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Month: January 2017

Big-city mayors reach out to newcomers and refugees

The 22 members of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus issued the following joint statement reaffirming their commitment to welcoming refugees and other newcomers to their communities. The strength of Canada’s cities lies in the diversity of our residents. Those residents come from every part of the globe, seeking a decent quality of life, and sometimes…
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Mayor Watson’s statement on the shooting in Sainte-Foy

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the families and individuals affected by the horrific tragedy that took place on January 29 in Sainte-Foy, Québec. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society. Our country is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming nation for people of all faiths and nationalities. We…
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Message from Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau

Community Leaders/Colleagues/Friends; We have had a chance to speak with some of you over the last 24 hours following the terrible tragedy in Ste-Foy, Québec. I want you to know that we are also aware of the impact this attack has had on all of our communities locally. The members of the Ottawa Police Service…
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Get ready Ottawa – company’s coming!

Help roll out the red carpet with Ottawa Host 150 Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to launch Ottawa Host 150. The free online training tool, developed in collaboration with the hospitality programs from La Cité and Algonquin College, will help ready tourism…
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John Brummell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Brummell today’s City Council meeting.   John Brummell has been an outstanding resident of the Stittsville community for over 30 years. His journalistic integrity, unwavering initiative and joyful spirit as a…
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State of the City 2017 speech

2017 State of the City A Year of Celebration for Ottawa Note: Please check against delivery Good morning and Happy New Year. Bonjour et bonne année à tous. I am honoured to deliver my sixth State of the City address. Today I want to reflect on the progress we have made together over the last…
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State of the City 2017

Mayor Watson: 2017 will be a year for Celebration OTTAWA – Mayor Jim Watson previewed a year of celebration in his annual State of the City address today, as Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations unfold in our nation’s capital. 2017 will be a year of continued growth and sustainability, and the face of Ottawa will change…
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Fire & Ice tickets go on sale today

Ottawa 2017’s first Agri 150 event of the year to take place inside a rural greenhouse Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that tickets to Fire & Ice will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 19. This first…
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Help bring Canada’s Games to Canada’s capital

Residents can join in the excitement as Ottawa bids to host the Canada Summer Games in 2021 by registering their support at Ottawa2021.ca. As part of the bid process, the City wants to showcase the strong community support and enthusiasm for hosting the event. The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for the…
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Pull up a chair to Canada’s Table

Ottawa 2017 Signature Event will showcase Canadian culinary excellence at a 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street  Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of…
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