• Virtual tour gives future LRT riders glimpse of Lyon Street station

    A virtual tour of Lyon Street station launched Tuesday gives future LRT travellers a 360-degree walk through one of the main downtown stations on the Confederation Line.
    Mayor Jim Watson launched the virtual tour in a tweet Tuesday morning.
    Ahead of #ottLRT opening, a 360-degree virtual tour of Lyon Station is now available! Navigate the station levels, discover safety features, and get familiar with what your transit journey might look like when #OTrain Line 1 opens to the public. https://t.co/
  • Flooding updates: Capital region prepares for more flooding as water levels continue to rise

    This year’s spring flood claimed the life of a motorist Saturday as the Ottawa River continued its rise toward an expected peak later this week.
    A 72-year-old woman, Louise Séguin Lortie, of Pontiac, was killed early Saturday morning when her car plunged off a road that had been washed away by a flooded creek. Her car slammed into a creek bed just west of Quyon, Que.
    Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie said she had been shaken by the event and vowed to do everything in her power to ensure
  • 'There has been a death': Woman, 72, killed in Pontiac after road washed away

    This year’s spring flood turned deadly Saturday when a motorist in Quyon, Quebec plunged into a creek bed after heavy runoff washed away the road.
    The woman, Louise Séguin Lortie, 72, was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
    The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on a steep section of Bronson-Bryant Road, just west of Quyon, about an hour from Ottawa.
    FULL FLOOD UPDATES: One dead in Pontiac as waters continue to rise in Ottawa and GatineauPolice said the woman was alo
  • Be prepared: Residents in west end of region rush to get ahead of floodwaters

    The flood of 2017 took a lot of people in Constance Bay off guard. They say they’ll be prepared this time.
    Dozens of volunteers swarmed around pile of sand at the community centre on Saturday, filling bags and piling them into cars and trucks. The bags were taken away as fast as they could be filled.
    Marlene Caicco was helping transport bags to her parents’ Bayview Drive home, which had basement flooding in May 2017.
    “We’ve done some preventative work since then,” C
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  • Weather warning ends after record-breaking rainfall

    Yesterday was the wettest April 19 on record in Ottawa.
    And the rain isn’t finished with us yet.
    A bit over 35 mm of rain fell yesterday (35.4 mm to be exact) breaking all records for the most precipitation on April 19.
    It was so wet, in fact, that we broke the record with four hours to spare:
    🥇With a 8pm rain total of 27.2mm, today is #Ottawa's wettest Apr 19th since records began in 1872. #OttNews pic.twitter.com/im6U3hvPHx
    — Ottawa Weather Records (@YOW_Weather) April 20,
  • Flooding updates: 'The water is rising and it's going to come fast,' Gatineau mayor says as city prepares

    One person was killed early Saturday morning when their vehicle was swept off the road in Pontiac when a culvert washed out the road.
    Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie said area residents were shaken by the death, which happened around 3 a.m. The motorist — an elderly female driver who has yet to be identified by police — plunged into a creek swollen with meltwater and rain that feeds into the Ottawa River. She was alone and “unable to avoid the fall,” police said Saturday.
    On
  • 'There has been a death': Woman killed in Pontiac after road washed away

    This year’s spring flood has claimed a life in Quyon, Quebec where a road was washed away early Saturday by an overflowing culvert.
    A motorist — an elderly female driver who has yet to be identified by police — plunged into a creek swollen with meltwater and rain that feeds into the Ottawa River.
    The accident happened on Chemin Bronson Bryant, just south of Rue de Clarendon, west of Quyon in the Municipality of Pontiac, which is one of three municipalities in the Outaouais that
  • Flooding updates: One dead in Pontiac as waters continue to rise in Ottawa and Gatineau

    One person was killed early Saturday morning when their vehicle was swept off the road in Pontiac when a culvert washed out the road.
    Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie said area residents were shaken by the death, which happened around 3 a.m.
    On Friday, three Outaouais municipalities, Pontiac, Val-des-Monts and Saint-André-Avellin, declared states of emergency and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Quebec Premier François Legault that he would send in the army to help.
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  • 'There has been a death': Motorist killed in Pontiac after road washed away

    This year’s spring flood has claimed a life in Quyon, Quebec where a road was washed away early Saturday by an overflowing culvert.
    A motorist — the female driver has yet to be identified by police — plunged into a creek swollen with meltwater and rain that feeds into the Ottawa River.
    The accident happened on Chemin Bronson Bryant, just south of Rue de Clarendon, west of Quyon in the Municipality of Pontiac, which is one of three municipalities in the Outaouais that have decla
  • Motorist killed in washout; Army deployed to help Outaouais municipalities as state of emergency declared over flooding

    Flood fears continued to rise Saturday along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers as a sustained rain soaked the National Capital Region overnight.
    For the second time in three years, homeowners were filling sandbags, building makeshift walls and preparing for water to spill over the area’s river banks. The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau both issued calls for volunteers to help fill sandbags.
    With local rivers swollen from melting snow, the amount of rainfall — and its intensity — will
  • Weather warning still in effect after record-breaking rainfall

