• Design and programming partners revealed for Ottawa 2017’s Inspiration Village

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to reveal details about the design and program partners for Inspiration Village.

    A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming from May 20 to September 4, this ephemeral entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of FREE special exhibits and performing arts events showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

    The edgy-looking hub is being built out of 41 sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation. See the video: https://vimeo.com/215008391.

    As this summer destination takes shape, a first glimpse was offered today at the artistic renderings and the following programming partners were announced:

    Algonquin College Mini TFO
    Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene
    Bell Media Ontario 150
    ByWard Market Ottawa Festivals
    Canada Science and Technology Museum Ottawa Mission
    Canadian Museum of History Ottawa School of Art
    Canadian War Museum Parks Canada
    Carleton University RCMP
    CIBC Rent Frock Repeat
    Destination Cape Breton Tale of a Town
    Destination Nunavut Tourism Prince Edward Island
    La Cité Travel Manitoba
    Manitoba Mukluks World Wildlife Fund

    Inspiration Village will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Canada Day) with exhibits, demonstrations and performances. Among the many activities, visitors will be able to:

    • step inside a sound studio and share stories about Canada and their vision for the future of our country;
    • enjoy culinary demonstrations showcasing Canadian food culture from across the nation;
    • dress-up in Canadian-themed costumes and props at the Inspiration Village Photo Booth;
    • take a guided virtual tour of Parks Canada’s natural and cultural treasures from coast-to-coast-to coast;
    • express their creativity and imagine the next great Canadian invention at the Build A Nation Station;
    • take their photo in cut-outs of polar bears and beluga whales;
    • take-in live dance, musical and artistic performances representing all provinces and territories as well as local up and coming artists and previews of Ottawa area festivals;
    • discover and connect with the incredible diversity of land, history and awe-inspiring places to explore and experience in Canada;
    • and much, much more!

    The full list of activities and daily performances on the main stage will be available in mid-May.

    The public spaces of Inspiration Village will remain open and accessible 24-hours. The site will serve as a gathering place to meet up with friends, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area, to sit back and enjoy programmed entertainment, to pick up lunch/dinner or coffee/tea in the ByWard Market and to enjoy the outdoor seating areas.

    Inspiration Village by the numbers

    5071     Weight (lbs) of an empty 20’ sea container
    880       Hours the event is open over 15-weeks, from May 20 to September 4
    440       Hours of stage and common area programming
    110       Consecutive days the event is open
    41         Sea containers on York Street
    28         Days it will take to load-in and construct
    28         Staff required to operate the exhibits
    24/7      Days each week the common areas are open to the public
    15         Weeks the event is open to the public
    8          Hours the event is open each day
    1          VERY BIG EVENT!


    “Inspiration Village will animate the ByWard Market like never before, and will be a gathering point for the millions of visitors who will come to Ottawa this summer. It will showcase the beauty of Canada’s regions and the diversity of Ottawa 2017 partners while entertaining and educating passersby about the people and places that make this country so great,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “The Ottawa 2017 Inspiration Village will offer Ottawans and visitors alike a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canada 150. I encourage everyone to attend the diverse artistic events being held in the ByWard Market, one of the city’s historic neighbourhoods,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “What sets Canada and Ontario apart is our rich cultural diversity and inclusive spirit.   Inspiration Village is an eco-friendly and innovative way to share with our families and the rest of the world what makes this country such a great place to live, work and visit. We are proud to be part of Inspiration Village with our Ontario150 sea container to help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.  This is a great opportunity to remind ourselves how much we, as Ontarians, have to be proud of living in Canada’s largest province and the incredible things we can accomplish when we come together,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “Canada’s rich and diverse culture and heritage are the building blocks of our great nation. We are incredibly proud to help bring this showcase of creative talent and expression of shared pride to Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “One of Ottawa 2017’s goals is to foster a better appreciation and understanding of the cultural diversity we find across our country by creating new meeting places for interaction. Through transforming our city with creative urban design, we will emerge from Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations with a greater sense of pride for reimaging our public spaces. Our appreciation to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for suggesting that York Street would make an ideal new public space,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Hockey bet with the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio

    The Ottawa Senators will open their second round playoff series against the New York Rangers in Ottawa at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 27. As it is has now become tradition during for playoff games, I’ve established a friendly bet with the opposing team’s Mayor.

