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Police seek trio in stolen credit card case | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
City police are asking the public to help them identify three suspects who they allege took turns using a stolen credit card before the victim could cancel it. The card was used “repeatedly” on the evening of Jan. 3 at businesses between St. Laurent Boulevard near the intersection of Bel...
Hospital employee accused of voyeurism | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
A 26-year-old Ottawa Hospital employee is facing a charge of voyeurism after police allege he was spotted taking pictures or video of a woman in a change room at the Smyth Road campus. The woman reported the incident Wednesday. “Investigators are concerned there may be additional victims and i...
Police credit public tips in arrest of robbery suspect | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
Ottawa police said Friday that public input was key in the arrest on Tuesday of a 28-year-old woman in connection with a series of robberies at pharmacies and a gas station. Amalia Assad-Espinosa appeared in court Wednesday to face five charges of robbery, as well as three counts each of wearing a d...
Ottawa dentist gets house arrest for tax fraud, money laundering | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
An Ottawa dentist has been sentenced to house arrest in what tax officials say is the first case in which the Criminal Code’s money laundering provisions have been successfully used in a tax evasion conviction. Kin Tung Fong pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of tax fraud and laundering...
Man arrested in Kanata raid that turns up cocaine, two 9 mm handguns | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
Drug squad detectives arrested one man and found cocaine, cash and a pair of 9 mm handguns in a raid on Kanata’s Streamside Crescent Thursday. They also seized ammunition, a bulletproof vest and three stun batons, police said in a release issued Friday. Reyan Abdulkader, 24, is charged with tw...
Coroner's office investigating hanging death at Ottawa jail | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
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 reviv...
Man charged with sexual offences against child | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
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...
Police seek pair in robbery of Uber driver | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
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 [̷...
Warming centre open after Blackburn Hamlet gas line, water main break | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
City hall reported Friday afternoon that it had opened the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex as an emergency warming centre for Blackburn Hamlet residents affected by gas line and water main breaks. “The gas and water outage is expected to last for several hours and the weather forecast is cal...
Arson unit probing Chinatown vehicle fire | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
Ottawa police arson unit is investigating after a vehicle was apparently set on fire on Arthur Street near Somerset Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood Thursday night. Callers to 911 reported that they heard explosions and bangs and a building shook as a vehicle was engulfed in flames on Arthur St...
OPP hunt suspect in Iroquois armed robbery | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
The OPP called in its emergency response team and a sniffer dog but were not able to collar a suspect who robbed an Iroquois convenience store early Friday morning while armed with an “edged weapon.” Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP officers were called to the Circle K in the village a...
Crisp weekend for the capital, 'extreme' cold in Maniwaki | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
It’s going to be a cold weekend in Ottawa starting with a Friday night low of -22 C that will feel like -31. But look across the river and feel lucky – Maniwaki is under an extreme cold warning. “Wind chill values will reach between -40 and -50 at times beginning tonight,” Envir...
Bagnall: How Montreal money could fix the LeBreton Flats partnership | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 18, 2019
Every good mediator understands there are times when warring parties simply aren’t ready to deal. So it was in 2012 and 2013 when former Ontario chief justice Warren Winkler spent nearly a year off and on meeting with Nortel’s main creditors. A last ditch mediation effort in January 2013...
Cold front hunkers down in the capital, flurries this afternoon | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
This is what some would call the heart of winter, the cold, cold heart. And it won’t be leaving for a while. The capital woke up to windchill factors of -30 and colder, but the thermometer should soar to a high of -13 C in real degrees by the afternoon. Ottawa Public Health is maintaining [...
Embassy's plans for Island Park Drive met with resistance | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
Plans for a new Thai embassy building on Ottawa’s stately Island Park Drive are facing pushback from residents and the local councillor, who say office buildings don’t belong on the street. It’s one of a pair of looming zoning files that are pitting planning staff against councillors. ...
Mark Elliot (1953-2019): Ottawa DJ legend went from rehab to a new career on People Helping People | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
If you were an Ottawa high school kid in the 1970s and ’80s, Mark Elliot was your music god, the “Golden Voice” spinning the top hits at CFRA or crosstown rival CFGO. He was the city’s pre-eminent DJ in a pre-internet, pre-MTV era when AM radio set the city’s musical ta...
Daycare operator charged in historic assault cases | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
A 30-year-old Ottawa woman has been charged with serious assault charges in connection with alleged assaults on two young children at her home daycare operation in mid-2012. Police said they received the complaints at the end of 2018. The alleged victims were under the age of 10. Police have charged...
Engineering executive pleads guilty to rigging Gatineau contract bids | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
A former Quebec engineering firm executive has been sentenced to six months of house arrest and six months under curfew after pleading guilty in Quebec court Thursday to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts. According to a statement from the Competition Bureau, Dave Boulay, fo...
Manslaughter charge stayed in gangland homicide after witness recants evidence to police | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
A man charged with plotting to kidnap Mohamed Najdi and letting a group of attackers use his car for the botched plan that led to Najdi’s fatal shooting has had all charges stayed after the prosecution’s star witness once again hindered a case. The witness threatened to “f—“ a prosecut...
