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Watson Must Resign, Again

Watson

Watson

The City of Ottawa has completely botched the municipalities light-rail program.

Now the city is screwing up the lives of others because of its horrible LRT mistakes costing hundred of millions of dollars.

Almost anyone with a remote knowledge of the project feels the line should go down Carling Avenue where commerce and people congregate. Instead, through sheer stubborness and stupidity, the municipality has gone the ridiculous route of driving rail down the Macdonald Parkway where but geese congregate.

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OC Transpo Makes Huge Route Changes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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Watson Says Phase 2 LRT Affordable

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa released the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Report today, as part of the agenda for the June 29 meeting of the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

The report details the functional design of the east, west and south LRT extensions, and confirms that Stage 2 remains within the City of Ottawa’s affordability model.

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Church To Challenge Phase 2 LRT

This is a release from Ottawa’s Unitarian Church:

Cullen

Cullen

The Unitarian Congregation, Unitarian House (a seniors residence) and River Parkway Children’s Centre (a licensed non-profit child care centre), located on Cleary Avenue, will be challenging the City’s chosen LRT alignment through the Unitarian campus on Cleary Avenue when the City’s Finance & Economic Development Committee considers a report which finalizes the City’s LRT (Stage 2) project, at its June 29, 2015 meeting next week.

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Church Fights LRT Route

This is a release from the Unitarian Congregation:

When:            10 a.m. Monday June 22, 2015

Where:           Fellowship Hall, Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa
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Does The City Have Too Many Planners?

cityhallsmallThe city said surface light rail on the Macdonald Parkway would cost $980 million.

Then when the National Capital Commission won the Texas Cage Death Match (only one bureaucracy leaves the cage alive) 100-day negotiations with the City of Ottawa (in which the city declared a victory of compromise) by getting its demand for a Macdonald Parkway tunnel, the Watson administration said the same light-rail line with a tunnel would cost $980 million …. again.

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Jim Watson’s Light-Rail Outrage

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

What’s going on here?

First the City of Ottawa (the residents’ government, not that of the mayor, council or bureaucrats) wouldn’t release to the voting and tax-paying public how much expropriations cost for Phase 1 of the light-rail project. Residents have a right to know how their money is spent.

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Hintonburg’s Detoured Bus Woes

Community activist Karen Large discussed on Facebook how some neighbourhoods are treated differently by the City of Ottawa.

She is referring to The Bulldog post, “What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate.”

The evidence is below:

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City Updates Light-Rail Progress

The City of Ottawa has updated the progress of Phase 1 of the light-rail project.

The release for this update is below. Just click on the highlighted words:

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Ottawa Politics Needs Vision And Leadership

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It is still not too late to change the course of light rail in Ottawa.


This is a comment from Bulldog contributor Ron Benn who addresses what it will take for a candidate to run for municipal office in 2018.

His comment was in response to The Bulldog post: “Can You Run Against LRT Errors In 2018?”

Benn’s opinion is below:

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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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WHOPPERWATCH

“Transit won’t trip up baseball”

– headline from Ottawa Sun

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Innes Road Work To End In September

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Beginning Monday, April 27 there will be lane reductions on Innes Road between Highway 417 and Blair Road.

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“I believe the public deserves a clear and direct answer to those seeking federal office as to where they stand on light rail transit and our economic future as a city.”

– Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

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