• A history of OC Transpo bus crashes

    Following Friday’s bus crash at Westboro Station, we look back at some past crashes and related incidents involving OC Transpo.
    Related Three dead in double-decker bus crash at Westboro Station, 23 others injured
    APRIL 23, 1987: An Ottawa firefighter received internal injuries, a broken left leg, a broken jaw and cheekbone, plus a bruised arm and head and chest injuries after a fire service car collided with an Orléans-bound OC Transpo bus at the intersection of the Industrial
  • Driver arrested after uOttawa students witness multiple collisions with other cars

    Students and faculty at the uOttawa campus are safe but shaken, and a man is in custody following a downtown police chase that saw a driver collide with multiple other vehicles before eventually being stopped and arrested.
    Ottawa police spokesperson Const. Amy Gagnon said a call came in at 3:59 p.m Wednesday, reporting that one vehicle had struck another at the intersection of Laurier and King Edward avenues, and then “taken off.”
    “The call came in as a possible intoxicated dri
  • Carleton students walk out in protest of province's tuition changes

    More than a hundred Carleton University students staged a walkout on Wednesday to protest the provincial government’s decision to alter post-secondary funding, joining students of more than a dozen other post-secondary institutions across Ontario.
    The Progressive Conservative government’s changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) include cutting free tuition for low-income students, a 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees and the introduction of a new initiative which
  • 'I doubted every good piece of me': Truck driver sentenced to year in jail in 'sexsomnia' rape case

    Bekah D’Aoust says she spent years after her sexual assault drinking herself into oblivion, starving herself, binge eating and barely coping.
    “I doubted who I was, my worth, my purpose to live, my beauty, my intelligence. I doubted every good piece of me,” D’Aoust, 31, said in a victim impact statement read in a Brockville court, during the sentencing hearing of her abuser, Ryan Hartman.
    Hartman was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail by Judge Kimberly Moore, who said
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  • 'People should be celebrating this': Catherine McKenna endorses federal budget's interprovincial bridge revival

    Ottawa Centre MP and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says people should be celebrating her government’s decision, announced in this week’s federal budget, to revive the development of a new interprovincial bridge in the National Capital Region.
    “It is a bit strange that we have heavy-duty trucks going though the centre of Ottawa. I think everyone would agree that’s sub-par,” McKenna told this newspaper Wednesday. “This is an opportunity to step back and
  • LRT testing going well, Transpo boss says, but warns things won't be 'pretty' on days trains face trouble

    There’s a Plan B for days when the LRT runs into trouble. It involves extra buses, but OC Transpo’s general manager warns that it won’t be “pretty.”
    John Manconi said Wednesday that he expects high reliability once the LRT gets running.
    There are 20 trains doing test runs this week and “all the critical elements are progressing well,” he told the city’s transit commission.
    It also performed well last week during sudden heavy snow, he said.
    Still, h
  • City's $50M Montreal Road renewal looks to help some, but not all, businesses to fix up their property

    The City of Ottawa has officially announced plans for a major renewal of Montreal Road through Vanier, which includes a bid to encourage property owners to fix up their real estate.
    New water mains and sewers will be installed and the road is being resurfaced between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard.
    Electrical lines are expected to be buried in order to expand sidewalks. New community spaces and parks are to be added.Bike lanes, in the form of elevated cycling paths, will be cons
  • Gatineau man, 26, arrested in string of garbage bin arsons

    Gatineau police pulled surveillance video footage and called in a sniffer dog to help collar a suspect in three fires set in garbage bins in the city’s Hull district early Wednesday morning.
    Detectives are now investigating whether the 26-year-old man, whose identity was not released, is linked to similar incidents in recent months.
    Police were called to the three fires in quick succession. The first was at 12:50 a.m at Charron House at 164 Laurier St. The second fire at about 1 a.m. damag
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  • On thin ice: OPS marine, trail unit warn of spring thaw danger

    The police officers who patrol the city’s waterways and trails are warning people to stay away from open bodies of water due to thinning ice and the potential for powerful freshets.
    “Considering the heavy snowfall we received this winter and expected springtime warmer weather, we may see increases in groundwater runoff and possible flooding,” said Sgt. Nelson Rowan of the Ottawa Police Service’s marine, dive and trails unit.
    “Historic ice thaw patterns can be affect
  • 'I doubted every good piece of me': Truck driver to be sentenced in 'sexsomnia' rape case Wednesday

    Bekah D’Aoust says she spent years after her sexual assault in February 2011 drinking herself into oblivion, starving herself, binge eating and barely coping.
    “I doubted who I was, my worth, my purpose to live, my beauty, my intelligence. I doubted every good piece of me,” D’Aoust, 31, said in a victim impact statement read in a Brockville court Wednesday morning, during the sentencing hearing of her abuser, Ryan Hartman.
    Judge Kimberly Moore is expected to hand down a se
  • Segal: Canada's Opposition Conservatives can't win without good ideas

