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“Do exactly as I say or I’ll have you in court” – that sounds like an impetuous boss, but it might illustrate the way Ottawa municipal employees relate to elected members of Council.
It is easy to assume that all governments in Canada operate in much the same way. Most of us imagine that, in a country deemed a representative democracy, public servants (once considered “civil”) remain in awe of the office of those elected (if not necessarily in awe of every office-holder).
The joys of Indian luncheon buffet
Retirement is proving to be hard work. Many evenings are occupied with meetings, rehearsals, movies at the Bytowne or tickets to the theatre; this leaves little time for a leisurely supper. The solution – a hearty lunch.
Living in suburbia is the North American norm but the nature of suburbs has changed over time. The author of this readable 200-page paperback, Richard Harris, Geography Professor at McMaster University, maintains that suburbs have become less diverse over the sixty years mentioned in the title.
Now that the NCC-led study on possible locations for a new bridge across the Ottawa River has decided on the Kettle Island option, all hell has broken loose.
The Mayor of Ottawa has stoutly declared that no new bridge is needed. The good folk of Manor Park are firmly opposed to a bridge in the location preferred by the consultants.
Let's step back a bit. First, is building a bridge across the Ottawa River a big deal? It's hard to imagine that it is an engineering challenge.