Mark’s April Column

Dear Neighbours,

After a long and seemingly endless winter, spring is finally on the horizon and with that comes many exciting ventures in Bay Ward and across Ottawa.

WLRT consultations

The City of Ottawa will hold a second public consultation on plans for the Confederation Line Western LRT Extension April 29.

I am proud to have been part of the working group that saw the National Capital Commission join City of Ottawa staff, including City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick, and councillors Stephen Blais, Keith Egli and myself to find a solution for the Western LRT.

This solution meets the needs of our residents, environmental and fiscal considerations, geographic limitations and the mandates of both the NCC and the City of Ottawa.

I am proud of this solution that includes the creation of two new parks and plans to create a linear, waterfront National Park.

I encourage anyone who was unable to attend the first session March 30 to attend the April 29 session. You can also send feedback to me directly at

Mother’s Day Tea

For the fifth year in a row I am very pleased to invite you to my annual Mother’s Day Tea on Thursday, May 7 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.


Live entertainment will be provided by Robin Averill and we will have door prizes. The event is free but seating is limited. If you would like to attend call Jodi Jennings at 613-580-2477 to reserve your space or email her at

This event is one of my highlights of the year as it’s a chance to connect with many of you and to celebrate the tremendous impact that mothers and caregivers have on the lives of children in our community.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign

The spring edition of the Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital campaign is now under way. Registration is open until May 15 and you can submit your successes online until May 31. I encourage each of you to participate in a clean-up. Whether you take part as a family, a couple, a team, a community or as a workplace you will play a role in making Ottawa a better place to live, work, and play.

You can register online at where you can also submit your clean-up report. Thank you for your help in making our community a cleaner, more beautiful place.


I wish you all a wonderful spring season.

As always if you have questions, concerns, comments or feedback we would love to hear from you.



Mark Taylor,
Deputy Mayor
Ottawa Councillor for Bay Ward

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