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    Statement by the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa

    A better location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital – the former Sir John Carling Building site

    December 2, 2016 – On Thursday, November 24, the NCC approved a staff recommendation to offer Tunney’s Pasture to The Ottawa Hospital as the site of the future Civic Campus.

    On Tuesday, November 29, the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital announced its decision to not support the recommendation of the Tunney’s Pasture property, citing key concerns around access, costs and timelines.

    Today, the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of Ottawa committed to working together to fast-track the approval of the former Sir John Carling Building site as the preferred location for the new Civic Campus – and to get on with the important work of building a better Civic Campus for all residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Together the group represents eleven federal MPs, five provincial MPPs and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

    The approximately 50 acre site is located at the northeastern corner of the Central Experimental Farm. The former Sir John Carling Building site does not include any research fields and will have a minimal impact on agricultural lands or recreational greenspace.

    The site’s central location provides easier access to the Queensway from both directions for Ottawa residents and patients who travel to the Civic Campus from the East and West and from throughout Eastern Ontario. It also provides easier access to residents from the South end of Ottawa via the Veterans’ Memorial Highway (416) or via Prince of Wales Drive.

    The site is within 100 metres of the Trillium Line, which will connect to the Confederation Line at Bayview Station once the Confederation Line opens in 2018.

    The Ottawa Hospital believes the former Sir John Carling Building site addresses their key concerns with regard to access, costs and timelines. Our community deserves a 21st century hospital and we are committed to bringing world-class health care to the City of Ottawa. This recommendation has the full support of the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors.

    Not only does this site bring all parties together, it addresses the views of the community that the site be located in the downtown core while being easily accessible by public transit.

    Today, our group has written to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the NCC, informing her of its support for the former Sir John Carling Building site as the future home of the new Civic Campus.

    The Statement on a Better Location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital has been endorsed by the following elected officials:

    Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus Members

    Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change & MP, Ottawa Centre
    Hon. Andrew Leslie, MP, Ottawa-Orléans
    David McGuinty, MP, Ottawa South
    Karen McCrimmon, MP, ‎Kanata Carleton
    Anita Vandenbeld, MP, Ottawa West-Nepean
    Chandra Arya, MP, Nepean
    Francis Drouin, MP, Glengarry – Prescott – Russell
    Steve MacKinnon, MP, Gatineau
    Greg Fergus, MP, Hull Aylmer
    Will Amos, MP, Pontiac
    ‎Stéphane Lauzon, MP, Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation

    Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus

    Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure & MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean
    Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General (Ontario) & MPP, Ottawa Centre
    Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, & MPP, Ottawa-Orléans
    John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South
    Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier

    City of Ottawa

    Jim Watson, Mayor

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    Submissions now open for JUNOfest 2017

    JUNO Week’s two-night music festival invites Canadian artists from all genres to apply.

    TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that artist submissions for JUNOfest, presented by CBCMusic.ca are now open. The annual musical festival will showcase performances by top Canadian acts in venues across Ottawa on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of JUNO Week 2017.

    Artists interested in participating in JUNOfest can apply between November 29, 2016 and January 27, 2017 at www.junofestsubmissions.ca.

    About JUNOfest:


    • One of the signature events of JUNO Week, JUNOfest is a two-night music festival featuring 100+ artists playing on stages throughout Ottawa. The festival will feature live performances by regional and national artists representing the many genres that make up Canadian music, including local artists representing Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant music scene and 2017 JUNO Award nominees.
    • JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists only. A $20 application fee will apply.
    • JUNOfest will be produced by Shawn Scallen/spectrasonic.


    JUNOfest will offer shows at more than 15 venues across Ottawa/Gatineau on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1


    JUNOfest has showcased more than 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres including: African Guitar Summit, Alexisonfire, Alex Cuba, Anvil, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Deep Dark Woods, Divine Brown, D-Sisive, Doc Walker, Down with Webster, Elliott Brood, Elizabeth Shepherd, Feist, Fucked Up, The Gryphon Trio, Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Hot Panda, Jane Bunnett, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Julie Doiron, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, k-os, Kellylee Evans, KENmode, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Little Miss Higgins, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, Milk & Bone, MSTRKRFT, NQ Arbuckle, Plants and Animals, The Sadies, Said the Whale, Saint Alvia, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Shout Out Out Out Out, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Ten Second Epic, Thornley, Two Hours Traffic, The Wailin’ Jennys, Wintersleep, and hundreds more.
    Rich Aucoin at JUNOfest 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo credit: CARAS/Cameron MacDonald 2015

    The 46th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.

