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Category: Speeches

Mayor Jim Watson’s 2018 State of the City Address

State of the City Address Mayor Jim Watson Wednesday, January 31 The beginning of a New Year always brings with it the opportunity to look back and acknowledge what we have accomplished as a City and as a Council. It’s an exercise I enjoy going through, because it reminds us of the memorable events that…
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Mayor’s Budget 2018 Remarks

Balanced, Affordable and Progressive: Budget 2018  Check against delivery  Every fall I look forward to the opportunity to speak to Council and the public regarding their vision for Ottawa’s future and to listen to where residents would like Council to focus our resources. Over the last few months, Council has worked with the City Treasurer…
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State of the City 2017 speech

2017 State of the City A Year of Celebration for Ottawa Note: Please check against delivery Good morning and Happy New Year. Bonjour et bonne année à tous. I am honoured to deliver my sixth State of the City address. Today I want to reflect on the progress we have made together over the last…
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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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2015 Budget Speech

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Good morning. It is my pleasure to provide some remarks as we table our first budget of the term. To begin, I would like to thank Members of Council again for their insight and input into the budget process. I appreciate you passing along your ward’s priorities on behalf of local…
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State of the City 2015 – Speech

Good morning. I want to wish all Members of Council a very Happy New Year. I hope you had a restful Christmas and holiday season. Because – as you know – we have a very busy year ahead of us. Much of that work will begin next week as we table our first draft budget…
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West Ottawa Board of Trade – Mayor's Breakfast 2015

Thank you very much, Rosemary / Greg. My thanks to the West Ottawa Board of Trade, your Chair, Greg Weatherdon, and your Executive Director, Rosemary Leu, for inviting me to join you this morning. It is wonderful to see many familiar faces here today. First off, I would like to extend my best wishes for…
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Speech: The Council on Aging of Ottawa – Annual Spring Luncheon

Thank you, Nicole. Good afternoon everyone. On behalf of the City of Ottawa and my colleagues on City Council, it is my pleasure to join you today for the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s annual spring luncheon. I extend my thanks to Cal Martell, President of the Council on Aging of Ottawa, for having me…
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Speech: 1,000 Days to 2017

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***   I want to thank the Economic Club of Canada for the invitation.   About two years ago, the City of Ottawa sought to get ahead of the curve in preparation for Canada’s 150th birthday.   As a first step, we assembled a 2017 Task Force…   …a group of Ottawa’s best…
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Speech: 2014 State of the City

  [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY]   Good morning and Happy New Year. This morning, I want to speak about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as a city. Because what takes place at City Hall this year will be a direct result of the actions we’ve taken around this table over the…
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