Fixing the Unfixable: Queen Street “Beautification” Project Is Absurd

April 30, 2013 10:55 am
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson unveils artists’ renderings of the Confederation Line that will run under Queen Street.

The City of Ottawa is now studying design proposals for the transformation of Queen Street into a new “Showcase Street” and pedestrian route. Why do these well-paid planners live in such a dream world? Everyone knows Queen Street is wretchedly ugly (save for a very few architectural triumphs) and the […]

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Light Rail Transit Western Extension: Either Build It Right or Don’t Build It at all

April 27, 2013 5:13 pm
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When one thinks of all the money spent on foolishness by the City of Ottawa, their efforts to keep a lid on LRT costs are baffling. To reduce costs, the City wants to build the western extension of the LRT through an area west of Tunney’s Pasture where few people […]

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The Boston Bombings

April 22, 2013 11:30 am
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Today, as runners and Members of Parliament gather at the Centennial Flame to march in solidarity to the American Embassy, it is hard to believe that only a week has passed since the Boston Marathon.  This time last week I was running the marathon, overwhelmed by the excitement of being […]

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Kevin Page: A Hero for Our Time

April 10, 2013 1:04 pm
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When Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, steps down next month after five years on the job, he’ll do so with a respect and admiration accorded few professional public servants – not because he went above and beyond the call of duty (many do) or because he has been […]

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Decoding Gas Prices: Is the Gas Gouge Real? Part 2

April 9, 2013 12:12 pm
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Continued from Part I According to the Canadian Fuels Association, Canadians pump 75 billion litres of petroleum fuels annually (more than 200 million litres every day) to travel a total of 325 billion kilometres a year. That is the equivalent of eight million trips around the world. That’s a lot […]

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Where Investing in Transit Can Take Us

April 8, 2013 6:34 pm
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Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade about the need to make investments in transit. By Premier Kathleen Wynne The first subway line in Toronto opened in 1954, the year after I was born. I still remember riding the subway with my grandmother as […]

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Public workers earn 12% more than private counterparts: report

April 5, 2013 11:48 am
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Fraser Institute study says gap drops to nine per cent when unionization included in analysis BY Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff ON April 04, 2013 9:01am  VANCOUVER—Public sector workers at the federal, provincial and municipal levels across Canada earned substantially higher wages than their private sector counterparts in 2011, according to a […]

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Media Hoax Ban Shows PQ No Longer Suffers Fool's Gladly

March 27, 2013 11:25 am
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By Martti Lahtinen, The Low Down to Hull & Back News The Low Down has learned that the Quebec government is considering a ban on April Fool’s Day jokes in the media. In a memorandum privy only to select Parti Québécois cabinet members, the Office québécois de la langue française […]

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NDP Says Wynne Government Should Reverse McGuinty Decision and Reinstate Slots at Racetrack Program

March 16, 2013 11:50 am
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Taras Natyshak, the NDP MPP for Essex and NDP Opposition Critic for Labor, told Ottawa Life Magazine yesterday (March 15) that the NDP supports the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP) and believes the program should never have been changed by the Ontario Liberals. Natyshak said that Dwight Duncan erred in […]

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Letters to the Editor: Disabled and Displaced: Canada’s Need for a National Disabilities Act

February 14, 2013 12:47 pm
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By: Delaney Dunlop Majority rules – a common phrase used to solve many an argument. This simple practice that parents and teachers employed to avoid conflict has become the cornerstone of our government system. Democracy refers to a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in […]

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America’s Fiscal Albatross

February 11, 2013 1:35 pm
President Barack Obama giving his second inaugural address

The inaugural celebrations are over and a new Congress has been sworn in. Washington, D.C. is returning to business as usual with the status quo being largely upheld. The White House and the Senate remain in the hands of the Democrats and the House of Representatives in the hands of […]

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Closing Doors on Canada’s History

February 4, 2013 11:38 am
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On June 19, 2012, David McGuinty, Liberal Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, rose during Question Period to ask which federal departments or agencies have closed or will be closing their libraries and what is the rationale for such closures. In posing these questions, McGuinty spotlighted a development that has […]

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Andrew Cash: Not Your Typical Member of Parliament

January 23, 2013 12:22 pm
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Andrew Cash, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Toronto-Davenport, serves as the deputy critic for Canadian Heritage and sits on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, but he is unlike many of his predecessors who have held this position in the past. Prior to his running for public office […]

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RURAL RANT: Living Locally

11:17 am
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Today’s blog is more of a rave than a rant. I had the good fortune to spend the day on assignment at the Russell Horticultural Society’s fourth annual Living Locally Fair, held Saturday (January 19) at the Catholic high school in the village of Russell, about a kilometre outside Ottawa’s […]

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The Uncertain Road Ahead: The Ontario Liberal Party Unexpectedly Searches for a New Leader

January 18, 2013 12:00 pm
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On October 15, 2012, Dalton McGuinty unexpectedly announced his intention to retire, signaling the end of his nine-year reign as the Liberal Premier of Ontario and more than two decades as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Ottawa South. While McGuinty’s announcement caught many Ontarians by surprise, an even […]

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In Their Own Words: Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Weigh in on SARP and Other Issues of Concern

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In December 2012, Ottawa Life Magazine interviewed candidates in the Ontario Liberal leadership race (Sandra Pupatello and Harinder Takhar were unavailable and Glen Murray has since bowed out) on the issues that are of concern to Ontarians. A fuller discussion of the candidates’ opinions can be found on here.   […]

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Decoding Gas Prices: Is the Gas Gouge Real? Part 1

January 17, 2013 8:08 am
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Gas prices. If there is one topic that gets the back up of every Canadian who owns a vehicle, it is probably that one. There seems to be a veil of secrecy surrounding the issue. Who determines the cost? How come it fluctuates from day- to-day? Why is gas more […]

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