    Website: www.junofestsubmissions.ca, www.junoawards.ca
    Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards
    Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

    Click here to read the full release.

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    Debbie Heuchert receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    November 23, 2016 – Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and West Carleton-March Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Debbie Heuchert at today’s City Council meeting.

    Debbie volunteers in many areas of the community including coaching recreational soccer and helping to manage the Starlight Synchronized Skating Team. She sits on the executive boards of the West Carleton Minor Hockey Association and the West Carleton Skating Club where she takes on responsibilities above and beyond her duties. Such tasks include organizing team photos and apparel, extra training for program assistants, and helping on various committees within the organizations. For any special event like an ice show, test day, or tournament she is an invaluable asset in making sure things run smoothly.

    Debbie also volunteers much of her time with Huntley Centennial Public School. She organizes the Hot Lunch and Milk program, assists with the Back to School BBQ, and organizes the Christmas Bazaar, just to name a few.  Debbie is a fantastic baker and will spend countless hours in the kitchen making treats for fundraisers or special events throughout the year.

    Debbie demonstrates values that exemplify selfless generosity, support and extraordinary commitment to making our small community of Carp a better place to live, especially for our children.

  • Mayor Jim Watson’s statement on recent anti-Semitic acts in the City of Ottawa

    I am proud to serve as Mayor of a tolerant, progressive and inclusive community. Ottawa is a city of many diverse cultures and beliefs, all of which we embrace. I strongly condemn the actions of those who would seek to weaken our commitment to our shared values. And I strongly condemn this very hateful anti-Semitic act – it has no place in the city of Ottawa.

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    Tennis Canada selects Ottawa for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round Play

    November 16, 2016 – Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that The Arena at TD Place at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Ontario will be the host site for the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Great Britain. The event will take place from February 3-5, 2017.

    “It’s been more than two decades since Davis Cup has been held in Ottawa and the timing is right now to bring it back,” said Gavin Ziv, vice-president, professional events, Tennis Canada. “Playing Great Britain in the nation’s capital during the Canada 150 celebration year presented a perfect opportunity and we could not be more excited about it. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario, Government of Canada and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to make this event a huge success for the team and the many tennis fans in Ottawa who have been eager to see this event live.”

    Matches will be played on an indoor hard court and will be the first ever tennis event held at the venue. The last Davis Cup tie contested in Ottawa was more than 20 years ago when Canada defeated Jamaica 5-0 in a Group II zonal tie at the Ottawa Athletic Club in February 1994. The last time the Canadian Davis Cup team played in Ontario was a 5-0 victory over Dominican Republic at the Aviva Centre in Toronto in 2010.

    “We are thrilled to host this important Davis Cup tie at TD Place,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which manages TD Place and the surrounding Lansdowne entertainment district.  “The matchup between Great Britain and Canada is the marquee first-round tie for the competition. It’s a privilege to be able to present it to our Ottawa/Gatineau fans during Ottawa 2017 celebrations. Thanks to Tennis Canada for making it possible.”

    Canada will be competing in the elite 16-team World Group for a sixth straight year after defeating Chile 5-0 in the World Group play-offs in September. They were relegated to the play-off round after a 5-0 loss to France on the road in the first round in March. Canada has experienced tremendous Davis Cup success over the past few years, reaching the semifinals for the first time in the country’s history in 2013 and returning to the quarter-finals for a second time in 2015.

    Great Britain recently returned to Davis Cup glory, capturing the title for the first time in 79 years in 2015. Led by the world’s newest No. 1 player and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in singles, and doubles world No. 4 Jamie Murray, the team also reached the semifinals this year, losing in September to Argentina 3-2 in a fifth and deciding rubber.

    Canada and Great Britain have only played once in the history of Davis Cup, with the Brits posting a 4-1 win in Bournemouth, England back in May 1967. As current defending champions, Great Britain is the No. 1 ranked Davis Cup country in the world and will be the seeded nation for this tie. Canada is currently ranked No. 12.

