END OF TERM AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF THE OTTAWA FOOD BANK

Dear friends,

The end of this term of Council is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to clean up my office at City Hall. Over the years, I've collected many items that I simply won't be able to store at home. So, I've decided to host a silent auction as a way for me to share some of those items with you while raising funds for a great organization, the Ottawa Food Bank. Why the OFB?

  • The Ottawa Food Bank is reporting the highest service figures in its 38-year history
  • From February to March 2022, 24% increase in food bank / food cupboard visits, which represents over 35,000 visits
  • March 2022 saw a 39% increase in local food bank demand from 2017, which represents over 51,000 people
  • March 2022 also saw 8% of total food bank visits being first time users
  • Contributing factors include inflation hitting the highest levels since 1991, food costs increasing 22% since 2009, high housing costs, high gas prices, and the ending of pandemic support programs

I hope to see you all there for a fun evening!


James Duthie receives the Key to the City

Last night, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to James Duthie in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments as a journalist, author, charity ambassador and award-winning sports broadcaster.

James Duthie is one of Canada’s best-known sportscasters and is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. His coverage spans the Grey Cup, Super Bowl, Masters, several Olympic Games and later this year, he will also host Canada’s second ever appearance at the World Cup of Soccer.

Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including eight Canadian Screen Awards for Canada’s Best Sportscaster and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award from Sports Media Canada.

Outside of sports-broadcasting, Duthie is a charity ambassador, representing Children Believe (formerly the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada), and is the author of four best-selling books.

 

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“James Duthie is a remarkable journalist and has brought many Canadians joy and excitement through his dedication to sports coverage at the national and international levels. He is not only a strong ambassador of sport but is also devoted to supporting those in need. Today, I am honoured to present the Key to the City to James Duthie.”

Mayor Jim Watson

 

Key facts 

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s highest and most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1902 by His Worship Fred Cook to Lady Minto.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to golfer Brooke Henderson.

 

Biography

James Duthie is one of Canada’s best-known sportscasters and is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He not only covers hockey for TSN, but also covers the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl and the Masters. James Duthie has also hosted coverage of several Olympic Games, including the unforgettable 2010 Games in Vancouver, British Columbia and in November, he will be hosting Canada’s second ever appearance at the World Cup of Soccer.

Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada, making him one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter. His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allows him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment. Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including eight Canadian Screen Awards for Canada’s Best Sportscaster, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award from Sports Media Canada.

When he’s not sports-broadcasting, Duthie is giving back as a charity ambassador, representing Children Believe (formerly the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada) in the cause to help children around the world overcome poverty and achieve their full potential. He is also the author of four best-selling books, including his most recent, Beauties: Hockey's Greatest Untold Stories, which was #1 on the bestseller list in Canada in 2020.

James grew up in Gloucester and began his career in Ottawa at CJOH-TV. He now lives in Aurora, Ontario with his wife Cheryl and three children.


Wake Up! Campaign: Ottawa Fire Services will be knocking on doors this week

Firefighters from Ottawa Fire Services will visit homes across the city from September 12-19th checking to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are present and working.

Ontario’s Fire Code requires that homes have a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside each sleeping area. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required outside sleeping areas if the home has an attached garage, a wood stove or a fuel-fired appliance.

Firefighters will ask to inspect your alarms and provide information on fire safety and home escape planning. Homeowners who do not have working smoke alarms may have one installed for them or be provided with new batteries for free.

Visits will take place between 6 and 8 pm on weekdays, and between 2 and 4 pm on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home. This is a courtesy call only.

Firefighters will only visit select areas and will leave fire safety information in the mailbox if no one is home.

Firefighters have been visiting homes every spring and fall since the Wake Up program began in 2005, except when public health guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it.

To learn what is involved in a firefighter home visit, watch the Wake Up video. Visit ottawa.ca/fire for more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.


Flags immediately lowered to half-mast at all City sites and Books of Condolences available at Ottawa City Hall and online to honour the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

The flags at all City of Ottawa sites have been lowered to half-mast immediately and will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be determined), in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, who passed away on Thursday, September 8.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II participated in many Royal Tours since her reign began in 1952 and is the most traveled Monarch in the world. She made 22 official visits to Canada between 1957 and 2010 and journeyed from coast to coast to coast, having visited Ottawa 13 times. The longest reigning monarch in British and Commonwealth history, her absence will be felt significantly by all members of the Commonwealth. 

