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.
Ottawa – The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.
Ottawa – Festival and Events Ontario has recognized the City of Ottawa with its inaugural award for “Best Festival City” for cities larger than 200,000 residents.“Ottawa is blessed with a great number of annual festivals and events, big and small” said Mayor Watson. “Each one enhances the recreation, arts and cultural experience for our residents and visitors, while at the same time contributing to the growth and development of our economy.
Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. David Vesey today for his outstanding volunteer service as a coach, trainer and mentor of children in the Barrhaven community who play league softball or hockey. David is a retired teacher who taught science to local high-school students for 35 years. He has been the president of the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League for the past 18 years.