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Month: June 2016

#Ottawa4FortMac raised $ 128 580 for Fort McMurray relief efforts

On June 8, Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips hosted #Ottawa4FortMac, a western themed fundraiser in support of the Canadian Red Cross’s emergency appeal and the United Way’s relief efforts directed towards helping the residents of Fort McMurray rebuild their lives and their community. Dozens of local businesses joined them in their commitment to helping those who have been affected by the devastating Fort McMurray fires, by providing the necessities needed to…
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Fall for the Arts: Mayor Watson announces the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the first Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, an event to celebrate, support and grow Ottawa’s artistic and cultural scene. He was joined by Ottawa Arts Council Executive Director Peter Honeywell and Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO Alexandra Badzak. This unique dinner reception and artistic experience will showcase the vibrancy of Ottawa’s local arts community. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the achievements of Ottawa’s…
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Downtown Ottawa is open for business with free special bus service and free two-hour parking

This weekend, Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury and I encourage you to to spend some time in downtown Rideau and in the ByWard Market to support our local businesses and the people who work there. We want to make it easy to get to the core, so the the City will provide two hours of free parking on Sunday June 19 and 26, and free shuttles on those same Sundays from Trim, Eagleson and Fallowfield Park &…
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The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: A Year of Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss!

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $5 million to Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.). Minister Joly was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada’s Capital Region. Residents and visitors are invited to show their pride in being Canadian and participate in 12 full…
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My message in the wake of the Orlando tragedy

It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the horrible tragedy that happened in a nightclub in Orlando overnight, where the lives of 50 members of the LGBTQ community were taken. This was the deadliest shooting in the history of the United States. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims, and to our American friends who are mourning this loss.   I have been advised that a vigil…
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