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Category: Environment and Sustainability

Expanded Green Bin Program would provide better service for residents

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Green Bin Program could expand under a revised contract with Orgaworld Canada Ltd., according to a report that the Environment and Climate Protection Committee will consider on Monday, March 26. Starting in mid-2019, plastic bags and dog waste could be included in green bins for weekly pick up, eliminating…
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Government funding supports a cleaner and healthier Ottawa River

Ottawa, Ontario— Infrastructure investments are vital to creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and building more inclusive and healthy communities where families can work, learn and play. The Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project will help protect the environment, prevent floods, and ensure that middle class Canadians and their families can enjoy recreational activities like…
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New signs announce Ottawa’s cycling and pedestrian-friendly status

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the City’s Planning Committee, today unveiled new signs to promote Ottawa’s award-winning status as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city. “We are proud of the work we have done to achieve award-winning status as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city,” said Mayor Watson. “These new signs, posted…
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City of Ottawa first to receive gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award

Ottawa – Today the City of Ottawa had the honour of being the first city in the province to receive the gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a cycling advocacy organization that works with Ontario municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. The award was presented to Mayor Jim Watson…
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Mayor’s Remarks: Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa 25th Anniversary AGM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s my pleasure to be here today at the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa annual general meeting to talk directly with individuals who are actively taking an interest in civic affairs. I would like to thank Graeme Roderick, President of the FCA, for having me. And I want to…
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City Solid Waste Contract Shows $600K Surplus in 2011

Ottawa – The partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 continues to beat financial targets and resulted in a $600,582 operating surplus in 2011 for its solid waste collection operations. “We continue to be proud of the savings achieved for taxpayers through the hard work of the City…
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Mayor’s Speech: The Annual Chairs Breakfast with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Good morning ladies and gentlemen, It’s my pleasure to be here with you here today. Please let me convey my sincere congratulations to Dave Donaldson and Mark Sutcliffe on behalf of all of us at Ottawa City Council. I know these two individuals will keep the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at…
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Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner: Address by Mayor Jim Watson

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Thank you for this opportunity to speak to you this evening. It’s my pleasure to be here today to talk directly with people who are volunteering their time to make Ottawa a cleaner, greener and better place to live. Over the next few weeks we will continue to hear from the…
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Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase Lowest in Eight Years

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Environment Committee Chair Maria McRae are pleased to announce the City’s 2011 draft water and wastewater budget contains the lowest proposed rate increase in eight years. The draft rate budget, tabled today at the City’s Environment Committee, supports City Council’s commitments to providing high-quality drinking water, protecting the environment, reducing…
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City tables draft 2011 Budget under 2.5%

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager, today presented a draft budget that proposes a tax increase of 2.45%, slightly below the 2.5% maximum total tax increase directed by the newly elected Council on December 15, 2010. Draft Budget 2011 recommends a tax increase of 2.45% for urban home owners and commercial properties…
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