    “We are really excited to be making a long overdue return to Ottawa for Davis Cup,” said Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We are always at our best when we play at home in front of loud, patriotic crowds and that is exactly what we will need here to defeat a strong team from Great Britain. This will be the first time many of our guys will play in this city and we are really looking forward to introducing a new generation of tennis fans to the passion and excitement that is Davis Cup.”

    Laurendeau will select the four-man team to represent Canada at a later date. In 2016, Canada was represented in Davis Cup by five players – Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic, Philip Bester, Adil Shamasdin and Denis Shapovalov. Due to various injury-related and personal reasons, Canada was without top singles player Milos Raonic and Davis Cup doubles stalwart Daniel Nestor for both ties in 2016. Both Nestor and Raonic have been committed team members in the past, with Raonic playing every year from 2010-2015 and Nestor only missing three ties in the last 15 seasons.

    The winner of this tie in February will move on to the World Group quarter-finals and will also be assured to keep their spot in the World Group for the following year. The losing nation will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie to keep their spot in the elite level for 2018.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 135 nations competing on annual basis. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.

    Tickets will go on sale to the public on November 25 and will be available online at TDPlace.ca, by phone at 1-877-489-2849 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

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    The party’s here and all of Canada’s invited!

    Ottawa students send postcards to friends and family across the country inviting them to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital

    Ottawa – Ottawa area students have a message for their family and friends from coast to coast to coast: “Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with us in 2017!”

    As part of a city-wide student postcard writing initiative, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Canada Post and the Canada Post Community Foundation as programming partners for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    In collaboration with Ottawa 2017, Canada Post has printed and delivered more than 45,000 postcards to Ottawa’s four local school boards: the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. A grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation will support mailing costs.

    Students from Grade 3 to 6, inclusively, will be receiving the postcards this month and, as an in-class project, they will be writing personalized messages inviting relatives and friends living elsewhere in Canada to take part in the celebrations in Ottawa next year.

    The postcards were designed by area students for the Ottawa 2017 Postcard Design Contest.


    “We’re proud to welcome Canada Post, a national corporation that’s been connecting Canadians for generations, as an Ottawa 2017 partner. This postcard initiative is a great way to engage young Canadians and build excitement for our country’s sesquicentennial celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “We are pleased to be part of this great initiative. We’re hoping to deliver these beautiful hand-written invitations from Ottawa students to Canadians right across the country,” said Susan Margles, Vice-President, Government Relations and Policy at Canada Post and a Trustee with the Canada Post Community Foundation.

    “The Ottawa 2017 program was developed to inspire Canadian youth and encourage them to get involved in the celebrations. With Canada Post’s valuable support, this is an additional way of engaging young citizens and inspiring them for the future,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will 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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

  • Responses to the Mayor’s Questionnaire for Ottawa-Vanier Candidates 2016

    Responses to the Mayor’s Questionnaire for Ottawa-Vanier Candidates have been organized alphabetically by each candidate’s last name who has responded.

    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?

    New Democratic Party of Ontario candidate Claude Bisson


    My party and I believe that we should focus our efforts towards transit projects like the LRT expansion. It will help Ottawa’s economy, provide more transportation options around the city and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint. We also need to make sure transit options are affordable in order to ensure that Ottawa citizens can all have equal access to transit options in the city.


    Ontario Liberal Party candidate Nathalie Des Rosiers


    I strongly support the expansion of the LRT. This project means that people in Ottawa-Vanier would spend less time in traffic and more time with their families. Continuing to improve transit for Ottawa-Vanier families is an issue I have raised throughout this campaign will continue to fight for.

    I am very proud to be running for the team that funded the first phase of the LRT and has already committed to funding the second phase of this important project. Unlike the Conservatives, the Ontario Liberal Party has never wavered in its support for building transit in Ottawa.


    Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda candidate Elizabeth de Viel Castel



    Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate André Marin


    The Ontario PC Party believes that one of the province’s most pressing needs is infrastructure. Congestion, wait times and gridlock drag down our economy and our quality of life. Unfortunately this Liberal Government has been in power for 13 years and Ontario is still burdened by gridlock and insufficient transit. The Ontario PC Party supports Stage 2 of the City of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit project. Should I have the honour of being elected as the MPP of Ottawa-Vanier, I will support this project on behalf of my constituents. Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown has also made it clear that if elected, an Ontario PC government would honour infrastructure projects that have shovels in the ground. Infrastructure projects must be started within the mandate a government is elected, and be delivered on time and on budget.


