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.
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.