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Ottawa Split On O’Brien Versus Watson

bulldog pollIf you had asked me this question 4.5 years ago, the answer would have been easy.

After four years of the odd rule of Larry O’Brien at Ottawa City Hall, your agent whole-heartedly supported Mayor Jim Watson in the 2010 municipal election.

Given that choice today, I’m not sure that would occur again. Granted Watson has brought dignity back to the mayor’s office but so many negative things have occurred under his administration that one wonders if given time, O’Brien might have become a better mayor.

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Poll: Drat! Foiled Again

bulldog pollA Bulldog reader saw right through yesterday’s poll rating former mayor Larry O’Brien against the current model Jim Watson.

This from Twitter:

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Was O’Brien A Better Mayor Than Watson? Vote

bulldog pollNow that Phillip Slayton, author of Mayors Gone Bad, appears to be redefining our opinion of past urban leaders, perhaps it’s time to look again at the four years of former mayor Larry O’Brien in comparison to current mayor Jim Watson.

Take a second or two to vote in this Bulldog Poll on who was the better mayor … O’Brien or Watson?

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WHOPPERWATCH

O'Brien

O’Brien

“O’Brien is easy to like. Even his political opponents and hard-bitten investigative reporters, who believe he was a terrible mayor, seem to harbour a furtive affection for him, grinning when they see his bald head and big smile.”

Author Phillip Slayton, authors of Mayors Gone Bad, on former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien

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Lansdowne: Forget Waterfall Deals

O'Brien

O’Brien

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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Can You Run Against LRT Errors In 2018?

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Finally it appears the light rail route through the west end is set in stone but for the good people at the Unitarian Church, the nearby daycare and its seniors home.

So what do we have at the end of this great clash of ideas?

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Why O’Brien Reads The Bulldog: Top 10 List

O'Brien

O’Brien

Ah we missed former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien here at The Bulldog.

You know, his nasty comments, his factual errors, his temper, his accusations.

Gee you wonder why he had trouble getting along with council. O’Brien is so team-oriented, so cooperative. Up with people, Larry O’Brien. Welcome back from Florida.

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Larry, Jim, Sue And As The Bulldog Turns

KD ... right?

KD … right?

Why it’s just like old times.

Crashing and banging of comments. The return of King D—, KD, Willy Williams, Wee Willy, Willy “Larry” Williams and who now says he is former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien. Willy “Larry” Williams is like a dark cloud on a summer day. Love him.

So apparently, according to Larry, The Bulldog has an enemies list a la Richard Nixon. Sheesh, how much time does he think I have?

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Forgive Us, Ms. Hobbs And Larry O’Brien

Hobbs

Hobbs

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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Light Rail? Come On: Whopper Watch

O'Brien

O’Brien

Don’t really know what writer Mark Brownlee was thinking when he wrote this whopper in Wednesday’s Citizen:

(Larry O’Brien) scrapped an ill-advised plan and replaced it with the 12.5-kilometre spine that will serve as the basis for most every other transit project in this city for the next century.

In truth, O’Brien scrapped a good plan that ran from Barrhaven to the University of Ottawa at one-third the cost of the current $2.1-billion tunnel project. That stretches from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Road.

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O’Brien Respected Democracy: Reader

Here is a Facebook post from reader Phillip Blancher:

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Larry O’Brien Wants To Be My Friend

Has ex-mayor Larry O’Brien turned into Mr. Rogers? He wants to be nice.

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Has former mayor Larry O’Brien gone from swagger to being as nice as Mr. Rogers.

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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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City Has Mickey Mouse Operation: Reader

O'Brien

O’Brien

Great commenter Sheridan took on the pressing issue of whether Jim Watson is a better mayor than Larry O’Brien.

To best understand Sheridan’s comments, please read this post first: Why Watson Is Better Than Larry O’Brien.

Here’s Sheridan:

“Don’t you miss pictures like this one?” Yes, I certainly do, because those were the days when the Ottawa Senators reached the Stanley Cup finals:

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