    The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio and I have placed a hockey bet that our respective teams will emerge victorious for this series.

    The losing Mayor will:

    • Send a delicious food item from their city to the winning Mayor (New York bagels / Golden Palace egg rolls)
    • Wear the winning team’s jersey for half a day
    • Plant a tree native to the winning city’s team in their own city

    Go Sens Go!

  • Qamar Masood receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – As a committed volunteer within the Pakistani community for over 20 years, Qamar Masood was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting by Mayor Jim Watson and Orléans Ward Councilor Bob Monette.

    Mr. Masood is President of the Multicultural Association of Orléans, an organization that facilitates the participation of the community in socio-cultural, education and intercommunity programs. He is a former Ambassador of Peace within the Universal Peace Federation and was the longest serving President for the Canada-Pakistan Association of the National Capital Region. He also sits on the RCMP Outreach Multi-ethnic Committee of Ottawa and is involved in fundraising efforts for the Masjid Bilal Mosque. Mr. Masood donated his catering services to the fundrasiser roast of Deputy Mayor and Councillor Bob Monette where all proceeds were donated to the preservation of St. Joseph Church.

    Mr. Masood advocates on behalf of the multicultural community of Orléans on matters affecting rights, interests and values that are consistent with the mainstream community. He has developed and promoted programs that focus on advancing education as well as social and culturally relevant attributes of the families that make up the community of Orléans. He has also raised awareness of the importance of giving back to our communities which is the continuation of the work he has been doing since 1993 on his Rogers Television show called Projection Pakistan.


  • Go Sens Go!

    Congratulations to our Ottawa Senators, who have successfully defeated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Ottawa is “All In” with Sens flag raised at City Hall, the Sens Mile signs installed on Elgin Street, and excellent support shown throughout the city. In light of our team’s victory over the Boston Bruins, Ms. Elizabeth Moore Aubin, Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy, held her end of our bet and delivered a homemade Boston Cream pie to my office.

    We wish the Ottawa Senators continued success as they will be facing the New York Rangers in the second round this Thursday. Go Sens Go!


  • Mayor Watson to Seek a Strong Mandate to Negotiate the Future of LeBreton Flats

    For immediate release:

    April 12, 2016

    Ottawa  – Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced that he will be seeking a mandate from Committee and Council to allow the City of Ottawa to enter into negotiations with RendezVous LeBreton Group (RLG), the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other government partners on the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.

    Due to the significant long-term interest of the LeBreton project for the City of Ottawa and its residents, it is important that the City takes part in future negotiations. The Mayor seeks to represent the City in those discussions to ensure that the best interests of the City of Ottawa and its taxpayers are represented during the redevelopment of one of the most noteworthy land areas available for development in Ottawa’s downtown core.

    The Mayor will also work with the Ottawa Senators organization, West End councillors, businesses and residents to ensure that appropriate options are being developed to help make up for the potential economic loss to Stittsville, Kanata and the West End of Ottawa, should the Canadian Tire Centre be relocated.

    The Mayor asked City staff to prepare a report outlining Council’s vision and setting a mandate for future negotiations, including the delegated authority for both the Mayor and City Manager to enter into discussions moving forward. The report will also identify the potential long-term city-building benefits of the redevelopment, including a more viable transit system, an increase in environmental sustainability and a more prosperous and vibrant core. The report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee in the coming months.

    Following these negotiations this project will then follow the City’s required development review and approval process (i.e., secondary plan amendments, zoning, site plan approval, land division, etc.).  The City will encourage an open dialogue of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment by offering opportunities for feedback and public consultation.


