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Category: Blog

National Capital Commission Board

April 11, 2016 was a historical day for the Mayor of Gatineau Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and I as we signed the National Capital Commission (NCC) Declaration, which welcomes our participation on their Board on an ex-officio, non-voting basis. I’d also like to thank Minister Mélanie Joly for her warm welcome. My first NCC Board meeting will be on April…
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State of the City Speech – 2016

State of the City 2016 A Year of Collaboration Good morning and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a healthy and restful Christmas and holiday season. I also want to welcome those in the audience for joining us this morning. Colleagues… As I said in last year’s State of the City speech, 2015 was…
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Budget 2016

2016 promises to be a big year in our city and before embarking on a year of important work to build a better Ottawa, I wanted to take a look back on the year we have just left behind. October of 2015 brought with it Council’s one year anniversary since our election as well as…
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Ottawa River Action Plan

Throughout my travels around our city, I have the opportunity to meet many people; some of them call our city home while others are visiting from abroad. One of my favorite questions to ask them is what is their favorite attraction in Ottawa? The answers I hear most: Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the…
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Tourism In Your City

With summer upon us, Ottawa has sprung to life with innumerable festivals, events and attractions that take place city-wide. Ottawa is not only home to tremendous natural beauty, but as the nation’s capital there are many local and national sites of historic significance to enjoy. In fact, tourism is the third largest contributor to our…
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Cities of Tomorrow – Challenge and Showcase

May 13, 2015 – As a member of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), I have the pleasure to represent Ottawa in addressing many of the challenges large urban centres face, across our province. We have made much progress and in 2014, LUMCO launched several new initiatives including an annual contest and event,…
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Ottawa Champions Baseball Home Opener

As you may have heard, Ottawa’s new professional baseball team will be taking to the field this spring!   The Ottawa Champions Baseball Club’s inaugural home opener is on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00pm (the opening ceremonies and community celebration begin at 6pm) at the Ottawa Stadium, now known as Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (RCGT Park). I would encourage…
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How we’re cleaning up the Ottawa River

Since I was elected Mayor in 2010, my top environmental priority has been to clean up the Ottawa River. I believe this would be the perfect gift for future generations as Canada approaches its 150th birthday. We have made a lot of progress on this issue and I want to share how we will finish…
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Blog: 100 Days

First of all, I want to thank the residents of Ottawa who have sent me their well-wishes over the past few weeks. It has not been easy for me to be away from City Hall while I recover but the phone calls, letters, emails, Twitter and Facebook messages, and kind words have meant a lot…
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WLRT Corridor Recommendation

I am writing to update you on the work undertaken by the NCC-City Working Group regarding the western light rail transit (LRT) corridor. I am pleased to inform you that the Working Group has reached an agreement in principle, which was announced at a joint press conference with the NCC this morning. This agreement meets…
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