• Mayor Jim Watson opens Kaleidoscope exhibit

    Mayor Jim Watson opened an exhibit at the City Hall Art Gallery today, featuring the latest additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection. The exhibition, entitled Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, is on display at the City Hall Art Gallery between December 6, 2018 and January 30, 2019.

     The exhibition features 68 artworks representing 43 artists. Nineteen of these artists are new to the Collection.

     The kaleidoscope was selected as a symbol for this exhibit to highlight the diverse grouping of work and to encourage viewers to expand their awareness and see things in a new light.


  • Ali Tejpar receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ali Tejpar at City Council today, in recognition of his leadership in youth engagement and his community service.

    A member of the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee since 2017, Mr. Tejpar was instrumental in launching Ottawa’s first Mayor for a Day contest in 2018. Working closely with Mayor Watson and his office, Mr. Tejpar developed the contest to engage Ottawa students in grades nine through 12 on how to improve the city. His work included designing the application process, marketing the contest and implementing the project. The contest was such a success that a second Mayor for the Day contest will run in early 2019.

    Mr. Tejpar is heavily involved with his community through volunteerism. He has worked with the World Economic Forum’s Ottawa Hub, developing community projects such as the myCanada150 photo contest. He has been a portfolio lead with the Economic Planning Board of the Ismaili Council of Ottawa, arranging workshops on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership for immigrants and newcomers. Mr. Tejpar has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Ottawa.

    While Mr. Tejpar finishes his Juris Doctor/Master of Arts dual degree, he has also volunteered as a member of the University of Ottawa Faculty Council, advocating for better mental health resources for students.


  • New parking permit one more step toward making Ottawa a Music City

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa unveiled its new Musician and Artist Parking Permit today at Queen St. Fare, a new music venue and food hall.

    As owners of the permit, Queen St. Fare can loan it to musicians and artists, allowing them to load and unload their equipment worry-free when parked in a loading zone near the venue’s entrance.

    Permits cost $50 each and can be purchased by venues that frequently host musical acts.

    This permit is the latest initiative from the Ottawa Music Strategy, which has an ultimate goal of turning Ottawa into a Music City. Approved by Council earlier this year, the strategy outlines the City’s commitment to the music industry by outlining a series of actions to be taken over the next two years.

    The strategy was developed in partnership with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, a membership-based non-profit organization that represents and serves the local music industry and its stakeholders. Other projects within the music strategy include:

    • The MadeMill Innovation Pod, a multi-use mobile technology studio designed for entrepreneurs. It was developed at Bayview Yards by protoypeD TEAM and provides a creative space that can be used in a multitude of ways.
    • #ottmusik: a lineup of music provided by 25 local singers, bands and musicians that plays for anyone waiting on hold after calling the City of Ottawa.
  • Elio Marcantonio receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Elio Marcantonio at City Council today, in recognition of his work to bring the community together and establish a BMX track in Barrhaven.

    Elio Marcantonio formed the Nepean BMX Association, a non-profit organization, and developed a BMX racing track on Strandherd Drive to provide a new recreational facility for the community. Mr. Marcantonio acquired the land in Barrhaven with the help of Councillor Harder, and spent hundreds of hours designing and building the state-of-the-art track.

    The Nepean BMX Association is an inclusive and family-friendly organization that promotes a healthy and positive lifestyle. It is one of the fastest growing and largest BMX associations in North America. Mr. Marcantonio, his wife, son and two daughters all race BMX at the track.

    Since hosting its first race in June 2013, the Nepean BMX track has created a positive economic benefit for the area and has become an important part of the community. The track brings in riders from across Ontario, the rest of Canada and the eastern United States for races. Mr. Marcantonio, along with association members and volunteers, works continuously to improve the track, which hosted the Capital City Nationals in 2015, 2016 and 2018.