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City PR Starting To Get CTC

The Autumn in the City press releases from the municipality keep coming off the presses.

You’ll remember the first such release neglected events at the Canadian Tire Centre but didn’t miss one of the spectacles at the city-partnered Lansdowne complex. Probably just an oversight. The CTC competes with Lansdowne for Ottawa entertainment dollars.

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Eek! Parking At Lansdowne

The quiet song above by Chris de Burgh is in contrast to the difficulties concert-goer Elina Olsen had trying to find a parking space at Lansdowne to see the show.

Many critics of Lansdowne during its planning stages said it would be a nightmare to get to the development.

Already busy streets, limited parking and no mass transit line nearby.

Here is one woman’s experience:

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What’s The Revenue From Lansdowne Waterfall?

Frequent Bulldog contributor Sheridan raises a very, very interesting question.

How much money has the Lansdowne waterfall generated for the city.

Here’s Sheridan:

It is rather precious to see Mayor Jim Watson go around bragging about how projects are on time and on budget. Really?

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The Mayor And Ethics: Major Whopper


“If all of a sudden, midway through the biggest city building project in the city’s history, if we change direction and companies, we set back the schedule and we wouldn’t save the dollars as we’ve been told by our professional staff and we wouldn’t see the continuation of efficiency with the project.”

Mayor Jim Watson on why $60-million light-rail contract is being sole-sourced

But Your Worship, didn’t you promise not to sole-source contracts during the 2010 election campaign?

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City Plans Go Disastrously Wrong: Reader



Bulldog contributor Sheridan weighs in on the planning screwups at Ottawa City Hall:

During the 2010 Ottawa mayoral election, Clive Doucet presented an extensive plan for a downtown surface LRT route which would have extended along Carling.

It was less expensive (no tunnel or expensive stations), could be constructed more quickly, and was the most “sustainable” route (according to his research).

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Lansdowne Just A Real-Estate Play: Reader



Sheridan is back in the harness with his outstanding comments.

This one deserved better play so it is here. He looks at the long line of city missteps … particular in the field of P3.

Over to you, Sheridan:

This is another P3 that takes money away from a different city project; the last one being the Lansdowne P3 which captured the money that had been targeted for a new main-branch Ottawa Public Library in 2009.

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Lansdowne Splash Pad Another City Screw-up

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The difficulties with the splash pad at Lansdowne is just another City of Ottawa problem. They are becoming all too common.

Nothing says welcome like a children’s splash pad with security guards and signs that say stay off the art work … which is in the splash pad at Lansdowne Park.

This looks like a combination of extravagance (the two installations of Vancouverite Jill Anholt’s work at Lansdowne cost $4 million), incompetence (why put a sculpture which might have safety concerns in the middle of a splash pad) and bad planning (see the two previous points).

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Lansdowne: What’s Up With The Tickets?

Here’s what we saw before Lansdowne was constructed.

This week Michael Vickers sent along an email to The Bulldog concerned about the parking situation at Lansdowne.

Your agent asked him about why the interest?

Here is his excellent response:

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Lansdowne: It’s Uhhh … Unusual

Your agent visited the new Lansdowne last week and it was … different.

I hardly know where to start. Perhaps the stadium which is half-good.

The old part of the stadium, the one facing the shopping plaza, has never been very pretty. It didn’t get much prettier with the renovation. And the ice rink beneath the stands is one of the oddest venues anywhere … big seating on one side, very little on the other which would make sense if you are constructing an arena under football stands which they were.

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When Does Public Get Wise To Watson?



This is a comment from the great Bulldog contributor Sheridan.

He is responding to the post: Surprise! Parking Problems At Lansdowne:

“So all of this has come to pass.”

But let us be clear that this was not through ignorance. Indeed, if anyone knew that traffic/parking would be an issue at Lansdowne, it was Mayor Jim Watson, who used to be a councillor for the Capital ward, as well as being a former Mayor of Ottawa (pre-amalgamation).

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“Parking tickets would do the trick.”

– Mayor Jim Watson on parking confusion around Lansdowne Park

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Lansdowne: Forget Waterfall Deals



This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Sheridan concerned the Lansdowne deal:

I don’t believe that the city should ever enter into such complex, waterfall contracts.

