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.”
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.