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 local economy, behind the high-tech and government sectors.
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, the Cities of Tomorrow Challenge and Showcase. Ontario’s Big City Mayors have challenged post secondary students from across Ontario to “think big” and submit their best ideas for solving the challenges faced by Ontario’s cities.
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 the job.The issueOttawa is a city of almost 1 million people, and our roads and sewers are feeling the pressure. We need to invest in upgrades in order to protect our communities, green spaces, and waterways.
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 to me.Although I have been away, the work of Council continues and I’m happy to note that we have now marked 100 days in office.
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.
 (CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY)Thank you for joining us this morning.I always enjoy the opportunity to speak directly to the women and men who are helping drive Ottawa’s economy.And this week is a particularly special one because…On Sunday I returned with a 40 person delegation after a successful 8 day visit to Beijing and Shanghai.Tomorrow is the third anniversary of my election as mayor.And yesterday we tabled our 2014 budget…Bringing in the lowest tax rate in seven years…
[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] IntroductionGood morning colleagues.Today I have the pleasure to Table the 2014 Draft Budget for the City of Ottawa.As in preceding years, I want to thank each and every one around this Council Table.
CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you all for coming. I’ve invited you here today to talk about how our city will grow and the fundamental tool that public transit offers us for intelligent planning. And how – if we are smart – we can use our public transit investments to make sure our transportation system will serve Ottawa as we grow in the years to come. This Council began its term by fundamentally taking the reins on light rail.