    “This development has the potential to be a tremendous City-building opportunity. We need to be at the table to ensure that the public areas within the LeBreton Flats redevelopment are distinctive, but also developed in a manner that is consistent with the City’s urban design and accessibility standards. I also want to ensure that it promotes a mix of housing types so that residents from all income brackets can call LeBreton home.”

    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts

    The LeBreton Flats redevelopment project will:

    -Support transit-oriented development along the Confederation Line and Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT), increasing the long-term viability of LRT investments and bolstering transit usage across the city;

    -Promote connectivity with the City’s pedestrian, cycling, and multi-use pathways;

    -Connect the downtown core and Centretown, Chinatown, Hintonburg, Wellington West and the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, and improve access to the historic Ottawa River shoreline;

    -Strengthen economic and tourism ties between the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau and improve transit connectivity for residents of both cities;

    -Build affordable housing within the downtown core and within easy access to transit and promoting a range and mix of housing types; and

    -Create both short-term and long-term jobs for Ottawa residents while fostering the City of Ottawa’s long-range economic prosperity.


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  • New task force will help galvanize music industry in Ottawa

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa, together with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), will spearhead a task force of music and film industry leaders to develop a Music Strategy for Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jeff Leiper made the announcement today during the “Ottawa as a Music City” panel discussion at the Innovation Centre.

    OMIC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to growing the city’s music industry for the benefit of its artists, businesses, and the city as a whole. Since it was formed in 2015, a direct result of the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, OMIC has:

    • developed relationships between its members and the national industry, the City and the community-at-large;
    • delivered music-focussed programming in partnership with the City, Ottawa 2017, and the JUNO Awards;
    • conducted important research on developing the industry in Ottawa.

    The City of Ottawa and OMIC will work with a task force of music and film industry partners, as well as other business leaders, to develop a strategy that will strengthen and grow our music industry, as well as other cultural sectors in Ottawa.

    In order for OMIC to conduct the research and consultation work required to develop this Music Strategy, the City is investing $30,000.


    “Live music is a growth industry in Ottawa. It shapes our identity and who we are as a city. In addition to the cultural benefits, a thriving music industry helps to level the playing field for our homegrown companies who are competing to attract talent from around the world. This music strategy will be part of the legacy of the 2017 JUNOs happening in Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Music is one of Ottawa’s great assets. We have incredible music talent, dedicated music entrepreneurs, and vibrant music scenes. Developing a municipal music strategy is about bringing together industry and government to create an environment that nurtures music’s transformative potential. As a representative of Ottawa’s music industry, OMIC is excited and proud to have the opportunity to work with the City and business leaders from connected sectors on this important step for the growth of our music industry and for the growth of our city.”
    Andrew Vincent, Executive Director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)

  • 105th Grey Cup Festival open call for artist submissions


    It’s your turn to take the stage.

    The 105th Grey Cup Festival presented by Shaw is putting a call out to Canadian artists to perform at Lansdowne throughout the week leading up to the big game on November 26. The festival will:

    • Showcase Canadian culture
    • Attract over 250,000 visitors throughout the week
    • Put an exclamation point on Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations!

    Want to submit your act?

    Click here and fill out the form by Friday, April 21 at midnight.

    Know a good band/artist?

    Click here to forward this message to your talented friends!

  • Responses to the Mayor’s Questionnaire for Ottawa-Vanier Federal by-election Candidates 2017

    1)   The city is embarking on an ambitious Light Rail Transit project, including Stage 2 that sends light rail further East, West and South. If elected, will you, and your party support Stage 2?

    Green Party of Canada candidate Nira Dookeran

    Comments: As a representative of the Green Party of Canada, I will and do support Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit project, which will extend the LRT west to Moodie, east to Trim, and south to Riverside and the airport.

    Greens support the extension of efficient and affordable public transit systems, including such ambitious projects as Ottawa’s LRT line.