    The allure of scandals – real, imagined, flimsy or hefty – for opposition parties and their coverage by a free press is indisputable. We only need to look at countries where press freedom is absent or political dissent is illegal to know how important the responsibility of the media and opposition is to holding governments accountable.
    That said, opposition parties who want to form government by claiming revulsion at alleged government improprieties are often disappointed at election
  • Police probe apparent suicide at Gatineau jail

    Police are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate in the Gatineau jail Tuesday night.
    Sûreté du Québec spokesman Sgt. Marc Tessier confirmed the death, saying investigators have “no reason to suspect any criminal involvement at this time.”
    Police were called to the jail around the dinner hour.
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  • House Works: Home buying experience needs more transparency

    I don’t suppose many homeowners make it to 56 years old without ever having bought a house, but that’s me. Since I still live in the house I built when I was in my 20s, I’ve never had to sift through dozens of prospective property listings, negotiating for price, dealing with agents and lawyers.
    All this changed last month when my wife and I got involved helping our daughter, Katherine, and son-in-law, Paul, find their first home.
    As an outsider experiencing the reality of buyi
  • Traffic: After winter, comes construction season

    Winter is officially over  — cue the jackhammers.
    But, first, a few crashes, in a quietish early commute.
    Northbound Woodroffe Avenue was reduced to one lane between Vaan Drive and Hunt Club Road near the Nepean Sportsplex after a two-vehicle collision at 8:05 a.m. A school bus that was behind one of the vehicles wasn’t involved in the crash, police said. It was cleared about an hour later.
    City police warned just before 7:30 a.m. that motorists should expect delays for a few ho
  • Gatineau police 'busy' dismantling illegal pot networks

    Gatineau police say they have a team of detectives “busy” tracking and taking down illegal cannabis distribution networks in the city with a Quebec-funded project that resulted in a 26-year-old man’s arrest earlier this month.
    Police raided his home on Boulevard des Hautes-Plaines in Hull March 6 and seized 1.3 kg of cannabis, 23.5 g of hash, 18.2 grams of wax, 5 g of cocaine, a Ford Escape worth $8,000, cash and a safe.
    The weeks-long investigation began with a tip from the pu
  • Shirtless Kingston driver in one boot arrested after assaulting Samaritan, fleeing crash

    A Kingston man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly hit several vehicles in a parking lot, flipped his car, assaulted a woman who had pulled over to help him, and then fled the scene before police arrived.
    On Monday at about 1:45 a.m., a driver spotted a second car speeding on Bath Road. The second driver followed him.
    As the two vehicles approached Collins Bay Road, the first car left the roadway and hit several cars in a parking lot before flipping over onto its roof.One of the vehicl
  • It's the first day of spring! Ignore the potential snow in the forecast

    Happy first day of spring.
    Didn’t you notice?
    The day started on the brisk side, at about -6 C in the early going, but the thermometer should climb to a high of about 8 C, under mixed skies.
    Things will cloud up Wednesday night, bringing periods of rain or snow beginning overnight.
    No major accumulation is expected, and the low should be 1 C.
    Then comes three days of scattered precipitation, including snow at times.
    Periods of rain, or possibly snow are expected to hit on Thursday, with gu
  • Cohen: When disaster strikes a world away but hits close to home

    Before the religious massacre in New Zealand – a millennium ago in the revolutions of the news cycle – there was the airplane crash in Ethiopia. Before the evil of mass murder in a crowded mosque, there was the whim of fate on a barren plain.
    When I heard of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, I paused, winced and shrugged. It’s Ethiopia, I thought, far from home. It’s a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, I thought, not London to Toronto. It was an accident, I th
  • Today's letters: A positive experience at Rideau Regional Centre

    A positive experience at Rideau Regional
    Re: Gone, not forgotten, March 16.
    I read Catherine McKercher’s article with much empathy; my family and I have walked that same road. However, your heading “Failure and inhumanity at residential institutions” tends to equate the Smiths Falls establishment with those others of infamous repute, where Indigenous children were taken from their families for the specific purpose of forcibly changing their identity and their culture, a misdire
  • Uber passenger becomes driver after stop by Ottawa police

    An Ottawa driver for ride sharing service Uber was forced to become a passenger in his own vehicle after he was stopped by a police officer on Highway 417 and informed that his license had been suspended for not paying a ticket issued in January.
    According to Neil Mann, 39, he wasn’t even aware that he was driving with a suspended license. Mann has been a full time driver for Uber for more than 18 months now. He said in January he was pulled over and issued a $110 ticket for having a obscu
  • OPP investigate prisoner's death at Quinte Regional Detention Centre

