December Column

Dear neighbours,

My family is already getting into the holiday spirit and I am guessing many of you are too. Christmas holidays are a great time to make new memories and spend important time with our friends and family. During the holidays, my family and I try to remember those in the community who are less fortunate and may need assistance to make the holidays special for their families.

National Housing Day in Ottawa

Photo_2016-11-22__10_46_03_AM.jpgI was honored to proclaim November 22nd National Housing Day on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson. I had a chance to discuss the city’s commitment to ending homelessness at the Ottawa Community Forum on Ending Homelessness 2016. Organizations from across the city came together to share their best practices and how to collaborate effectively.

Minister Jean-Yves Duclos also made an announcement on Canada’s forthcoming National Housing Strategy. I was grateful for the chance to discuss next steps with the Minister following the announcement. I am committed to the residents of Bay Ward, our community organizations, and the city as a whole to ending homelessness in Ottawa.

Help Santa Toy Parade:

As in years past, I was happy to ride on the City of Ottawa’s float in the Help Santa Toy Parade. The generosity and outpouring of support from our community was great to witness. Toys and money collected during the parade are donated to the Salvation Army and Toy Mountain, who in turn assist roughly 16,000 children each year. Donations are still being accepted    

Snow Clearing Programs:

If you are a senior or a resident living with a disability the City of Ottawa offers a snow clearing program called Snow Go to assist you with keeping your driveway and walk-way clear this winter. You can find more information at the City’s website or by calling 3-1-1.   

Budget 2017

You may submit comments or find further information on Budget 2017 through the following options:

Keep in touch

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