Mark Taylor believes everyone matters and community is stronger when we build it together.

Mark served as an Ottawa City Councillor and Deputy Mayor. He continues his service on boards, committees and projects of interest.

Feb 25, 2019

Joining the United Way of Ottawa

Since leaving public office in December of last year probably the most common question I have been asked is: "What's next?".

Today I am writing to share that news with you, and invite you to stay in touch with me as I begin some new work in our community...

Jan 22, 2019

Public Health in Ontario - A Municipal Lens

"Ontario’s municipal governments are deeply invested in the public health and health care systems. This level of involvement has been evolving over time and is not generally understood by the public, Province, or stakeholders. Municipal involvement includes direct, legislated funding and service delivery, as well as indirect and sometimes voluntary efforts to address local gaps in health services. It also includes the myriad municipal services that contribute to health outcomes." 

Over the past several years as the Chair of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Health Task Force I have worked alongside some outstanding experts in municipal health delivery and policy.

These papers, recently released, outline our findings and guidance to Provincial and Municipal leaders in Ontario.

It's said "no matter how bad it gets, at least you have your health".

This Task Force and AMO as a whole want to make sure thats true throughout Ontario. While its important we tackle challenges in our finances, our environment and our infrastructure - unless we are collectively healthy we are risking our greatest provincial asset: a healthy population.

Please read:

Partners for a Healthy Ontario, A checkup on the municipal role for health.

A Compendium of Municipal Health Activities and Recommendations, a Companion to AMO’s “Partner’s for a Healthy Ontario: A Check Up on the Municipal Role in Health” Discussion Paper

Jan 05, 2019

Its not just what you have, it’s how you use it...

In the weeks before Christmas, Ottawa Citizen columnist Randall Denley contacted me to share that he was working on a series looking at the costs and consequences of housing policies across Ottawa. We spoke for over an hour on the housing continuum, the need for sharper policies and more strategic investment. 

Read on to read his series as well as the report I prepared in 2018. 

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