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FULL LOCAL: Where Ottawa Comes First

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Your fastest, most complete Ottawa-area news summary is here at Full Local.


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Full Local brings you the best in Ottawa news, information and opinion from the city’s news sites and blogs – all in real time.

The feed for Planetizen, the leading source of city planning and design, is also supplied here to make Ottawa a better place.

Full Local is below:

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Bulldog Canadian And Coffee

The great Ron Benn weighs in on the new Bulldog Canadian.

Ron I don’t know how to fix the problem you talk about, but I’ll try.

To read Bulldog Canadian, click here. This is Ron’s email:

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Chianello On LRT: Whopper Watch

light railCitizen 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.”

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Four New Big Bulldog Features Roll Out

bulldogWhile 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.

First on the serious side, there’s The News. If you look up to the right, you’ll see a rolling scroll that has the latest news from Ottawa, Canada and the world. It’s up to the minute in real time so get your top news first on The Bulldog.

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Happy Holidays

xmasbulldogYour friendly neighbourhood Bulldog hasn’t had a holiday in far too long.

So it’s time for a break. The Bulldog will be back with some new features and its old bite on Jan. 5.

And for those of you who can’t go a day without your daily Bulldog fix, we invite you to read Full Local, Full Canadian, and Politics and Gossip. These features are updated every 30 minutes with the best news and opinion from some of Ottawa’s, Canada’s and the world’s best sources.

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Cullen Needed On Council

election endorsementOne of the great disappointments of Mayor Jim Watson’s term in office has been the lack of debate at Ottawa City Council.

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Cullen

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.

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Independent Bulldog Turns Two Today

bulldogMany 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.

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The Bulldog Returns Aug. 12

The Bulldog will return on Tuesday, August 12.

But to continue to be informed on municipal and national events, The Bulldog suggests you use the following news feeds on this site. They are constantly updated so you receive the latest in good information and current affairs.

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131 Seniors Fall Through City Cracks: Reader

This is an email from Bulldog reader Earle Rheaume:

Ken,

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.

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Plasma Hot-Air Gasification

ottawa city hallEntrepreneur Rod Bryden’s departure from Plasco has fueled speculation surrounding the company and its waste deal with the City of Ottawa.

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:

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Mills A Class Act

Frequent Bulldog commenter Randy Gordon is back with his opinion on the Russell Mills-Jim Watson spat:

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Good for Russell Mills to quickly rebuke the arrogance of Jim Watson’s attempt to basically get rid of the NCC.

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One More City Mistake

Here’s a Facebook reader’s take on the events surrounding Plasco and Rod Bryden leaving the company:

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Keep Up The Good Barriers, NCC

This is a message Bulldog Ottawa reader Bruce Webster sent to the NCC in response to Mayor Jim Watson’s letters to the NCC and the PMO:

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Facebook Friends Want New Mayor

These two Facebook friends say they want change at Ottawa City Hall:

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King Jimbo Finds A Knave

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King Jimbo

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.

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Bryden Gone From Plasco

CFRA is reporting that Plasco board of directors chairman Rod Bryden will leave the company on Friday.

In November Bryden was replaced as the company’s chief executive officer.

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NCC Should Have Higher Standard: Academic

nccAcademic 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

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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.

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What Now, NCC? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow discusses National Capital Commission reform with Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray on Snow’s Afternoon Edition.

To listen to broadcast, use the podcast player below:

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Watson Insults Big Players Over NCC

versaillesThe 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.

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Appeal Fails To Save Union Du Canada

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.

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Get The Bus-Train Crossing Right

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The scene after the tragic bus-train collision at Woodroffe Avenue north of Barrhaven.

 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.

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Moffatt, Reader Exchange Emails On Parking

This is an email exchange between Councillor Scott Moffatt and Bulldog reader Bruce Webster concerning on-street parking that was forwarded to this news site:

Bruce Webster

23 Jan (5 days ago)

To Scott

City report about “parking and other concerns” in suburbs.

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Maguire Takes Mayoral Poll

bulldog pollThe Bulldog mayoral poll shows one thing. Conservative Mike Maguire is, at least for the moment, the official opposition candidate to Mayor Jim Watson.

That might change if a prominent contender comes to the fore, but right now he looks like a force with whom to reckon.

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Here’s Your Winterlude Sked

Canadian Heritage, the new custodian of Winterlude after responsibility for the festival was transferred from the National Capital Commission, has released the first weekend schedule for the great gathering.

Sharpen your skates. Click on the Winterlude link below:

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