• Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mr. David Vesey

    Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. David Vesey today for his outstanding volunteer service as a coach, trainer and mentor of children in the Barrhaven community who play league softball or hockey.

    David is a retired teacher who taught science to local high-school students for 35 years.

    He has been the president of the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League for the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the league has grown to the largest of its kind in Ontario.

    He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Nepean Minor Hockey Association. Over the past two years, he has completely revamped the league’s Initiation Program for its youngest players, ages 4 to 6, and is the head instructor for the program. He has brought fun, interactive activities and unique teaching aids to the Initiation Program to help engage and motivate young hockey players.

    He has also been the children’s activity coordinator for Barrhaven’s Canada Day celebrations for the past two years.


  • City completes another milestone for Ottawa Art Gallery expansion and Arts Court redevelopment

    Ottawa – A new milestone has been reached in the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion and Arts Court redevelopment project, a project that was approved by City Council in November 2013.
    A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, initiated on November 29, 2013 and which closed on February 7, 2014, has resulted in the selection of three shortlisted Respondent Teams from a collection of submissions received.
    “This is an exciting next step forward, working with our community and industry partners, in realizing a longstanding vision for a municipal centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This cultural destination project will create jobs, attract tourists and assist in the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. I am also very pleased that it will be financed with no new borrowing or incurring any new debt.”

    The purpose of the RFQ was to establish a shortlist of capable and experienced developers and/or consortia with the proven ability to manage and execute the project. This shortlist of three qualified Respondent Teams will be invited to participate in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

    “The OAG expansion and Arts Court redevelopment will provide a renewed urban arts hub in Ottawa,” said Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury. “The City’s investment in the arts, in addition to the renewal of Rideau Street, the future Rideau LRT Station and the expansion of the Rideau Centre will contribute to both the revitalization and enjoyment of our community by all residents of Ottawa.”

    The proposed $34-million capital project at Daly Avenue and Waller Street will include:

     – a new and larger Ottawa Art Gallery

     – a new 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room within the new OAG space

     – a new 120-seat black box theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa

     – repurposing of space vacated by the OAG and reallocation to the major media arts partners

     – development of a connection between new construction and existing buildings on four floors to establish a truly integrated and functional facility.

    RFQ submissions were evaluated on a range of criteria, including the experience and qualifications of Respondent Team members ‑ the developer/investor, the design-builder/constructor and their team of sub-consultants and specialty consultants, in addition to a demonstrated understanding of the City’s project objectives and the ability to deliver them.

    The shortlisted Respondent Teams (in alphabetical order) are:

     – EBC Inc. / DevMcGill / Groupe Germain

     – Mizrahi Developments / Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.

     – The District Development Group (Broccolini / Moriyama & Teshima Architects)

    With a targeted release of the RFP scheduled for the end of March, the three shortlisted Respondent Teams will have until June 2014 to prepare and submit their final proposals to the City for evaluation. City staff anticipates an announcement of the outcome of the RFP and the successful team in July 2014.

  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Ms. Wendy Daniels

    Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Doug Thompson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Wendy Daniels for her outstanding volunteer service as a promoter, event host and emcee for many local charities and cultural events, as well as a proud supporter of the men and women who serve Canada in our Armed Forces.

    Wendy Daniels is the afternoon drive show on-air personality for radio station BOOM 99.7. She was previously heard on Ottawa’s airwaves as a deejay for The Bear and CFRA.

    Ms. Daniels uses her public voice for good, helping many charities and events to raise funds and perform all kinds of public services. She consistently encourages philanthropy and promotes her adopted home city of Ottawa.

    She volunteers annually to host or co-host events such as the CHEO Telethon, the Max Keeping Bowl-a-Thon for CHEO, the Dickinson Days Parade in Manotick, the Run for Miracles and the Army Run. She hosts various Red Friday events for military families, and made two trips to Afghanistan.

    She is the media spokesperson for Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue and a former member of the board of directors of the Ottawa Humane Society.

    She played a central role in the rescue of a dog from a village on Hudson’s Bay. After a radio listener alerted her to the dog’s plight, she secured a flight for the dog on Air Inuit from the north to Montréal (she drove to Montréal and brought the dog back to Ottawa), she secured a travel crate from Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue, and she helped raise over $3,000 for the dog’s care.