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Month: September 2011

New Language Line makes City phone services more accessible to all residents

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa has officially launched Language Line, a service that allows callers to participate in a three-way call with a translator and a City staff member. Now, residents can call one of the City’s dedicated phone lines and receive service in the language they are most comfortable speaking. “The new Language Line service ensures that City phone services such as 3-1-1 are more accessible than ever before,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Ruweida Shire

Mayor Jim Watson, with Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ruweida Shire for her volunteer activities and selfless contributions in Ottawa. Ms. Shire founded the Strathcona Heights Homework Club with only two participants and through the years has achieved major success with the number of students increasing to more than 150. Operating at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, the Strathcona Heights Homework Club provides students from Grade…
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Ottawa Board of Health invites comments on 2012 Draft Budget

Ottawa – The Draft 2012 Budget for the Ottawa Board of Health was tabled at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board. The Board invites comments on the draft budget, which can be found online at ottawa.ca. The budget is scheduled to be approved at a special meeting of the Board on Oct. 17. “We want to hear from residents, community groups and businesses across the city about this budget and the strategic direction of Ottawa Public Health…
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Zero per cent fare hike as taxi union withdraws increase request

Ottawa – The Community and Protective Services Committee is recommending a zero per cent increase in taxi fares this year to Council, following the withdrawal of a request from CAW Local 1688 Ontario Taxi Union for a 10 per cent meter increase. Recognizing the economic impact of a fare increase on taxi users, CAW Local 1688 Ontario Taxi Union rescinded its request at the Community and Protective Services Committee Thursday. A staff report recommended a 2.5…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Maurice Bilodeau

Mayor Jim Watson, with Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Maurice Bilodeau for his volunteer activities and selfless contributions in Ottawa. Now 85, and a veteran of Second World War combat duty in Europe, Maurice returned to Holland in 1995 to commemorate the thousands of young Canadian soldiers who never returned home. He was surprised by the avid interest that many young Dutch students expressed in the…
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