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Ottawa – Ottawa’s waste diversion rate has increased by 17 per cent over the past year, including a 26 per cent increase in green bin tonnages since the start of bi-weekly collection. Overall, residents sent 12 per cent less material to the landfill and 15 per cent more material to be recycled or composted, according to solid waste data collected over the past four quarters.
Ottawa – In a report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on November 5 and by City Council on November13, City staff are recommending a project for the redevelopment of Arts Court and expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).The proposed $34-million capital project is the culmination of a long-standing vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown and will be financed with no new borrowing.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson emphasized the importance of having a sound transportation system for economic growth and stressed the City’s commitment to supporting Ottawa’s business community at the 2nd Annual Economic Outlook luncheon today. Presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Outlook event provides insight to Ottawa’s business leaders and innovation community.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Tim Tierney, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. Harley Bloom for his outstanding community service, philanthropy, and for his enthusiasm and dedication in organizing numerous events that have benefited our city.
BEIJING, CHINA – Mayor Jim Watson signed an “Exchange and Co-operation Agreement” with Beijing, China at a meeting with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun earlier today. While Mayor Watson first signed Ottawa’s sister city agreement in 1999, this stronger agreement establishes key common goals in business, trade, investment, culture, education, tourism and municipal administration.
Ottawa – Royal Galipeau, MP for Ottawa–Orléans and Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West–Nepean joined Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and city councillors to mark the commencement of tunnel construction for the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit system, a historic moment for the nation’s capital.

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