One might even question whether P3 contracts have ever been beneficial to the taxpayer. But certainly one would have expected former mayor Larry O’Brien (who was a long-time businessman) and Kent Kirkpatrick, the city manager, to have understood the terms of this waterfall contract.

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Is Lansdowne A Field Of Cars?



The great Bulldog commenter Sheridan addresses the parking problems at Lansdowne Park:

Councillor (Deputy Mayor) Bob Monette stated that he was concerned about a lack of on-site parking during some Ottawa 67’s games this season, and frustrated over game day traffic jams on Bank Street. Parking cars on the stadium field would “solve your 67’s issue.”

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“(The passengers) were pretty agitated . . . . There were some girls crying. They were pretty upset.”

– unnamed passenger in U.S. busload of 48 students strip-searched by Canadian Border Services Agency officials at the Thousand Islands border crossing in 2011.

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Another Controversy At Lansdowne

Singing the national anthem at TD Place after Ottawa’s terror attack. Do we really want to turn this into a winter parking lot?

Just when you thought that it was almost impossible to have one more controversy at Lansdowne Park, well here’s a new one. And not a good one.

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“We wanted this to be a site where cars are tolerated, but not invited.”

– Capital Councillor David Chernushenko on parking cars on the playing field at Lansdowne.

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LeBreton: We Should Listen To The Senators

Imagine a frigid Ottawa winter without the hockey Senators.

The Canadian Tire Centre is not exactly ideally located, but it’s not as bad a spot as some would have you believe.

Still if the Senators say they need a new rink, well they probably need a new rink.

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Charlie Farquharson Goes To Lansdowne

Charlie Farquharson, aka the late Don Harron, from the Hee Haw television program.


The mighty Sheridan, commenter extraordinaire, brings us the late actor-writer Don Harron’s Charlie Farquharson who gives a bit of a travelogue on visiting the redeveloped Lansdowne for the first time.

This is brilliant. Thank you, Sheridan:

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‘Severe’ Lansdowne Traffic Problem: City Report

This is a City of Ottawa report presented to the National Capital Commission this week.

The report was sent to The Bulldog by the NCC.

In it, the city says there were: “Severe operational and potential safety constraints of combined shuttle and bus service on Bank Street” on major event days at Lansdowne.

Please click on the highlighted words below to read the city presentation to the NCC on traffic at Lansdowne on major event days:

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NCC CEO Wants LeBreton Developed Privately: Podcast



National Capital Commission CEO Mark Kristmanson dropped a blockbuster of an announcement at a speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning.

Kristmanson floated the trial balloon that the NCC would soon be making a major announcement on the future of LeBreton Flats. As well, he talked of a major component of the project coming from the private sector.

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Stand Up For The Glebe, Jim Watson



Is this what Mayor Jim Watson and the people behind Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group envisaged when they opened and re-opened the various amusements at the former Lansdowne Park?

Were they blind to the fact that residents of the Glebe saw all this coming? They had lived through the Rough Rider years, after all.

Now residents of neighbourhoods surrounding Lansdowne are being assaulted by people peeing on their back fences and exposing themselves. Vomit is on the sidewalks or elsewhere.

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Get Over It On Lansdowne: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray debate what residents of the Glebe should expect on RedBlack football game days.

To listen to a broadcast of the show, click on the podcast below:

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Keep Your Urine To Yourself

beerAh yes. Football and beer. A classic match.

Except that even the best bladders cannot not withstand the onslaught of much malted beverage without exceeding their bladder PSI … emphasize the pee.

So homeowners in the Glebe neighbourhood near TD Place at Lansdowne are experiencing the rare joys of excessive bladder PSI. Revellers to the new RedBlack football games are deciding in their beery way to empty their bladders on Glebe properties.

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Welcome To O’Brien’s Second Term

Facebook friends take on Lansdowne and Mayor Jim Watson:

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Lansdowne: It’s Not Watson’s Project



Might there be an election coming?

Mayor Jim Watson has been milking Lansdowne for votes for some time now. Updates on the stadium, this opening, that opening. Watson, never known for turning down a photo shoot, has been all over Lansdowne in the PR sense, even by his voluminous standards.

Now Watson is joined by two councillors on this vote gravy train in a grip-and-grin event today.

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