What Ottawa is Talking About – 23 March 2022

23 March 2022

▪️Zexi Li received the Mayor's City Builder Award today for her ‘extraordinary commitment to making Ottawa a better place’. Li, a University of Ottawa student who lives in Centretown, has led the multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against the organisers of the Trucker siege. Her actions, including arranging an injunction against honking, embarrassed City and Police officials, who were unable to make any headway until the Federal government stepped in. She's a great candidate for Ottawan of the Day, but we already did that two months ago. [CBC]

▪️If you have something to say to the public inquiry on the O Train, registration is open. The inquiry will hear from members of the public on May 26 and 27. Deadline for registering yourself is May 20 at 5 pm. [CBC] [Register to speak]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson has asked the Federal Treasury Board to bring civil servants back to the office. Watson told Board president Mona Fortier that Ottawa has the country's highest vaccination rate, so it is totally safe (if one is to paraphrase). The Mayor wants the Federal government to bring its workers back to the office to help downtown businesses. [CTV]

▪️It's time to find Ottawa's favourite crossing guard. The Ottawa Safety Council has opened nominations until April 29. The winner will receive $500 and the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award. The schools that makes the most nominations will receive a $300 Canadian Tire gift card. [Stittsville Central] [Nominations]

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