    Green Party of Ontario candidate Raphaël Morin


    I believe transit and active transportation are essential for the health of our communities and economy.

    The Green Party of Ontario supports regional transit infrastructure renewal throughout the City of Ottawa, including funding for Stage 2 of the LRT.

    In addition, the Green Party of Ontario renews its call for all levels of government to work together to expedite the extension of the Trillium Line to the Ottawa International Airport.


    2. Truck traffic in the downtown core, particularly on Kind Edward, 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 EA on a proposed truck tunnel that would remove the majority of trucks from the downtown core. Will you and your party support 1/3 funding of the EA in this next fiscal year so that work can begin on the study next year?

    New Democratic Party of Ontario candidate Claude Bisson


    Three cyclists recently lost their lives here in Ottawa because of all the heavy traffic that is currently using our roads in the downtown core. That’s three too many. We need to make our streets secure for everyone. We would definitely fund the environmental assessment, but any project moving forward will need proper public consultations so we can ensure that we build a consensus around the solutions that will be identified.


    Ontario Liberal Party candidate Nathalie Des Rosiers


    Truck traffic continues to be an issue for families in this community. The time for action is now. I am very pleased to know that the Ontario Liberal government also recognizes the importance of this issue and has already provided $375,000 towards the initial feasibility study.

    If I have the honour of serving the people of Ottawa-Vanier as their MPP, I will work with the City of Ottawa on this next step, and further explore the feasibility of the tunnel by contributing 1/3 of the funding required for the EA.


    Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda candidate Elizabeth de Viel Castel



    Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate André Marin


    The Ontario PC Party is open to evaluating every idea on its merits, particularly one that may help to make our streets safer and reduce congestion. We are also willing to work with our federal and municipal partners to come to solutions that are in the best interest of the province.


    Green Party of Ontario candidate Raphaël Morin


    Removing trucks from our downtown streets is an important priority for our city.  It’s one of many long-term unaddressed infrastructure problems in the City of Ottawa.

    At this point the tunnel proposal has been limited to a technical feasibility study. Although the high level of public interest in understandable, it is too early in the process to consider it a done deal.

    We also need to acknowledge the existing commitments to other major infrastructure projects in the City of Ottawa. Phase II LRT expansion and the Ottawa River Action Plan must continue to be the top infrastructure priorities for Ottawa for the next 5 to 10 years.

    There must be a lot more community consultation before this proposal or any other proposal goes forward. Time after time, the residents of Ottawa-Vanier and their quality of life have been treated as an afterthought. The public deserves more clarity about all possible solutions. More study is needed, particularly on the roundabout proposed at Overbrook.

    Before investing $1.5 to $2 billion in a tunnel project, the community needs to have their say on other, lower cost options that could perhaps be implemented more rapidly. Instead, in effect, the tunnel project has been “floated as trial balloon.”  Unfortunately, we’ve already seen how divisive these issues can be, for example with the NCC’s earlier $1.2 billion Kettle Island bridge proposal. That is why broad and meaningful consultation with the affected communities is so important.


    3. Ottawa has seen an increase in the number of shootings in our city. Would you support providing ongoing sustainable funding for our Ottawa Police DART and Guns and Gangs teams to help combat this serious challenge?

    New Democratic Party of Ontario candidate Claude Bisson


    In my experience in the RCMP, I believe that only using repressive measures won’t make us successful. To reduce crime in Ottawa, we need a balanced approach that involves our communities, business leaders, and police officers. We have to offer our youth activities that will get them off the streets and only our community organizations can do that. We also have to address the root causes of such violence like poverty and access to education.


    Ontario Liberal Party candidate Nathalie Des Rosiers


    Ontario Liberals have consistently increased funding to local police services in Ottawa as we believe that the best way to fight crime is to let local communities decide their own priorities.

    This past year the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Police Service received over $7 million support local community safety and well-being efforts, an increase of nearly $300,000 from the year before.

