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Month: October 2012

Mayor's Address- Building Confidence: Our City, Our Economy, Our Future

Check against delivery *** It is my pleasure to join you today to speak about the progress we are making in our nation’s capital. No matter what city you live in, it is always very fascinating to look at photos of your city from 20, 30, 40 years ago. It’s remarkable how quickly things can evolve in a short period of time. You can look at old photographs along the route of your daily commute…
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Budget 2013 continues progress, delivers lowest percentage change in six years

Ottawa – Today City Council tabled Budget 2013, which controls costs, finds efficiencies, and makes important investments in infrastructure and services. Budget 2013 proposes a 2.09 per cent tax rate, which is the lowest in six years, and well below the 2.5 per cent cap committed to by City Council. “Budget 2013 reflects the priorities of Ottawa families and businesses by investing in the programs they depend on, while delivering services more efficiently,” said Mayor Jim…
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Mayor’s 2013 Budget Address

[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY]   Introduction   Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of our election in 2010.   Today, as we table our third budget, I want to start by thanking you for the incredible effort that each of you contributes to making Ottawa a great place to live, work and raise a family.   Your input – each and every day – is an integral part of the annual budget creation effort.   Your feedback…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Chris Henderson

Mayor Jim Watson, with Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Henderson for his community service and outstanding contributions to environmental sustainability. Mr. Henderson is recognized for his inspirational leadership on a number of significant initiatives including his work as the Co-convenor of the celebrated 3i Summit on Environmental Sustainability, as Convenor of the Ottawa Strategic Circle Dinner, and Lead Organizer of 1000 Solar Rooftops. Chris Henderson is…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Michael Hanna

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Hanna for his outstanding generosity and community service. Mr. Hanna is a successful entrepreneur who immigrated to Ottawa from Lebanon in 1968 with little money and no English. He started work as a busboy and then waiter at the Skyline Hotel, learned English and set aside enough money to bring his family to Canada. In 1974, he was joined in Ottawa by two…
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