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,” said Mayor Watson. “Proclaiming this special anniversary honours our city’s Francophone community and celebrates its heritage and joie de vivre.”
In 2010 the provincial government proclaimed September 25 of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day to officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.
The City of Ottawa is a proud partner of the newest Monument de la Francophonie at the University of Ottawa. The Franco-Ontarian Flag will also be raised at the following City locations in compliance with the current flag protocol:
– Heritage Building entrance on Elgin Street
– Orléans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard
– Kanata Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive
– Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
– Ottawa Police Service headquarters, 474 Elgin Street
– OC Transpo headquarters, 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard
– By-law and Regulatory Services, 735 Industrial Avenue
– Ottawa Paramedic Headquarters, 2465, Don Reid Drive (ceremony at 10 a.m.)
– Ottawa Fire Services headquarters, 1445 Carling Avenue
– Centre d’accueil Champlain (Champlain Long Term Care facility), 275 Perrier Avenue
The Franco-Ontarian Flag was created in 1975 by Laurentian University history professor Gaétan Gervais, and first year political science student Michel Dupuis. It was officially recognized as the emblem of the Franco-Ontarian community in the Franco-Ontarian Emblem Act of 2001.
This morning's tragic accident
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 Raising Committee since 1986, Allison has played an integral part in securing corporate sector sponsors, as well as public donors, ensuring that the orchestra continues to play a vital cultural role in our city promoting Canadian talent through employment of local and regional musicians, the engagement of Canadian soloists and regular inclusion of Canadian works.
Allison also actively volunteers for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, and has canvassed for over 20 years as an area captain for the Canadian Cancer Society. She also gives back to her Glebe community and is involved with the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee.
Budget 2014 overview
– 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:
– Frozen recreation fees
– Frozen the Mayor’s salary
– Frozen the administrative budgets of the Mayor and Council
– Reduced the City workforce in the last two budgets (the first time since amalgamation)
– By offering more online options and finding eciencies through ServiceOttawa, the City saved more than $10 million in 2013
– Council has also made targeted investments in community facilities and basic infrastructure renewal projects
– Ottawa has the lowest debt per capita of major Canadian cities and its excellent credit rating has not changed since this Council took office
– Only 5.5% of the City-raised revenues are used to pay for principal and interest on debt – well below the 25% threshold mandated by the Province
– This Council has put in place a plan to invest in long-neglected infrastructure improvements such as roads, sewers and sidewalks
– Summer 2013: Mayor’s pre-budget consultation
– October 23: Tabling of 2014 draft operating and capital budgets at Council
– October 28 to November 25: Public consultations and committee meetings (full details available at ottawa.ca/budget2014 or by calling 3-1-1)
– November 27: Council consideration of 2014 draft tax and rate supported budget
What do you think?
– How can the City save money?
– How can the City better spend money?
Letter to Environment Minister James Bradley – Sept. 6, 2013
September 6, 2013
The Honourable James Bradley
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A2T5
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 time. In fact, as you know, the City of Ottawa had made a substantial submission to the Ministry regarding the EA, including a letter from me. You will recall that I also personally delivered to you a package containing the City of Ottawa questions, comments and requests regarding the Environmental Assessment for this project.
Yesterday afternoon, via local Ottawa media, I first became aware that you had made your decision in this important matter. Please note that I learned of this through the local media. The same is true of other of my Council colleagues – Councillor Eli El-Chantiry and Councillor Shad Qadri – who are most directly affected by this decision.
Similarly, no staff at the City of Ottawa received an advance, or at the very least simultaneous, notification that a decision had been made or was about to be released. Shortly after initial media reports, my office did receive a call from the proponent informing us that a decision had been made in their favour.
Minister, I have since learned that the Order-in-Council confirming this decision was signed on August 28, 2013. This would indicate to me that there would have been sufficient time to properly notify all interested parties of the impending release of the decision and to do so in the same manner, at the same time, for all.
I trust that the lack of respect displayed by the Ministry of the Environment in the handling of this decision will be addressed by your office on an urgent basis.
City of Ottawa
Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Ottawa City Council
Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager, City of Ottawa
Mayor Watson to conduct budget consultation outreach sessions at local shopping centres
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today that he will hold six “Mayor’s Budget Outreach” consultation sessions at shopping centres in all areas of the city in advance of the creation of Budget 2014. During every budget process, Mayor Watson welcomes suggestions from residents on how the City can make the best use of tax dollars. Residents will also be able to submit their ideas through an online chat, email and Twitter.
“I hope that all residents will take the time to share their ideas for the upcoming City budget,” said Mayor Watson. “I am specifically interested in hearing ideas about how to save money, as well as where residents feel we should be focusing our efforts.”
|Wednesday, September 4||10:15 am to 12:15 p.m.||Rideau Centre|
|Thursday, September 5||noon to 1:30 p.m.||St. Laurent Shopping Centre|
|Friday, September 6||1:30 to 3:30 p.m.||Billings Bridge Shopping Centre|
|Saturday, September 7||3:30 to 5:30 p.m.||Carlingwood Shopping Centre|
|Sunday, September 8||12:30 to 2:30 p.m.||Bayshore Shopping Centre|
|Tuesday, September 10||10:45 to 12:45 p.m.||Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre|
Ongoing public input is important to the City of Ottawa budget process. For example, feedback received during a past budget consultation led to a $340-million infrastructure program to upgrade the City’s roads, sewers, sidewalks and other critical infrastructure.If you are not able to visit with the Mayor in person, he will also be holding a budget-focused online chat on his website www.jimwatsonottawa.ca on September 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Residents are also encouraged to submit budget ideas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter using the hashtag #ottbudget, channels which have been open since mid-June.
As per Council direction, Budget 2014 is being drafted with the goal of a tax increase of no more than 2 per cent, which would be the lowest in seven years.
Residents will also be able to provide feedback during in-person consultations sessions and committee meetings after the budget is tabled on Wednesday, October 23.