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Month: August 2016

Annaka Boucher receives certificate of bravery from City

August 31, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Innes Ward Councillor Jody Mitic presented 13-year-old Annaka Boucher with a Commendation for Bravery today in recognition of her actions to protect her younger brother and sister during a July 5 kitchen fire. Annaka was babysitting her younger siblings when she heard the smoke alarm go off and smelled smoke coming from the kitchen, where a toaster had caught fire. Annaka quickly enacted the family’s fire-escape plan and…
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Frances and Ronald MacDonell receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

August 31, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Osgoode Councillor George Darouze presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Frances and Ronald MacDonell at today’s City Council meeting. Mr. and Mrs. MacDonell have devoted a great deal of time and energy to their vital community charity work. They have spent over two decades collecting, cleaning and distributing an array of goods to many local charities. This they always do with admirably good humour, rain or shine. Among…
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More than 250 people housed as part of City’s Housing First initiative

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, held a community celebration at City Hall today marking the first 250 participants to secure permanent housing as part of the Housing First initiative, a priority of the City’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. “The Housing First initiative launched in June 2015 with an initial goal of housing 250 long-stay emergency shelter clients by December 2016. I am excited to…
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Join me in celebrating Olympic Gold Medallist Erica Wiebe

Dear Residents, This week I had the privilege of joining countless members of our community in welcoming home Olympic gold-medal winner and Stittsville-born Erica Wiebe in her triumphant return from Rio. Erica competed in the Women’s Freestyle 75-kilogram wrestling category, earning Canada’s fourth, and final gold medal in the Rio Summer Olympics. In keeping with the momentum of Erica’s homecoming, I am thrilled to invite all residents to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex this Thursday, August…
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Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Mayor’s Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness

  August 24th, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson has designated Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness issues in addition to his current role as Deputy Mayor. In 2013, City Council established a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness and to ensure that everyone in our community has access to appropriate and affordable housing. Given that this issue involves a number of committees and agencies, Mayor Watson has asked Councillor Taylor to…
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