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Month: October 2013

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 to make assault of on-duty transit operators an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes. Mayor Watson will work with Transit Commission…
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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 is the lowest in seven years, and below the 2 per cent cap City Council directed on May 8, 2013.…
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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 vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s…
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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. As an avid business man, he has been a consummate supporter of local high school cooperative education programs, and has…
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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 for your commitment to making our City a better place in which to live, to work, and raise a family.…
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