    Yesterday was the wettest April 19 on record in Ottawa.
    And the rain isn’t finished with us yet.
    A bit over 35 mm of rain fell yesterday (35.4 mm to be exact) breaking all records for the most precipitation on April 19.
    It was so wet, in fact, that we broke the record with four hours to spare:
    🥇With a 8pm rain total of 27.2mm, today is #Ottawa's wettest Apr 19th since records began in 1872. #OttNews pic.twitter.com/im6U3hvPHx
    — Ottawa Weather Records (@YOW_Weather) April 20,
  • Toms: The cannabis era – stoner culture gives way to corporate weed

    After waiting almost 40 years, I finally did it: I purchased legal weed. To date, for different reasons, I’ve yet to make a legal (or illegal) online purchase. But on April 1, legal, bricks-and-mortar weed retail came to Ontario and on April 6 I ventured out to one of Ottawa’s first three shops.
    Most recently, I’ve been purchasing my weed from the now-closed, so-called dispensaries that sprouted up soon after the passing of C-45, the federal act to legalize cannabis. It’s
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  • Today's letters: Ottawa has no more excuses on climate change

    City has no more excuses on climate change
    Re: City should declare a ‘climate emergency,’ committee urges, April 17.
    Congratulations to the city’s environment committee for taking the bold step to fight climate change by recommending that Ottawa Council declare a climate emergency. Now it is up to council to do the right thing: Declare climate change a threat and combatting it a priority. No more excuses for the city not to act.
    Dono Bandoro, Ottawa
    This skier sees no ‘cl
  • Editorial: Lessons from an Ottawa woman's suicide

    Indescribable mental agony. Deep depression. Emotional chaos. The inescapable terror that one’s life is being torn apart. It’s a constant reality for many Canadians struggling with suicidal thoughts. In today’s Observer, Citizen writer Joanne Laucius tells the story of one young woman who ultimately lost her battle to survive.
    Lauren Richards was a friendly, talented 26-year-old when she took her life, barely two months ago. She had struggled since her teen years, and was diagn
  • Cappies review: Earl of March Secondary School presents Mamma Mia!

    Show #15: Mamma Mia!
    Where: Earl of March Secondary School
    Director: Matt Minter
    Ryan Herman, CriticSir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
    An explosion of bright colours and high energy! Earl of March Secondary School’s production of Mamma Mia! was full of impressive lighting and wonderful choreography.
    The musical Mamma Mia! was written by Catherine Johnson. It is a jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA. The musical opened in London in 1999. It tells the story of Sophie Sheridan and he
  • At Linebox Studio, 'we’re doing all kinds of whacky cool stuff'

    It’s beer Friday at the office of Linebox Studio. Founder Andrew Reeves, a laid-back, against-the-grain kind of architect, relaxes at the raised conference table in the open-concept office, sips his can of Cameron’s, and reflects on the impressive portfolio his firm has amassed in the dozen years it has existed.
    His company came away with four trophies at last fall’s Housing Design Awards, put on by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association; it’s behind the desi
  • Ottawa police seek help in identifying robbery suspect

    The Ottawa Police Service has asked for public assistance in identifying a man involved in a bank robbery on Wellington Street West earlier this month.A man walked up to the bank counter, told the teller he had a gun and demanded money at about 5:40 p.m. on April 4, police said Friday. No weapon was actually seen.
    The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, heading toward the intersection of Wellington Street and Holland Avenue. 
    The suspect is described as a whi
  • Reports of 'large gun' result in arrest

    A man was arrested early Friday after police received reports of two people with a “large gun” near the ByWard Market.
    Officers arrested a man without incident and seized a gun soon after being called to Daly Avenue near Cumberland Street at 1:30 a.m. A subsequent search of a vehicle resulted in the discovery of a rifle, three magazines and a large amount of ammunition, police said. 
    Ottawa Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit investigators have charged Daniel J. McClusky, 27, wit
  • Illegal 'spa' busted in downtown Ottawa; man charged with human trafficking

    An unlicensed “touch therapy” spa in downtown Ottawa has been closed and a man arrested for human trafficking at the end of a lengthy investigation by the Ottawa Police Service Human Trafficking Unit.
    The investigation was launched after several complainants came forward in May 2018, police said, which led to more alleged victims being identified.
    As a result of that investigation, the Touch Therapy Spa on Somerset Street West has been closed. Its website billed it as a 24-hour, memb
  • Karl Njolstad sentenced for 'deviant' sex crimes against children over 25 years

    Editor’s note: Some content in this story is graphic and may be disturbing to readers.
    Karl Thor Njolstad will spend a little more than seven years in prison for his “deviant” sex assaults against children — with numerous victims, some still unidentified — in horrific crimes dating back 25 years.
    Justice Jonathan Brunet handed Njolstad a 10-year sentence this past week, granting credit for 30 months for time served since Njolstad’s arrest in August 2017.
    Njols
  • Nervous homeowners watch rivers rise as rain feeds spring floodwaters

