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Ottawa Community News - Fundraising dinner for QCH planned for Giving Tuesday

Ottawa Community News recently covered our upcoming QCH fundraising dinner. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here . Please see below for the full news article: 

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Federal National Housing Strategy - the first view...

Today the federal government released its highly anticipated National Housing Strategy. I'm happy to see a renewed commitment to affordable housing for all from my federal colleagues and I'm looking forward to seeing the full details of the strategy. I'm particularly interested to see how this will affect the City of Ottawa. Please see below for my quick thoughts on what was announced: 

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See & Hear

6th Annual YSB Sleepout

sleepout.jpgRain didn't stop us from participating this evening in the 6th Annual YSB Sleepout. Participants committed to spending one night outside in the cold to raise money and awareness around the issue of youth homelessness. While the evening does not aim to replicate homelessness, participants spend the evening without many of the comforts of home, calling attention to the realities faced by well over 1,000 young people in Ottawa annually. You can see more photos here

Harry Kingston Point

Harry_Kingston.jpgIt was an honour today to join Teri Kingston, her friends and colleagues as we named the point at the Nepean Sailing Club -Harry Kingston Point after her late husband. Harry passed away last summer following his battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Harry was very active with Toastmaster's for 49 years and came to be known as "The Coach" He also served on the Ottawa Police Services Board, Neighbourhood Watch and was also an active member of the Crystal Beach Community Association for a number of years. Harry continually demonstrated his commitment to community and those around him. He always reminded his family, friends and colleagues that "I got you back" . Next spring a permanent boulder with a bronze plaque will be installed on the point. More photos can be seen here

Mark Taylor on CFRA - November 9, 2017

Today I had an opportunity to discuss the draft 2018 City budget with my council colleague Riley Brockington and CFRA's Rob Snow.

 

Opinion

You use all the tools you have...

Today Ottawa City Council approved the application of the Salvation Army to proceed with their proposal to both close their existing shelter in the Byward market and open a social hub in Vanier, including an emergency shelter as one of its uses. 

 

I voted in support of this approval and here is why:

 

Heading into the Fall - September & October Column

I hope the first month back to school has been positive, and people have enjoyed this late surge of warm fall weather. I’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all residents who helped one another during the storm that hit our ward. I have heard a number of very positive stories about residents helping one another, both with fallen branches and when the hydro was out.

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Back to School - August Column

Hoping you had a wonderful summer with family and friends, full of good times and new memories.
As we prepare for autumn, back to school and the end of vacation season I am writing today to share a few tips.

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