News Releases

February 25 – Mayor Jim Watson, along with College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Taylor for his exemplary volunteerism providing educational presentations on computer-related topics as a member and current President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (OPCUG).
February 11th – Mayor Jim Watson, along with Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Councillor Tim Tierney, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Kerry MacLean for his outstanding community service as high school coach, founder and President of the Maverick Volleyball Club.Mr. MacLean is recognized for his inspirational leadership of the Maverick Volleyball Club that he started in 1985 and built into the largest and most successful volleyball club in Eastern Ontario, with 27 teams and more than 75 volunteers and coaches.
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.
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.