    From her bedroom window, Gatineau’s Sylvie Goneau watched with a familiar sense of foreboding Friday as the swollen Ottawa River massed for a land invasion.
    “It’s grey, cold and scary,” she said of the scene.
    Goneau lost her family home on Hurtubise Boulevard during the 2017 spring flood; her rebuilt home, although closer to the river itself, is 2.7 metres higher than the one that was inundated.
    “We’re pretty confident it’s high enough, but this will be
  • Army deployed to help Outaouais municipalities as state of emergency declared over flooding

    Flood fears continued to rise Friday along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers as a sustained rain soaked the National Capital Region.
    For the second time in three years, local homeowners are filling sandbags, building makeshift walls and preparing for water to spill over the area’s river banks. The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau have both issued calls for volunteers to help fill sandbags.
    With local rivers swollen from melting snow, the amount of rainfall — and its intensity — will be
  • Egan: The little miracles born when churches burn to the ground

    The burning of a church seems blasphemous, a stabbing reminder that even beautiful, sacred things — fortressed in stone — can have their permanence made ashes.
    One raw night in November 1978, my brother looked out the front window of our ratty apartment on Henderson Avenue (in uOttawa’s student ghetto) and saw a bright orange reflected, row on row, in every window in the school across the street. Somewhere west, the sky was on fire. Soon, a massive plume of smoke was dropping p
  • Navan's Eric Smith among only Canadians to fly combat missions in both WWII, Korea

    Even among fighter pilots, Eric Smith was a rare breed.
    The Navan, Ont. wing commander was one of the few Canadians to fly combat missions in the Second World War and Korean War — and receive decorations for both.
    “He was in an exclusive little club,” said Canadian aviation historian and author Larry Milberry.
    Smith received a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for the valour he showed in flying more than 50 low-altitude night fighter missions over France, Belgium Holland and Ger
  • 'Part of the fabric of our lives': Parishioners mourn St. Margaret Mary

    St. Margaret Mary Parish is the thread that runs through 60 of Theresa Nieminen’s 68 years on earth.
    Nieminen, a retired teacher who now coordinates first reconciliation and first communion at the Roman Catholic church in Old Ottawa South, did her first communion there. Her two sisters and brother held their weddings there. Three of her nieces, her nephew, and two of her great-nephews were baptized there.
    “It’s part of the fabric of our lives,” she said. “I’ve
  • Flood fears rise as rain hits Ottawa region

    Flood fears continued to rise Friday morning along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers as a sustained rain soaked the National Capital Region.
    For the second time in three years, local homeowners are filling sandbags, building makeshift walls and preparing for water to spill over the area’s river banks. The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau have both issued calls for volunteers to help fill sandbags.
    With local rivers swollen from melting snow, the amount of rainfall — and its intensity —
  • The little miracles born when churches burn to the ground

    The burning of a church seems blasphemous, a stabbing reminder that even beautiful, sacred things — fortressed in stone — can have their permanence made ashes.
    One raw night in November 1978, my brother looked out the front window of our ratty apartment on Henderson Avenue (in uOttawa’s student ghetto) and saw a bright orange reflected, row on row, in every window in the school across the street. Somewhere west, the sky was on fire. Soon, a massive plume of smoke was dropping p
  • Environment Canada warning: Up to 50 mm of rain on the way

    There’s going to be rain today – and lots of it.
    Environment Canada has issued an official rainfall warning for the Ottawa area. Precipitation will continue through the night and into Saturday, bringing somewhere in the vicinity of 30-50 mm. Rain will be heavy at times and may cause localized flooding.
    The ground, still partially frozen in some areas, will not likely absorb all of the rainfall.
    The most rain we’ve ever seen on this date came back in 1948 when 13 mm fell. We&rsq
  • New Nietzsche exhibit explores the philosopher's influence on art

    Friedrich Nietzsche and the artists of the New Weimar
    National Gallery of Canada, to Aug. 25
    This season’s installment of the National Gallery of Canada’s Masterpiece in Focus series puts the spotlight on a large-scale bronze likeness of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Created by the renowned German artist Max Klinger in 1904, there are just three such busts in the world. This one was donated to the gallery 20 years ago.
    The job of creating an art exhibit around a philosopher landed
  • Falling temperatures, wind and a rainfall warning

    There’s going to be rain today – and lots of it.
    Environment Canada has issued an official rainfall warning for the Ottawa area. Precipitation will continue through the night and into Saturday, bringing somewhere in the vicinity of 30-50 mm. Rain will be heavy at times and may cause localized flooding.
    The ground, still partially frozen in some areas, will not likely absorb all of the rainfall.
    The most rain we’ve ever seen on this date came back in 1948 when 13 mm fell. We&rsq

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