Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to retired Major Bill Berry for his outstanding commitment serving with the Canadian Army and for his tireless community service and public advocacy.Major Berry began his military career at the age of 16, and served as a gunner in the 181st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (Canadian Army Reserve) while attending Kemptville Agricultural College.
Ottawa – Today the City of Ottawa had the honour of being the first city in the province to receive the gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a cycling advocacy organization that works with Ontario municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. The award was presented to Mayor Jim Watson at the Annual Association of Municipalities Ontario conference.
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa has received multiple submissions for its Request for Offers (RFO), which closed today, for a long-term tenant for the Ottawa Stadium.City staff will commence with the evaluation of the submissions, and will produce an Evaluation Report, which will be presented to the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council in October.
Ottawa - Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee, and a representative from the Ministry of Transportation presented 13 individuals and organizations in Ottawa with Road Safety Achievement Awards for outstanding contributions to road safety initiatives in our community.
Ottawa - Ottawa has been named the host city for the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Duathlon Championships with weekend festivities starting Thursday, August 8 and culminating with race day on Saturday, August 10. Ottawa will welcome 1,000 athletes and many visitors from around the world for this exciting event.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Hughes for his many years of outstanding community service and volunteerism.Mayor Watson highlighted Mr. Hughes’ service to Christie Lake Kids, a local charitable organization founded in 1922 that supports, challenges, nurtures, develops skills and creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged children and youth in Ottawa.
Ottawa – The Laurier Avenue segregated bike lanes, Ontario’s first in a downtown location, will become a permanent feature of the city’s cycling network, Council decided today.Over the course of the pilot project, which began in July 2012, the number of cyclists who travel along Laurier Avenue West tripled. Since opening, there have been more than 740,000 trips made along the lanes, with daily cycling volumes during peak season surpassing 2,500 cyclists on some days.