Burger King shooting adds to list of community complaints over eatery: Fleury | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
One person was hit in the mouth and hand in a targeted shooting at a Burger King restaurant on Montreal Road on Wednesday evening, Ottawa police said. The male victim, who is known to police, was transported to hospital with what were considered non-life-threatening injuries. “Thankfully all the e...
Transportation ministry still examining bus safety changes, Marc Garneau says | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
Transportation Minister Marc Garneau offered his sympathies to victims of the OC Transpo crash Thursday, but had no word on whether the federal government would bring in changes to make transit buses safer. “We took note of the recommendations that came from the Transportation Safety Board after ...
City spends $750K in emergency repairs related to tornado damage | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
The City of Ottawa has spent about $750,000 to repair four of its buildings as “emergency” work needed after the tornadoes last September. The costs could go up as the city continues to assess damage to its assets. Infrastructure services director Alain Gonthier told council in a memo Th...
Egan: Double-decker buses did poorly in 2007 winter road test | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
An OC Transpo double-decker performed so poorly during winter testing in 2007 that the driver felt it was unsafe to even continue. The alarming conclusion is buried in an 189-page report by the National Research Council as the city was evaluating the fitness of the UK-made buses in cold climates. Ov...
Analysis: Province cuts tuition by 10 per cent, but lets college and universities figure out how to pay for it | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
The provincial government says “historic” reforms to post-secondary education will save students 10 per cent in tuition and benefit low-income families. But colleges, universities and student organizations are anxious about what the changes will mean for them. The three-prong plan was an...
Missing woman last seen a week ago | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
Ottawa police are asking for public help in finding an Ottawa woman who was last seen by her family last Friday, Jan. 11. Susan Kuplu, 37, is an Inuit woman who often spends time downtown and in the Market area. Her family is concerned for her safety. She is four feet, 11 inches tall, with […]
Book of Condolence for Westboro crash victims to move to Kanata | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
The book of condolences for the victims of the Westboro Transitway station bus crash will move to Kanata on Monday. People can convey their sympathies to neighbours and commuters on route 269 at the Eva James Memorial Community Centre starting at noon, Jan. 21. The book will remain at the centre unt...
Trucking firm fined more than $300K for acid spill in fatal 401 crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
A Toronto-area truck firm has been fined $250,000, plus a victim surcharge of $62,500, in connection with a 2017 crash on Highway 401 that spilled thousands of litres of dangerous acid, killing the driver who was doused in the material. More than 30 vehicles were involved in the mid-afternoon crash ...
Three arrested for credit card fraud | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
Three men face a number of credit card fraud charges following an Ottawa police raid on a Gatineau residence earlier this week. The Ottawa police fraud unit began an investigation in November in the case and, on Wednesday morning, raided a residence on Amsterdam Boulevard in Gatineau’s Deschê...
Four charged with drug, weapons offences after refusing to leave Gatineau hotel | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2019
Four people who stubbornly refused to leave their Gatineau hotel room have been arrested and charged with a variety of drug and weapons charges. Police say they were called to the unidentified hotel in Old Hull Sunday afternoon after the quartet refused repeated demands from the hotel to leave. Poli...
Ottawa police accept offer for help from TSB in Transitway crash, Bordeleau says | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Ottawa police have accepted an offer for technical assistance from the Transportation Safety Board in investigating the deadly Westboro Station bus crash last week, Chief Charles Bordeleau announced Wednesday. Bordeleau said the Ottawa police will remain the primary investigators in the crash. He sa...
Impaired driving charge laid after car hits home | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
A 25-year-old woman is facing drunk driving charges after a car went off the road and rammed a house on Wolfe Island. Leeds and Thousand Islands OPP officers were called to Road 96 on the island south of Kingston at about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The homeowners weren’t hurt but a passenger was taken...
Ottawa entrepreneur turns personal tragedy into opportunity | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Business is booming for an Ottawa area entrepreneur who founded a company after he lost his ability to speak. Garry Brownrigg, founder of Ottawa startup QuickSilk, was forced to face a new reality after waking up one morning in 1984 to find that his voice was completely gone. An immediate investigat...
Skiers briefly stuck on chair lifts as power outages strike West Quebec | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
About 3,500 people in West Quebec lost power Wednesday morning in two outages that stretched from just north of Gatineau nearly to Farrelton. The outage included Sommet Edelweiss ski centre where skiers were briefly stranded on lifts until a generator kicked in. Hydro Québec blames the outages, whi...
Mississippi Mills deputy mayor passes away in Florida | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
The town of Mississippi Mills has announced the death of its deputy mayor, who passed away Sunday while traveling in Florida. News of about the death of deputy mayor John Levi was posted to the town’s website earlier this week. Mayor Christa Lowry described Levi as a “pillar of the commu...