Books for Messages of Condolences will be available for residents to sign in Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall (open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday) as of Friday, September 9 at 9:30 am until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service (date to be determined). Residents can also leave Messages of Condolences online at ottawa.ca.


Improving Road Safety in Ottawa

As we look forward to the beginning of the new school year, I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our teachers, administrators and the entire community, who have been working to ensure the safety of students and staff returning to schools across the city.

At this time of year, particularly as more residents return to the office for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the number one concern for parents and educators is road safety in school zones and in residential neighbourhoods.

I’m pleased to share an update on the steps being taken by the City of Ottawa through our Road Safety Action Plan (RSAP) to address issues of speeding and reckless driving.

Two years ago, the City launched an Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot project. Today, fourteen cameras can be found in Community Safety Zones where speeding is a risk to our most vulnerable road users, our children.

Data from the pilot period shows that ASE has a positive impact on reducing speeding and increasing safety in school zones in Ottawa:

  • 200 per cent increase in compliance with the speed limit
  • 72 per cent decrease in drivers traveling at 15 km/h over the speed limit

As of January 2022, over 125,000 tickets have been issued, generating approximately $8.1 million in revenue, which is all reinvested into the City of Ottawa’s road safety initiatives. Working with our partners at Safer Roads Ottawa, we are using education, engineering and enforcement to promote greater road safety for all users.

Additionally, the City has equipped nearly 75 intersections with red-light cameras to reduce aggressive driving behaviours. Studies have shown that dangerous red light running can decrease by as much as 42 percent within a few months of a camera being installed. I am confident that we will see some further reductions in dangerous driving as we expand these initiatives across Ottawa in the years to come.

I hope this shines a light on how seriously we have to take road safety in every community, and particularly in school zones – and how essential photo-radar and red-light cameras will be in addressing some of this dangerous behaviour. I’d like to wish all those returning to school and work a safe and enjoyable fall!

For more information regarding the City’s road safety initiatives, please visit:

https://ottawa.ca/en/parking-roads-and-travel/road-safety/road-safety-action-plan

 


City of Ottawa supports Capital Pride Festival

Capital Pride Festival(link is external) is on until August 28, and the City of Ottawa is showing  its pride and support throughout this year’s festivities. There will also be road closures to accommodate the annual parade and street festival.

The City held a flag-raising and proclamation ceremony(link is external) yesterday, on Monday, August 22 at City Hall. The Pride flag has also been raised at the following locations for the week:

  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive
  • OC Transpo headquarters, 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service headquarters, 2465 Don Reid Drive
  • Ottawa Fire Services headquarters, 1443 Carling Avenue
  • By-law and Regulatory Services headquarters, 735 Industrial Avenue

The Pride Parade(link is external) will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 1 pm and several City departments will participate. Please note the parade has a new route this year and will start at Kent Street and Somerset Street West.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 1 to 4 pm for the Pride Parade(link is external):

  • Kent Street, from Somerset Street West to Laurier Avenue West
  • Laurier Avenue West, from Kent Street to Nicholas Street
  • Elgin Street, from Laurier Avenue West to Gladstone Avenue
  • Gladstone Avenue, from Elgin Street to Bank Street
  • Bank Street, from McLeod Street to James Street

The egress out of the Ottawa City Hall garage will be maintained. Motorists will be required to turn east on Laurier Avenue.

Additionally, Kent Street, from Gladstone Avenue to Somerset Street West, will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 6 am to 4 pm for parade staging. Please note that cross streets intersecting with the parade route will be closed to facilitate parade crossing. Local access will be maintained.

The following roads will be closed from 3 pm on Friday, August 26 to 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 28 for the Capital Pride Street Festival(link is external):

  • Bank Street, from James Street to Slater Street
  • Somerset Street, from Bank Street to O’Connor Street

Visit the Capital Pride website(link is external) for a full list of events happening throughout the week.


Reminder: Highway 417 to close between Metcalfe and Carling August 11 to 15

Residents are reminded that starting tomorrow evening, a section of Highway 417, between Metcalfe and Carling/Kirkwood, is scheduled to fully close in both directions starting at 8 pm on Thursday, August 11 and slated to reopen at 6 am on Monday, August 15, resulting in significant traffic impacts.

Lane reductions and ramp closures are scheduled to start at 7 pm on Thursday, with the full closure of Highway 417 scheduled to be in place by 8 pm. The closures are required to replace the bridge over Booth Street.

