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June 22, 2017: Federal Report; Gearing Up For Canada’s 150th.

June 22, 2017: Federal Report;
Gearing Up For Canada’s 150th.

By Catherine McKenna, MP Ottawa Centre.

“I believe it’s important we take stock of all the great things that are happening every day in our city.”

This year marks a big year for our country as we celebrate 150 years of confederation. As the capital of the country, our city is the ‘place to be’ to celebrate and I encourage you to go explore and get involved.

At the beginning of May, I went to ‘A Taste of Mexico’ inside the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. This is one of many Ottawa 2017 installations for a series called ‘Ottawa Welcomes the World’ where, over several months, embassies and high commissions takeover the building for a few days at a time to promote their cultural heritage. When I visited, the room was full of energy as visitors tasted food, listened to music, and shopped at vending stalls. Over 40 embassies and high commissions will participate this year. More information can be found on Ottawa 2017’s website.

Looking ahead to June, festival and event-goers in Ottawa will have lots to do to warm up for Canada Day activities. Italian Week, Glow Fair, TD Jazz Festival, and the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival to name just a few. I’m looking forward to being out and about in Ottawa Centre on July 1st meeting constituents and taking in festivities in the riding, including Canada’s big birthday celebration on Parliament Hill.

For those who want to celebrate Canada 150 by connecting with nature, the Rideau Canal, Ottawa River, biking trails, and parks are easily accessible. As I mentioned at the Mayor’s Breakfast on April 27th, Ottawa has the potential to become the greenest capital in the world and we are lucky to have nature so close to our front doors.

Dow’s Lake Pavilion rents pedal boats, paddle boards, canoes and kayaks all summer long, and I personally like to explore Ottawa Centre by bike on sunny days.

I believe it’s important we take stock of all the great things that are happening every day in our city. That’s why at the end of April, I started a new social media campaign called #OwnOurOttawa/#FêterNotreOttawa as a way to showcase all of the amazing things that Ottawa has to offer. People are sharing photos of their children eating ice cream from local creameries, families out on bike rides, and their favourite parks, restaurants and statues. With more than 10 museums, kilometers of cycling and walking trails, and hundreds of parks, there’s plenty to do. It’s Canada150 and I hope you take some time to explore your city and #OwnOurOttawa .

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