Mark Taylor’s November Column

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to first say thank you, for giving me the opportunity on October 27th to continue to work as your City Councillor in the coming four years.  I am once again humbled by your support and the trust that you have put in me to represent you around the Council Table.

Get Involved with Your City:

Along with a new Council come new prospects; I want to share with you the opportunity to get involved, share your time and be a voice in your City. The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for citizen members to serve on various Committees and Boards!  Make a difference by becoming a volunteer member! The City could benefit greatly from your expertise and knowledge and in return, you would gain insight and knowledge of how the City works.  To be eligible, you must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and 18 years of age or older. (City employees are not eligible.) You can get more information by visiting the City of Ottawa website at or by contacting Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by e-mail at

Traffic and speeding:

Local traffic and speeding is one of the top issues in every community. My office has had success working with residents to lower speed limits and manage traffic concerns in a number of neighbourhoods. Over the coming term we will continue to work with the City’s traffic department to address resident’s concerns.   I encourage you to report your concerns to the Ottawa Police Services non-emergency number at 613.236.1222 ext. 7300. Having a record of calls creates reports and helps to deploy patrols. If you and your neighbours feel that speed is an issue my office is happy to help co-ordinate and assist you in going through the petition process to lower the speed limit.

Christmas Parades:

With the holiday season just around the corner Santa will be soon visiting our City. I want to share with you a schedule for a couple of local parades. My wife Christine and I will be on the City of Ottawa float in The Help Santa Toy Parade taking place on Saturday, November 22nd starting at 11:00 a.m. The parade begins on Wellington Street at the National Archives and National Library.   If you would like to see the magic of lights the Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus Parade is onSunday, November 23rd starting at 5:30 p.m. It begins at the corner of Strandherd Drive and Beatrice Drive

As we begin a new term of Council I want to remind you that you can always reach out to me at our City Hall or Community office.   You can also reach out to me on social media. I encourage you to take a moment on Tuesday November 11th to remember all the men and women who have and continue to serve our Country with pride and conviction.


Mark Taylor
Ottawa City Councillor, Bay Ward

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