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Light-Rail Sinkhole Thinking: Whopper Watch

Of course, there are absolutely no ties between supposed provincial Liberal under-funding of the light-rail project in Ottawa and the collapse of the Waller Street section of the tunnel.

But that didn’t stop Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek of London from uttering this whopper: “We see what happens when the infrastructure and the dollars aren’t there, with the big sinkhole you see behind me.”

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Surprise Soil Conditions Cause Tunnel Woes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa.

Click on the highlighted words below to read the city memo on the Waller Street road-tunnel collapse.

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Sewer Work Begins At Sinkhole

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Sent on behalf of Nancy Schepers, DCM, Planning and Infrastructure

Starting today crews from the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) will be undertaking work at the site of the Laurier/Waller roadway collapse in order to reconnect the sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure that was damaged during last Friday’s incident.

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Waller-Laurier Road Collapse Update

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Sent on behalf of Nancy Schepers, DCM, Planning and Infrastructure

Following is an update on the current situation at Waller/Laurier Incident.

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A Sobering LRT Sinkhole Quote

The vague nature of this quote from deputy city manager Nancy Schepers should give taxpayers pause:

“I can assure you that all steps are being taken to first protect the public and all physical assets in the immediate area. I can also assure you tunnelling will not resume until both ourselves and RTG are comfortable it is safe to do so.”

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Sinkhole Top 10 List

Top 10 questions that need to be answered about the Laurier-Waller sinkhole:

1. How will this sinkhole affect our No. 2 status in North America on the Mercer Quality of Living index?

2. Will Mayor Jim Watson be taking credit for this?

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No Tunnel Workers Hurt In Road Collapse

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

At approximately 1 am on Feb 21 a portion of the road collapsed on Waller Street, south of Laurier Avenue East, at the East Portal construction site of the Confederation Line LRT project. The cause is yet to be determined.

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Tweep Takes On New Downtown Sinkhole

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Twitter takes on the new downtown sinkhole.

The tweep Sinkhole Inspector is in fine form this morning with word that a 12.192-metre deep sinkhole has opened up at Laurier Avenue and Waller Street near the University of Ottawa.

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City Explains East-End Watermain Breaks

This is a release from the City of Ottawa concerning the recent spate of watermain breaks in the east end:

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It Was A Slow News Day When … SINKHOLE!

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Thank goodness for the City of Ottawa.

After the screw up that was the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge on Friday, it had been two whole days since the municipality had a major faux pas.

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Tweep Finds More City Business Woes

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Bulldog Twitter follower and news site reader Steven Preston III found even more areas where the City of Ottawa has had difficulty doing business.

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Sinkholes: Another Field Where The Chinese Lead Us

One pathetic sinkhole on Highway 174 … is that all that the City of Ottawa can muster?

Sinkhole technology is a field where the Chinese have taken over from us. The Chinese can build sinkholes in seconds. Ours take years to assemble.

Yet another area where Ottawa can’t compete with the world.

The details follow:

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No New Taxes For Municipal Governments

There was a time when giving the municipal governments more power seemed like a good idea. Not now.

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Highway 174 Sewer Work Continues Post-Sinkhole

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Work will begin today to reline the second of two sewers running under Highway 174. The work will take place between Blair Road and Montreal Road and is anticipated to be complete in approximately two weeks. The work will not result in any lane reductions, traffic will not be affected.

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Highway 174 Lanes Reopen After Sewer Work

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The left lane on Highway 174 westbound will reopen this evening between Champlain Street and Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard.

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Highway 174 Lane Closed For Sewer Work

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Beginning Saturday, January 19 at midnight, the left lane on Highway 174 westbound will be closed between Champlain Street and Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard for one week.

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Sinkhole Release: Where’s The Beef?

This is the release concerning the Highway 174 sinkhole report, but where is the beef?

You would think the city would have learned for the auditor-general’s happy town news releases as the AG released his controversial report recently that the City of Ottawa might have stuck to the facts on its sugar-coating of the document. But here we go again.

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Hwy. 174 Lane Closure Monday For Sewer Probe

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The left lane on Highway 174 westbound will be closed immediately west of the Orleans Blvd overpass for approximately 6 hours starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 26.

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City Probing Another Highway 174 Sewer

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The left lane on Highway 174 westbound will be closed under the Orleans Boulevard overpass for approximately 6 hours starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 15. The lane closure will occur during off-peak hours and roadside signs will be set up as a reminder to motorists. The closure and construction activity is weather dependant.

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Battle Of The Dueling Sinkholes

Bulldog Ottawa’s sinkhole readership is skyrocketing.

First the great Highway 174 sinkhole retweeted my missive on lane reductions for construction on that freeway, then the Elgin Street sinkhole (which professes to be jealous of its former bigger cousin in the east end) retweets that retweet.

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Bulldog Ottawa Retweeted By #174Sinkhole

The Highway 174 sinkhole speaks on Twitter.


In one of the greatest moments in Bulldog history, certainly the most important since being addressed constantly by #BronsonHulk (whatever happened to him, I miss him) or being trashed for a year on my own thread by The Skyscrappers, Bulldog Ottawa has been retweeted by #174Sinkhole.

Whoa baby. Will the honours ever stop piling up? Next the Order of Canada. It pales in comparison.

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The Mayor’s Economic Speech: What Cities Can Do (2)

Mayor Jim Watson wants to diversify the Ottawa’s business base beyond just being government dependent.


Note: This is continued from yesterday’s blog post, part 1.


If Ottawa really wants to promote itself to business, it needs to get its services right.

Businesses want from a city a good, efficient place to live. They need efficient municipal approvals as Mayor Jim Watson emphasized in his major economic speech this week. They don’t need the city to tell them how to start a business. Just be efficient in whatever approvals are necessary and get out of the way.

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Sinkhole Video: Bad Issue Management


Concerned Ottawans should see the video and story from CBC Ottawa on the inspection of the pipe that caused the Highway 174 sinkhole.

Not hard to tell why the city was reluctant to release the information, but now, because it didn’t originally, this story is being dragged out even longer than it should have. A good PR person would say get the information out there as fast as possible so the controversy dies sooner. Now the City of Ottawa will have more bad publicity.

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