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Mayor and Council Bring New Accountability to City Hall

Ottawa – Following through on Mayor Jim Watson’s campaign commitment to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall, office expenses for City Councillors, the Mayor’s Office and those of senior management will now be posted online. “We have to set a higher standard when it comes to shining the light on how hard earned tax…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Elizabeth Gravelle

Mayor Jim Watson today presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Elizabeth Gravelle, who has been a volunteer with the Crystal Beach-Lakeview Community Association for 31 years. Last September, the City of Ottawa dedicated a room at Maki House on Leeming Drive in honour of Elizabeth Gravelle in recognition of her many years of dedicated…
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Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase Lowest in Eight Years

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Environment Committee Chair Maria McRae are pleased to announce the City’s 2011 draft water and wastewater budget contains the lowest proposed rate increase in eight years. The draft rate budget, tabled today at the City’s Environment Committee, supports City Council’s commitments to providing high-quality drinking water, protecting the environment, reducing…
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Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mrs. Betty Giffin

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the inaugural Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Betty Giffin, of Barrhaven, founder of Victoria’s Quilts Canada, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that makes and donates beautifully crafted handmade quilts to cancer patients. Every year, Victoria’s Quilts Canada holds a quilt-a-thon with the goal of making one quilt per participant. The…
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3rd Annual Meeting of the Alliance to End Homelessness: Address by Mayor Jim Watson


CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** It’s a pleasure to be here with you this morning I see a lot of familiar faces and good friends, many of whom I have had the chance to work with over the years. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today about one of the challenges our City…
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Budget 2011 Speech

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Fellow Council members, today we begin the 2011 budget. Establishing our fiscal framework is the single most important task we will do this year. This budget sets the foundation for budgets to come. Having spoken to each of you about your priorities, your desire for more collaboration and civility, I am confident…
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City tables draft 2011 Budget under 2.5%

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager, today presented a draft budget that proposes a tax increase of 2.45%, slightly below the 2.5% maximum total tax increase directed by the newly elected Council on December 15, 2010. Draft Budget 2011 recommends a tax increase of 2.45% for urban home owners and commercial properties…
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Speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Primary tabs

Let me begin by congratulating the new chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Mr. David Donaldson and thanking Tim Redpath, your outgoing chair. This is my first major speech since being sworn in on December 1st. Over the past six weeks, this Council has already shown it can come together in a spirit of…
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Speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Let me begin by congratulating the new chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Mr. David Donaldson and thanking Tim Redpath, your outgoing chair. This is my first major speech since being sworn in on December 1st. Over the past six weeks, this Council has already shown it can come together in a spirit of…
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Inaugural Address

It is with the deepest gratitude and humility that I stand before you today From Cumberland to Constance Bay…From Hintonburg to Osgoode and beyond. On October 25th, the people of Ottawa took the time to debate and question – to deliberate and to decide our collective future. And tonight, we gather together to mark the beginning of…
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