[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning and Happy New Year.This morning, I want to speak about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as a city.Because what takes place at City Hall this year will be a direct result of the actions we’ve taken around this table over the last three years.And when you look back, those actions have been substantial.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Nicole Fortier for her outstanding service to Ottawa’s francophone community in  helping to found the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans.(MIFO) and serving as president of la Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO).
Like the rest of humanity today, I quickly became aware of the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela.As I heard the news, I immediately wanted to express my own memories of this remarkable citizen of our world. These words flowed as easily as my tears.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Kanata-North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and West Carleton-March Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, today held a grand opening ceremony for the new $43 million Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata located at 4101 Innovation Drive.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was joined by City Manger Kent Kirkpatrick and emcee, Jody Mitic, a runner-up of the first season of Amazing Race Canada, as he proclaimed AccessAbility Day in Ottawa. The opening ceremony at City Hall today marked the beginning of the tenth annual AccessAbility Day event attended by experts, stakeholders and community members.
Ottawa – Over the next few years, deep beneath city streets, Chewrocka, Crocrodile Rouge and Jawbreaker will be busy carving out Ottawa’s transportation future. These are the names given to the three LRT tunnel road headers following a city-wide naming contest for Grade 4 classes, which saw about 50 submissions from local students.The winning classes were:            Ms. Lincoln’s Class at Agincourt Road Public School, (Chewrocka; central shaft)
 Ottawa – Another season of skating on the Rink of Dreams officially took flight today with a flag raising ceremony hosted by Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. Cyril Leeder, president of Ottawa Senators Sports and Entertainment, and Spartacat, the Ottawa Senators mascot, were also on hand to raise the green flag that flies beside the Rink of Dreams every day the rink is open for public skating. “The Rink of Dreams has become an integral part of the downtown Ottawa experi