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More than 250 people housed as part of City’s Housing First initiative

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, held a community celebration at City Hall today marking the first 250 participants to secure permanent housing as part of the Housing First initiative, a priority of the City’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. “The Housing First initiative launched in June 2015 with an initial goal of housing 250 long-stay emergency shelter clients by December 2016. I am excited to…
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Join me in celebrating Olympic Gold Medallist Erica Wiebe

Dear Residents, This week I had the privilege of joining countless members of our community in welcoming home Olympic gold-medal winner and Stittsville-born Erica Wiebe in her triumphant return from Rio. Erica competed in the Women’s Freestyle 75-kilogram wrestling category, earning Canada’s fourth, and final gold medal in the Rio Summer Olympics. In keeping with the momentum of Erica’s homecoming, I am thrilled to invite all residents to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex this Thursday, August…
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Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Mayor’s Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness

  August 24th, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson has designated Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness issues in addition to his current role as Deputy Mayor. In 2013, City Council established a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness and to ensure that everyone in our community has access to appropriate and affordable housing. Given that this issue involves a number of committees and agencies, Mayor Watson has asked Councillor Taylor to…
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New federal-provincial funding agreement makes 57 public transit projects possible in Ottawa

The governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as municipalities across Ontario are making investments that will help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City…
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LED lights are saving the City energy and money

The City of Ottawa is in the process of converting 58,000 streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, an initiative that, upon completion, will save the City an estimated $6 million annually. The work is being done in partnership with Energy Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa. Under the agreement, Energy Ottawa will install and maintain the new light infrastructure over a six-year period. “I’m pleased to see the City of Ottawa and Energy Ottawa…
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