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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mayor Watson May Newsletter

Mary Deacon 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, May 4, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall

With Guest Speaker:
Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let's Talk. 

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Creating a lasting green legacy for future generations

One of Ottawa’s most unique characteristic is its particularly large geographical scale. Its total land surface of 2758 km² is large enough to encompass the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Much of our City’s land surface is made up of rural and farming areas which boast a rich and diverse green space and tree canopies.
As our City’s population grows, so do our family-centric suburbs and vibrant urban neighbourhoods. To keep our urban core green and our neighbourhoods beautiful, Ottawa is working with numerous partners and organizations on tree planting initiatives that will see thousands, if not millions, of trees planted in our city this year alone.

2017 marks Canada's 150th anniversary and in addition to the many exciting events and celebrations planned for our nation’s sesquicentennial, special projects are being implemented to leave a legacy for future generations. One of the legacy projects is the Canada 150 Maple Groves project. The City of Ottawa will plant a grove of 150 native Canadian maple trees in each of our 23 wards. These groves, which may take the form of a formal cluster of trees, linear groupings, or maples planted within a reforestation site or natural area, will consist of native Canadian sugar, red, and silver maples. The sites within each ward have already been selected, and tree planting will start this month. You can find more information on the City’s Trees and community forests at www.Ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests.

Canada’s 150th birthday has also inspired Ecology Ottawa and Tree Ottawa’s One Million Trees legacy project. This ambitious project is a great example of collaboration, as local schools, community associations, corporations, charities and residents will work together to plant one million trees in the city of Ottawa. Just last month, Ottawa 2017 announced that the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship event will head to Ottawa for the very first time. In support of the One Million Trees project and to further support this important legacy of the sesquicentennial year, the series’ organizers have committed to planting 3,000 trees to off-set the event’s carbon footprint. Visit www.TreeOttawa.org and find out how you can also get involved!

The legacy would not be complete without honouring Ottawa’s history as a lumber town. Last season, Ottawa’s Canadian Football League and 2016 Grey Cup Champions the REDBLACKS, announced that for each touchdown the team scores at TD Place Stadium, a tree will be planted at the OC Transpo Trim Park and Ride in recognition of the thousands of football fans who use transit services to get to the games. The newly planted green space, the REDBLACKS Forest, will be a mix of different species of trees. 26 trees, the number of home touchdowns for the REDBLACKS in the 2016 season, will be planted in June. Ottawa football fans who cheered the REDBLACKS can now also celebrate the addition of green space. The REDBLACKS Forest is a great example of the City’s commitment to support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa, while leaving a lasting green legacy for future generations.

Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park

Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 

Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7
Wednesday, May 17

Friday, May 19
Sunday, May 21

Monday, May 22
Sunday, May 28

“One Tulip ~ One Canada”
Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Ottawa’s
multi-award-winning 65th Canadian Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips! This year’s special 65th anniversary program offers activities at four official sites as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops, and restaurant and hotel special offers. Explore four distinct experiences at venues cross the City:

Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – The Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience 
Featuring floral exhibits and installations from artists across Canada, the Tulip Café in Aberdeen, interactive family programming, arts and crafts.

Commissioners Park Tulips– The Garden Tulip Experience
Spend some time in the tulips and enjoy live musical entertainment; watch artists at work among over 250, 000 show-stopping mass-planted tulip beds.

ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – The Urban Tulip Experience 
Pop artist, Bex, creator of the Festival’s One Tulip One Canada flag icon, brings his stylized tulip art to this city central marketplace.

Tulips on the Garden Promenade – The City Tulip Tour Experience
Showcasing the best of Ottawa’s public gardens.

Join us for a very special 65th tulip celebration one of a kind in the world!

Mayor in the City

Sunday, May 7 | 2:30 p.m.

Join me for the free and family-friendly Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon!

Commissioners Park
Dow's Lake Road, Ottawa

Saturday, May 27 | 3 p.m.

Walk the Ottawa Race Weekend Family 2K with me. Click here to register.

Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West. Ottawa