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Budget 2019 builds a city with more affordable housing, better roads and sidewalks, expanded transit and safer communities

Ottawa – Draft Budget 2019, tabled today at City Council, is a prudent financial plan that ramps up investments to build more affordable housing, close Ottawa’s infrastructure gap, expand public transit service and enhance the safety of Ottawa’s communities. In 2019, the City is looking to invest $15 million to build more affordable housing for…
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City of Ottawa named one of the top employers – locally and nationally

The City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of the best employers in Canada and the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The City ranked 20th in Forbes Media’s Canada’s Best Employers list and it was also named one of the the National Capital Region’s Top Employers. The National Capital Region’s Top Employers is an annual competition where…
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Greg Thurlow receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and Osgoode Councillor George Darouze presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Greg Thurlow at City Council today, in recognition of his volunteering and community service. Greg Thurlow has been a true community builder in Osgoode for the past decade. Mr. Thurlow has been a member of the Osgoode Village Community Association…
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2019 State of the City Address

With another eventful and productive year under our belt, the State of the City Address presents us with the opportunity to look back on what we have accomplished as a City. But the beginning of a new Term of Council is a particular occasion to take a forward-looking view and acknowledge the challenges and opportunities…
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Elgin Street – Let’s support our businesses!

As you know, the Elgin Street Renewal project officially began yesterday. This project includes a road closure of Elgin Street from Somerset to Catherine streets for this first phase of construction. While the street may be closed to vehicular traffic, Elgin is walkable and central, so it’s easy to continue to visit your favourite restaurants,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Council recognizes outgoing Councillors

City Council, meeting for the last time in this Term of Council, today highlighted the contributions of the outgoing Councillors. Mayor Jim Watson presented departing Councillors with commemorative photographs as a token of appreciation for their dedication and service to the City and its residents. Councillors Bob Monette, Jody Mitic, Marianne Wilkinson, Shad Qadri, Mark…
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