News Releases

Ottawa – Ottawa’s reputation as a walking- and cycling-friendly city got another boost today with the start of construction on a new pedestrian and cycling bridge. Spanning the Rideau River, the new link will connect Donald Street in the east with Strathcona Park and Somerset Street in the west. Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of City Council’s Transportation Committee, as well as Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Peter Clark to break ground on the project.
Ottawa – Young people, aged 18 to 30, from 196 countries around the world will be coming to Ottawa in 2016 for the One Young World international youth conference.Ottawa was announced as the winning city this morning by One Young World organizers from London, England, which was also livestreamed to a large contingent who were anxiously awaiting the results at the Ottawa Convention Centre.  Ottawa was the only western city amongst four finalists, which included Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Kobe, Japan.
Ottawa – Today, the Harper Government, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa celebrated the opening of the new Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge. This new bridge, which spans the Rideau River between River Road and Prince of Wales Drive, provides new transit, traffic, cycling and pedestrian connections between the Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.
Ottawa - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Katherine Hobbs presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Catherine Burns today for her outstanding contribution to culture in Ottawa through her work as a founder and builder of the traditional-song and contra dance community over the past 25 years.
Ottawa – Downtown Moves, the plan for how people will move around Ottawa’s downtown core in the future, has won four awards from national, international and regional planning associations.“We are building a better city, creating practical transportation links and enhancing the public spaces for our residents and their families, block by block,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I congratulate the Transportation Committee and Planning and Growth Management staff for their work on this successful project.”
Ottawa – To help promote Ottawa’s big plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, the City will be adding Ottawa 2017 decals to City vehicles and will be partnering with local artists to paint murals across the city.
Ottawa – This morning, Mayor Jim Watson provided a Confederation Line economic update, announcing that the value of contracts committed to local firms is now over $360 million. The Mayor also announced, as the downtown tunnel approaches the 50% completion mark later this summer, the majority of all contractors working on the project are from within the Ottawa region.

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