Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Doug Thompson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Wendy Daniels for her outstanding volunteer service as a promoter, event host and emcee for many local charities and cultural events, as well as a proud supporter of the men and women who serve Canada in our Armed Forces.
Ottawa – Free Wi-Fi access will soon be available to the public at 25 City facilities, thanks to a five-year sponsorship agreement unveiled today between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless, an Ottawa-based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc. This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.
OTTAWA – In their first formal meeting today, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin signed a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that calls for elected local representation on the National Capital Commission (NCC) board of directors. The two mayors also established clear priorities that will see their two cities work together on common issues.
  [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.