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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, …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Hockey bet with the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio

The Ottawa Senators will open their second round playoff series against the New York Rangers in Ottawa at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 27. As it is has now become tradition during for playoff games, I’ve established a friendly bet with the opposing team’s Mayor. The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio and…
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Happy International Women’s Day

Today, March 8 2017, is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to honour all women for their accomplishments and to pay tribute to inspiring women everywhere who have made a difference in the lives of others and who have led – and continue to lead – the way forward towards a more equal and just…
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Visit Ottawa’s rural attractions this year!

One of my favourite things about Ottawa is its particularly large geographical scale. But despite having a total land surface of 2758 km², it is easy to travel from our vibrant urban neighbourhoods to family-centric suburbs to rural and farming areas in 20 minutes. family-centric suburbs and.This year, visit Ottawa’s rural attractions!

My poem for Mayor Naheed Nenshi – 2016 Grey Cup bet

As tradition would have it, the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, and I placed a bet on who would win the 2016 Grey Cup: the Ottawa RedBlacks or the Calgary Stampeders. As we all know, the Ottawa RedBlacks came back from Toronto with the 104th Grey Cup in hand. To honour our bet, my good…
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Canada was named the number 1 country to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet

I’m very proud to see that Canada was named the number 1 country to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet. With Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations just around the corner, our Nation’s Capital is ready to host the biggest party ever thrown for our great country. Be here for Canada’s Big Year! Read Ottawa Tourism’s News Release…
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