    According to the Crime Severity Index (a measure of violent crime) Ottawa has one of the lowest rates in Ontario. Of the 32 largest Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada, Ottawa ranks behind only Toronto and Barrie in Ontario, and is one of the 5 lowest in the country.

    We will continue to fund programs in Ottawa to ensure it remains one of the safest cities in the country.

    Through my work at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and as a long-time advocate, I know what important work our police do. I also know that policing is only part of the solution. If we truly want to address violence in our community, we must also focus on prevention. That’s why I’m proud to be part of a team that not only continues to increase funding to the Ottawa Police Service but also invests in programs for at risk youth and vulnerable communities.


    Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda candidate Elizabeth de Viel Castel



    Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate André Marin


    As the candidate of Ottawa-Vanier, I have been busy knocking on doors and meeting with residents. What I’ve been hearing from the community – from families and businesses – is that people are worried and afraid. A record number of shootings this year is completely unacceptable in the city that I call home. Parents shouldn’t have to worry about whether their child will come home at the end of the day. While Ottawa’s police work extremely hard protecting our entire community we need to do more to support them and make the community safer. As a lifelong resident of Ottawa and the candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, I have a sincere desire to address this issue. That is why last month Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and I called upon the government to restore their shortsighted cuts to Ottawa’s DART program. We continue to hear from cops with anti-gang experience that the cuts to this unit have impacted their ability to prevent shootings. The province urgently needs to take action to get guns off our streets and build stronger, safer communities for Ottawa families. If this government won’t act, I would continue to advocate for the restoration of this funding as MPP, and an Ontario PC government commits to restoring this funding.


    Green Party of Ontario candidate Raphaël Morin


    The Green Party of Ontario supports sustainable funding for all aspects of policing, including the DART and Guns and Gangs units.

    As a candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, I acknowledge that our community faces challenges regarding criminal organizations. To that end, I also support funding for diversion programs for youth, for addictions treatment centres and for harm-reduction facilities such as safe injection sites.

    It is also important to acknowledge the ongoing demands placed on the Ottawa Police Service related to the presence of the federal Parliament and the many diplomatic representatives in our city. Every time there is a major demonstration in our city, our police play an important role in protecting people and property while safeguarding our freedom of assembly. As an MPP, I would work with other levels of government to ensure stable funding in this regard.


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

    New Democratic Party of Ontario candidate Claude Bisson


    We must ensure that all Ontarians have safe and affordable housing by building and repairing more affordable housing units. The government must stop downloading this crucial responsibility onto cash-strapped municipalities. We need to set attainable targets for increasing affordable housing for the people that need it the most, invest in new affordable housing and repair existing sub-standard housing. Ultimately, the Ontario NPD would develop an Ontario housing plan that includes inclusionary zoning and better tenants’ rights.


    Ontario Liberal Party candidate Nathalie Des Rosiers


    Supporting people who are in need is one of the values that has guided me throughout my life and career. And one of the most essential supports is having a home.

    Having a place to call home is a foundation that leads to better health outcomes, improved access to services, more employment opportunities and stability.

    The Ontario Liberal Government currently funds and will continue to fund a number of affordable housing programs in Ottawa.

    For Ottawa specifically this includes but is not limited to;

    • $35.6M for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative for Ottawa this past year
    • $48.2Mthrough the extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario
    • $16.2M from the Social Infrastructure Fund for the Social Housing Improvement Program
    • $12M from the Green Investment Fund for the Social Housing Apartment Retrofit Program

    The Ontario Liberal Government has a strong track record of making investments in affordable housing in Ottawa and we will continue to make these important investments.


    Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda candidate Elizabeth de Viel Castel



    Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate André Marin


    The Ontario PC Party is open to evaluating every idea on its merits. We are also willing to work with our federal and municipal partners to come to solutions that are in the best interest of the province. One issue we have seen continued provincial inaction on is affordable housing. This government has had 13 years to fix Ontario’s affordable housing waitlist, yet we now have over 171,000 families waiting for housing – the longest it’s ever been. It’s clear the current approach is not working. Liberal policies – from spiraling hydro rates, to high taxes, to increasing development charges on new homes and rentals – are making life more unaffordable for all Ontarians. What’s more, years of Liberal waste, scandal and mismanagement, including the irresponsible spending at Housing Services Corporation, have left this government unable to fund the services Ontarians depend on, such as health care and affordable housing. While this is an issue that requires all levels of government to work together, organizations such as the Home Builders and Rental Housing Providers have made suggestions to help reduce building costs that would also be worthwhile to consider.


