• Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mrs. Suzanne Doerge

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Suzanne Doerge on behalf of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) for her leadership and commitment as director and the organization’s outstanding work towards promoting gender equality and creating a more inclusive city.

    CAWI is a collaborative group of women from diverse communities, organizations and academia working with municipal decision-makers to create a more inclusive city and promote gender equality. Women in the CAWI network develop their knowledge of how the city works while putting into practice skills such as facilitation, presentation, and communications. In turn, participants turn to their own unique communities to share what they have learned and engage others.

    The City of Ottawa and CAWI collaborated on creation and implementation of the City’s Equity and Inclusion Lens, a systematic way of considering the concerns of the full diversity of residents in all the work of the city. It enables the City to operate in a manner that embraces the spirit of equity and inclusion in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services.

    The Lens focuses on 11 groups who experience systemic barriers – aboriginal persons, women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and GLBT individuals, as well as six additional groups who are at risk of exclusion – recent immigrants, francophones, youth, seniors, people living in poverty, low-income residents and rural residents.

    Women in CAWI wear peach-coloured scarves when engaging with City Council as a way of saying that across their diversity, they share common concerns. They seek to open doors and leave them open so that others can walk through. For more information, please visit www.cawi-ivtf.org/

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

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  • JUNO Host City Kick-Off Event

    Ottawa – The Mayor of Ottawa, his Worship Jim Watson, in collaboration with National Capital Commission Chief Executive Officer, Marie Lemay, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the 2012 JUNO Awards Host Committee would like to invite the public to attend the JUNO Host City Kick-Off Event.

    Join host and JUNO Award winner Measha Brueggergosman, along with special guests, for a live performance by 2012 JUNO Award nominees, Ottawa’s own Hollerado.

    Date: Wednesday March 28, 2012

    Time: 3 pm

    Location: National Arts Centre, Main Foyer

    This exciting hour-long special event will officially welcome the JUNO Awards to Ottawa and recognize JUNO Award-nominated artists from Canada’s Capital Region. The Mayor will take this opportunity to proclaim March 26 to April 1, 2012 as JUNO Week in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.

    Attendees from the general public will also have the chance to win tickets to attend the 2012 JUNO Awards Broadcast at Scotiabank Place on Sunday, April 1.

    The 2012 JUNO Awards Host Committee would like to thank our sponsors, who have been instrumental in putting together events that will showcase our local talent and celebrate Canadian music: TD Bank Group, Slaight Music, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, Downtown Rideau BIA, Rideau Centre, Max Media, and many more valuable partners and volunteers.

    This event is presented by the 2012 JUNO Awards Host Committee with the gracious support of the Downtown Rideau BIA and the National Arts Centre.

  • Police laid more than 2,300 charges for safety related offences during January and February

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) focused on four key areas during January and February 2012, resulting in 2,359 charges laid against motorists.

    Targeted enforcement theme Resulting charges
    January:
    – Following too close -72
    – Stop sign violations -229

    February:
    – Speeding -1688
    – Red light running-370

    The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

    Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.

  • Distracted drivers and seat belt use the focus of STEP Program in March

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is targeting distracted driving and appropriate seat belt and child safety restraint use this month as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe.

    Distracted driving:

    Between 2008 and 2010, driver distraction was either fully or partially the cause of 6,129 traffic collisions in Ottawa.  The collisions resulted in nine deaths and 1,976 injuries (84 of them serious).

    Seat belt/child safety restraint use:

    Between 2006 and 2010, 26 people were killed, 50 suffered life-threatening injuries and another 202 were injured in Ottawa as a result of not wearing vehicle occupant restraints.  Twenty of those 26 fatalities were male.

    Drivers need to make sure that they focus their full attention on safe driving and all occupants of a vehicle need to be using their seat belts or child safety restraints.

    These initiatives support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a leading partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

     

  • Mayor Watson congratulates new Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau

    large_bordeleau_photoOttawa – The Ottawa Police Services Board today announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Charles Bordeleau as the next Chief of Police for the City of Ottawa.

    “On behalf of City Council and the residents of Ottawa, I want to congratulate Chief-Designate Bordeleau on his appointment,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The new Chief’s 28 years of policing service in our community makes him an ideal choice to help us maintain the safety and security that we all enjoy. I wish him all the best in his new position and look forward to working with Chief Bordeleau as he assumes command of the Ottawa Police Service.”

    Chief-Designate Bordeleau is a 28-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service who has deep roots in the community, having spent his entire life in Ottawa. He has served on the boards of numerous community organizations as well as co-chairing the Community Police Action Committee, which has provided him with an excellent understanding and rapport with Ottawa’s diverse communities. He also has well-established, strong relationships with our public safety partners, including key strategic partners at the City of Ottawa.

    This appointment is the culmination of an internal search conducted by the Police Services Board that began in January. The Board was extremely impressed with the high calibre of all the candidates, and the selection process confirmed the Board’s belief that there is a wealth of talent within the ranks of the Ottawa Police Service.