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    Baseball fans remember Max Keeping’s legacy at bridge naming

    July 16, 2016 – Baseball fans who came to RCGT Park this evening to watch the Ottawa Champions host the Rockland Boulders first joined Mayor Jim Watson, president of the Ottawa Champions David Gourlay and Mr. Keeping’s family to remember popular local community builder Max Keeping.

    The game was preceded by a short ceremony on the pitcher’s mound, renaming the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge over Highway 417 the Max Keeping Bridge in honour of the late broadcaster, longtime booster of baseball in our city, and tireless advocate and fundraiser for vulnerable and sick children and youth in Ottawa.

    “Max personified the spirit of giving and caring, and his legacy continues to inspire us to be generous and kind, and to help others,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Naming this bridge in his honour is a fitting tribute because he was a great fan and advocate for baseball in Ottawa, and because he brought people together and helped build a strong and caring community.”

    Mr. Keeping helped raise more than $100 million for organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger’s House, the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, Operation Come Home and the Cancer Foundation. His own battle with cancer ended his broadcasting career in 2003, but he continued to be an ambassador for his television station and an enthusiastic volunteer for local charities in the decade that followed. He passed away on October 1, 2015 at age 73.

    In recognition of his generosity, the Ottawa Champions will donate $1 to CHEO from each ticket to the game purchased in advance.

    Mr. Gourlay said: “Max will always be remembered as a local hero who changed countless lives for the better. We are all better people for having known him.”

    The Max Keeping Bridge connects the Overbrook community, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (baseball stadium), the Via Rail station and the future Tremblay Station of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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    Girls+ Skate 613 receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    July 13, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to skateboarding organization Girls+ Skate 613 at today’s City Council meeting.

    Girls+ Skate 613 builds community, diversity and inclusion by providing a safe space for individuals of all ages, abilities and genders to skateboard in a comfortable, encouraging environment.

    The organization began as Girls Only Sessions at the McNabb Community Centre in 2006. Girls+ Skate 613 is now a permanent initiative supported by the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association (OSCA), and membership has doubled each year since 2013.

    Recognizing that girls, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups do not have the same opportunities in sports, OSCA and Girls+ Skate 613 are dedicated to empowering individuals who might not have other opportunities to participate in this sport. Girls+ Skate 613 and OSCA work together to support barrier-free skateboarding by providing equipment, facilitating spaces for skating, hosting events, providing resources and education, and fundraising.

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

    For additional information, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


     

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    Three men receive Commendations for Bravery for their role in fire rescue

    July 13, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented City of Ottawa Commendations for Bravery to realtor Geoff Walker and asphalting workers Owen Cole and Alex Deschamps at today’s City Council meeting. The three honorees helped to rescue two men from a house fire on Melette Crescent in the Avalon community of Orléans on June 18.

    Mr. Walker, Mr. Cole and Mr. Deschamps happened to be driving by when they heard a dog barking and saw smoke coming from a townhouse. Mr. Walker broke a window and they entered to look for people inside who might be incapacitated. They found and evacuated two men, one of whom was unconscious.

    The fire destroyed four of the six homes in a row of townhouses and significantly damaged the other two, as well as another house behind the row. At least 20 people were displaced because of the fire.

     

     

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    City of Ottawa and Ottawa Champions baseball team invite residents to join in honouring Max Keeping on Saturday

    The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Champions baseball team are inviting residents to remember popular local community builder Max Keeping, by filling the RCGT Park baseball stadium for the ball game on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m., when the Champions will host the Rockland Boulders.

    The game will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. with a short ceremony renaming the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge over Highway 417 the Max Keeping Bridge in honour of the late broadcaster, community booster, longtime booster of baseball in our city, and tireless advocate and fundraiser for vulnerable and sick children and youth in Ottawa.

    Mr. Keeping helped raise more than $100 million for organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger’s House, the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, Operation Come Home and the Cancer Foundation.

    In recognition of his generosity, the Ottawa Champions will donate $1 to CHEO from each ticket to the July 16 game that is purchased in advance.

