Ottawa – OttYouth, a new web portal on designed for youth, by youth, was unveiled today by Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, and Councillor Mathieu Fleury, who is honourary co-chair of the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee. “The OttYouth portal is an example of how much we value the contributions of youth by responding directly to their needs,” said Mayor Watson.
Ottawa - The City of Ottawa’s Triple-A credit rating has been reaffirmed by international credit agency Moody’s Investors Service. This is the highest rating possible and reflects strong fiscal outcomes, a manageable debt burden, strong liquidity and a stable economic base.
Ottawa – City employees were applauded by City Council today after raising $519,007 for the United Way/Centraide of Ottawa through the 2013 Employee Campaign. The money was raised through pledge form donations, as well as a number of employee-led initiatives and special events. “This campaign shows us, every year, how much good can happen when the City, businesses and residents work together toward a common goal,” said Mayor Jim Watson.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Diane Holmes, Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health, and Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, joined with smoke-free community partners to celebrate a 23 per cent reduction in the number of smokers in Ottawa, which equates to 20,000 fewer people who smoke.According to new data from Ottawa Public Health (OPH), the rate of current smokers in the Ottawa population dropped to 11 per cent in 2012 after remaining relatively unchanged at 15 per cent from 2005 to 2011.
***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** I want to thank the Economic Club of Canada for the invitation. About two years ago, the City of Ottawa sought to get ahead of the curve in preparation for Canada’s 150th birthday. As a first step, we assembled a 2017 Task Force… …a group of Ottawa’s best business and community leaders, who would work together and develop a strategy for success. 
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick presented the City of Ottawa 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Awards at today’s City Council meeting. The seventh edition of these annual awards recognized individual City employees and teams who demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering a positive and respectful work environment and who provide services that respect the diversity of Ottawa residents.
Ottawa – With the 2014 Municipal Elections in Ottawa taking place on Monday, October 27, City Council has approved dates for advanced voting to allow eligible voters more opportunities to make their mark.Special advanced voting will occur on October 1, 2, and 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m,, and regular advanced voting will occur on Thursday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exact advanced vote locations will be determined later this year.