Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced two new economic development initiatives at the first annual “State of the Economy” luncheon, presented by the Ottawa Business Journal. Mayor Watson joined representatives from the Conference Board of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and many industry leaders to discuss the business atmosphere in Ottawa and to outline the City’s economic development priorities.
I want to thank Premier McGuinty for his 22 years of service as MPP for Ottawa South and nine years as Premier.As a former Minister in his government, I can attest to how dedicated he was to serving our community and province. He never forgot his Ottawa roots and as a result our city can point to hundreds of projects that would not have happened without his support: hospitals, schools, infrastructure projects, to name a few.
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.