Speeches

***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. 
  [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.
“A Year of Action” [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] I want to welcome you to the first Council meeting of our third year together. The State of the City is a chance for us to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. And on this front – we have much to be proud of – and much to look forward to. I want to thank you all for your tir
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.I am very pleased to be here this morning to welcome you to this special event and officially proclaim today AccessAbility Day here in the City of Ottawa.I want to recognize my Council colleagues and senior staff who are with us today:·      Councillor Quadri;·      Councillor El-Chantiry;·      Councillor Chernushenko;·      Councillor Deans; and,
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s my pleasure to be here today at the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa annual general meeting to talk directly with individuals who are actively taking an interest in civic affairs. I would like to thank Graeme Roderick, President of the FCA, for having me. And I want to take a moment to offer you all a very special congratulations on this your 25th Anniversary AGM.Twenty-five years of collective service to our community is an achievement that you should all be very proud to attain.
Today is the first step in the right direction. Here in this room we have a diverse group of people: community and business leaders, developers, government stakeholders and everyday residents who want to be part of the solution. And I say ‘solution’ because we need to be frank: Planning in Ottawa needs to be fixed - on many levels. We need to look over the horizon and determine our long-term vision for this capital.
Check Against DeliveryGood morning Mr. Chair and Committee members.On behalf of the City of Ottawa and my Council colleagues, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you this morning.It is a great pleasure for me to address you and provide you with the City of Ottawa’s objectives for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017.This promises to be one of the biggest and most significant milestones in our country’s history.

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