    The death of a 31-year-old inmate at Napanee’s Quinte Regional Detention Centre Monday has prompted an Ontario Provincial Police investigation. 
    Paramedics were called to the Richmond Boulevard jail early Monday morning after an inmate was found unresponsive inside the facility, according to an OPP news release Tuesday night.
    The man was pronounced dead at the scene. An OPP investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death was ongoing Tuesday. Police said more information wou
  • Officers trained to make 'good faith' decisions on use of force, expert tells Montsion trial

     The “good faith efforts” of police officers to inflict minimal harm during an arrest doesn’t always go according to plan, court heard as the manslaughter and assault trial of Const. Daniel Montsion resumed this week.
    “There’s no way for any training to anticipate every event,” retired Toronto police deputy chief Michael Federico said during exhaustive expert testimony on the training regimen for all police officers in Ontario, including the various use-o
  • VERSeFest announces new poet laureates to serve as Ottawa's 'cultural ambassadors'

    Two years after Ottawa’s poet laureate program was resurrected following a nearly 30-year hiatus, the city is welcoming two new poets to the post.
    The VERSeFest International Poetry Festival announced Tuesday that Deanna Young and Margaret Michèle Cook had been selected by a panel of judges as City of Ottawa poet laureates based on their “noteworthy community activity and the recognized high quality of their poetry,”  according to a VERSe Ottawa press release.
    Young
  • Affordable housing and infrastructure: What Ottawans need to know about this year’s federal budget

    What Ottawa residents need to know, at a glance:
    – The National Capital Commission will reactivate an interprovincial bridge study
    – More low-rate financing will be available to spur the development industry to build residential rental units
    – Municipalities can access $2.2 billion more in gas tax transfer revenue as a one-time top up, helping fix or expand infrastructure
    – The federal government is challenging municipalities to come up with ways to speed up affordable ho
  • Links between breast cancer, heart health should be focus of screening, cardiologist says

    The links between breast cancer and cardiovascular disease are so strong that women should be screened for both at the same time, says an Ottawa expert on women and heart disease.
    “Having breast cancer is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Michele Turek, a cardiologist at The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Turek helped found a specialized clinic in cardio-oncology in 2008 at the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital. It was the first of its
  • What Ottawa students need to know about the 2019 federal budget

    This year’s federal budget announces a range of changes to try to make life easier for students – from more affordable student loans, increased assistance for students with disabilities, adjustments to the federal six-month grace period and assistance for students in “vulnerable” life situations.
    Here is what you need to know.
    More affordable student loans
    Roughly one million people are repaying student loans in Canada, according to the federal budget, which was announced
  • Federal budget 2019: Bagnall: Phoenix Pay's cumulative cost overruns soon to top $800 million

    What Ottawa residents need to know, at a glance:
    – The National Capital Commission will reactivate an interprovincial bridge study
    – More low-rate financing will be available to spur the development industry to build residential rental units
    – Municipalities can access $2.2 billion more in gas tax transfer revenue as a one-time top up, helping fix or expand infrastructure
    – The federal government is challenging municipalities to come up with ways to speed up affordable ho
  • Editorial: Better bridges but a muddled approach to affordable housing

    Ottawa, like many cities, faces two major challenges: transportation infrastructure and affordable housing. Tuesday’s federal budget — the last before October’s election — contains good news on the first, much more mixed news on the second.
    Commuters in Ottawa and West Quebec will be happy that the government plans to replace the 100-year-old Alexandra Bridge, refresh its studies of Ottawa River crossings and provide millions of dollars to upgrade existing bridges.
    Meanwh
  • Ex-Ottawa Gee-Gees equipment manager gets 8 years for sex crimes

    When Cameron Lyons wasn’t volunteering as equipment manager for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, he was targeting teen girls as young as 14 under the guise of recruiting them as models and high-priced escorts for a website called “Golden Girls of Ottawa.”
    But there were no clients, no money and no modelling gigs for one of his victims — just a motel room in Vanier where he raped her on videotape.
    Related Former Gee-Gees equipment manager pleads guilty to exploiting teen
  • Federal budget 2019: Ottawa-Gatineau bridge battle revived as budget renews controversial project

    What Ottawa residents need to know, at a glance:
    – The National Capital Commission will reactivate an interprovincial bridge study
    – More low-rate financing will be available to spur the development industry to build residential rental units
    – Municipalities can access $2.2 billion more in gas tax transfer revenue as a one-time top up, helping fix or expand infrastructure
    – The federal government is challenging municipalities to come up with ways to speed up affordable ho

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