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Month: September 2013

Mayor Watson proclaims Franco-Ontarian Day in Ottawa

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed Franco-Ontarian Day in Ottawa at a ceremony this morning to mark the 38th anniversary of the first raising of this emblem of the Franco-Ontarian community. Franco-Ontarian Flags were raised at 10 City locations but remain at half-mast to commemorate the victims of last week’s tragic collision between a train and a bus. “The flag represents the spirit of Francophone culture in Ontario which has a rich history in Ottawa,”…
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This morning's tragic accident

As most Ottawa residents know by now, there has been a tragic collision between an OC Transpo bus and a VIA Rail train which occurred at around 8:50 this morning.   Emergency personnel are on the scene and have reported some fatalities as well as a number of persons injured.   We join with all Members of Council in expressing our deepest condolences to all those who are affected by this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Ms. Allison Dingle

Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor David Chernushenko, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Allison Dingle for her outstanding community service, aptitude for fundraising, and for her numerous contributions to the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO). Allison Dingle is described by those who know her as the “heart and soul” of the OSO working tirelessly behind the scenes. A member of the OSO Board of Directors since 1978 and Chair of the Fund…
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Budget 2014 overview

Taxes – At the beginning of its term, Council passed a fiscal framework that would limit tax increases to no more than 2.5% annually. It has done better than this target for three consecutive budgets. – In the 2014 Budget, Council is aiming to do even better, with a tax increase of no more than 2% – the lowest in seven years. Savings and Spending Since the beginning of its term, this Council has: –…
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Letter to Environment Minister James Bradley – Sept. 6, 2013

September 6, 2013   The Honourable James Bradley Minister of the Environment Ferguson Block 11th Floor 77 Wellesley St W Toronto ON M7A2T5   Dear Minister, I am sure that you would be aware of the importance of the West Carleton Landfill issue to residents of the City of Ottawa and to our City Council. This issue and the Environmental Assessment related to the proposal were under consideration by your Ministry and you for some…
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