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Month: February 2011

Mayor and Council Bring New Accountability to City Hall

Ottawa – Following through on Mayor Jim Watson’s campaign commitment to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall, office expenses for City Councillors, the Mayor’s Office and those of senior management will now be posted online. “We have to set a higher standard when it comes to shining the light on how hard earned tax dollars are being spent,” said Mayor Watson. “I am thankful Council voted unanimously to open up our books, helping to…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Elizabeth Gravelle

Mayor Jim Watson today presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Elizabeth Gravelle, who has been a volunteer with the Crystal Beach-Lakeview Community Association for 31 years. Last September, the City of Ottawa dedicated a room at Maki House on Leeming Drive in honour of Elizabeth Gravelle in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the community.

Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase Lowest in Eight Years

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Environment Committee Chair Maria McRae are pleased to announce the City’s 2011 draft water and wastewater budget contains the lowest proposed rate increase in eight years. The draft rate budget, tabled today at the City’s Environment Committee, supports City Council’s commitments to providing high-quality drinking water, protecting the environment, reducing the risk of flooding, and renewing existing infrastructure while keeping costs down. The budget contains a 3.9-per-cent increase, which is…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mrs. Betty Giffin

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the inaugural Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Betty Giffin, of Barrhaven, founder of Victoria’s Quilts Canada, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that makes and donates beautifully crafted handmade quilts to cancer patients. Every year, Victoria’s Quilts Canada holds a quilt-a-thon with the goal of making one quilt per participant. The quilts help to brighten cancer patients’ days while also providing warmth. For more information, to find a chapter near you,…
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