 

The following on-ramps will also close:

  • O’Connor westbound
  • Lyon westbound (ongoing)
  • Bronson westbound (ongoing)
  • Rochester westbound
  • Parkdale westbound
  • Maitland eastbound
  • Carling/Kirkwood eastbound
  • Parkdale eastbound

 

In addition, several municipal road closures are required for this construction:

  • Booth Street is closed between Daniel McCann Street and Arlington Street. It is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, August 25.
  • Raymond Street is closed between Lebreton Street North and Rochester Street. The segment between Lebreton Street North and Booth Street is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, August 25. The segment between Booth Street and Rochester Street is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 30.
  • Raymond Street westbound will be closed at Bronson Avenue from 6 pm on Thursday, August 11 to 6 am on Monday, August 15.
  • Rochester Street will be closed between Gladstone Avenue and Aberdeen Street from 6 pm on Thursday, August 11 to 6 am on Monday, August 15.

 

The following detours will be in effect during the closure: 

Westbound detour for Highway 417 closure

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Metcalfe
  • Continue westbound on Catherine Street
  • Turn left on Bronson
  • Turn right on Carling Avenue
  • Take Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from Carling Avenue

Eastbound detour for Highway 417 closure

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling/Kirkwood Avenue
  • Continue eastbound on Carling Avenue
  • Turn left on Bronson Avenue
  • Turn right on Chamberlain Avenue
  • Continue onto Isabella Street
  • Take Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp at Metcalfe Street

Brooke Henderson tees up the Key to the City of Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Brooke Henderson at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club today. The honour recognizes her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on Ottawa and its image on the national and international stage

The event was held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club where details of the Ottawa stop on the LPGA tour were provided. The CP Women’s Open will be played at the club from August 22 to 28 and is the only Canadian stop on the tour. The stop will provide fans a chance to watch Brooke Henderson compete on home soil.

Brooke Henderson was born in Smiths Falls in 1997. She learned to play golf from other family members at an early age and quickly started amassing tournament victories, including three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. She was named the top-ranked female amateur golfer in the world.

In December 2014 at the age of 17 she became a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She won her first major in Seattle, Washington as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She also won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2018 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, becoming the first Canadian in 45 years to win on home soil.

She also serves as a role model, especially to other young, female golfers, motivating them to take up the sport. Her impact is expected to result in growth of golf at the grassroots level for years to come.

Quotes

“Brooke Henderson is a remarkable golfer and an inspirational young woman. Whether you’re a golfer or not, people from Ottawa, Canada, and around the world marvel at her accomplishments. She is an ambassador for the game and for healthy living. It is my honour to present Brooke Henderson with the Key to the City on her one and only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour.”

Mayor Jim Watson

 

Key facts

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1902 by His Worship Fred Cook to Lady Minto.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to the Ottawa Citizen
  • The Key to the City is being presented to Brooke Henderson in recognition of her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on our city and its image on the national and international stage.

 

Biography – Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario. She started golfing as a child and had several family members as her early teachers, including her parents, who were both experienced players – her dad who is still her coach to this day, and her older sister Brittany, who was a top junior and college golfer.In 2013, Brooke won the Canadian Women’s Amateur golf tournament and in 2014, she was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament.While still an amateur, Brooke won three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, tied for 10th place at the U.S. Women’s Open, and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world.In December 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke made the decision to turn pro. Just one year later in 2015 she was named the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year, an honour she earned again in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Brooke won her first major as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In 2019, ESPY named her the Best Female Golfer; Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame gave her the People’s Choice Award; and she was named the winner of the 2019 Founders Award by a vote of fellow golfers on the LPGA Tour.Brooke continues to rack up tour wins year after year as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour and consistently holds a position in the Rolex Rankings as one of the top ranked golfers in the world.  Despite all her glory, Brooke hasn’t forgotten her roots. Her tremendous accomplishments and conduct in the sport of golf have had a remarkable impact on other young athletes and have inspired many young girls to pick up a golf club.  She is a true Ambassador for the sport, and has made her hometown very proud.


City to celebrate historic Aberdeen Pavilion milestone with community festival

On Saturday, July 2, the City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Central Canada Exhibition Association, will host a community festival at Lansdowne Park to celebrate 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion.