    Ottawa’s visionary 21st-century urban planning, which includes planning safe, well-planned cycling lanes, more pedestrian walkways and bridges (such as the beautiful new bridge linking Sandy Hill to River Road), and improving OCTranspo bus service, is key to Green goals of reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, making our streets and neighbourhoods cleaner, greener, safer, and more beautiful places to live, work, and play.

    This is the Green vision of sustainable urban planning and we wholeheartedly support Stage 2 of the LRT as a significant step in the right direction.

    Liberal Party of Canada candidate Mona Fortier

    Comments: Ottawa’s LRT Phase 2 is an exciting project for the people of Ottawa-Vanier, and it is one of the reasons why I am proud that in Budget 2016, the Liberal government introduced the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund through which the City of Ottawa has already received more than $155 million for 57 transit projects.This included $45 million for LRT Stage 2 early works and preliminary engineering.

    By investing in infrastructure now – in the projects Canada needs and the men and women who can build them – we can strengthen and grow the middle class and make Canada an even better place to call home.  Helping communities to become cleaner and less reliant on sources of energy that pollute the air, harm the environment, and compromise our health is critical to investments going forward.

    Budget 2017 includes $20.1 billion over 11 years through bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to support the next phase of ambitious public transit projects. This funding will make it possible for Canadian communities to build the new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that Canadians live, move and work.  I committed to fighting for Ottawa-Vanier’s fair share of infrastructure investments and am excited to work with my city and provincial colleagues to see Ottawa’s LRT projects funded.

    Conservative Party of Canada candidate Adrian Papara

    Comments: If elected, I will support Stage 2 of the city’s Light Rail Transit. I truly believe that the construction of public infrastructure such as the LRT with 5 stations in Ottawa-Vanier, creates jobs and helps business prosper now and into the future. Making strategic investments into public transit infrastructure will also help reduce traffic congestion and the cost of gridlock in Ottawa-Vanier, and will facilitate access for Ottawa residents to jobs, education, health care services and social activities.

    New Democratic Party of Canada candidate Emilie Taman

    Comments: I am in full support of Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit project as an important way to improve commute times and help reduce the influx of traffic on many road in Ottawa-Vanier. More transit options in the riding will definitely improve the lives of Ottawa-Vanier residents.

    For years, the New Democratic Party has been pushing the federal government to invest more in transit and to provide municipalities with stable funding.


    2)   Truck traffic in the downtown core, particularly on Kind Edward Avenue, Rideau and Waller Streets, is often unsafe and takes away from the quality of life of residents and visitors. The city has approved a plan to conduct an Environment Assessment (EA) on a proposed truck tunnel that would remove the majority of trucks from the downtown core. Will you and your party support 1/3rd funding of the EA in this next fiscal year so that work can begin the study next year?

    Green Party of Canada candidate Nira Dookeran

    Comments: As a representative of the Green Party of Canada, I will support 1/3rd federal funding of the Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed truck tunnel to remove the majority of trucks from Ottawa’s downtown core.

    This is a problem that has persisted for more than 5 decades. It’s high time for a solution. I will support 1/3rd federal funding in this next fiscal year to match the funds already committed at the municipal and provincial levels ($2.5 million each) to conduct an EA on the proposed King Edward truck tunnel.

    Liberal Party of Canada candidate Mona Fortier

    Comments: We need to ensure that any new transportation infrastructure projects reflect an integrated system-wide approach. The City of Ottawa has undertook a feasibility study, which reported to council, that a tunnel is indeed possible.

    If elected, I am committed to working with my provincial and municipal colleagues to ensure funding is available to the city for a proper environmental assessment. In the meantime, I would commit to working on creative solutions to help mitigate the truck traffic through Lowertown and down King Edward Ave.

