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Updates from the Mayor

Update from the Mayor - March 20, 2020

Dear City of Ottawa colleagues,

I know many of you have been working around the clock to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that is now facing our community. Many of you are making sacrifices in these challenging times.

I wanted to take a few minutes to offer my sincere gratitude for your incredible service to our residents and our city.

Please watch this video – and know that I am speaking on behalf of City Council and all our residents when I say thank you for all you’re doing to keep us safe.




Video transcript - COVID-19 - A thank you message from Mayor Jim Watson

Hello, this is Jim Watson

In these times of uncertainty – and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world, I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of the unsung heroes in our community.

I want to recognize our City employees, as well as our community’s frontline workers, who are working around the clock every single day to provide essential services and keep Ottawa’s residents safe and secure.

From the dedicated staff at Ottawa Public Health unit and our social services agencies to nurses, personal support workers, doctors and first responders.

From those who are protecting our drinking water or making sure the garbage gets picked up, to those helping our most vulnerable residents living on the streets.

And for those of us who still need to get to work or to essential appointments, we know the women and men at OC Transpo will get us there safely.

To those of you delivering the essential services that keep our city running: I thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting the lives of your fellow residents ahead of your own.

Thank you.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all those who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our neighbours.

We know you’re making difficult choices during these challenging times.

Some of you have had to stop hugging your kids.

Many others have had to stop visiting elderly loved ones.

And you’re making those sacrifices so you can help those most in need – for the greater good of our community.

I also want to thank all those who are doing little things to help one another – like checking-in on their neighbours, offering to buy groceries for those who are not able to, or just calling a friend to make sure they’re doing okay.

And those working in grocery stores and pharmacies, or in maintenance and cleaning services – you are showing up every day to provide our residents with the food and medication they need.

Thank you all for what you’re doing to help our community through these very difficult times.

Although it can be difficult for many people, practicing social distancing is extremely important at this crucial time in the evolution of the pandemic.

But it’s important that we continue to communicate with our friends and loved ones when we can – and to look out for one another.

We must all continue to communicate with our friends and family when we can.

My thoughts continue to be with all those who are engaged in this battle in Ottawa and around the world.

I’m confident that together, we will come out of this stronger than ever as a community.

By working together, our community will emerge from this fight stronger than ever.

Thank you all.