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Month: October 2017

City Manager’s update on Long-Term Care

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide an update to the Mayor and Members of Council of the work underway to address recent incidents in the City’s four Long-Term Care Homes. It will also provide an update on the appointment of the lead for the independent third-party review of Long-Term Care operations, the approval of the City’s compliance plans by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the stakeholder engagement activities that…
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My letter to Premier Couillard regarding the government of Québec ‘s recent decision to move forward and pass Bill 62 into law

Honourable Philippe Couillard Premier of Québec   Premier, I am writing to express my dismay at your government’s recent decision to move forward and pass Bill 62 into law. This regressive legislation is an infringement of the fundamental Charter Right of freedom of individuals to express their religion in the manner they choose and discriminates against women who chose to express that freedom. Residents of the City of Ottawa interact regularly with government services in…
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Ibrahim Musa receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson, with councillors Catherine McKenney, Mathieu Fleury, Michael Qaqish and Marianne Wilkinson, presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ibrahim Musa today at City Council in recognition of his volunteer work and efforts to empower and inspire young people in Ottawa. Ibrahim Musa is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator with Youth Ottawa, a not-for-profit charity founded in 1997 that envisions a city where youth drive positive change. Youth Ottawa was spearheaded by Max…
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Mayor Watson announces the completion of 30 new community gardens

Ottawa — Today at the Agri 150 experience Good Food Celebration hosted at Just Food Farm, Mayor Jim Watson announced the completion of 30 new community gardens. This milestone was reached a year early and surpassed the original goal of building 20 new community gardens by 2018. In 2014, Mayor Watson committed to making the nation’s capital even greener and more sustainable by adding $15,000 a year in additional funding for the Community Garden Development…
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Ottawa launches Canada’s first on-street test of an Autonomous Vehicle

Ottawa – Ottawa is the first Canadian city to launch testing of an on-street autonomous vehicle (AV) communicating with live City infrastructure. Until now, testing of AVs in Canada has been done in closed, segregated areas. By partnering with BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC), Ottawa now has the facilities and technology to further the advancement of driverless car testing on active public streets. Mayor Jim Watson celebrated this milestone with partners…
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