ARMCHAIR MAYOR: Make Ottawa the healthiest, cleanest city

By Jake Cole, Ottawa Citizen, October 18, 2018

On Monday, citizens of Ottawa elect a new city council. To help guide discussion, we’ve asked people for ONE idea that would make the city a better place – without necessarily breaking the bank. Today, Jake Cole challenges councillors to make this the healthiest city on the planet.

Ottawa does not currently show up on “best cities to live in” worldwide listings.  But it could. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that we are healthier and live longer, that we are blessed with clean air to breathe, pure water to drink, healthy food choices, access to cutting-edge disease prevention information, abundant green spaces, and health and environment conscious employers?

What if our aspiring councillors in Monday’s municipal election were challenged to make our city the healthiest one in Canada, maybe the world? How would they react? I’d like to think that, with the will and some help, our councillors could meet that challenge. I also think people would be keen to vote for someone who could work hard to help make each of us healthier.

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