• 'Meet Kiara': Stittsville mom 'goes public' about daughter's special needs

    When police brought home her daughter, Kiara, after they found her perched barefoot on the railing of a small bridge on Hazeldean Road, Stittsville’s Shannon Whitney took an extraordinary step.
    She went public, “outing” Kiara (with Kiara’s permission) to the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook page.
    “I’d like to introduce you to my daughter, Kiara,” Whitney wrote in the post last month. “Kiara is a loving, caring, content teenager who strongly val
  • Man feared dead in West Quebec house fire

    One man is feared dead after a flash fire destroyed an isolated home on Kawartha Road in the Breckenridge district of Outaouais’s Pontiac municipality.
    Firefighters from the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais were called to the house about 20 kilometres west of Aylmer shortly before noon.
    A photo from police for MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais shows fire as it destroyed a home in the Breckenridge district of the Pontiac Municipality on Saturday.
    The building was quickly destroyed,
  • Hundreds brave the wind chill for third annual women's march

    Maria Giroux, 17, was not fazed by the the bitter cold that enveloped her first protest on Parliament Hill Saturday morning.
    “I can’t really feel the cold,” said the St. Paul High School student, who was among a crowd of about 600 at the third annual women’s march.
    “I’m just really excited.”
    The gathering brought together people concerned about gender-based violence, discrimination against women and a wide range of other issues.
    “Honestly, feminism
  • Snowplow damage to vehicles prompt more than a dozen complaints to city in 2018

    You walk outside to your parked vehicle, and there awaits a very unwelcome discovery – your car has been hit by your friendly neighbourhood snowplow. It might seem an unlikely scenario, but in 2018 alone, vehicular damage by snow removal equipment prompted 16 complaints to ServiceOttawa, according to the city.
    “While performing winter maintenance operations, city equipment may sometimes damage property,” said Luc Gagné, director of roads and parking services. I
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  • Environment Canada issues warnings for severe cold, storm

    Just stay inside and snuggle in with a nice warm fluffy blanket, it’s just not worth venturing out.
    Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning and a winter snow warning for the capital region Saturday morning, advising that an arctic air mass is forecast to bring windchill readings of -35 overnight Saturday and Sunday.
    “Windchill values close to -30 are expected Monday night,” the agency warned.
    Conditions should improve by Tuesday when a milder air mass moves into the r
  • Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the Ottawa region. Wind chills are expected to reach minu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the Ottawa region. Wind chills are expected to reach minu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • Youth, 14, charged in serious Kingston stabbing

    A 14-year-old boy has been charged by police after another teen was was stabbed a number of times.
    Police were called to a fight between two groups of youth on Rideau Street Thursday when the suspect pulled a knife.
    As police arrived, the suspect fled.
    Officers found the victim on the sidewalk after he had collapsed. He was taken to Kingston General Hospital with serious injuries.
    Police located the suspect a short time later at a residence in the north end of Kingston.
    He was charged with aggra
  • Ottawa police RIDE program nails impaired snowmobiler

    Ottawa police registered their first drunk snowmobiling charge of the season Friday as they took their RIDE program surveillance to the trails.
    Patrol officers along with specialists from the force’s marine, dive and trail unit, were looking for breaches of the provincial Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, as well as the usual drinking and driving and other statutes.
    In all, 162 vehicles were stopped, with one three-day suspension related to alcohol consumption and operation of a motorized
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  • Ottawa Police hold RIDE program on snowmobile trails bit.ly/2FJrrKZ #ottnews https://t.co/ijmm6U5a6m

    Ottawa Police hold RIDE program on snowmobile trails bit.ly/2FJrrKZ #ottnews https://t.co/ijmm6U5a6m
  • Last hookups remain after Friday's Blackburn Hamlet gas line, water main breaks

    Enbridge Gas continued to reconnect a small group of residents to gaslines in a Blackburn Hamlet district early Saturday, after the area was hit by a twin gas main and water pipe break early Friday.
    About 550 customers were affected by the gas outage after an Enbridge contractor hit a gas line, Innes Ward Coun. Laura Dudas said. That incident also forced the city to stop work on a water valve, which mean 60-70 residents lost that service.
    Shortly after 8 p.m., Dudas said Enbridge had completed i
  • Frostbite warning continues throughout the weekend, with the added bonus of snow

