Introducing The Bulldog’s Newsletter

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The Bulldog and Bulldog Canadian have been coming to readers for the past three years by Internet, tablet and mobile. Now we have one more way to serve you.

Bulldog Canadian is now a newsletter … Bulldog Canadian Breaking News. It sends you the best Canadian news, opinion and analysis every morning at just after 7 a.m. Immediately, you can discover what national news Canadians are reading and what Canada’s best journalists are saying.

And remember national news is local news for our Ottawa readers.

For public servants, consultants, NGOs, politicians, lobbyists and executives, Bulldog Canada Breaking News tells you how the country is thinking in a snapshot first thing each morning. It goes straight to your email inbox. Meanwhile for the public, it’s a very good read.

Forget clipping services. Bulldog Canadian Breaking News is free. Save some money.

So sign up by emailing kengray20@gmail.com or by using the subscription box on the Bulldog Canadian website. The subscription box is in the left-hand column of Bulldog Canadian.

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CBC Cuts What People Want

cbcWhat is the CBC doing?

Yes the CBC is facing a financial squeeze and it must cut back.

But dropping the late night and weekend newscasts from Ottawa is ridiculous.

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.

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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.



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:


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:


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

King Jimbo

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

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.

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