Ottawa – The City of Ottawa today signalled its interest to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that it supports, in principle, becoming a host city for a gaming entertainment centre.Ottawa has been identified by the OLG as a possible host city as it seeks to modernize and expand regulated private sector gaming in the province. Council’s expression of interest does not commit the City to a gaming facility or to a site, but it does enable the OLG to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to accept bids from proponents.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today recognized seven members of the Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) Extrication Team who returned with first place overall and other top honours from the North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge in Halifax September 11-15.Competing with a total of 13 North American teams and three teams from Europe (Royal Berkshire in England, and Falkenberg and Pitea in Sweden), the Ottawa Fire Services Extrication Team won:
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Hanna for his outstanding generosity and community service.Mr. Hanna is a successful entrepreneur who immigrated to Ottawa from Lebanon in 1968 with little money and no English. He started work as a busboy and then waiter at the Skyline Hotel, learned English and set aside enough money to bring his family to Canada.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today welcomed the news that the City of Ottawa has been named as one of the Top 100 employers in Canada for a second straight year in a rigorous annual survey conducted for The Globe and Mail newspaper.“It is a remarkable accomplishment to make this list for two consecutive years,” said Mayor Watson. “This recognition is a reflection of exceptional, hard-working employees who serve the residents of Ottawa every day. Our employees help to make our city a great place to live, work, play and invest.”
Ottawa – At City Council today, Mayor Jim Watson welcomed Commander Scott Van Will of HMCS Ottawa and members of the ship’s crew to the vessel’s namesake city.The ship has maintained a strong relationship with the City of Ottawa and it has become tradition for the crew of HMCS Ottawa to visit regularly to renew the longstanding ties. Commander Van Will took up command of HMCS Ottawa late last year and this is his first official visit to Ottawa as Commander.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, with Knoxdale-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Egli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Gord Jenkins for his dedicated volunteer service in the community.Gord is Past President of the General Burns Community Association, which currently consists of 20 volunteers, each working to bring the community together. He is regarded as decisive, a great problem-solver and responsible for positively impacting the community by motivating the executive members of the General Burns Community Association to develop community-driven events.
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.”