community association believes its unfair to build light rail to Orleans but not Kanata.

This is an open letter to Mayor Jim Watson from Matt Muirhead, the president of the Kanata Lakes Community Association:

Dear Mayor Watson,

It was with disappointment that we in the west end of the city noted you have chosen not to extend the Light Rail line to Kanata, despite having extended the line into Orleans.

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Something Not Named After Mary Pitt

The City of Ottawa names something NOT after Mary Pitt.

Congratulations, Kristina Kiss. This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley, will officially name “Kristina Kiss Soccer Field and Park” on Saturday, August 31.

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Hwy. 417 Ramp At March Road To Close

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Pipe Break Reduces Kanata Water Service

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

A watermain break on Michael Cowpland Drive occurred earlier today that services a number of businesses in Kanata South.

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Jim Watson Makes A Twitter Faux Pas

The 5th Columnist site takes Mayor Jim Watson to task over a careless tweet on land development policy.

Bulldog Ottawa has been wondering how long for the mayor to make a mistake on Twitter.

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Agreement Reached On Kanata Woodland

This is a press release:

The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, Morley-Hoppner, and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, City of Ottawa have signed an agreement to protect and enhance forest resources on Teron Road in Kanata.

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Deal Near On #2 Parkway In Kanata

This is a release from the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association:

The City of Ottawa, Kanata Beaverbrook community association and developer Morley Hoppner are finalizing an agreement on the proposed redevelopment of #2 Parkway.

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Bulldoze Orleans? Come On, Your Worship

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Mayor Jim Watson said in a Monday story in response to Walton International’s plans for southwest Ottawa that reversing sprawl is the city’s priority now.

Perhaps His Worship misspoke.

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Forget Bayview. Build On What Ottawa Does Best

This is what Ottawa’s private sector, with companies such as QNX … the brains behind the new BlackBerry and superb other applications, can accomplish. The city should provide the backbone of a good community (ie. good utilities and good transit) to keep creative people here and encourage more to arrive.


From mid-January until last week … that’s how long it took to turn the city-funded film and TV studio from a good idea into a bad idea.

If that’s not a record for a new municipal project, one would like to see what topped it.

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Kanata North BIA Seeks Ideas

This is a release from the Kanata North Business Improvement Area:

KNBIA Board of Management is pleased to announce the launch of an online engagement or crowdsourcing initiative to develop new ideas and stimulate discussion amongst members and local stakeholders on how to build a better future for the Kanata North business area.

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This Just In On Walton International Project

So here is the latest news update on the giant 3,200-acre Walton International project being proposed for the southwest part of the  city:

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Walton activities from the city lobbyist registry.

Five Walton group representatives have lobbied officials at Ottawa City Hall since late October 2012 until March 8, 2013.

Two were presidents of Walton companies, one was a general manager and two were consultants including high-powered Liberal lawyer and consultant Richard Mahoney.

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Snow Jams Tuesday Morning Traffic: Photos

A late blast of winter caused traffic to crawl on Tuesday’s morning commute.

Here are some photos of the jams from government traffic cameras:

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Highway 417 near Highway 174

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