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The head of Canada's financial intelligence agency has admitted it signed a deal that interfered with the government's legal obligations under federal freedom of information legislation. The director of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) made the admission on Tuesday as he elaborated on a confidential... More
Michael Geist | March 24, 2017 | in Blog Post
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to file a notice of renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement within weeks, paving the way for talks that could reshape the Canadian economy. It became clear last week that the renegotiation will involve much more than just a few “tweaks”, as a U.S. congressional hearing saw officials... More
National Observer | February 22, 2017 | in Op-Ed
The suburban hotel ballroom was packed with more than 400 conservative activists, college students and curious reporters. On stage, a bespectacled Calgarian was railing against what he called the “fascist theocracy” of militant Islam. This was in Sainte-Foy, Que., but the crowd didn’t seem to mind that he was speaking English. They laughed,... More
Ed Hand | February 13, 2017 | in Comment
Do as I say and not as I do seems to be the message from Ottawa Police Services Board chair, Eli El-Chantiry.   I received an interesting screen capture of his Facebook page (see below).  On it, Eli is friends with Charlie Manasseri.   Mr. Manasseri is currently in prison awaiting his appeal in the murder conviction in the death of Brian Fudge.  ... More

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How can Mayor Watson think Ottawa City Hall is open and accessible when they don’t even provide written meeting minutes anymore? Ie. There are no written... more
Open Government
Jim Watson
Ottawa
Ottawa City Hall
Public consultation
Lobbyist Registry
Advisory committees
Meeting minutes
To: Prishram Jain, Architect, TACTDesign Re: 19 Beechwood Avenue, Planning Committee approval, 26 March 2013 Mr. Prishram Jain, I attended the public meeting... more
view protection
development approval
Planning
Planning Committee
TACTDesign
Architecture
Design
Minto
Beechwood Avenue
Beechwood Cemetery
Ottawa
I am appalled re. your article in last Saturdays Citizen regarding the "Catholic Church in need of change". The Catholic church has been around for... more
Catholic Church
Janice Kennedy
Catholic Church reform
Pope
Hon. Minister James Flaherty House of Commons Room 435S, Centre Block Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Mr. Minister, Over the last few months, the world's attention has... more
Elizabeth May
Green Party of Canada
Federal Budget
Budget
Jim Flaherty
Conserviative Party of Canada
Canada
Carbon Tax
Clean Tech
Sustainability
Economy
If my experience in Toronto living in a highrise condo is any example, I would say that highrises sterilize the environment in which they are located. They... more
Development
Skyscrapers
Condos
Ottawa
Downtown Ottawa
Sterile environment
Urban wildlife
Parks
Life
The right answer to any question can only be obtained when all of the stakeholders are included in the decision making process. The community is a stakeholder... more
governance
community
Lowertown
Ottawa
I’m not so sure about that. Renewal can’t happen if there is no change in personnel. These are the people who were responsible for many of the mistakes the... more
Ontario Liberal Party
Kathryn Wynne
Ontario
Politics
Dalton McGuinty
It was nice the Mayor could fit us in to his busy schedule yesterday. By all accounts, the General Burns Cup was a big success as was the rest of the Hockey... more
Communities
Community events
Jim Watson
Ottawa
City of Ottawa
Hockey Day
Ward 9: Knoxdale-Merivale
Ward 9
Knoxdale-Merivale
Nepean
KMC
Trend-Arlington
General Burns
If that’s the case then they obviously have no imagination because the potential economic upside to redeveloping Carling Ave. is far greater than Byron simply... more
Light Rail Transit
Transportation
Carling Ave.
Merivale Rd.
Westgate
Ottawa
City of Ottawa
Doing something right, even if it means upturning the road for construction temporarily, is better than making a 100 year mistake. It wouldn’t be the first... more
Light Rail Transit
Transportation
City of Ottawa
Ottawa
Byron Ave.
Westboro
Carling Ave.
Interesting result yesterday for sure. I agree with you that its likely the Liberals will lose the next election. However, I think the election of Wynne as... more
Kathleen Wynne
Liberal Party Leadership Contest
elections
Ontario
Teachers
Dalton McGuinty
Laurel Broten
Bob Chiarelli
Yasir Naqvi
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Liberal Party of Ontario
NDP
Green Party of Ontario
The only thing that should be developed at Bayview is the new football/soccer stadium because of its access to mass transit (4-way rail link). I agree that... more
Innovation
Technology
Bayview Yards
Film and Television production
Ottawa
City of Ottawa
governance
Social Media
I’m leaning toward Marc Garneau. Trudeau has been weak on policy so far which will kill him in an election. Someday I think he will be worthy of the Liberal... more
Justin Trudeau
Marc Garneau
Liberal Party of Canada
Liberal Party Leadership Contest
elections
Canada
We need the complete LRT plan for Ottawa, if not Gatineau as well, built yesterday. But, unfortunately we don’t have the money to build both a downtown tunnel... more
LRT
Ottawa
City of Ottawa
Mark Sutcliffe
Transportation
I downloaded a series of century maps starting in 0 AD a few years ago when I was teaching history. Maps like this show quite clearly that the story of... more
History
Maps
Self determination
Europe
Asia

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