6 p.m., Jan. 22)
Mayor outlines 'A Year of Progress' in
State of the City address
By Fred Sherwin
Jim Watson delivered his annual State of the
City address on Wednesday which reflected
on the accomplishments of the past three years
while focusing on the progress that remains
to be made in the year ahead. File photo
Jim Watson delivered his annual State of the City address
on Wednesday, and in the process unofficially kicked off
his 2014 reelection campaign which, if his address is
any indication, will be based on the theme of building
on the progress made over the past three years.
spent the first half of his address reflecting on the
city's accomplishments since the last election and in
particular over the last 12 months, which among other
things, include commencement of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment
project and the light rail tunnel.
then turned his attention on the year ahead and the need
to build on the progress that has already been made.
was a year of action. And 2014 will be a year of progress,"
Watson said emphatically. "It
will take focus, steady hands, and hard work to ensure
we continue making progress.
the projects that will be moving forward in the year ahead
are continuation of construction of the Confederation
Line LRT tunnel; continuation of the Hwy. 417 expansion;
completion of the Richcraft Sensplex East; improving O-Train
service; the awarding of contracts to start construction
on the new Arts Court and the Bayview Yards innovation
complex; and the start of construction on the Rideau River
Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge.
the biggest event in the coming year will be the opening
of TD Place and the return of CFL football to Ottawa after
a seven year absence.
also wants murals painted on Queensway overpasses at Parkdale,
Metcalfe, Bank and Kent Streets similar to the mural currently
in place at the Preston Street overpass.
Mayor also wants to move forward with the Ottawa River
Action Plan and he expressed his hope that the federal
and provincial governments will agree to continue their
partnership with the city and commit to funding the final
portion of the plan.
read Mayor Watson's entire speech visit http://ottawa.ca/en/news/state-city,
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