Ottawa – Tonight on World No Tobacco Day, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will recognize the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival as a Smoke-Free Champion for making its festival smoke-free. Four years ago, it was the first festival in Ottawa to become voluntarily smoke-free. The leadership of their Board of Directors and Executive Director John Brooman have created an annual smoke-free event for both adults and children to enjoy.
Ottawa – Cycling safety and speeding are the focus for the City’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) in June as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe.Cycling safetyIn 2010 alone, six cyclists lost their lives and 243 were injured – 12 of them seriously – on Ottawa roads. Speeding
Ottawa - This evening, the Police Services Board received the Ottawa Police Service 2011 Annual Report ‘A Year in Review’. The online report provides an overview of police activities and initiatives, as well as preliminary crime and performance statistics for the past year. The Review is a means of reporting progress of our organizational goals related to the 2010-2012 Business Plan to our members, the Police Services Board and the citizens of Ottawa. 
Ottawa - The Canadian Union of Public Employees,Local 503, representing 6,300 inside and outside workers at the City of Ottawa, today announced that its members have ratified the tentative agreement reached on April 26, 2012.“I am pleased that CUPE Local 503 members have ratified this tentative agreement,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I believe this is a fair contract that represents a responsible use of taxpayer dollars, while at the same time respecting our dedicated and skilled employees.”
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson officially today launched the 2012 edition of Doors Open Ottawa, which celebrates the city’s unique architectural landscape; showcasing buildings old and new to the general public.“Doors Open Ottawa is truly a wonderful event that provides the community and visitors the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the unique places and spaces across the city,” said Mayor Watson. “It's our chance to answer questions about who created these unique structures, their original purpose, and significance today.”
Ottawa – Today, the City of Ottawa celebrated spring with the release of 12 Royal Swans onto the waters of the Rideau River at Brantwood Park to mark their return for the 45th season. Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor and Dan Chenier, General Manager of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, took park in the official ceremony.