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A Burger King In The West Block: Whopper Watch

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“The mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau have asked for representation on the NCC’s board, which might help prevent future rubber-stamping.”

Citizen columnist Kate Heartfield

What the appointment of Mayor Jim Watson would do on the National Capital Commission board would be to bring the developer agenda to places such as the Macdonald Parkway.

Many Ottawa politicians are beholden to the development industry and the city’s planning department has gone native with developers. What developers want, the City of Ottawa wants. Planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder has never seen a developer she didn’t embrace.

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Should Pols Report To NCC? Whopper Watch

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“So we have the worst of both worlds: an unelected body nccdoing the bidding of (certain) politicians.”

Citizen columnist Kate Heartfield on the National Capital Commission

But isn’t this what politicians and public servants do?

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Don’t Let City Run Major Sports Venues

Bulldog contributor says leaving the city in charge of major sports facility upkeep just doesn’t work. Here is the result of decades of city maintenance at Lansdowne.


Superb Bulldog contributor Ron Benn takes a thoughtful look into putting a new Ottawa Senators arena on LeBreton Flats.

I, too, have struggled with what role government (at any level) should play in the development of professional sporting venues.

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Government Has A Right To Make Bad Decisions

The Bulldog has the utmost respect for the great Kelly Egan of the Citizen.

Egan is a good read day after day.

But your agent must disagree with Egan on his column on the Victims of Communism memorial planned for the Parliamentary district.

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Thank Goodness: NCC Serves Democracy

nccPerhaps we are supposed to be outraged that the National Capital Commission had no choice about approving the Memorial to the Victims of Communism near Parliament Hill.

One hopes not.

Crown corporation or not, the public service in all its forms serves at the behest of our elected officials. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. Remember … it’s a democracy.

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Expect Delays Around Canal

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway users and motorists on Colonel By Drive, between Rosedale and Leonard avenues, can expect delays from August 12 to August 21, 9 am to 3 pm, due to grading work taking place on adjacent land.

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Ottawa River Condo Issue Heats Up

When Ottawans heard that the National Capital Commission wanted to “animate” the Ottawa River shoreline, people thought they meant a restaurant here or there, a patio, some swimming holes, a few paddle boat docks and maybe the Daffy Duck Film Festival held on one of those floating movie screens.

However nothing in Ottawa is exactly what it seems. Often plans have a more sinister side. Harmless on the outside, dastardly on the inside.

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Condos Along The Ottawa River?

Ottawa City Hall is rife with speculation that the municipality is privately pushing the National Capital Commission to approve residential buildings and perhaps condos along the Ottawa River.

The NCC has said it is looking for ideas to “animate” the river shoreline in a way that would bring people to the area.

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Would Poilievre Qualify For NCC Board?

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”These vacant positions required the most qualified and experienced individuals to ensure the National Capital Commission continues to represent all Canadians. I’m pleased they have taken up this challenge.”

– Pierre Poilievere, Conservative minister responsible for the NCC

So those traits are what required for new NCC board members.

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NCC Amends Victims Of Communism Memorial

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The before and after of the Victims of Communism Memorial.


This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) Board of Directors received an update today on the design of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Subsequently, the Board gave federal land use approval for the decontamination of the site.

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Coalition Crafts Letter To Oppose Monument

This is a letter sent by a coalition of opponents of the construction of the Victims of Communism Monument in Ottawa in the Parliamentary district of Ottawa:

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NCC To Hold Two Meetings In One

This is a release from the National Capital Commission.

One wonders if one of these meetings will discussion the victims of communism monument:

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‘Emergency Repairs’ Close Bridge: Internal Document

This is an internal City of Ottawa document obtained by The Bulldog:

To / Destinataire

Mayor and Members of Council

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NCC North Shore Workshop Wednesday Night

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the public to participate in the second workshop on the development of the Ottawa River north shore improvement plan.

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Gatineau Park Gets Major Overhaul

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The section of the Gatineau Parkway north of Chemin du Lac-Meech will be closed starting Monday, June 15, 2015

Canada’s Capital Region — Plan ahead when travelling through Gatineau Park this summer. The National Capital Commission (NCC) will be starting major infrastructure renewal work on Monday, June 15, 2015.

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NCC Turns To Quebec For Inspiration

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to a conference on the theme of placemaking and capital identity, which will be presented by the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec (CCNQ).

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WHOPPERWATCH

“I think good friends can have arguments.”

– Mayor Jim Watson on whether the City of Ottawa should have taken a position on stopping the building of the Memorial To The Victims Of Communism

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Don’t Forget The Tulips

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The tulip season has begun. Most of the tulips will be at their peak over the next two weeks. The early season varieties are already in bloom. All over the heart of the Capital, they will amaze residents and visitors.

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NCC Unveils Draft Linear Waterfront Park Plan

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to attend a roaming workshop on the plan for the proposed Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway waterfront linear park. The proposed concept takes advantage of the spectacular corridor landscape and views, river heritage, ecology and experiences that reconnect people with the river.

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Stand Up To Gov’t On Monument: Padolsky

This is a letter to National Capital Commission design committee chairman Larry Beasley from noted Ottawa architect Barry Padolsky:

MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM, OTTAWA

An open letter  to the NCC Advisory Committee on Planning Design and Realty (ACPDR) 

Dear  Chairman Beasley and ACPDR members,

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A Vital NCC Board Meeting

Bulldog reader Randy Gordon points out there are some big-time agenda items at this morning’s National Capital Commission board meeting today.

There’s using the Macdonald Parkway for the city’s light-rail project, land use at LeBreton Flats and public access to Chaudiere Falls.

Those are heavy-duty decisions to be made. The agenda is below:

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NCC Board To Meet

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the public and the media to attend its public Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the NCC’s headquarters.

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NCC Plans Capital Lighting

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the public and the media to attend a workshop to assist in the development of an illumination plan for the core of Canada’s Capital.

This plan will create a holistic vision for nighttime illumination of both public and private buildings, as well as infrastructure and public art.

This presentation will also highlight UNESCO’s 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, which is raising awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

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Lane To Be Closed On Island Park Drive

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

On Wednesday March 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., motorists using Island Park Drive will encounter a temporary closure of the right turning lane from Island Park Drive onto the Sir John A. Macdonald.

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LRT: Holy Orgaworld, They Bought It

nccFrom the people who gave us the Orgaworld deal framed on the back of an envelope and the Plasco plasma gasificator that could not possibly cost the city any money, now we have the LRT tunnel-down-a-park line.

Sheesh.

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