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

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, held a community celebration at City Hall today marking 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. 

Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness issues

Earlier today I was honoured to accept the challenge put to me by Mayor Watson to assume the new role of Special Liaison on Housing & Homelessness for Ottawa.

I am looking forward to working with Councillor Deans, the Chair of our Community & Protective Services Committee, Councillor Harder, the Chair of our Planning Committee and Councillor Fleury the Chair of our Ottawa Community Housing Corporation on our important work.


Mayor Jim Watson has designated Councillor Mark Taylor to serve as Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness issues in addition to his current role as Deputy Mayor.

See & Hear

Stage2 LRT Connectivity Consultation

FB_Pic.jpgThis evening the City hosted the 1st of many consultations which focused on access to the new Stage2 LRT stations. Staff were asking for input and ideas from residents on walking paths and bike lanes to the stations. Tonight's session focused on Queensview, Pinecrest and Bayshore stations.  You can see more photos here

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) Anti Black Racism Forum

28588782680_42857692f4_o.jpgI was honoured last night to be able to share some thoughts at the City for All Women Initiative & the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership's Anti Black Racism Forum. Together we are stronger

You can see more photos here

Path to Pride

28241732213_bd86f35f07_o.jpgYesterday I was proud to be part of the launch of United Way's Path to Pride campaign that support our diverse & LGBTQ+ community. A great initiative right before Capital Pride. You can find out more at 

You can see more photos here


August Column

Dear neighbours, 

I hope you are enjoying the best that summer in Ottawa has to offer from its beaches, splash pads and wading pools to its festivals, events and movie in the park nights.

July Column

Dear neighbours,

With classes now over I would like to congratulate all of the students who celebrated their graduations this June. You have bright futures to look forward to and many successes to be proud of. Congratulations!


June Column

Dear neighbours,

Summer is finally here and I hope that you and your families are enjoying the warm weather and the many outdoor activities in Bay Ward and across Ottawa.