Here’s a Facebook person who responded angrily to one of The Bulldog posts concerning Katherine Hobbs:
Hintonburg is home to some of the toughest politics in the city.
This is a response to Hintonburg community Activist Jay Baltz’s concerns about The Bulldog post Is Jeff Leiper Playing Politics?
To read Baltz’s comments from the post Hobbs Is Fair Game, click here. The two previous posts will put the discussion below in context.
Here we go:
Hintonburg community activist Jay Baltz responds to the post Is Jeff Leiper Playing Politics?
We would advise that you read the Leiper post so the reader can put the Baltz letter in context. So far no response from Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper. The Bulldog plans to respond to the Baltz letter. Here’s Baltz:
An ongoing battle between a sitting councillor and the former councillor he unseated would sell papers, I suppose. Well, sell clicks, anyway, in the case of The Bulldog.
Always good to see a politician taking the high road on an issue.
But I’m confused, Jeff Leiper. Wasn’t Jay Baltz one of your campaign managers during the last municipal election in Kitchissippi? At least he was with you when you showed up at my front door during the campaign running for councillor. And Jay is a very nice fellow.
So let me explain all this.
When former Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs ran for office in 2010, the most-often-asked question was: Who?
Hobbs had little appreciable community work behind her and was a complete unknown when she decided to run.
Suddenly Hobbs signs were everywhere with Hobbs’ face festooned on them.
So often I’ve moaned about the fact that over the years The Bulldog has lost two of its favourite persons.
Yes, former mayor Larry O’Brien and former councillor Katherine (Katie) Hobbs.
Bless his little pea-sized heart, O’Brien gathered a zillion page views even if you ran part of the phone book under the headline for the post. And every now and then Larry would show up under kind of a bizarre pseudonym and insult the hell out of me. Of course I did the same but I hope in a more elegant way. No honour among thieves, I guess.
One of the most curious questions behind closed doors at Ottawa City Hall is what happened to former Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs.
Does she still live in the city? Does she have a new job?
Councillors just don’t know though some amount of breath has been expended talking about it.
Some talking points on the Manning Centre study of 2010-2014 Ottawa City Council.
- We know why Mayor Jim Watson was such a strong supporter of the unusual Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs. Hobbs supported the mayor 94 per cent of the time on contentious votes. Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans weighed in 53 per cent on such votes. Perhaps that explains the sometimes strained relationship between Deans and Watson.
Hard to believe but The Bulldog has its third birthday this morning.
Why it only seems like yesterday that The Bulldog left the cosy confines of ottawacitizen.com and to become a separate being at 6 a.m. three years ago … to the surprise of many. And we’re still going strong.
In fact this baby has been talking for some time now. Interestingly the infant’s first words were Larry O’Brien, Katherine Hobbs and Jim Watson.
Much gratitude to the above three contributors to this website but even more thanks to our loyal readers … and particularly so to those who comment so expertly. Through no work of mine, the contributors to The Bulldog’s comment section have created a debate forum in this community that is far above other media in quality. Often I am dumbfounded by the intellectual savvy of our most astute readers. Thank you from the bottom of my bulldog heart.
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?
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.