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Katherine Hobbs Park Finds Tenants

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Winston Square on Richmond Road in Westboro (at the end of dead-end Winston Street) has some unexpected tenants.

The 1,600-square-foot concrete sort of park … about the size of a three-bedroom home in Orleans … cost $420,000 … a lot more than a three-bedroom home in Orleans.

And for this, Ottawans got a lot of concrete, some flags, some kind of benches and some walls to grow vines. Couldn’t we have just got a house? You know, for the homeless?

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WHOPPERWATCH

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“I’m cynical that if Mizrahi come up with jaw-dropping architecture, that might not be what’s built. There’s going to be a lot of cynicism that we won’t be given some kind of bait and switch.”

– Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper on Mizrahi wanting three more storeys at Island Park Drive and Wellington Street

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Watson Buys The Bulldog

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In a surprise move, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has purchased the controversial website The Bulldog.

“I don’t think The Bulldog serves any good purpose for this city. I know where this city is going and I’m leading it there … wherever that is,” said Watson, taking a few moments away from a photo op. “The Bulldog just stood in the way of where I … and the city … are progressing. So I bought it because it was good for me and that’s good for the city.”

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Hobbs Loses Her Last Wish

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Even former Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs didn’t get her way on the western light-rail deal.

One of Hobbs’ main reasons for putting the line down the Macdonald Parkway was to afford commuters a beautiful look at the magnificent Ottawa River. Why commuters are people too and they deserve nice views.

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Hobbs’ Employment Test

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One Ottawa City Hall wag brought up a good point or two after my diatribe on Friday  The Unholy Triumvirate That Runs Ottawa that illustrated how the municipality is really run.

This person said that campaign donations from developers don’t have a big effect on mayoral and councillor voting patterns.

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Westboro No More

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Now in this post, your agent is using Westboro in the broadest sense … perhaps correctly meaning the old west end but much more recognizable as Westboro to people from Orleans or Barrhaven. So stand down Hintonburgers.

Why does Westboro keep being abused?

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Forgive Us, Ms. Hobbs And Larry O’Brien

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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 The Dawg was not a small amount responsible for their electoral demise. But as content-producers, well a tip of the hat to the two.

Man we need help around here. Mayor Jim Watson hasn’t pulled a full goofy yet and the guy who does Whopper Watch is hanging out with Councillor Rick Chiarelli at the Maytag Repairman Depot.

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The Power’s Back On, Ms. Hobbs

The staff and management of The Bulldog would like to express its heart-felt thanks to Hydro Ottawa for its help in the production of this publication this morning.

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Where’s Katherine Hobbs?

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Who is representing Kitchissippi for the last two weeks of council’s term?

So if Matthew Pearson of the Citizen is correct in his assumption on Twitter that Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs has left her office with her staff, who is representing her ward for the next two weeks?

You know, the humdrum phone calls about city services such as the garbage not being picked up. That is part of the job of a councillor. And will she be paid for these two weeks if she really is absent?

The new city council’s term begins on Dec. 1. According to Pearson, Hobbs flew the coop on Nov. 14.

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Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone

With luck, soon-to-be-ex-councillor Katherine Hobbs will be playing this song on her Buick’s eight-track when she goes to, say, Toronto. Or on the bus wearing her Sony Walkman. Yes, Thank God and Greyhound by Roy Clark.

Well Kitchissippi has at least 7,557 residents who aren’t stupid.

That’s the number who voted for Hintonburg community activist Jeff Leiper who won the ward this week in the municipal election. They were the people who did their homework and discovered a thinking candidate who has their best interests at heart.

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Hobbs Voted Most Likely To Lose: Poll Results

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Good morning voters.

Here are the results from Sunday’s Bulldog Poll on which councillors are most likely to lose.

Normally The Bulldog would ask which councillor would win, but the “losing” way of dealing with it tends to eliminate ballot-box stuffing.

Our friend Katherine Hobbs, the Kitchissippi councillor, leads the pack of councillors who are likely to be looking for work on Tuesday.

Here are the poll results:

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Gray, Snow Look At Kitchissippi Ward

cfraCFRA Afternoon Edition host Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray take a look at one of the most contested wards in Monday’s Ottawa municipal electionKitchissippi.

Here incumbent Katherine Hobbs is sawing off with former Hintonburg Community Asssociation chief Jeff Leiper with Michelle Reimer in the fight as well.

Leiper appears to be in the lead but what might save Hobbs is the fact that she has two major opponents who might split the opposition vote. That’s happened before in this highly politicized ward.

Here’s Gray and Snow on CFRA:

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Petition Aimed At Ending Bus Detour

Things are getting tough in Kitchissippi ward.

This anonymous letter is being sent to homes in the ward concerning the plan to run the Transitway bus detour due to light-rail construction on Scott Street.

