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A Two-Year-Old Is Bear-Sprayed

Bear spray is for bears, not two-year-olds.

Bear spray is for bears, not two-year-olds.

We’ve banned handguns in Canada. Do we have to ban bear spray next?

Two 17-year-olds have been charged with almost everything under the sun after assaulting a robbery victim on an OC Transpo bus with bear spray.

Their use of the spray sent six people to hospital including a two-year-old. Yes … a two-year-old.

Police caught them, thank goodness, but the damage had been done.

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Where Does The Gas-Tax Money Go?

gasBulldog contributor Sheridan takes a look at where the gas-tax money goes:

The province and feds have encouraged gas tax money to go into public transit (at least in those cities with public transit). The province uses transit ridership and population to decide how much money Ontario municipalities receive in gas tax revenue.

Where things get tricky is when this gas tax money gets dumped into the city’s general revenue pot, and then it is hard to trace.

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Don’t Raise Transit Fares: Cullen

This is a comment from Bulldog contributor and former city councillor Alex Cullen



concerning separating the OC Transpo budget for the operating budget at city hall:

Separating the OC Transpo budget from thge City’s operating budget may be politically expedient but is a bad approach to budget and tax-setting.

The political expediency is obvious.

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Get Ready For 2018 Transit Chaos

Many people go back to work after Labour Day having enjoyed a few free weeks of summer. Students return to school

Everyone appears to know that … except OC Transpo.

Add to that construction downtown of the light-rail project plus putting buses on Highway 417, OC Transpo customers found themselves delayed by as much as an hour in transit chaos on Tuesday. Nice work.

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Toronto Transit Much Cheaper Than OC Transpo

oc transpoThe City of Ottawa says its fares are much higher because Toronto has favourable economies of scale and a smaller city to cover in terms of geography.

But the difference in price is profound.

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OC Transpo Makes Huge Route Changes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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It’s Not My Fault, Watson Says (Again)



When things go bad, there are two things you can expect from Mayor Jim Watson.

1. He will try to ignore it such as when the light-rail tunnel collapsed, he was busy tweeting;

2. He will say it’s not my fault such as when Premier Kathleen Wynne (rightly) wouldn’t give His Worship two new casinos in Ottawa instead of one to get him out of a political pickle with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk trying to bid on one. Who needs four casinos in Ottawa-Gatineau? Who needs three for that matter. Or two?

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City Moves On Fallowfield Rail Crossing

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor, City Councillors and Citizen Transit Commissioners,

The purpose of this e-mail is to provide the results of the detailed operational and human factors study of the Fallowfield Road at-grade rail crossing outlined in my November 21, 2014, Memo to Council (attached for reference).

Staff received the study dated March 31, 2015, from the expert agency Human Factors North Inc., and undertook its due diligence with respect to the report’s recommendations, and is taking steps to implement the recommendations.

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OC Transpo Memorial Park Concept Revealed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa on plans for OC Transpo Memorial Park at Fallowfield Transitway and railroad station:

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Hintonburg’s Detoured Bus Woes

Community activist Karen Large discussed on Facebook how some neighbourhoods are treated differently by the City of Ottawa.

She is referring to The Bulldog post, “What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate.”

The evidence is below:

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What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate

The video above shows a crush of OC Transpo buses along Scott Street.

Just to take the ideas a little further from the post: Broken Hydro Pole Wouldn’t Play In Rockcliffe, here’s something to ponder.

Would the following things be considered for Rockcliffe?

1. A 55-storey condo;

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Surprise! Parking Problems At Lansdowne

transitway tunnel

A tunnel from the Transitway under the Rideau Canal and river might help access problems to Lansdowne Park.

Who knew?

Did anyone see this coming?

Well just about anyone with a fleeting interest in municipal issues.

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“Transit won’t trip up baseball

– headline from Ottawa Sun

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Stand Up For Scott Street

oc transpoThis is a comment from Bulldog reader Scott Albert on the detour of the Transitway down Scott Street:

Promised baseline testing before the work starts for air, noise and vibration have not occurred (to be the best of my knowledge) as promised.

Rideau Transit Group did a small test on the weekend. At a time when cities such as Paris and London prepare to remove all diesel vehicles from their downtown due to terrible health affects from the pollution, Ottawa instead puts our health and property in question by moving the entire Transitway metres from our homes.

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Now Where Are The Scott Street Folks?

One wonders if the residents of Scott Street are being invited to the meeting.

Doubt it. Colonel By Room is pretty small.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Susan Jones New Acting Deputy City Manager

This is a City of Ottawa internal document:

Date: 10 April 2015

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise Members of Council that Susan Jones has been appointed as the Acting Deputy City Manager of City Operations, effective April 24, 2015.

I also wish to advise Members of Council that concurrent with this appointment, Transit Services will no longer fall within the City Operations portfolio. John Manconi, General Manager of Transit Services will report directly to me.

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Don’t Give Up, John Manconi

WHOPPERWATCH“You learn and grow from your mistakes and issues and I believe what customers don’t want to see organizations do is give up,” said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi last week.

Give up?

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OC Transpo Reduces March Break Sked

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

OC Transpo will operate a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 16 to 20) when schools are closed.

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