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Ottawa's Mayor O'brien is on a leave of absence during his trial

Reflecting on Ottawa these days at the municipal level, one could not be faulted for thinking that most issues seem have the odd common thread of commencing with the letter "T". As a case in point, a number of recent news' headlines have centred on: the ongoing criminal Trial involving Mayor Larry O'Brien; ongoing Transit challenges that are a hang-over from the seemingly endless strike of the winter of '09; the routing of a Tunnel to go under downtown as part of the bus plan to be implemented for the next generation; and, suburban Trees given the recent uproar about clear-cutting on the edge of the city. Admittedly, all not nearly as "sexy" as cancer and finding new sources of isotopes.....but for goodness sakes, that is the federal level, which is perhaps the only 'real' game in this 'town'.

A loose stream of consciousness for a quick update:

The influence peddling trial of Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien - which centres on whether or not he swung a deal to offer up an appointment to a principal rival in the last municipal election in order that he withdraw thus consolidating votes on the right side of the political spectrum - has actually been rather underwhelming.

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