    Green Party of Ontario candidate Raphaël Morin


    The Green Party believes it is the right of every Canadian to have affordable, safe, and secure housing. It enhances people’s health, dignity, and life opportunities. It is an essential prerequisite to an equitable society. The Green Party supports the delivery of social housing dollars to provincial, territorial, and municipal governments through the traditional vehicle of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

  • A national celebration in the making: Canadian history, culture and treasures on exhibit to the world in 2017

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome the family of national cultural institutions in the capital region as programming partners for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

    From cultural and social programming, to providing venue space, the following federal partners are supporting one or more Ottawa 2017 initiatives. Some examples are:

    Canada Agricultural Museum
    • Assisting in the development of Agri 150 events
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    • Hosting an outdoor Ignite 150 event
    • Providing set-up and rehearsal space for La Machine
    Canadian Museum of History
    • Hosting the Mayor’s reception for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference
    • Hosting the Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Gala
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    • Hosting a December 31, 2017, Nature New Year celebration
    • Hosting “Populace”, an Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Fund project
    Canada Science and Technology Museum
    • Presenting special exhibits related to Ottawa 2017 programming, such as the National Videogame Championships and Awards
    Canadian War Museum
    • Hosting an Ignite 150 event
    Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
    • Organizing and hosting the one-day conference “Ottawa: A Smart City in the 21st Century”
    • Curating archival images for a large-scale outdoor projection project on the LAC building, to coincide with the major exhibit “Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?”
    • Providing archival material for Ottawa 2017 programs
    National Arts Centre (NAC)
    • Under the Ignite 150 umbrella, NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley will conduct 1,300 high school students from local schools in a massed bands concert at the Aberdeen Pavilion on March 24, 2017
    • Cross-programming Canadian artists at the Canada Scene Festival and at Inspiration Village
    National Gallery of Canada
    • Signature destination for La Machine and other events
    • Hosting tours for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference

    In addition to working together on the above mentioned projects and events (plus other exciting yet-to-be-announced activities!), Ottawa 2017 will assist in the promotion of federal events and exhibits taking place throughout the year. Highlights include:

    • May/June: the opening of the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada;
    • June: the opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new permanent Arctic Gallery;
    • July: the unveiling of the National Arts Centre’s dramatic new façade;
    •  July: the opening of the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History;
    •  November: the re-opening of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.


    “Ottawa, as our nation’s capital, has a concentration of institutions where we keep and preserve our national treasures. As we prepare to welcome millions of visitors for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’re pleased to work with those who are the custodians of Canadian culture and history, to further enhance our collective public programming offer for 2017 and create lasting benefits for our tourism industry and local economy,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation will make 2017 an exceptional year for residents and visitors in Canada’s Capital Region. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the success of Ottawa 2017 initiatives—including Ignite 150, which will offer participants a variety of unforgettable experiences. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “From our inspiring Ontario150 sesquicentennial programs to Ottawa 2017’s exciting lineup of activities, the province is going to be alive with incredible cultural, community and celebratory events that all Ontarians and visitors can enjoy next year. What a tremendous way to honour our past, build for our future, and encourage pride and engagement with our capital city and across our beautiful province,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “As the proud co-host of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, CIBC is pleased to invite Canadians across the country to explore the wealth of cultural and historical jewels that have helped shape our national identity,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “After chairing the Federal Cultural Partners Committee for several years, I’m very proud to reconnect with all of them to have federal institutions benefit from the Ottawa 2017 celebrations as they showcase the best of Canadian culture to residents and visitors from around the world,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will 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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

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    Mayor Watson announces 2016 Order of Ottawa inductees and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recipient

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2016 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

    This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 17.

    “The Order of Ottawa honours remarkable residents for their service in both professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “It is a privilege to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of these influential people who enrich our city and have made a difference in the lives of others in our community.”

    Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2016 are: Adrian Burns, Brian Coburn, Sister Louise Dunn, Clarence (Gus) Este, Abraham Feinstein, Harley Finkelstein, Dr. Nishith Goel, George Hanna, Tae Eun Lee, Gibson Patterson, Jacqueline Pelletier, Chris and Erin Phillips, Jim Robinson, David Smart and Mark Sutcliffe.

    Bill Malhotra was selected as a 2015 Order of Ottawa recipient however was unable to attend this ceremony. He will be honoured at the 2016 ceremony.

    John Medeiros will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

    The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

    This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.

    For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca.




    Abridged biographies of recipients

    Adrian Burns
    Ms. Burns has served as Chair of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Board of Trustees since December 2014 and has dedicated her career to Canadian broadcasting and the arts, education, corporate and public governance, and community development. She is deeply involved in the Ottawa community and has worked on a number of foundation boards.

    Brian Coburn
    Mr. Coburn has 30 years of diverse public sector and community service experience, including as Councillor and Mayor of Cumberland and as Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans with various ministerial portfolios. He served on the Board of Governors for Algonquin College and continues to be active with community events and charitable organizations.

    Sister Louise Dunn, C.N.D.
    Sister Dunn co-founded Serenity Renewal for Families, a charitable organization opened in 1983 providing a wide range of educational and counselling services. She has accompanied countless individuals on their recovery journey and has helped thousands of individuals and families to live in a spirit of health, hope and self-awareness.

    Clarence (Gus) Este, CD
    Mr. Este is a Korean War Veteran who served 34 years with the Canadian Armed Forces and has worked with Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure that there is an oral history of his experience in the Canadian military and the Korean conflict. He has a long history and notable involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion and has made service to veterans his top priority.

    Abraham Feinstein, Q.C.
    Mr. Feinstein joined Soloway Wright in 1965 as a lawyer in their Real Estate and Development Law Group in Ottawa and has extensive experience in real estate financing, acquisitions and land development. He has lectured extensively in real estate law and is currently co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Law Library Renovation with the County of Carleton Law Association.

    Harley Finkelstein
    Mr. Finkelstein is a Canadian entrepreneur, lawyer and public speaker. He is best known as the Chief Operating Officer of Shopify, one of Canada’s most valuable technology companies, and one of the largest employers in Ottawa. He is on the Board of the C100, an organization that supports the Canadian technology community and is a bridge between Canada and the Silicon Valley.

    Dr. Nishith Goel
    Dr. Goel is the CEO of Cistel Technology, an IT company he founded in 1995 which has operations in Canada and the U.S. He is a veteran technology executive and a serial entrepreneur and has been an active member of the Ottawa community for the last thirty years having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation.

    George Hanna
    Mr. Hanna was appointed President of Gabriel Pizza Franchise Corporation in 2003 and within five years had grown the company to  23 locations across the national capital area while creating hundreds of new jobs for Ottawa residents. He has strong bonds to the area and continually gives back to the community serving as Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Elias Cathedral, as well as the Chair of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival.

    Tae Eun Lee
    Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee opened Ottawa’s first Taekwondo School in 1977 and has shaped the lives of over 20,000 students over the last 39 years while developing affiliated schools and clubs across the region and in many other locations. He founded Canada’s national sport organization, Taekwondo Canada, and is the only internationally certified Grandmaster with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) in Ottawa.

    (Note: Mr. Lee is unable to attend the 2016 Order of Ottawa ceremony, and will be honoured at the ceremony to be held in 2017)

    Bill Malhotra
    Mr. Malhotra is CEO, President and founder of Claridge Homes Group of Companies and employs over 750 staff He has strategically grown the company, and has now built over 8000 homes, 4300 condominiums, and five retirement homes totaling over 650 suites across the city, as well as the new luxury 200-room Andaz Ottawa Byward Market Hotel. Mr. Malhotra supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations in Ottawa including the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and other public institutions and helped to create the Malhotra Family Foundation.

    (Mr. Malhotra was selected as a 2015 Order of Ottawa recipient, however, was unable to attend this ceremony and will therefore be honoured at the 2016 ceremony)

    Gibson Patterson
    Mr. Patterson is known for various real estate initiatives having developed two family farms in the Hunt Club Road area into high-density housing developments and commercial properties. He owns three golf courses in the Ottawa area and is a founding member of the Ottawa-Carleton Plowing Association, and an active community supporter and long-time member of the Ottawa Rotary Club.

