TagStephen Blais

Blais Gets O-Train Woes Wrong

WHOPPERWATCHThe situation with the O-Train has become much more serious than this quote by transit commission chairman Stephen Blais would have you believe:

“Just like when you buy a brand new house, you move in, you expect everything to be perfect and every once and a while there’s a couple things that aren’t exactly the way they are supposed to be. Our staff fixed them very quickly.”

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We Need A New Stephen Blais

election endorsementCouncillor Stephen Blais arrived at Ottawa City Hall in 2010 full of fire and was constantly questioning
spending and programs.



Then came his almost-fatal heart attack in 2013 and a five-month break from his duties while he recovered. At times his life was very much in jeopardy.

Understandably Blais has been reserved and very serious since he returned to duties at city hall. Cumberland ward residents and Ottawans need the old Stephen Blais back.

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Highway 174 Tolls Are Necessary: Reader

Bulldog Ottawa reader Kevin O’Donnell has an interesting take on imposing fees on out-of-town cars using Highway 174.

It’s the complete opposite of my post on this topic. To read that post, click here.

O’Donnell’s opinion deserves bigger play than a comment, so here it is below:

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Highway 174 Road Toll Just Ineffective Tax Grab

Highway 174 traffic in 2012.

A lot of wild ideas have been bandied around in Ottawa but this one is one of the weirdest.

Putting electronic tolls on Highway 174 is a non-starter. And Mayor Jim Watson even says he’s willing to consider options on it. You know, Kinda-Two-Per-Cent Jim.

Good grief.

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It’s Official: Stephen Blais To Leave Hospital

Here is Councillor Stephen Blais’ tweet concerning his departure from hospital after a major heart attack. It’s been a long road back:

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Blais Leaves Intensive Care

Councillor Stephen Blais has tweeted out that he is out of intensive care and in a regular hospital room.

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Outstanding Issues Concern Cumberland CA

This is an email from the vice-president of the Cumberland Community Association:

Dear Mr. Gray,

The purpose of this email is to bring to your attention activities that are unfolding in the east end of Ottawa that I believe would be of interest to you and your Bulldog Ottawa readers.

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Stephen Blais Has ‘Severe Case Of Pneumonia’

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Our family is pleased to report that Stephen’s heart is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack a mere two weeks ago. However, we are saddened by the fact that Stephen is facing a new health hurdle: a severe case of pneumonia.

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Blais’ Wife Updates Councillor’s Condition

This is a release from Marta Blais, the wife of Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais:

A week ago today, my husband, Councillor Stephen Blais suffered a serious heart attack. As Stephen continues to clear hurdles on his path to recovery, I would like to take this opportunity to thank his office staff for their tireless work on behalf of Cumberland ward residents. Our family has also immensely benefitted from their devotion to us throughout this time.

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