    Conservative Party of Canada candidate Adrian Papara

    Comments: I agree that the truck traffic in the downtown core is often unsafe and environmentally unfriendly. If elected, I will support funding of the environmental assessment so that work can begin on a study on the proposed truck tunnel. It is a project I support and one that eases concerns over alternatives such as bridge projects that would disrupt local communities. The truck tunnel is a viable idea because it reduces not only truck traffic in the downtown core, but traffic in general as over 3000 cars and trucks would be able to use it on a daily basis. What makes this project feasible is that no new major infrastructure is needed on the connecting Quebec side and it would link directly to highway 417. Improved infrastructure is key for businesses to get their products to market faster and more efficiently and cut commute times for residents so they can get home and be with their families or to their jobs faster.

    New Democratic Party of Canada candidate Emilie Taman

    Comments: Having lived on St Patrick St. in Lowertown, I am well aware of the problems with heavy truck traffic on King Edward. The level of traffic has been putting the lives of people in Lowertown at risk for many years. It’s time to stop talking about fix this problem and actually get on with doing it. Both the NDP and I fully support providing federal government funding for one-third of the cost for the Environmental Assessment. I will also do everything I can to ensure the necessary funding required to move this project from talk to reality.


    3)   Will you and your party join with the Provincial Government and the City of Ottawa in adding additional funding for affordable housing? If so, what kind of support do you envision?

    Green Party of Canada candidate Nira Dookeran

    Comments: As a representative of the Green Party of Canada, I will advocate strongly for federal funding to support municipal and provincial efforts to create adequate affordable housing for all Canadians.

    As a party committed to collaboration among all levels of government, the Green Party sees the need for strong federal leadership in the area of affordable housing across the country. This is why we support a National Housing Strategy. We support working collaboratively in good faith with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to ensure that all Canadians have safe, affordable, and long-term housing.

    Federal commitments for subsidised and affordable housing across the country stand currently at $1.7 billion, projected to be reduced to $1 billion by 2020, and to be eliminated by 2040. This is not acceptable.

    The City of Ottawa projects that 150-200 units of affordable housing will come online this year. However, the current waitlist for affordable housing across the city approaches 10 000. Clearly, the City requires significant, substantial, and sustained funding commitments from the federal government to be in a position to plan proactively to meet the housing needs of Ottawa citizens.

    The Green Party of Canada supports a National Housing Strategy that includes such significant, substantial, and sustained funding. No Canadian should be without safe, affordable, and long-term housing. It is the responsibility of all levels of government, working together, with strong federal leadership and support, to make sure this goal becomes a reality for all Canadians.

    Liberal Party of Canada candidate Mona Fortier

    Comments: All Canadians deserve a safe and affordable place to call home and that is why the Liberal Government is working towards establishing National Housing Strategy to renew federal leadership in housing. In Budget 2017, more than $11.2 billion was allocated for a National Housing Strategy to help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs.  This strategy will have an integrated approach to address the entire continuum of housing challenges across the country, including homelessness.

    Of the total funding, $3.2 billion will be provided to province and territories to support key priorities for affordable housing through a new, expanded, multilateral investment framework that will replace the existing Investment in Affordable Housing initiative.

    I will work hard to ensure that investments into affordable housing benefit residents of Ottawa-Vanier and work to address homelessness, and increase support for vulnerable groups.

    Conservative Party of Canada candidate Adrian Papara

    Comments: The Conservative Party of Canada believes that all Canadians should have a reasonable opportunity to own their home and to have access to safe and affordable housing. As a candidate, I have made a commitment that if elected I would work to reverse the Liberal government’s “one size fits all” mortgage rules aimed at the Vancouver and Toronto housing markets that are eroding the purchasing power for would be home owners by up to 20% here in Ottawa-Vanier. The riding is home to almost 2/3 of Ottawa’s affordable housing units, and much of the money the city receives from the federal government is mostly used on maintaining existing units leaving little in terms of the creation of new units. That’s a disappointment for the almost 10,000 people currently on a wait list for affordable housing. While I am glad to see that the Liberal government has put aside billions for affordable housing across Canada, most of that funding only comes after the next election. That delay in the majority of the funding is unacceptable and I will work to make sure more of that funding will be available now when it’s needed.

    New Democratic Party of Canada candidate Emilie Taman

    Comments: With 10,000 people on the wait list for housing in Ottawa, building new affordable housing in the city must be a priority.

