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Janurary 28 – Mayor Jim Watson and Councillors Rick Chiarelli and Mark Taylor presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Margaret Knight today in recognition of more than 35 years of running free breakfast and lunch programs at the Foster Farm Community Centre, as well as volunteering with several other community charitable organizations.
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 of the term.
Soon, anyone who is put on hold after dialing the City of Ottawa will hear local music while they wait. This is the goal of #ottmusik, a new City initiative launched by Mayor Jim Watson today with a call to local musicians.“#ottmusik offers a new platform for local musicians to introduce and share their music with a wider audience,” said Mayor Watson. “I hope all Ottawa residents and music fans share my enthusiasm for this project and my excitement about hearing the music samples that will be submitted to #ottmusik.”
The Skating Court at Lansdowne Park is now open for its first season. This is Ottawa’s third and newest refrigerated outdoor skating rink, joining the SENS RINK of Dreams and the rink at Ben Franklin Place.“While it’s only the first season for the Skating Court, it already promises to be a huge draw for residents and tourists alike,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It’s another new feature destined to further boost the park’s quickly growing reputation as a community destination and a people place for all seasons.”
CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***Let me begin by thanking all of you for joining us on this very special occasion. It means so much to all of us to have friends and family here to share this important moment. On behalf of my Council colleagues, I would like to thank you for being here with us.I also want to recognize the presence of Maxime Pednaud-Jobin, the Mayor of Gatineau.
Ottawa – Ottawa’s reputation as a walking- and cycling-friendly city got another boost today with the opening of the Airport Parkway Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge.Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae officially opened the bridge, calling it an important link between communities on both sides of the parkway and a means to promote safe and convenient cycle travel in the south end.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Councillor Jan Harder, and Michael Waters, CEO, The Minto Group, officially opened the newMinto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven this morning with a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling during the grand opening ceremony.

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