    Just stay inside and snuggle in with a nice warm fluffy blanket, it’s just not worth venturing out.
    Saturday morning started with the temperature at -24 C, add to that a windchill of -35. If you are going to brave the cold and plan to attend the Women’s March you’ll need to bundle up. The march starts at 11 a.m. on Parliament Hill.
    Saturday will see increasing cloudiness, with periods of snow beginning early this afternoon. The wind becomes northeast at 20 km/h early this after
  • Thousands of Women to attend annual Women's March on Parliament Hill bit.ly/2Hvd13s #ottnews https://t.co/HXEoJYCkla

    Thousands of Women to attend annual Women's March on Parliament Hill bit.ly/2Hvd13s #ottnews https://t.co/HXEoJYCkla
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  • Snow plow damage to vehicles prompt more than a dozen complaints to city in 2018

    You walk outside to your parked vehicle, and there awaits a very unwelcome discovery – your car has been hit by your friendly neighbourhood snow plow. It might seem an unlikely scenario, but in 2018 alone, vehicular damage by snow removal equipment prompted 16 complaints to ServiceOttawa, according to the city.
    “While performing winter maintenance operations, city equipment may sometimes damage property,” said Luc Gagné, director of roads and parking services.
  • Here's how the Holocaust Monument came to have a glitch nobody saw coming

    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a Holocaust memorial plaque that didn’t mention the Jewish people, onlookers wondered why such a central point had been omitted.
    Now documents released under access to information show that while Canadian Heritage staffers focused on many details — from hardware to sight lines — no one asked what the plaque actually said.
    The scene was the new National Holocaust Monument, opened in late September 2017.
    When the monument opened, visito
  • Today's letters: Thai Embassy plan is not OK

    Don’t approve embassy plan
    Re: Embassy’s plans for Island Park Drive met with resistance, Jan. 17.
    The proposed development of the Thai Embassy was met with community outrage – five years ago, in 2014. Fast-forward to 2019 and suddenly the city’s planning department is supporting the rezoning application, and introducing the term “embassy use” in its report.
    There is no “embassy use” designation; there is “office use” and “residen
  • Concert review: Dierks Bentley thoroughly enjoys the Canadian Tire Centre party

    Dierks Bentley
    With Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Nights
    Canadian Tire Centre
    Reviewed Friday
    There’s always a party when Dierks Bentley comes to town, and Friday night was no exception. By the time the Nashville star hit the stage at the Canadian Tire Centre, after three opening acts, a between-set DJ and a non-stop crush at the beer stands, the festivities were in full swing for the 9,200 young, exuberant fans in the crowd.
    Bentley seemed blown away by the force of their exci
  • Once again, the City of Ottawa needs to find another chief information officer

    The revolving door for chief information officers at the City of Ottawa keeps on spinning.
    Saad Bashir is leaving city hall as of Jan. 25. He’s being nominated as chief technology officer in Seattle, Wash.
    Bashir was appointed as Ottawa’s CIO in 2016 after city manager Steve Kanellakos was hired.
    Saad Bashir, seen here in a 2014 file photo, is leaving the City of Ottawa staff for a post in Seattle, Wash.
    Bashir had previously been in charge of the city’s economic development br
  • Rideau Valley Drive North reopens after closure due to collision

    Rideau Valley Drive North was closed between Century Road East and Boucher Crescent for a couple of hours on Friday evening after a collision in the Manotick area.
    Ottawa paramedics said that three individuals were taken to hospital as a precaution, but all were in stable condition.
    The road was closed at about 7 p.m. and reopened shortly after 9.
    In a tweet published just after 5 p.m., Ottawa Police Service said it had received reports of 80 collisions since 5 a.m.ALSO IN THE NEWS:
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  • Services being restored after Blackburn Hamlet gas line, water main breaks

    Several Blackburn Hamlet-area residents spent much of Friday without gas or water service after gas line and water main breaks.
    Fortunately, they were told to expect both to be back again by around midnight.
    Shortly after 8 p.m., Innes Ward Coun. Laura Dudas said Enbridge had completed its repairs of a gas line that had been damaged earlier in the day and was working to reconnect service to all affected residents.
    City of Ottawa crews were also expected to complete repairs to a water valve
  • Warming centre opened after Blackburn Hamlet gas line, water main break

    Some Blackburn Hamlet residents affected by gas line and water main breaks on Friday were told to plan on going without those services until at least late at night.
    In an interview shortly after 6 p.m., Innes Coun. Laura Dudas said she was waiting on an update from Enbridge about the status of gas line repairs. Once that work was completed, the City of Ottawa water services team would commence water valve repairs, and Enbridge would need to access every affected home to reconnect service.
    Accord
  • E-cigarettes less harmful than smokes, but may also endanger youth: researcher