    Jacqueline Pelletier
    Ms. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in government, as well as the voluntary and private sectors, specializing in strategic development and change management. She chaired the board of directors and fundraising for La Nouvelle Scène (LNS) from 1998 to 2001, and co-chaired the steering committee for the 2013-2016 Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa.

    Chris and Erin Phillips
    Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are strong believers in giving back and investing in their community and have been part of the Candlelighters’ Childhood Cancer Support Program for the last 13 years as Honorary Chairs. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Ottawa Senators for his entire career, starting in 1997 and was the longest serving player in the Senators’ franchise history.

    Together, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have given their time and resources to many charitable initiatives including the Snowsuit Fund, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, 24H of Tremblant, DIFD, and  Queensway Carleton Hospital for the Care Grows West Campaign.

    Jim Robinson
    Mr. Robinson was Race Director of the Ottawa Marathon from 1996 to 2013 and developed the event into a world-class marathon, attracting 48,000 participants. Ottawa Race Weekend’s growth has resulted in the annual generation of an estimated $28 million in economic activity for the City of Ottawa and the charitable impact from race weekend is estimated to be well over $6 million and growing for a number of local and national charities.

    David Smart
    Since taking over as head coach of the Carleton University Ravens men’s basketball team in 1999, Mr. Smart has turned the program into one of the most successful dynasties in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with a record 12 CIS team titles. He has numerous coaching awards including six Canadian University Coach of the Year Awards and he continues to help develop outstanding young men by instilling the values of hard work, team first, respectfulness, modesty and community spirit.

    Mark Sutcliffe
    Mr. Sutcliffe has been a writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and volunteer for more than 30 years and has had a lifelong interest in the media and in helping his Ottawa hometown flourish as a place of opportunity, diversity and equality. He is a passionate volunteer and fundraiser, and has served on and chaired many community boards, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Invest Ottawa, Algonquin College and United Way Ottawa.

    The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

    John Medeiros
    Inspector Medeiros has played a leadership role creating and serving as a volunteer coach with an Ottawa Police Service Soccer Mentoring Program that brings at-risk children from grades three to six and police officers to the soccer pitch. He recruits and organizes other police officers to join, teaches rules and techniques, describes the responsibilities of being part of a team, the importance of each player’s role, attitudes, behaviours and their impact and affect on life and life choices.

    Inspector Medeiros is also an active participant and supporter of the Aboriginal Working Committee (AWC) since its inception in 2008, and led the effort to spearhead a soccer mentorship program that includes Aboriginal participation.

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    Gina LaPointe, CD receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    November 9th, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson, Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Gina LaPointe at today’s City Council meeting.

    Gina LaPointe is the President of the Orléans Community Garden which currently hosts 70 plots for gardeners from the community. Since retiring as a military police officer in 2006, Gina has donated much of her time to the community garden and was elected President in November 2010. Since then, the garden has flourished with improvements that include the installation of two sheds for the gardeners, the installation of a solar panel pump system which was a first in the City of Ottawa, and most recently, the addition of beehives on the land, which is permitted due to its agricultural zoning. On top of her role and responsibilities with the garden, Gina is also a beekeeper and has been looking after the bees since their arrival.

    Gina’s passion for the community garden has been an inspiration to many in the community including local ward Councillor Bob Monette, who has been involved in this project since its inception. Having been a gardener for a number of years, Councillor Monette was proud to recognize Gina at his bi-annual Volunteer Recognition Evening in 2011.

    For the past three years, the Orléans Community Garden has opened its doors to members of the public as part of Ottawa Garden Day. This year, Gina was instrumental in having Mark Burleton, Head Gardener for the Governor General’s House, attend Garden Day which is an incredible accomplishment considering his limited amount of public appearances.

    The Orléans Community Garden was established to provide a community space for the residents of Orléans to grow local, organic produce and to promote gardening as a healthy and cost-effective activity while educating community members on the practice and benefits of gardening. . The Orléans Community Garden gives back to the community by donating fresh produce to the Ottawa Mission which is used to prepare healthy and delicious meals for their clients. The gardeners who chose to donate food leave it in one of the sheds and Gina then cleans every item donated and delivers it personally to the Ottawa Mission every Tuesday morning.

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