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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day on which we honour all women for their accomplishments and pay tribute to inspiring women who have led – and continue to lead – the way forward towards a more equal and just society. It was my immense pleasure to welcome her Excellency Susan Jane le Jeune d’ Allegeershecque,  British High Commissioner, her Excellency Kareen Géraldine M.L. Rispal, Ambassador of France and her Excellency Sabine Anne Sparwasser, Ambassador of…
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2017 – From Ottawa the old to Ottawa the Bold

It was nearly six years ago, during my State of the City address in January 2012, that I announced the creation of the City of Ottawa’s Canada 150 Anniversary TaskForce. This TaskForce quickly gained momentum, and in 2015, it incorporated into the organization we know today: Ottawa 2017. At its helm since 2014, the one and only Guy Laflamme. Through infinite creativity and contagious energy, Guy envisioned and delivered a year of sesquicentennial celebrations that…
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My remarks at the Bike Ottawa AGM, October 2, 2017

Check against delivery Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Bonsoir Mesdames et Messieurs. It is a pleasure to join all of you this evening for the Bike Ottawa Annual General Meeting. I would like to thank Bike Ottawa, your President, Gareth Davies, and your Board, for welcoming me tonight. I don’t have to tell any of you that Gareth is a tireless cycling advocate here in Ottawa, who was recently named the recipient of this year’s…
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Mayor Watson’s statement on recent verbal abuse case in City Long Term Care home

I am appalled and furious with this news about elder abuse in one of our long term care homes. This behavior will not be tolerated and I am fully supportive of the immediate dismissals of those involved in this outrageous and callous behavior. I have asked staff to bring in a third party to review all aspects of our long term care residences and report back with all concerns and recommendations in a timely fashion.…
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Mayor Watson recognizes that now is the right opportunity to transform housing

Ottawa — As the federal government is’ expected to launch the National Housing Strategy (NHS) this fall, Mayor Jim Watson recognizes that it could be a once in a generation opportunity to transform affordable housing in Canada. “Safe, affordable housing is the bedrock of the liveable, sustainable and caring cities we aspire to build. Despite this, a million and half Canadian households are unable to find a home they can afford and nearly 235,000 individuals…
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