THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors and windows were missing looking like no ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors and windows were missing looking like no ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors and windows were missing looking like no ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

The following twitter exchange exemplifies Mayor Jimmy’s petty reaction to criticism. I suppose I should be thankful I have not been blocked yet, like so many of the mayor’s critics. Jim Watson ‏@JimWatsonOttawa Pleased to join @Eli_Ward5 and @AllanHubley_23 and Cyril Leeder at Tanger Outlet ground breaking in Kanata pic.twitter.com/RXzKKT46gZ Richard W. Woodley ‏@the5thColumnist @

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

The following twitter exchange exemplifies Mayor Jimmy’s petty reaction to criticism. I suppose I should be thankful I have not been blocked yet, like so many of the mayor’s critics. Jim Watson ‏@JimWatsonOttawa Pleased to join @Eli_Ward5 and @AllanHubley_23 and Cyril Leeder at Tanger Outlet ground breaking in Kanata pic.twitter.com/RXzKKT46gZ Richard W. Woodley ‏@the5thColumnist @

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

The following twitter exchange exemplifies Mayor Jimmy’s petty reaction to criticism. I suppose I should be thankful I have not been blocked yet, like so many of the mayor’s critics. Jim Watson ‏@JimWatsonOttawa Pleased to join @Eli_Ward5 and @AllanHubley_23 and Cyril Leeder at Tanger Outlet ground breaking in Kanata pic.twitter.com/RXzKKT46gZ Richard W. Woodley ‏@the5thColumnist @

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest

Martha Webber, renowned Kanata/Ottawa botanist, naturalist and educator, wrote the following in response to the news of the final complete clear-cutting of the Beaver Pond Forest in the South March Highlands. It is posted here with her permission. Is there no way to end the destruction? This old growth forest is not only a refuge ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Endangered Species Legislation Wrong Approach

Trying to protect endangered species is simply the wrong approach to protecting wildlife. What we do is allow open season on development/destruction of wildlife habitat unless it contains endangered species. Then we make a half-hearted token attempt to protect those species, often while still allowing the development/destruction of the habitat they depend on. When that ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Truth About The Kanata Lakes 60% Plus Agreement

So, what of the so-called 40% agreement to protect environmental lands in the Kanata Lakes development in the South March Highlands. Is it really a myth. Apparently so. The more I examine and analysis the facts and reality around that so-called agreement the more I realize it was just spin. What is guaranteed is that ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: NCC "Grand" "Massive" Greenbelt Expansion More Wish List Than To Do List

According to the Ottawa Citizen: OTTAWA — The National Capital Commission brought forward a massive expansion Wednesday of the Greenbelt that will see the “emerald necklace” grow by 2,400 hectares in a bid to cement Ottawa’s reputation as one of the world’s greenest capitals. (View Greenbelt expansion in a larger map) The effort is part ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Saving the South March Highlands: Looking to the Future

The first thing I want to say is that any discussion of saving the South March Highlands has to start by acknowledging that, indeed, some of it has been saved and placed in public ownership and that we might not even be discussing saving the rest of it if that was not so. On November ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

Click here for everything you need to know about The South March Highlands Please click above for what is the best overview yet of the issues relating to The South March Highlands.

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Solving Urbandale’s Beaver Pond Forest Subdivision Marketing Dilemma

The normal method of promoting house sales by telling buyers their houses will be close to the wilderness of the South March Highlands probably isn’t going to work for Urbandale, because reminding potential buyers that they just clear cut the Beaver Pond Forest is probably not their best marketing strategy. So I am going to ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Announcing Kanata’s Paradise Lost – World’s First World Heritage Subdivision

The following is a fable, but like all fables it contains hidden (and not so hidden) truths. Yes, for the first, and undoubtedly last time in the world, you can own a house on a World Heritage Site. Only in Ottawa, the world’s “Developers Rule Capital” ©Development Ottawa Promotion Establishment (DOPE), could this be possible. ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands and Carp Hills – NCC Role in Protecting Natural Environment Lands: Beyond The Greenbelt

This post is also being sent via email to National Capital Commission CEO Marie Lemay ( Marie.Lemay@ncc-ccn.ca )click on map to enlargeThe National Capital Commission has recently published maps identifying natural environment lands within the National Capital Region as part of it’s concept plans for the Greenbelt Master Plan Review.Interestingly, none of the lands identified ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Map of The Kanata Lakes 40% Travesty

click on map for full size imageThis map, released by the City of Ottawa, makes it abundantly clear just how much of a travesty the so-called Kanata Lakes 40% agreement is. Indeed it was clearly a public relations exercise that the City of Kanata and Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton had to be complicit with, ...

Bill Given: 2011 State of the City Address

This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting the State of the City Address at an even hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the full text of the speech:Good afternoon, It’s my pleasure to present the State of the City Address for the first time as Mayor of Grande Prairie.Before I go any further, ...

Bill Given: 2011 State of the City Address

This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting the State of the City Address at an even hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the full text of the speech:Good afternoon, It’s my pleasure to present the State of the City Address for the first time as Mayor of Grande Prairie.Before I go any further, ...

Bill Given: 2011 State of the City Address

This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting the State of the City Address at an even hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the full text of the speech:Good afternoon, It’s my pleasure to present the State of the City Address for the first time as Mayor of Grande Prairie.Before I go any further, ...

Bill Given: Cost of Community Services

One of the challenges we have is to ensure we have a good mix of different types of development in our community. Not only is important for forming a well-rounded city it also directly affects our bottom line. Give this report (pdf download) from Red Deer County a quick once over. It looks at different ...

Bill Given: Cost of Community Services

One of the challenges we have is to ensure we have a good mix of different types of development in our community. Not only is important for forming a well-rounded city it also directly affects our bottom line. Give this report (pdf download) from Red Deer County a quick once over. It looks at different ...

Bill Given: Cost of Community Services

One of the challenges we have is to ensure we have a good mix of different types of development in our community. Not only is important for forming a well-rounded city it also directly affects our bottom line. Give this report (pdf download) from Red Deer County a quick once over. It looks at different ...

Bill Given: Moving on With York Hotel Site

Since council directed the city to purchase the York Hotel I’ve been focused on getting on to the point where we can start to move forward on getting something new built on the site. We had to move through transitioning the residential and commercial tennants in the building to new homes. We had to go ...