    Mayor Jim Watson and David Gourlay, president of the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club, encourage residents to buy a ticket, enjoy the ball game as the Champions play the Rockland Boulders, and take a moment to remember Max — a local hero who changed countless lives for the better.

    The Max Keeping Bridge connects the Overbrook community, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (baseball stadium), the Via Rail station and the future Tremblay Station of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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    REDBLACKS touchdowns will be converted to trees at Trim Park and Ride

    As if you needed another reason to cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS, here is one more. For each touchdown the REDBLACKs score at TD Place Stadium this season, a tree will be planted at the OC Transpo Trim Park and Ride.

    The end result will be The REDBLACKS Forest, a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the REDBLACKS parent company, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

    “Ottawa football fans who cheer-on the REDBLACKS can also celebrate the addition of green space, one touchdown and one tree at a time,” said Mayor Watson. “The REDBLACKS Forest is a great example of the City’s commitment to support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa.”

    The trees will be planted in fall 2016 or spring 2017, weather permitting, and will be a mix of different species. They will be planted at the Trim Park and Ride in recognition of the thousands of football fans who use transit services to get to the games.

    “This initiative adds a new dimension to our touchdown story and extends it to the entire community,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO of OSEG. “As fans know, we saw through a log with a chainsaw when we score a touchdown at TD Place and present those log slices (wood cookies), which are symbols of excellence, to community heroes. Now, we’re creating a forest of trees for the future and, with the exciting offence we’ve seen so far, it looks like it could be a very large forest.”

    Last season, the REDBLACKS scored 35 touchdowns at TD Place (10 regular season games and one playoff).

    For more information on the REDBLACKS, visit REDBLACKS.com or connect with the team via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

     

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    North American Leaders Summit 2016

    On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, I had the privilege and honour to welcome and meet United States President Barack Obama here in Ottawa, during the North American Leaders Summit. The American leader met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Together they discussed and developed strategies for clean energy, economic growth and collaboration between the three countries.

    In the receiving line, President Obama and I talked about my tie, the Obama cookie, but most importantly, the need to continue to welcome Syrian refugees in our countries. President Obama concluded his visit by addressing the Parliament of Canada House of Commons with a powerful and compassionate message of unity and respect between our nations.

    I’d like to thank Global Affairs Canada for sharing photos of the greeting.

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    #Ottawa4FortMac raised $ 128 580 for Fort McMurray relief efforts

    On June 8, Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips hosted #Ottawa4FortMac, a western themed fundraiser in support of the Canadian Red Cross’s emergency appeal and the United Way’s relief efforts directed towards helping the residents of Fort McMurray rebuild their lives and their community.

    Dozens of local businesses joined them in their commitment to helping those who have been affected by the devastating Fort McMurray fires, by providing the necessities needed to bring the fundraiser to life, from event production and performing artists to pizza and beer.

    Together, Mayor Watson, Chris Phillips and the generous sponsors and donors raised $ 128 580.44.

    Hundreds of people gathered at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park and enjoyed the performances of Kira Isabella, the River Town SaintsThe AbramsJordan McIntosh and Meghan Patrick, courtesy of Ottawa’s New Country 94 and Bell Media.

    Operational logistics for the evening were generously donated by Brookstreet Hotel, Avant-Garde Designs, Event Design Group, Lamarche Electric, Securitas and Mediaplus Advertising.

    Food was provided by Delta Ottawa City Centre, Gabriel Pizza, Milano Pizzeria, Beneci Pizzeria, Crust & Crate Public House, Newport Restaurant, Bakery Baby, Lone Star Texas Grill, Papa Jacks and Sobey’s Barrhaven.

    Samplings of beer were provided by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., Beyond The Pale Brewing Company, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Big Rig Kitchen & Brewery, Broadhead Brewing Company, Cassel Brewery, Clocktower Brew Pub, Dominion City Brewing Co., Kichesippi Beer Company, Lowertown Brewery, Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. and Waller Street Brewery and kept cool with ice provided by Levy Restaurants.