This issue is obviously a weak point for Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs because the hated (in the ward at least) of the bus detour came about on the councillor’s watch.

Somebody is working hard to defeat the councillor.

Here’s the letter:

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Rogue Letter Has Kitchissippi Boiling

Here’s a copy of a letter that has been circulated around hotly contested Kitchissippi ward.

It is either the cry of a desperate anti-Katherine Hobbs resident or a fake used for political reasons.

Candidate Jeff Leiper says this letter did not originate from his team.

One would think if it came from a political camp that the principals would know how to spell Hobbs’ name.

Here’s the letter:

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Oh Come On: Whopper Watch

The issue concerning a party hosted by Ashcroft Homes for Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs is not about criticizing tenants for living in condos. Not even close.

Hobbs has made an issue of saying she is not tight with developers.

Then a party with links to Ashcroft Homes. Nothing wrong with that but the optics stink.

Now she is trying to say that people are criticizing condo residents and the builder Ashcroft Homes.

No they are not, Ms. Hobbs. They are criticizing you.

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Pols Should Appear To Be Independent

Some wise words from Katherine Graham of Carleton University on the practice of municipal politicians taking campaign donations from developers.

Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs has stirred the pot on the issue be linking an election party to support from Ashcroft Homes.

This from the CBC:

Katherine Graham, who teaches public policy and administration at Carleton University, said corporate sponsorships create the appearance that candidates are not independent.

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Hobbs Is Guilty Of Nothing

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Has Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs done something illegal? Certainly not.

Has she exercised bad judgment? Most certainly yes.

Hobbs has the email address on an election party circular that looks as though it is from Ashcroft Homes. Ashcroft is building an enormous and contentious development at the site of the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent. Hobbs walked on a motion at Ottawa City Council giving a break on noise bylaw restrictions at the old convent site.

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Calling Saudi Arabia

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Sure The Bulldog picks up a page view or two every day from Britain or France or Singapore or the like.

Perhaps ex-pat Ottawans in foreign lands.

But here’s a new one for you. Your agent noticed 11 page views from Mecca. No, not Mecca, South Dakota, but Mecca, Mecca … the real Mecca.

That’s because there were also 11 page views from Saudi Arabia.

All of the page views were new readers. I’ll keep you posted on The Bulldog’s newest visitors.

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Hobbs RSVP Address Interesting

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This is an invitation to a gathering being held by Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs.

As pointed out by a Hintonburg tweep, the email address to RSVP for the party is interesting. Old west end community activist Randy Gordon sent the same RSVP to The Bulldog on Sept. 23 completely separate from the tweep tweet.

Ashcroft is the builder of the huge complex on the lands of the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent in Hobbs’ ward.

You will also remember that Hobbs walked on a motion at council asking for breaks on the city noise bylaw for the convent construction site.

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Kate And Jim, Together Again

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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 say). But what he likes about her most is that she is that she consistently votes along with the mayor.

So Watson is out there helping her because he likes to win his council votes.

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Hobbs And The Developers

This is an email from avid Bulldog reader Randy Gordon:

At the Kitchissippi all Candidates meeting last week in Champlain Park, Councillor Katherine Hobbs started off by trying to dispel “rumours” that she was in the pocket of developers.
I found this almost laughable.

For example in the 2010 election,  Hobbs received much of her campaign donations from developers and on top of that very few of her donations actually came from people who lived in the ward.

Furthermore during the period 2010 to 2014 Hobbs while on the Planning Committee voted religiously for developer’s planning applications across the City with many of them right in her own ward.

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Whoa … An Endorsement Tweet

Twitter big-hitter DenVan is all tingly about the recent Kitchissippi Bulldog endorsement.

Here’s his tweet below:

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Independent Bulldog Turns Two Today

bulldogMany 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. 17, 2012 at 6 a.m., The Bulldog was first published as an independent entity.

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Anybody But Hobbs In Kitchissippi

election endorsementThis is vintage Katherine Hobbs.

The Kitchissippi councillor recently came out in support of a 12-storey mammoth condo project at Island Park Drive and Wellington Street.

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Just one problem.

The community design plan, for which many city officials and community groups worked so hard to create, called for six storeys or an absolute maximum of nine. Most of West Wellington was supposed to come in at a six-storey maximum but because this was a “gateway” (whatever that is … probably just means build higher condos) to the community, it could go to nine.

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Byron Park Entrance Agreement Extended

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This is an email sent to me by community activist Kevin O’Donnell concerning the temporary driveway across the Byron linear park from the Ashcroft development on the former lands of Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent. It is used by Ashcroft to truck in materials to the former convent construction site.

In a rather odd fashion, but bear with me, other than the top email to me from O’Donnell, the email string begins at the bottom of the post and works its way to the end at the top. Thus to understand the string of emails, start at the bottom and work your way up.

But then that’s how emails appear in your mailbox, right?

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