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Statement by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson following today’s tabling of the Province of Ontario’s 2019 Budget

ʺToday’s provincial budget outlines the Province’s commitment to reducing its deficit, while maintaining key provincial programs and services. The City of Ottawa is delighted that the Province announced on March 22 its commitment to provide $1.208 billion to build Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT – making it possible for the largest infrastructure project in the City’s history to proceed. Yesterday’s announcement by the Premier of a $28.5 billion expansion of the City of Toronto’s public transit[…]

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Sister Lorena Morris receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Sister Lorena Morris at City Council today, in recognition of her community service and for helping found the Caldwell Family Centre. Sister Lorena Morris moved to the Ottawa area in 1979 with Sisters Thelma Marion and Madeleine Rochon with the idea of providing assistance to those in need. Moving into the Caldwell neighbourhood, the sisters immediately began to help[…]

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Helping the City of Ottawa ease shelter pressures

The Government of Canada is continuing to work collaboratively with provincial, territorial and municipal partners to help alleviate the pressures they are facing with respect to providing temporary housing to asylum seekers. The Government of Canada will provide the City of Ottawa with $7 million to address costs to date with the acute temporary housing shortages affecting many people, including asylum claimants. Access to shelters is an important support for vulnerable families, seniors, women and[…]

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Mayor Watson’s letter to Minister Elliott regarding the City’s Consumption and Treatment Services site

Dear Minister Elliott, The decision by yourMinistry that ongoing operating funds will not be provided for the Consumption and Treatment Services site operated by Ottawa Public Health (OPH), at 179 Clarence Street, is a matter of great concern. In the face of an ongoing substance use crisis in Ottawa, and across the province, we suggest that this is a time that provincial support for this service should be expanded, not reduced. For over 20 years,[…]

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City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT reach financial close on Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension

Ottawa – Today, the City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT reached financial close on the Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension. This milestone was achieved following the execution of the transfer payment agreements with both the federal and provincial governments earlier this week, securing a total $2.366 billion contribution to Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT Project. Stage 2 will extend the O-Train network farther south, east, and west, adding approximately 44 kilometres of new rail and 24[…]

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Trend Arlington Community Association receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and Knoxdale-Merivale Councillor Keith Egli presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to representatives of the Trend Arlington Community Association at City Council today, in recognition of their work and support for the community following a tornado on September 21, 2018. One of six tornadoes in the region that day touched down in the Trend Arlington community, causing a significant amount of damage in Arlington Woods. City inspectors issued more than 100 unsafe[…]

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