Ottawa – Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced that he will ask City Council to signal its interest in a new Ottawa gaming facility. Ottawa has been identified by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) as a possible host city as it looks to modernize gaming in the province.A new gaming facility could generate significant new revenue for the City of Ottawa. Mayor Watson is proposing that this revenue could be split equally between infrastructure renewal, and job creation and economic development.
Ottawa – Highway 174 will open to eastbound traffic by 3 p.m. today, including one lane of the Jeanne D’Arc off-ramp, which will be open to both vehicles and transit.“After working around the clock for almost two weeks, I am very pleased that the City can re-open the road in time for today’s evening commute,” said Mayor Jim Watson.  “I would like to extend my gratitude to City staff and our contractor for their hard work, and especially to our east end residents for their patience and co-operation.”
Ottawa – At today’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Watson outlined progress and next steps for Highway 174. This includes opening one eastbound lane of the highway later today, and undertaking reviews of the failure itself and similar infrastructure.“We thank residents for their continued patience and understanding as we deal with this issue,” said Mayor Watson. “I want to also thank City staff for their hard work in helping residents navigate a much more challenging commute than usual.”
Ottawa – Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced that the City of Ottawa has reached an agreement in principle with Beacon Sports Capital Partners for a lease and renovation plan for the Ottawa Stadium. The new lease would take effect on January 1, 2013.Further, the City has been informed that Beacon Sports Capital Partners has reached an agreement in principle with the Eastern League to bring a double A team to Ottawa for the 2014 season.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury will be joined by a representative from Children and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO) and other community partners to announce the launch of a photo submission project as part of the upcoming Mayor’s Youth Summit.The event will also feature the unveiling of the Mayor’s Youth Summit campaign visual identity.Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012Time: 1:30 p.m.Photo opportunity at 1:40 p.m.Location: Operation Come Home,150 Gloucester Street
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa today launched its online Lobbyist Registry, a key component of the City’s Accountability Framework, as part of a continuing commitment to making municipal government more transparent and accountable to the public.
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa has appointed Robert Marleau as the City’s Integrity Commissioner effective immediately.The Integrity Commissioner, whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001, will report directly to Council and oversee the City’s new Lobbyist Registry, which comes into effect on September 1, 2012.