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I want to congratulate Kathleen Wynne on her election as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and Ontario’s 25th premier. I worked with Ms. Wynne during my time as a Member of Provincial Parliament and Cabinet Minister. She was always someone who brought tact, skill and enthusiasm to her work, and I know she is passionate about building an even stronger Ontario. 
Ottawa – The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean with Mayor Jim Watson, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre and Invest Ottawa Co-Chair Jeff Westeinde, today announced that the City of Ottawa will receive $15 million from the Province of Ontario to establish an “innovation complex” at the Bayview Yards site near Mechanicsville.
2013 – “A Year of Action” Ottawa – In this morning’s State of the City address, Mayor Jim Watson laid out priorities for the upcoming year, including several new arts, rural and environmental initiatives. “2012 was a year of decision-making and 2013 will be a year of action,” said Mayor Watson.
“A Year of Action” [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] I want to welcome you to the first Council meeting of our third year together. The State of the City is a chance for us to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. And on this front – we have much to be proud of – and much to look forward to. I want to thank you all for your tir
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau Rockcliffe Ward Councillor Peter Clark today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Joseph Cull for his work as a volunteer group fitness instructor for the Older Adult Program with the YMCA/YWCA and for his volunteer work and fundraising efforts for the Maycourt Hospice and a number of other charities in Ottawa.
Today, Mistral Venture Partners announced the close of their first round of venture capital funding. Originally set to close at $10 million, managing director Code Cubitt, is pleased to announce that this round was oversubscribed. The Fund’s overall target is $35 million. Mistral is the first new fund to close in Ottawa in over a decade and brings a breath of fresh air to Ottawa’s cash-starved startup community.
Ottawa - OC Transpo is pleased to announce that free transit service will be available on New Year’s Eve to all residents after 8 p.m. This city-wide campaign is provided through a partnership between OC Transpo, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) North & East Ontario and the Ottawa Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). “Once again Ottawa residents have access to a world class transit service, free of charge, on New Year’s Eve,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

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