Government of Canada and Ontario NR - Investment in Public Transit

I was pleased to join my colleagues from all levels of government today as we announced two new projects that will benefit the residents of Ottawa. Please see below for the full news release: 


Ontario Emergency Opioid Task Force

Our community here in Ottawa, in municipalities across Ontario and across Canada are in the grip of an opioid crisis.

 We have seen this evolving and complex issue play out on our streets, in our parks and in community health facilities.

 Sadly, far too many of our residents have fallen victim to this crisis. Many more have been affected as family, friends, support and care personnel. 

 Recently as you may have heard the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins called for the creation of an Emergency Task Force to assist in informing his Ministry on this unfolding crisis.

 As Chair of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Health Task Force I have accepted on behalf of AMO President Dollin to represent Municipalities on this issue with the Ministry. I will be serving doubly to represent the Ottawa perspective as well.

Investing in our residents, our community, our city – Draft Budget 2018

I believe in a community where everyone matters.

I also believe we are not moving forward unless everyone in our community is moving forward together.


The 2018 Draft City budget was released today and I am sharing with you key elements of the budget as our community and Council begin this annual debate.

Over the last few years we have invested heavily in our physical infrastructure, but I believe for a community to prosper we also need to keep pace investing in our people. The draft 2018 budget makes these investments, continuing to show a caring and compassionate city.

See & Hear

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.


Mark Taylor on 1310 News - November 8, 2017

Great discussing the City's 2018 Draft Budget with Carol Anne Meehan yesterday. 


Candlelight Ceremony in Memory of Our Veterans

It was truly an honour to attend this respectful candlelight ceremony to commemorate our veterans last night. It was also a special privilege to commemorate Stuart Kettles by naming a street in Bay Ward after him.


Please click here for more photos from the event. 


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.


Canada 150 Celebrations - July Column

Over the past month, I have been honoured to attend a number of great community events and celebrations for Canada 150. It was heartwarming to see neighbours bonding through events such as the Horner Drive Block party, the Glabar Water Fight, the Britannia celebrations, and the Belltown potluck – just to name a few. Our Bay Ward residents were out in full force strengthening the ties that bring our community together. 

Canada Day 2017