    Mayor Watson and Chris Phillips would like to thank all the generous sponsors, donors, attendees, and supporters, and are proud of the compassion and leadership that Ottawa has expressed.

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    Fall for the Arts: Mayor Watson announces the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

    Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the first Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, an event to celebrate, support and grow Ottawa’s artistic and cultural scene. He was joined by Ottawa Arts Council Executive Director Peter Honeywell and Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO Alexandra Badzak.

    This unique dinner reception and artistic experience will showcase the vibrancy of Ottawa’s local arts community. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the achievements of Ottawa’s local artists, while supporting the upcoming talent of tomorrow.

    “Ottawa is a city of artists and innovators; of spectators and celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Gala will create a stage on which Ottawa’s artists and innovators can occupy the forefront, and elevate our City’s artistic scene. Together, let’s Fall for the Arts”.

    “The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will help to elevate our project partners by bringing broader engagement and increased resources,” said Peter Honeywell, Executive Director, Ottawa Arts Council.

    “The Mayor’s support of the OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is fundamental. Not only has the City assembled an exceptional team to lead design and construction on the project, the Mayor’s Gala will further our shared goals of building excitement and community support for the most important facility development project for the arts in Ottawa’s history- a true 2017 legacy!”, said Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery.

    Mayor Watson also announced that CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA will partner as the title sponsor of the Mayor’s inaugural gala for the arts.

    Mayor Watson added that “This investment by CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA in the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is a major vote of confidence in the future of Downtown Rideau as the heart of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion & Theatre District”.

    The inaugural Gala will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. The proceeds will be directed to the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project, which is currently under construction. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    Together, let’s Fall for the Arts.

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    Downtown Ottawa is open for business with free special bus service and free two-hour parking

    This weekend, Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury and I encourage you to to spend some time in downtown Rideau and in the ByWard Market to support our local businesses and the people who work there. We want to make it easy to get to the core, so the the City will provide two hours of free parking on Sunday June 19 and 26, and free shuttles on those same Sundays from Trim, Eagleson and Fallowfield Park & Rides. More information is available by clicking here.

    We would also like to thank the crews who have been working day and night to rebuilt Rideau Street. Thank you.

     

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    The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: A Year of Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss!

    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $5 million to Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.). Minister Joly was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada’s Capital Region. Residents and visitors are invited to show their pride in being Canadian and participate in 12 full months of bold, immersive and inspirational experiences.

    Ottawa 2017 events will include the celebration of foreign national days, performing arts presentations highlighting Canada’s provinces and territories, an underground multimedia experience projected in one of Ottawa’s future light rail transit stations, a Canadian videogame competition projected in monumental proportions onto buildings across the city, and a host of activities related to the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup®, a national treasure.

    The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to get involved in their communities and to celebrate together our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our country’s place in the world.

    To make 2017 a memorable year of celebrations for all Canadians, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in Canada-wide, regional and local projects to increase Canadians’ awareness and invite them to participate in the many events taking place throughout the year.

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    My message in the wake of the Orlando tragedy

    It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the horrible tragedy that happened in a nightclub in Orlando overnight, where the lives of 50 members of the LGBTQ community were taken. This was the deadliest shooting in the history of the United States. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims, and to our American friends who are mourning this loss.
     
    I have been advised that a vigil organized by Capital Pride will be held at 8 p.m. this evening at the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street. As a show of solidarity to those who are mourning this loss within their community, I have asked that the Pride flag be flown in front of the Heritage Building, and that the American flag be flown at Marion Dewar Plaza, both until sundown on Thursday, June 16. 
     
    We are fortunate to live in a city and a country that embrace diversity, and where people are free to love who they wish to love. But this act of hate and terror reminds us that we must keep making progress until this climate of acceptance is extended to all members of the LGBTQ community around the world.
     
    There is simply no reason for this senseless act of violence. We will keep those affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish them strength in their battle against hatred, discrimination and extremism.
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    Mayor
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