Ottawa — Mayor Jim Watson will attend and speak at the Strong Cities Workshop and United States Conference of Mayors on January 24 in Washington, DC, and participate in the launch of the Public-Private Partnership Task Force Against Hate alongside an international delegation of experts and Mayors from across the U.S., UK, Canada and Germany.

The Strong Cities Workshop is organized by Strong Cities Network and the German Marshall Fund of the United States to address the exponential rise in the expression of community polarization, hate speech, hate crime and hate group activity around the world.

At the Strong Cities Workshop, Mayor Watson will outline Ottawa’s emergency and anti-terrorism response to the October 22, 2014 shooting at Parliament Hill that killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. The Mayor will share his expertise on how local government officials can work with the community to improve resilience against the threat of violent extremism and safeguard its citizens.

Finally, Mayor Watson will meet with His Excellency David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States and Monique Smith, Ontario’s Representative at the Canadian Embassy in the United States to discuss stronger economic ties between our two capitals.