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Re-election bid "a mistake" says O'Brien

Posted by Alistair Steele

And now, from the man who told us he'd been the worst mayor ever days before asking us to re-elect him, more refreshing honesty: In an interview with the CBC's Adrian Harewood to mark the anniversary of his election defeat, Larry O'Brien says he regrets gunning for a second term in office.

"In retrospect, the decision to go the second time was a mistake, because my heart wasn't really in it." says O'Brien. "I (was) told by others who seemed to be fairly knowledgable that you never walk away from that job. It's like a head coach, you find very few head coaches of hockey teams that resign on their own. They're there until they get booted out."

It's an interesting insight into what was going on in the O'Brien camp a year ago. In a way it explains why O'Brien took so long to declare his candidacy. He was conflicted. Most people would have been, after the experience he'd had (he also told Adrian his criminal trial was the worst experience of his life...presumably that would include a severe illness that nearly killed him years earlier.) On the other hand, it was uncharacteristic of O'Brien to let his handlers tell him what to do. Makes you wonder who the "others" were, and why they held so much influence.

And the winners are...

Posted by Alistair Steele

When Mayor Jim Watson, transit commission chair Diane Deans and Transportation Committee chair Marianne Wilkinson reveal the consortia short-listed to bid on the city's $2.1-billion light rail project tomorrow, a lot of people will be looking to see if Siemens is on the list. The multinational giant says it's interested in bidding, despite its rocky history here. (The company has also said it's looking to get around the 25 per cent made-in-Canada rule it says gives certain competitors an unfair advantage.)

But at this stage of the complex procurement process, the consortia don't necessarily have to reveal all their partners. The builders of the trains themselves, for example, don't have to be named quite yet. So if you don't see Siemens on the list tomorrow, that doesn't mean the company's out of the running.

As for how many consortia will be named, some are reporting four. I'm hearing three. We'll know for sure tomorrow.

City goes after clean-up costs

Posted by Alistair Steele

Today chief solicitor Rick O'Connor confirmed the City is going after the Italian-Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc. and its director Angelo Filoso for the cost of cleaning up that Canada Day fuel spill in Andrew Haydon Park in 2009.

Here's the statement of claim: AngeloFilosoClaimDieselSpillAndyHaydonPark.pdf

And here's the Auditor General's report, where the spill first came to light.

Angelo Filoso hasn't returned calls or e-mails. His son tells me he's out of the country.