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McKenney reveals plan to make Ottawa healthiest city to live

Catherine McKenney, one of 14 candidates for mayor, said they plan to achieve this goal by investing in recreation and social services.
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Ottawa sign in the ByWard Market. File photo

A mayoral candidate has revealed a plan to make Ottawa the healthiest city to live in. 

Catherine McKenney, one of 14 candidates for mayor, said they plan to achieve this goal by investing in recreation and social services. This announcement includes increasing availability of pools and beaches, opening libraries on Sundays, and increasing support for social services agencies.

“When summer rolls around every year, people ask for greater access to outdoor pools and beaches in Ottawa, but the reality is that our city doesn’t have enough lifeguards," they said. "As mayor, I’ll fix this by helping youth who are facing financial barriers become lifeguards, in order to keep our pools open longer and help youth find meaningful employment."

As Mayor, McKenney will invest an additional $500,000 annually to support emerging and evolving community and social service needs.  

“From food security to mental crisis support, there are many types of services in our city that are underfunded," said McKenney. "These services aren’t able to provide help to everyone who needs it. But with the right decisions, Ottawa can transform the health of our city, and support the people who live here.”


 

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