Where Did Jim Watson Go On Releases?


Speculation around Ottawa City Hall has it that Mayor Jim Watson took his name off the first paragraph of each Ottawa 2017 release for legal reasons.

According to The Bulldog’s top secret civic source Deep Pothole, the city is trying to keep Ottawa 2017 separate as an entity from the municipality as possible. That’s because if there are liabilities coming out of extravaganza, those costs would be borne by Ottawa 2017 rather than the city.

It’s rather like some promoters do when they are presenting a huge concert. The concert is incorporated as a separate numbered-company entity from the main promotion company. So if the show flops at the gate, some if not all of the losses are the responsibility of the separate corporation rather than the promoter.

The mayor’s persistent placing of his name on releases might be perceived as a link between Ottawa 2017 and the City of Ottawa. And that could cost the city big money if, for some reason or other, Ottawa 2017 is sued.

That said, with so many videos and press releases featuring His Worship already out there, one wonders if that ship has already sailed.

The other theory on the disappearance of Watson in every Ottawa 2017 missive is that the mayor was concerned that this free publicity was being reported repeatedly by The Bulldog.

Pleasant thought, but we’re going with the legal argument.


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6 thoughts on “Where Did Jim Watson Go On Releases?

  1. Maybe he is going to claim that the inclusion of his name was an error and it has now been corrected to comply with the legal ‘wall’ between the City and Ottawa 2017?

    1. KA,
      Have you ever seen the damage a robot can do?
      What about all the tuna sandwiches being consumed on that bridge? If it is a hot day the resulting food poisonings could be devastating. Have they installed nets to catch the jumpers? Has the sod been inspected for hidden ticks?

      What about the thousands or hundreds or at least the one or two RV’ ers that spend the days parked in asphalt covered parking lots. Will they not be breathing in toxic fumes as they play and sleep.

      There is plenty of potential liability.

      It’s a nightmare.


  2. After all the Mayor’s pushing for the Mooney’s Bay Giver 150 playground and the accompanying photo op for July 1st, Dan Chenier has confirmed that the city will not be participating. I guess the negative publicity put a damper on those plans. True to form, Watson doesn’t go where there is bad press.


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