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FULL LOCAL: Where Ottawa Comes First

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

Full Local‘s content changes minute-by-minute. When there’s something happening in Ottawa, you’ll get it first in Full Local. And because we have a lot of urbanism geeks on this site, 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 Gives You More New Features

bulldogcanucklogoSo it started with Bulldog Canadian a few weeks ago, a whole new website that features the best in national news and comment.

Now The Bulldog is trying out some more new stuff on the readers.

YOUR COMMENTSYour Comments takes all the best submissions from Bulldog readers and puts them together in a more prominent and easily accessible location.

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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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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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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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Real-Time Election Commentary: Bulldog Live

Bulldog LiveAll Ontario election day Thursday, The Bulldog will be online bringing you commentary about the critical vote.

And it’s interactive, you can comment in real time on what you’ve read. Use the comment box at the bottom of this post.

So join Ken Gray and The Bulldog for live commentary on the Ontario election Thursday.

For the live commentary, click on continue reading. The commentary is below:

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Get The Latest In EVERYTHING: POLITICS AND GOSSIP

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Don’t miss our latest continuing feature on Bulldog Canadian, Politics and Gossip.

It features the latest gossip on Canadian politics, trends … why the latest in EVERYTHING.

Politics and Gossip is updated in real time so come back again and again because you don’t want to miss anything.

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Politics Jam: Best Canadian Opinion In Real Time

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Try out Politics Jam on Bulldog Canadian.

That’s  where we bring together the absolute best of Canadian opinion from a wide variety of highly respected sources and put it on one page. It’s the cutting edge of Canadian political thought.

No need to browse a number of sites across the Internet. Constantly updated in real time, you get the best in Canadian commentary in this one place.

So check it out. Bookmark Politics Jam. You’ve got the finest Canadian columnists right there, filing as the events happen.

Save your time. Get caught up on what Canadians are talking about right now on Politics Jam. Outstanding comment … fast.

To see Politics Jam, click here

Why Joanne Chianello Has The Casino All Wrong

Trying to restrict gambling through not building a casino downtown is like trying to ban alcohol during Prohibition. It just leaves gamblers going to Lac Leamy casino or to bookies.


Former Citizen colleague Joanne Chianello’s arguments on the proposed Ottawa casino don’t stand close scrutiny. Here’s why.

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Downtown’s The Place For Casino, Sue Sherring

Sorry, Sue Sherring. You’re a fine person, but I must disagree with you on the site of the casino. (Her column in the Sun on the topic is here.)

Put the proposed Ottawa casino at Rideau-Carleton Raceway and you’re dooming it to obscurity. If you think Scotiabank Place is in a bad spot out in the wilds of Kanata just outside Toronto, put the betting parlour out at RCR, situated near Ogdensburg. You can do some cross-border shopping and place a bet. People in Orleans will have to pack a lunch to get there.

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Attack Of The PIISEBYs, A Viral Form Of Extremification (1)

The infamous skyscraperpage.com, the word that strikes fear into the hearts of NIMBYs.


For a few years, I have been advocating smart intensification — placing condos and the like in appropriate locations.

In fact, the wide open spaces of Tunney’s Pasture are not a bad spot, except that people will drive to the area which has already or is in the process of being intensified. So the roads in the area are packed, the Parkway Avenue/Queensway interchange is clogged beyond belief and now we want to put more people at Tunney’s. Will they all work at home?

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NHL Lockout Makes Ottawa A Dull Town In Winter

How long will it be before we see NHL hockey that matters? It could be a long winter.


Sports pundits are putting on a brave face as hockey owners and players duke it out for their part of the multimillion dollar pie that is the National Hockey League. A long work disruption looms.

These scribes tells us there are other major sports to watch, football, baseball, soccer, but none of them major with the word Ottawa in them like the Senators have. And when the temperature reaches -20 degrees with a wind and there are only eight hours, 42 minutes and 50 seconds of sunlight this coming Dec. 21, it sure is nice to bask in the glow of the plasma screen in the rec room or under the television lights at Scotiabank Place. Call the Senators light therapy.

But there are more reasons than simple psychology to explain why the Ottawa Senators are important to this city:

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Sinkhole Stretch of Hwy. 174 Opens At 3 p.m. Monday

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Highway 174 will open to eastbound traffic by 3 p.m. today, including one lane of the Jeanne D’Arc off-ramp, which will be open to both vehicles and transit.

“After working around the clock for almost two weeks, I am very pleased that the City can re-open the road in time for today’s evening commute,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I would like to extend my gratitude to City staff and our contractor for their hard work, and especially to our east end residents for their patience and co-operation.”

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A New And Improved Jim Watson?

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is returning to taking positions consistent with his constituents.

Has Jim Watson gone achangin’ on us?

Needless to say, these have been trying times for His Worship. Last year, the main Barrhaven water pipe had to be replaced, resulting in an outdoor watering ban and angering residents of the south urban community.

Now this year, a sinkhole appears on Highway 174 swallows a car, but fortunately spits out the driver alive, and the whole east end is subjected to even worse traffic than usual.

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The Current State Of The Westboro Convent

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Bulldog Ottawa continues to monitor the progress of the reconstruction of the gardens and grounds of Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent on Richmond Road in Westboro.

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End Of The Winter Tire: The Hankooks Work

This is a promotional video from Hankook Tires on their Optimo 4S.


A year ago, with some trepidation, I decided to buy a set of four Hankook Optimo 4S tires. They are all-weather rather than all-season tires. I have discussed my progress with them on my former Bulldog blog and readers have taken a rather peculiar interest in my evaluation of them.

What’s the difference between the two kinds of tires?

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