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Month: November 2016

Building a Caring and Affordable City

Ottawa – Earlier today, City Council tabled a balanced budget. Draft Budget 2017 is affordable, fiscally responsible and has a balanced plan to ensure the City operates within its means.  Draft Budget 2017 focuses on strengthening core municipal services to residents with a continued commitment to long-term affordability. The draft budget introduces the new EquiPass to support residents living below the low-income cut off and includes a 50 per cent discount from the cost of…
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The magnificence of the Chaudière Falls and its Indigenous heritage to be showcased in 2017

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce a Signature Event that will elevate the natural beauty of the Chaudière Falls and immerse spectators in Indigenous culture during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital. From late September to early November, an ambient lighting display will illuminate the falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous…
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Mayor Watson’s statement on the NHL Heritage Classic

Ottawa – In response to the news that Parliament Hill will not be able to accommodate an NHL Heritage Classic in 2017, I want to thank the Government of Canada for its efforts in assessing the feasibility of making this possible over the last few months. I understand the security and logistical challenges involved in hosting an event of this magnitude on the Hill, and I appreciate their thoughtful and diligent consideration of the matter. As…
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Call to musicians, promoters and music entrepreneurs for 2017JUNO Host Committee projects

New funding program announced Ottawa – The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are pleased to announce an investment of $30,000 in a new one-time funding program that will enable the capital’s musicians, promoters and other music entrepreneurs to develop and present unique musical experiences throughout the city in early 2017. From January to March, this micro-grant initiative will help build and engage audiences across all 23 city wards in the…
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City preserving historic Dickinson Square in the Village of Manotick

Ottawa – The Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation, which was established by the City of Ottawa to save and redevelop key heritage properties in the core of the Manotick Village, is being dissolved after the sale of three properties. “The City stepped in when there was a lot of concern in the community about the future of Manotick’s heritage,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We acquired several properties, set up a development corporation, and then recovered…
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