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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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Maguire Responds To Rail Critics

Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire joins the big debate on his rail position that is occurring on The Bulldog post “Maguire Rail Plan Flawed: Reader.” Hello All, My apologies for my late arrival to the debate and further apologies for the … Continue reading

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LRT Building Narrows Queen Street

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: Beginning Wednesday, September 3, Queen Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Bay Street and Lyon Street to accommodate utility and hydro relocation work in advance of … Continue reading

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The Flaw In Light-Rail Funding: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray discuss light-rail funding, whether Ottawa is bike and pedestrian friendly and municipal binding arbitration. To listen to The Bulldog portion of Rob Snow’s Afternoon Edition, click on the podcast player below:

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Watson’s Big LRT Errors: Whopper Watch

Mayor Jim Watson needs federal funding for Phase 2 of the light-rail project. — Oh good grief. Mayor Jim Watson says Ottawa needs to get its LRT Phase 2 funding in order soon so that momentum can continue on light … Continue reading

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More Highway 417 Closures

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: Starting Friday, July 25, Hwy 417 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Hwy 417/174 split from Friday evening at 9 p.m. until Monday … Continue reading

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Watson’s Video Version Of His Campaign Whoppers

About 407 viewers have been treated to this Jim Watson campaign video on YouTube. Whadda guy.  — It is amazing how high you can pile fertilizer and no one is better in stacking that garden supplement that our Mayor Jim … Continue reading

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Hobbs Touts Light-Rail Detour Change

Oh lookie here. What would be a holiday weekend in Ottawa be when absolutely no one is home (‘cept The Bulldog and a few shut-ins) without an emailed newsletter from the God, queen and empress of Kitchissippi Katie Hobbs. Hello … Continue reading

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Maguire’s Cheesy Light-Rail Reply

Candidate Mike Maguire tells The Bulldog he likes his Whopper with cheese. — Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire, way out there in whopper land, still doesn’t get it. The would-be leader of the great City of Ottawa wants to use the existing rail … Continue reading

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Maguire Joins The Fold: Whopper Watch

And here we thought Whopper Watch was the private domain of Mayor Jim Watson and his trusty sidekick Katherine Hobbs. But don’t look now. Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire is stomping on the Watson-Hobbs turf. Here’s Maguire’s whopper:

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Watson Has Failed Public Transit

Commenter Sheridan is an important part of what we do here at The Bulldog. His cogent analysis of urban issues is one of the highlights of this publication. Here Sheridan examines public-transit funding, its sustainability and its impact on mayor … Continue reading

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Tweep Backs Bulldog On New LRT Route

The Bulldog has been touting a new rail route from the Lees or Hurdman light-rail stations that would require short tunnels to access the transit-challenged Lansdowne and Glebe areas. This Twitter tweep agrees:

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Bulldog Reader Takes On Mike Maguire

Frequent Bulldog contributor David disputes light-rail figures with mayor candidate Mike Maguire. Maguire’s criticism of The Bulldog, the post to which David’s criticism is directed, is here. David’s comment is below: I’d like to know why Mike Maguire is trying to inflate … Continue reading

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Maguire Takes On The Bulldog

Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire in this comment disputes light-rail costs with The Bulldog. To read the post to which Maguire refers, click here. A day late and a dollar short on this one Ken.

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City Has NCC Double Standard

Frequent Bulldog contributor Randy Gordon compares the Scott Street detour issue with light rail on the Macdonald Parkway and finds an interesting difference: I find it very ironic that the City is applying for use of federal lands to get … Continue reading

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