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Friday, July 28, 2017

Mayor Watson's August, 2017 Newsletter

Ottawa ranked Best Place to Live in Canada
for a second year in a row
Ottawa has been ranked the Best Place to Live in Canada and in Ontario for a second consecutive year by MoneySense Magazine! Click here to find out why our beautiful city is the best to live, work and play in.
Placing the final piece on Stage 2 LRT

On June 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1.09 billion in
Federal Government funding for the City’s Stage 2 LRT project.
Last month, I had the privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility, where our Light Rail Transit (LRT) system and O-trains are currently being built and assembled.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Federal Government would finance the final tier of our Stage 2 LRT project, the single largest infrastructure project in the City’s history. The Federal Government has pledged to contribute $1.09 billion, in addition to over $67 million committed to Stage 2 through the first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund last year.

This funding announcement comes a year after the Province of Ontario committed to fund its third of our LRT project by investing $1 billion towards Stage 2 LRT, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim.

The City of Ottawa will cover the remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion. Now that the final funding piece of the Stage 2 LRT project has been put in place, we can plan to put shovels in the ground in 2019 and continue expanding our world-class LRT system.

Stage 2 LRT will connect our residential areas to our largest employment areas, major retail outlets, and cultural and recreational destinations. By 2021, the Trillium Line will be expanded South to reach Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport. In the East, the Confederation Line will extend to Place d’Orléans and Trim Trim Road by 2022. And in the West, it will reach Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

Stage 2 LRT will transform the way we travel in our City. Once completed, 70% of Ottawa residents will live within five kilometers of efficient, clean, accessible, comfortable and reliable rail service. Our new O-Train system will span over 60 kilometers, take 14, 000 vehicles off the road during rush hour and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The O-Train will also save residents money with reduced car costs, including fuel costs, vehicle wear and tear and even accident avoidance.

The confirmed Federal and Provincial support and funding for Stage 2 LRT demonstrates a historic vote of confidence in future of the City of Ottawa.
Send in your nominations for the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. 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 Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2017, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre.

More information on both awards can be found online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa.
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 anniversary. Visit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 
Sunday, August 6
Monday, August 7
August 16-17
Friday, August 18
Sunday, August 20
Trinidad and Tobago
Thursday, August 24
August 25-27
Mayor in the City
Saturday July 29 | 12 p.m.

Celebrate Somali culture with the first annual Somali Cultural Festival!

Ottawa City Hall
11- Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa

Sunday August 27 | 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Ottawa's diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ community. Don't miss the Annual Capital Pride Parade!

Corner of Bank St. / Gladstone Ave., Ottawa