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Year: 2013

Mayor’s City Builder Award – Ms. Karen Secord

Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Karen Secord for her outstanding community service to families and individuals who are assisted by the Parkdale Food Centre food bank. As coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre, which is located in Mechanicsville, Ms. Secord has donated…
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Budget 2014 approved with the lowest tax change in seven years

Ottawa – City Council has approved the Budget for 2014 that delivers a 1.9 per cent tax change – the lowest change in seven years, and below the 2 per cent cap directed by City Council on May 8, 2013. The budget respects taxpayers’ expectations that its municipal government live within its means, improve service…
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City Council approves Arts Court redevelopment and Ottawa Art Gallery expansion

Ottawa – City Council today approved the Arts Court redevelopment and the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion, marking the culmination of a longstanding vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. The $34-million capital project will include:  – a new and larger…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Guy Robitaille

Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Guy Robitaille for a lifetime of community service and service to his country, which began with his valorous leadership in battle while very seriously wounded, in Sicily in July 1943. Guy Robitaille, 93, was…
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Mayor Watson announces support for proposed federal measures to improve transit operator safety

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced his support for Bill C-533, recently tabled by the Member of Parliament for Wascana, Honourable Ralph Goodale, as well as Bill C-402 presented by the Member of Parliament for Burnaby—New Westminster, Peter Julian. The bills are focused on addressing assaults on transit operators by amending the Criminal Code…
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Draft Budget 2014 proposes lowest percentage change in 7 years

Ottawa – Today City Council tabled Draft Budget 2014, which delivers a stable financial plan that respects taxpayers’ expectations of its municipal government to live within its means, improve service delivery and invest strategically in initiatives which will shape the community in future years. Draft Budget 2014 proposes a 1.9 per cent tax rate, which…
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Report recommends Arts Court redevelopment and Ottawa Art Gallery expansion

Ottawa – In a report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on November 5 and by City Council on November13, City staff are recommending a project for the redevelopment of Arts Court and expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The proposed $34-million capital project is the culmination of a long-standing…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mr. Harley Bloom

Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Tim Tierney, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. Harley Bloom for his outstanding community service, philanthropy, and for his enthusiasm and dedication in organizing numerous events that have benefited our city. Mr. Bloom has given back to his community for over 25 years in various capacities.…
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Mayor’s 2014 Budget Address

[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Introduction Good morning colleagues. Today I have the pleasure to Table the 2014 Draft Budget for the City of Ottawa. As in preceding years, I want to thank each and every one around this Council Table. Thank you for your input into this document which you all provide year round. Thank you…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Ms. Laura Bouchard

Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Peter Clark, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Laura Bouchard for her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to providing residents of Ottawa with local, organic, and secure food sources. Laura Bouchard is described by those who know her as a visionary. She believed that people within cities…
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