The Aberdeen Heritage Festival will kick off at 9:30 am with an opening ceremony in the Aberdeen Pavilion, followed by exciting activities throughout the day. This includes:

  • Local live entertainment and archival exhibits
  • Buskers, Ottawa Farmers Market, 613flea and petting zoo
  • Vintage vehicle displays
  • Local food vendors, trucks and Lansdowne restaurants
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa BlackJacks Fun Zone and Ottawa Senators Experience

For more information on the festival’s activities and site information, visit the Aberdeen Heritage Festival webpage on ottawa.ca.

The Aberdeen Pavilion was built in 1898 and served as the central exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition until it closed for public use in 1987. On July 2, 1992, Ottawa City Council passed a resolution, put forth by then Councillor Jim Watson and former Councillor Peter Hume, to invest in the building’s restoration and reopen it to public use.

Since the passing of the resolution, the Aberdeen Pavilion and Lansdowne Park have been revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the city where residents and visitors go to live, work and play.

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“The Aberdeen Pavilion is an integral part of our city’s history, and I am thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone in its continued legacy. Since putting forth the resolution to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion 30 years ago, I have seen the building and surrounding area transform into a vibrant community hub where residents and visitors alike can enjoy arts and culture, sports, food and entertainment.”

Mayor Jim Watson


Foundation set for Ādisōke

At an event today, Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board (on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage), Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Grand Chief Savanna McGregor, Algonquin Anishinābeg Nation, and Councillor Dan Kohoko (on behalf of Chief Wendy Jocko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation), celebrated the setting of the foundation for Ādisōke, the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility.

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the Ādisōke Project Team highlighted the meaningful and respectful partnership with the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation. The project partners placed a token of significance into a concrete slab that will become part of the facility’s foundation. This is a historic and important ceremony that builds on the spirit of relationship building, active listening and reconciliation.

Built to achieve a Net-Zero Carbon standard and LEED Gold designation, Ādisōke will be an environmental leader that showcases sustainable infrastructure design and contributes to a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations. It will pave the way for other federal and municipal infrastructure projects and enable the City to achieve its goal of transitioning Ottawa into a clean, renewable, and resilient city by 2050. 

Set to open in 2026, the modern and iconic facility of Ādisōke will become a landmark destination located on the traditional territory of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, in what is now known as the National Capital Region. Ādisōke will deliver a vibrant customer experience through public services, exhibitions and events that showcase Indigenous stories and histories, as well as our rich Canadian heritage. The joint programming and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada.

The site for Ādisōke is located on the unceded, traditional territory of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, who have occupied the area since time immemorial. Elders and members of the Host Nation have been key partners in influencing the design of the facility, as well as the selection of the name Ādisōke, which refers to the telling of stories in the Anishinābemowin Algonquin language.

For more information on the Ādisōke project, visit Adisoke.ca.

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“Today is an exciting day as we celebrate the laying of the foundation for Ādisōke, bringing us one step closer to opening the doors of this word-class facility in 2026. Ādisōke will be an important hub in our city and a cornerstone of our community. It will be a welcoming, inspiring and inclusive space that will be enjoyed by Ottawa residents, Canadians, Indigenous Peoples and visitors from around the world for generations to come.”

– Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

 

“What is coming to life before our eyes is much more than a concrete foundation. We are laying the groundwork for a project that is unique in Canada: an innovative federal-municipal partnership, an environmentally exemplary building, and a construction site that contributes to economic development and the growth of our culture. Most importantly, Ādisōke is an example of respect, understanding, collaboration, and commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”

 The Hon. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

 

“Today we officially set the foundation of Ādisōke, and more than that, we also celebrate the unique collaboration that is the base of this once-in-a-generation project. In working together to advance reconciliation, respect, sustainability, and innovation, the collaboration between Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada and the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation points the way forward for all of us.”

– Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board

“Sweet Grass is one of the medicines that the Algonquins use in ceremonies; it grows wild along some rivers and streams in the Algonquin Territory. Sweet Grass is braided; three groupings of strands come together in the braid. Each strand on its own is not very strong, but when braided, together they become very strong. This for us symbolizes our relationship with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.  The Algonquins are represented by the first strand, the city and your citizens are represented by the second strand, and Canada, our country is represented by the third strand. Together we are all very strong like the Sweet Grass Braid. The partnership we have formed with Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg is a strong partnership for the future.”

–  Councillor Dan Kohoko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation