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Friday, September 2, 2016

Mayor Watson's August Newsletter

Mayor's Newsletter / August 2016

Mr. Bruce Linton to be guest speaker at
Mayor's Breakfast Series

Each month I host the Mayor's Breakfast Series which is produced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce & the Ottawa Business Journal.
Please join me:
Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall
With Guest Speaker:
Mr. Bruce Linton, CEO, Canopy Growth Corporation
Mr. Linton is the co-founder of the medicinal marijuana facility in Smith Falls.

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Submit your nomination for the Order of Ottawa

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.

The Order of Ottawa is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions, through their professional endeavors, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, September 9, before midnight.

Click here for more information and to submit your nomination.

More than 250 people housed as part of the
City's Housing First initiative

Photo of Local artist Chi Wei Lee's painting titled ‘Transitions’

On August 30, the City and I had the pleasure of hosting a community celebration at City Hall, to mark the first 250 participants to secure permanent housing as part of the Housing First initiative, a priority of the City’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan.

The Housing First initiative launched in June 2015 with an initial goal of housing 250 long-stay emergency shelter clients by December 2016. I am excited to announce that we have achieved this goal earlier than expected. On August 30, we counted more than 297 individuals that have been permanently housed with the supports they need to keep their housing and remain stable.

Housing First finds permanent, affordable housing for individuals experiencing homelessness and provides the support services and connections to community-based help that people need to stay housed.

As part of the event, a painting entitled ‘Transitions’ was unveiled representing the journey from homelessness to being housed.  Local artist Chi Wei Lee developed the artwork drawing from his own personal experience with homelessness. It was framed by Mark Andrew Buttigieg and can be admired in Jean Pigott Place in City Hall.

In 2013, Council approved A Home For Everyone: Our Ten Year Plan 2014-2024. The plan focuses on three priorities: everyone has a home, people get the support they need, and working together.

In order to break down silos and accelerate the City’s progress on housing and homelessness issues, I have designated Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness issues in addition to his current role as Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Taylor’s key role will be to work closely with the Chair of the Community Protective Services Committee (CPSC), Councillor Diane Deans, the Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Jan Harder and the Chair of Ottawa Community Housing Councillor Mathieu Fleury, and with community agencies and funding partners.

Councillor Taylor will also specifically review the City’s progress in reducing its reliance on emergency shelter stays, a key commitment I made two years ago.

I’d like to thank all Ottawa residents, members of Council and community agencies that partner with the City for their ongoing support of the City’s housing and homelessness plan, as we strive to fast-track collaborative efforts over the course of the next two years.

Join me for the inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Venue: Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
Tickets: $250 / person or $2500 / table of 10
Visit www.Ottawa.ca/MayorsGala to purchase tickets
The beneficiaries of the 2016 inaugural event are the Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Proceeds from the Gala will be directed towards the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

Mayor in the City

Sunday, Sept. 11 | 10 a.m.

Walk or run at the Ottawa Humane Society 
"Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and Run for the Animals.
Queen Juliana Park,
Dow's Lake, Ottawa

                                     Saturday, Sept. 24 | 12:30 p.m.
 Spend the day in rural Ottawa 
and enjoy the 153rd annual  
"The Best Little Fair in Canada!"!

Carp Fairgrounds,
3790 Carp Road,