    While Budget 2017 announced money for investments in housing, close to 90% of the promised funds is not scheduled to be spent until after the next election. Right now only $10 million will be provided for the entire country, which does not come close to meeting the needs of our city.


    4)  As you are aware, Ottawa, along with other cities across Canada, is dealing with an unfortunate crisis with our youth around the usage of opioids. Public health officials estimate there have been about 20-25 overdose related death in Ottawa in a one year period. The City of Ottawa, joined by many partners, held a public meeting on February 27 2017 to discuss ways we can work together to combat this issue. Will you and your party commit to more funding for addiction treatment facilities, more beds in those facilities and more timely statistics to help address this crisis in our community?

    Green Party of Canada candidate Nira Dookeran

    Comments: The current opioid crisis requires immediate and urgent attention. As a representative of the Green Party of Canada, I support funding measures to address this crisis, including addiction treatment facilities, more beds in those facilities, and more timely statistics to help address this crisis among our youth. These measures should be implemented with leadership and collaboration by Ottawa Public Health.

    In addition to addressing the current crisis, however, I support improving public education, especially among youth, regarding drug and alcohol addiction, street drugs, abuse of prescription drugs, and related risks. A long-term approach to healthy choices for our young people must focus on education and prevention.

    Liberal Party of Canada candidate Mona Fortier

    Comments: The current opioid crisis is having a devastating impact in many communities. The Liberal government is committed to a comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate, and evidence-based response to the crisis and will exhaust every possible avenue in addressing this crisis.

    In total, the Liberal government has announced $81 million in funding to address the ongoing crisis. In addition to the announced emergency funding for Alberta, $10 million in emergency funding has been provided to British Columbia, and $65 million over five years has been announced for federal initiatives, including to support the federal government’s ongoing implementation of the Opioid Action Plan.

    No single action can end the crisis, but this funding is an important step toward addressing immediate and longer-term needs.  If elected I am committed to working with my provincial and municipal counterparts to ensure treatment and prevention programmes are available.

    Conservative Party of Canada candidate Adrian Papara

    Comments: I am very concerned about our opioid crisis in Ottawa among youth. It is my understanding that the federal Health Minister made a $65 million commitment to support better lab testing, better toxicology, better data and surveillance across Canada. While I welcome this news, I believe the federal government should have also committed funding to our province and our city to increase access to the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone and create overdose prevention facilities. If elected, I will be a strong voice in Parliament and will work to keep the Liberals accountable and make sure that committed funds reach our communities that depend on it. I think it’s also important to commit federal funds to programs that engage youth and educate them on the consequences of unsafe opioid consumption.

    New Democratic Party of Canada candidate Emilie Taman

    Comments: The opiod crisis must be tackled immediately. It must include a harm reduction strategy that incorporates solutions like safe injection sites to ensure no one falls through the cracks before they are able to get the treatment they need.

    It was the NDP that first pushed the government to study this issue and has been pushing to get necessary legislation through as quickly as possible. We cannot afford to lose any more people to these horrible drugs. I will push for the necessary federal funding to make sure the support is there for people where and when it is needed.


    5) The City of Ottawa has embarked on an ambitious plan to revitalize the Byward Market, Canada’s oldest continuously operating farmers market. As part of the revitalization effort, the City plans to invest $10 million to improve the public areas around the Byward market Building, including improving pedestrian and cycling connections and public gathering spaces. The City has already invested $1 million in this project.  Will you support the City’s request to the Government of Canada for 1/3rd funding in support of the Market Revitalization initiative?

    Green Party of Canada candidate Nira Dookeran

    Comments: Canadians’ growing awareness and concern for food security, healthy, clean food and support for local farm produce dovetails elegantly with the City’s Byward Market revitalization plan. Improving pedestrian and cycling connections and public gathering spaces in the Market will take us “back to the future” with a thriving, bustling market, free of excessive traffic congestion.

