Ottawa – City Council today authorized OC Transpo to extend the ECOPASS program agreements with employers for one year pending full implementation of the PRESTO system.Council also approved that ECOPASS fares rise 2.5 per cent from 2011-2012 rates to $84.56 per month for regular ECOPASS customers and $104.55 per month for express ECOPASS.OC Transpo is working with its partner employers to ensure a smooth re-enrolment process for those customers who have already discontinued their ECOPASS participation.
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Community Champions program officially launched today, providing businesses, community groups and public-spirited individuals with an opportunity to become community partners by sponsoring City programs, services and facilities.“This new sponsorship program is a great way for our community leaders and entrepreneurs to get involved and give back to our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is also a win for Ottawa residents by reducing costs and helping to keep taxes under control.”
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Emergency and Protective Services Department is the recipient of the E.A. Danby Award by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) in recognition of its inclusive community outreach and recruitment program.The City received the top award in the category of Municipal Administration – Municipal Population of 20,000 or more for the Ottawa Paramedics and Fire Services’ Diversity Champion Program, which uses innovative and effective methods to foster partnerships with Ottawa’s diverse community. 
Ottawa – An official puck drop with Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and members of the local hockey community marked the grand opening today of Goulbourn Recreation Complex’s Arena B, which is a NHL-sized ice surface that was built to meet new provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for sledge hockey.
Ottawa – City employees responsible for expanding Ottawa’s Blue Box program to recycle more types of plastics and divert this material from landfills, today received the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award in the Community category, while staff working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the City’s fleet through the Electrical Vehicles Introduction project are