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Category: Blog

My message in the wake of the Orlando tragedy

It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the horrible tragedy that happened in a nightclub in Orlando overnight, where the lives of 50 members of the LGBTQ community were taken. This was the deadliest shooting in the history of the United States. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims, and to our American friends who are mourning this loss.   I have been advised that a vigil…
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Historic transit win for Ottawa residents

On June 3, the Province of Ontario announced an investment of $1 billion towards the City’s Stage 2 LRT initiative, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim. This is a total investment of $1.16 billion. This is an historic vote of confidence in the future of the City of Ottawa. This is also the single largest one-time infrastructure investment by…
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Remembering Heather Crowe, Smoke-Free Ontario advocate

From time to time I’m asked, particularly by students, what one action I’m most proud of as a politician. And I always answer that it was having the opportunity to implement the Smoke Free Ontario Act, as Ontario’s first minister of Health Promotion back in 2006. But while I had the honour of making sure this important law was implemented, the true credit for this ground breaking piece of legislation rests with a humble, and…
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Mayor’s Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors

I am hosting my Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors on Friday, July 1 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa. Tickets are required for entry and to claim prizes. There is limited free parking for ticket holders from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available now by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 25683 or by emailing protocolrsvp@ottawa.ca by Wednesday, June 22. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with…
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More transportation choices: Ottawa opens the door to companies like Uber and Lyft, while modernizing taxi regulations

I’m pleased to tell you that Ottawa has become one of the first Canadian jurisdictions to adopt regulations for Private Transportation Companies like Uber and Lyft. ‎We’ve also cut fees and red tape on the traditional taxi industry in order to allow it to compete and innovate. The new regulations come into effect on September 30. If a Private Transportation Company like Uber or Lyft want to operate in Ottawa, they’ll be required to follow…
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