    This is an essential component of the Green vision of our cities of the future – a return to relatively car-free, community-rich hubs where we gather to work, shop, play, dine. As a representative of the Green Party of Canada, I support the 1/3rd federal funding contribution to the Byward Market Revitalization initiative.

    Liberal Party of Canada candidate Mona Fortier

    Comments: The Byward Market is an important historic and tourist area of Ottawa-Vanier. If elected, I will work tirelessly to ensure Ottawa-Vanier gets its fair share of investments for cultural and recreational centres. The Liberal Government is committed to improving access to public spaces that contribute to vibrant and healthier communities. The Byward Market revitalization will improve an already spectacular district of our riding. 

    Conservative Party of Canada candidate Adrian Papara

    Comments: If elected, I would support the City’s request for federal funding to support the Market Revitalization initiative. I had the opportunity to learn more about this great initiative while on a walkabout with the other candidates and Councillor Mathieu Fleury. The Market is An attraction visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists and with the opening of the new LRT station on Rideau it will attract even more local visitors. Improving pedestrian access and public gathering spaces just makes sense. Businesses in the Market are now facing competition from new entertainment districts like Lansdowne Park and we must preserve the attractiveness of the Market so that businesses that create local jobs continue to grow and prosper.

    New Democratic Party of Canada candidate Emilie Taman

    Comments: I absolutely believe the federal government must cover a third of the cost of the Market Revitalization Initiative. I also believe investing in the revitalization of the other parts of Ottawa-Vanier. To this end, I believe the federal government should move toward a more stable, efficient and transparent funding model based on population and need, rather than forcing municipalities to continually beg for infrastructure funding.

  • City of Ottawa named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

    Ottawa – For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a competition that recognizes organizations for their exceptional workplace diversity and inclusion programs.

    The winners were selected by editors at Mediacorp and are featured in a special section of today’s Globe and Mail. The competition judges recognized the City for its commitment to reflect, in its workforce, the diversity of the Ottawa community, including the following initiatives:

    Hosting an annual AccessAbility Day event to offer residents an opportunity to provide feedback on issues related to accessibility and learn about City initiatives and programs;
    Ensuring that all City owned and operated spaces and facilities are inclusive and accessible, with its Accessibility Design Standards;
    Championing diversity internally by having each City department create and implement their own diversity plan;
    Welcoming new Canadians through an immigration strategy that includes employment initiatives and economic development programs such as the Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards, to recognize the achievements of new Canadians, and the Professional Internship for Newcomers Program, which provides temporary work placements for newcomers.


    “We’re honoured to be selected once again as a national leader in workplace diversity. We are continuously striving to offer a workplace that is as inclusive, welcoming and diverse as this great city we live in, where individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds are recognized and valued.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Our employees deserve congratulations for this recognition. They are exceptional, hard-working people who represent every facet of our City’s diverse population, and together we are constantly developing new ways to enhance inclusion and remove barriers.”
    Steve Kanellakos, City Manager

  • Special Assistant Position

    The Office of Mayor Jim Watson is currently accepting applications for future opportunities.

    The ideal candidate for Special Assistant:

    • Is highly organized, motivated, punctual, and able to work well under pressure;
    • Has strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and the ability to interact well with people;
    • Must have an interest in municipal affairs and the ability to engage with residents on their issues and concerns;
    • Is required to work evenings from Wednesdays to Fridays and weekends;
    • Will drive and staff the Mayor at community events throughout the city;
    • Must Possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License (Class “G” unrestricted);
    • Undertakes other duties as assigned including but not limited to providing general clerical support, and preparing correspondence and outreach regarding resident inquiries.

    Please send your résumé in complete confidence no later than April 7th, 2017 to:

    Serge Arpin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jim Watson
    Office of Mayor Jim Watson / Bureau du maire Jim Watson
    City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa
    110 Laurier Ave. West / 110 ave. Laurier Ouest
    Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
    E-mail : Justine.Ibrahim@Ottawa.ca

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

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