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Watson, Baird Invoke Cone Of Silence

John Baird and Jim Watson discuss LRT business under the cone of silence. — Maybe Randy Gordon needs a hobby? He has been peppering The Bulldog with an array of fun stuff. Maybe this is his hobby? Now the avid … Continue reading

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City To Consult On East LRT

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: The City of Ottawa is looking for public feedback on its preferred alignment for the Confederation Line East Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension at a series of open houses in early … Continue reading

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Chianello’s Lost Perspective: Whopper Watch

“We’ve completely lost our perspective, waging a battle royale with the NCC for what amounts to a minor LRT route change while the permanent ruination of a superb 5,000-square-metre public space near Parliament Hill is going mostly unmentioned.” So writes Citizen scribe … Continue reading

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LRT Expropriation Figures Still Secret

The Bulldog has a new obsession … discovering what the City of Ottawa paid landowners for their expropriated properties in relation to the light-rail project. It’s hard to imagine why the city doesn’t simply release the figures, but it doesn’t. … Continue reading

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City Conducts Meatball LRT Planning

Anyone get the idea that the mammoth Phase 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail project is being put together on the back of an envelope? That absurd idea of putting rail down the Macdonald Parkway where few people live is just meatball … Continue reading

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Does God Oppose Western LRT Route?

Foreign Minister John Baird doesn’t like it. National Capital Commission chairman Russ Mills doesn’t like it. The local MP and MPP don’t like it. Former councillor and mayoral candidate Clive Doucet doesn’t like it. Top urban planners don’t like it. … Continue reading

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LRT Runs On City Land?

Will J. Kootch on Facebook asks this interesting question by way of Facebook and your friendly neighbourhood Bulldog.

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Chianello On LRT: Whopper Watch

Citizen scribe Joanne Chianello weighed in on the troubled Ottawa light-rail project in a disjointed column on Saturday. Here is one of the worst parts of the piece: “But the light-rail system doesn’t just need money — it needs support from … Continue reading

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How Much Did LRT Expropriations Cost?

While we’ve been on the subject of light rail (on Tuesday), we here at your friendly neighbourhood Bulldog have been wondering why the city hasn’t released the cost of expropriating downtown lands for the aforementioned project. Say, the cost of … Continue reading

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NY Considers Surface Light Rail

So while we’re on the topic of light rail again … New York, a big city in the United States that could not possibly be as smart as Ottawa, is considering taking cars off 42nd Street and putting light rail down … Continue reading

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The State Of Light Rail: Botched

An artist’s conception of Ottawa’s new light-rail project. —  We’ve discussed for some time the problems surrounding Ottawa’s misguided light-rail line … the largest project in municipal history. It is a thorough and complete botch for $2.1 billion.

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Open Letter To Baird On Light Rail

This is an open letter to Foreign Minister John Baird from The Bulldog: Dear Mr. Baird: As the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, you have said publicly you do not want the city’s light-rail line to be built … Continue reading

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Watson, Baird Meeting Bugged

The Bulldog is the only media outlet in Ottawa that was successfully able to bug the room where Mayor Jim Watson and Foreign Minister John Baird met to discuss light rail on the Macdonald Parkway. Here is a transcript of … Continue reading

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Watson’s Six Whoppers In Two Sentences

Oh dear. We the management and staff at the venerable Bulldog have been trying very hard to not write something about the mayor of all of Ottawa, but we have failed again. It’s just His Worship Jim Watson keeps giving … Continue reading

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What The Baird-Watson Note Means

Henry Kissinger called it constructive ambiguity. That’s where you talk in vague diplomatic terms that don’t offend either party to a negotiation in which there is little common ground. And that’s what the Baird-Watson memo released on Thursday after the … Continue reading

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Time Proves Chiarelli Right On Rail

Now the public has seen the difficulty of punching light rail through established neighbourhoods. The west end of the $2.1-light-rail project has effectively been roadblocked by the National Capital Commission not wanting commuter rail on the Macdonald Parkway and by … Continue reading

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The Bully Is Bested

As in war, in politics the first casualty is the truth. Further to The Bulldog’s call Tuesday for Mayor Jim Watson’s resignation, the City of Ottawa tried to bully the National Capital Commission into surrendering its land on the Macdonald Parkway … Continue reading

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Watson Makes Biggest Mistake In Ottawa History

If the light-rail project is the largest undertaking in Ottawa history, then Mayor Jim Watson just made the largest mistake in municipal government history. One would think the mayor and city staff would have their ducks in order when dealing with … Continue reading

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Ottawa Plays Fiscal Shell Game

This is the excellent Bulldog commenter Sheridan on the post Do Nothing: City’s Best Option: Excellent analysis regarding Mayor Jim Watson’s spin on city spending. Watson often falls back on this retort: “how are we to pay for that?,” as if … Continue reading

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Run For Your Life On LRT, Jim Watson

That dull roar you hear in the distance is the sound of sensible shoes on pavement as old west end residents march on Ottawa City Hall carrying axes and scythes looking for the mayor. Run for your life, Jim Watson. … Continue reading

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NCC Compromise Gets LRT Wrong Again

The correct route for Ottawa’s troubled light-rail line. Carling Avenue. — Doesn’t anybody at the City of Ottawa or the National Capital Commission get it? You put light rail through commercial, high-density residential or retail areas. Not through old areas … Continue reading

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NCC Proposes Rochester Field LRT

This is a release by the National Capital Commission: Following its Board meeting this week, the National Capital Commission (NCC) has requested that the City of Ottawa include the Rochester Field–Richmond Road alignment in its ongoing environmental assessment study for … Continue reading

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We’re No. 2 Behind Nunavut

An artist rendering of Ottawa’s award-winning light-rail project. — Yes, another award for the City of Ottawa. What’s novel about this is that it is the city receiving one instead of handing one out. The Nobel? The Giller? The Pulitzer? The … Continue reading

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Light Rail? Come On: Whopper Watch

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 … Continue reading

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Condos: Reason Behind Parkway Light Rail

Developers love those million-dollar views so they can sell condo units for high prices. — This is a response written by The Bulldog to a comment by DavidPJames on the post Maguire Rail Plan Flawed: Reader. Just thought it was … Continue reading

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