    E-cigarettes have the potential to help adults quit smoking. However, the sudden popularity among teens of a new generation of hip new vaping devices means public health authorities have to ask some hard questions, an expert on nicotine toxicology told a national conference on smoking cessation held in Ottawa.
    Dr. Neal Benowitz’s clinic in San Francisco is only a few blocks from the headquarters of JUUL, the “Apple of vaping,” a device that has spread through high schools like
  • CF-18 pilot faces court martial over alleged actions during training mission

    A CF-18 pilot will face a court martial on Monday after being charged with a number of offences related to a November 2016 training mission.
    A court martial will be held for Capt. Christopher Mileusnic at CFB Cold Lake, Alta.
    Here are the details of the charges as provided by the Canadian Forces. They contain allegations that have not been proven in court.
    Capt. Mileusnic will enter a plea on Monday morning.
    FIRST CHARGE
    Flew an aircraft at a height of less than the minimum height authorized in
  • Second lawsuit in the works against OC Transpo after Westboro crash

    A personal injury lawyer is about to serve notice to the City of Ottawa that he intends to launch a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was grievously injured in the OC Transpo bus crash.
    Peter Cronyn said his client was taken to The Ottawa Hospital in critical condition. She remains in hospital in stable condition one week after the crash at Westboro station that killed three passengers and injured 23 others.
    News of the move comes one day after the Merchant Law Group launched a $60 million class
  • Letting students opt out of transit fee could jeopardize u-pass program

    OC Transpo’s u-pass program, which provides more than $30 million in revenue for the transit service and deep discounts for passengers each year, could be doomed if the provincial government’s new “opt out” rules for non-tuition fees apply to public transit agreements with student associations.
    It couldn’t come at a worse time as the city prepares to launch an LRT system that would deliver municipal rail service to two campuses starting this spring and a third campu
  • $300,000 Bell Let's Talk donation targets CHEO wait times

    “I never thought I’d ever hear myself say these words,” says Julie Willis. “My daughter wants to kill herself.”
    The nightmare for Willis and her daughter began in the fall of 2017 when her daughter was entering Grade 9, and reached rock bottom that December.
    “I found her in a closet, rocking back and forth, saying ‘I want to die. I don’t want to be here’,” Willis said.
    Her family took her to the Emergency Room at the Children’s Ho
  • Coroner's office investigating hanging death at Ottawa jail

    The coroner’s office is investigating another death at the Ottawa jail after an accused bank robber hanged himself just after midnight on Thursday.
    Jean Veillette, 48, hanged himself in his cell on 2 Wing and was later pronounced dead in hospital after guards and then paramedics tried to revive him.
    The coroner’s office routinely investigates every death in custody and has the power to call an inquest, although inquests are prohibited from assigning blame.
    Veillette had been on the O
  • Ottawa hospitals waive ambulance fees for Westboro Station bus crash patients

    Ottawa hospitals are waiving ambulance fees for patients transported from the Westboro Station bus crash.
    The Ottawa Hospital and the Queensway Carleton Hospital confirmed Friday that the patients won’t need to pay the “co-payment” fee of $45 for ambulance service.
    Paramedics transported 12 patients to the Civic campus and six patients to the General campus from the crash scene last Friday. The Queensway Carleton received eight patients.
    Ontario residents are still required to
  • Man charged with sexual offences against child

    A 29-year-old man has been accused of sex crimes against a child under the age of 14 who was known to him.
    A complaint was made in November about several incidents that were alleged to have happened between June 2015 and December 2016 in Overbrook, Ottawa police said Friday.
    The age of the child was not disclosed.
    Time Kabamba Ntalaja faces charges of assault, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference.
    Sexual-assault and child-abuse investigators “are concerned there may
  • Police seek pair in robbery of Uber driver

    Police hope the public can help them identify two suspects they allege were involved in the robbery of an Uber driver in Orléans last month.
    It happened just before 1 a.m. on Dec. 9.
    The driver picked up the pair on Cassia Circle on the way to an apartment building on Springland Drive in the Mooney’s Bay area but during their trip the driver was assaulted and robbed. The suspects were last seen walking through the Place d’Orléans transit station, police said.
    The m
  • Frostbite warning for the capital, 'extreme' cold in Maniwaki

    It’s going to be a cold weekend in Ottawa starting with a Friday night low of -22 C that will feel like -31.
    And Ottawa Public Health confirmed the fears late in the afternoon with a frostbite warning “until further notice.”
    Ok #OttCity, you knew this was coming
    There's a #FrostbiteAdvisory effective this evening (Jan 18) until further notice. Windchill temps tonight & this weekend will be well below the -25 mark. We do not expect to lift the advisory until after the weeken

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