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What is the CBC doing?
Yes the CBC is facing a financial squeeze and it must cut back.
The replacement shows will be broadcast from Toronto, apparently with some Ottawa content.
How can an assignment editor in Toronto be expected to know about the local Ottawa news scene to cover this city? The newscast will sound like a travelogue rather something with depth and analysis.
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 us, and a willingness to compromise. Few transit systems are perfect, and our LRT won’t be either, whether it’s a station that should have been here rather than there, or trees saved along the parkway versus trees on the Byron linear park. It will not be possible to please everyone.”
While the rest of you were enjoying your holiday season, we elves at The Bulldog have been working on building a better Bulldog.
That means four new features for the new year.
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Your friendly neighbourhood Bulldog hasn’t had a holiday in far too long.
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That is where the community meets to discuss important issues that affect the lives of Ottawans. Now council has been called The Bobbleheads or the Stepford Council because it acts as a rubber stamp for the standing committees. It is a shame.
Another problem is the lack of critical thought on council. Too many problems are getting by this council.
A solution exists for this: Alex Cullen.
Many 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.
This is an email from Bulldog reader Earle Rheaume:
Even after City Council approved and staff implemented policy changes in 2011, 131 low income seniors fell through the cracks and continue to be without appropriate services and benefits.
City solicitor/clerk Rick O’Connor gave this explanation.
Here’s an interesting take from Ottawa Magazine on the difficulties surrounding the City of Ottawa’s dealings with Plasco.
Board chairman Rod Bryden left the company last week to add to speculation surrounding the firm. Its current extension from city council for raising financing is Dec. 31, 2014, conveniently after the election in case something might go wrong and make the current council and Mayor Jim Watson look bad:
His Royal Majesty King Jimbo the XVI of Kitchissippi, ruler of all those who can be seen from the knoll at the end of Elgin Way and whose subjects include Stephen Harper, John Baird, Russell Mills and Kathleen Wynne, absolute emperor of the Stepford Council and sometimes censor of the Blacklisted and Blackhearted Bulldog, has chosen an opponent for his coronation on Oct. 27. We tremble where he trods.
That is the dastardly Sir Russell Mills of the oligarchic National Capital Commission, but a fly in the realm of great King Jimbo. Hardly worthy of notice. Shoo, shoo fly … you bother Antoinette.
Academic Barry Wellar weighs in on the question of National Capital Commission board member Robert Tennant’s objectivity in this email to Bulldog Ottawa:
Mr. Russell Mills, Chairman, and Directors
National Capital Commission
Re: NCC director’s LRT ties under scrutiny – No conflict between Robert Tennant’s planning consultancy and his commission work, chair insists, Ottawa Citizen, January 24, 2014, and Member unaware of LRT conflict: Mills – NCC’s Tennant to recuse himself from rail debates, Ottawa Citizen, January 25, 2014.
The Palace of Versailles: We don’t know if it would be big enough to accommodate the huge ego of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
Who does Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson think he is?
Bulldog Ottawa has read overbearing, pretentious, stuffed-shirted letters before but this takes the cake. Watson is telling the prime minister how the composition of the federal government’s Crown corporation, the National Capital Commission, should be constructed.
This is an email sent to Bulldog Ottawa from Lowertown community activist M.S. Aubin:
Chers collègues, chers amis et voisins,
Please find attached a formal message from me regarding the outcomes of the recent OMB appeal affecting the Union du Canada building and a proposed condo on George Street.
Something is wrong with the Via Rail level crossing at Woodroffe Avenue just north of Barrhaven.
Obviously the alarm bells went off when six people were killed in an OC Transpo-Via Rail collision at the site last year. The Transportation Safety Board is looking into that incident and we look forward to its report soon.