Regional cold front, high winds, could mean treacherous roads, weather office says | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Suddenly reduced visibility on treacherous roads could create hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning as a cold front crosses the region, Environment Canada warns. A weather advisory issued just after 9 a.m. Wednesday warns of at times heavy snow in the Ottawa Valley, capital and West Quebec,...
Boat spotting leads to nearly 700 kg of contraband tobacco | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
An Akwesasne man is facing an Excise Act charge of possessing unstamped tobacco after police stopped a pickup truck leaving a shoreline cottage area in South Glengarry where a boat was spotted arriving on the St. Lawrence River. Members of a regional task force spotted the eastbound vessel during a ...
Where donations can be made in honour of bus crash victims | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Hundreds of friends, neighbours work colleagues and others touched by the deaths following last Friday’s bus crash at the Westboro Transitway station have stepped forward to help. The death notice for Bruce Thomlinson urges friends and supporters to donate to a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for...
'I'm one of the lucky ones,' says Ottawa bus crash survivor with two broken legs | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Craig Beaton, 30, clocked out at the print shop on Slater Street around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, hit the TD bank machine, and then the store for a pack of smokes (Viceroy Red Regular), before walking to the corner of Metcalfe and Albert to catch a city bus out to Kanata for a night of […]
Carol Anne Meehan calls out mayor for not allowing her to bring staffer into budget meeting | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Coun. Carol Ann Meehan is finding it hard to play by the rules inside Jim Watson’s city hall. Meehan posted a video Wednesday afternoon before meeting the mayor and senior staff about the 2019 budget, saying she was “nervous” because she was told no one else from her office could j...
Hundreds of elementary school students suspended over incomplete immunization records | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
More than 500 elementary students at two French-language school boards have been suspended for up to 20 days because their immunization records remain incomplete, Ottawa Public Health announced. OPH said suspensions were issued on Wednesday to about 535 elementary students in schools in the Conseil ...
'Just incredible': Community rallies around Ottawa bus crash survivor with Down syndrome | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
Friday’s bus crash at Westboro Station did more than shatter lives. For one 25-year-old Bridlewood resident with Down syndrome, it also shattered confidence. “We know it will take baby steps for Elizabeth to get back on the bus,” says her mother, Lyne Filion, who made a public appe...
One injured in shooting at Montreal Road restaurant | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
One person was hit in the mouth and hand in a targeted shooting at a Montreal Road Burger King on Wednesday evening, Ottawa police said. The male victim, who was known to police, was transported to hospital with what were considered non-life-threatening injuries. Multiple shots were fired at the vic...
'You are a monster:' Crown seeks 6 years for man guilty of assault, sexual assault against children | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
While awaiting trial for breaking his infant son’s ankles in a fit of frustration, an Ottawa man carried out “deviant” sexual fantasies with his five-year-old stepdaughter, according to facts read into the court record Wednesday. The 24-year-old man cannot be named due to a strict publication ...
Egan: Senior feels burned after 'free' thermostat leads to $12,000 liability | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 16, 2019
When Ontario banned the problematic practice of door-to-door sales of certain household items in March 2018, it left out thermostats. And so here we are in the hallway of Paul Carbonneau’s spotless home in Kanata, looking at a new “smart” thermostat, a space-age looking unit contro...
Gracefield men face drug trafficking charges | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
Two Gracefield men face drug trafficking charges after they were arrested following a routine traffic check near their homes Monday night. The Sûreté du Québec said the pair were stopped for an unspecified infraction at about 7:30 p.m. near Highway 105. A search of the vehicle turned up about 70 ...
Police ask public to help them ID robbery suspects | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
City police are asking the public to help them identify two women they say are suspects in a November robbery. The pair went into an apartment building on Regina Street in the Lincoln Heights area at 12:50 a.m. Nov. 1. They knocked on an apartment door then when the door opened forced their way insi...
Goodnight, Centre Block: A special tour of Canada's Parliament on the eve of a decade-long renovation | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
MPs have settled into their new home across the lawn in West Block. A short walk down Wellington Street in Ottawa, workers are making last-minute fixes at the new Senate of Canada Building, a former train station that will house Parliament’s senior chamber. In the Library of Parliament, precio...
Veteran Catholic trustee dies after brief hospitalization | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
Months after she won re-election, 35-year trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau has died, the Ottawa Catholic School Board announced Monday. “Thérèse’s long service to Catholic education will certainly be remembered and honoured as we celebrate her life,” director of education Denise Andr...
Gatineau man charged in ATV thefts | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
A 34-year-old Gatineau man has been charged in connection with the recent thefts of two all-terrain vehicles. Police raided a residence at 20 McDermott Rd. Friday where they seized two ATVs and items that were suspected of having been used iun the thefts. Mathieu Duval-Ethier was charged with break ...
Police seek suspect in voyeurism allegation | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
City police are asking the public to help them identify a man they allege took pictures under a mall worker’s dress in what they’re treating as an incident of voyeurism last summer. It happened while the employee was helping a customer at an unidentified business at St. Laurent Shopping ...
Traffic stop nets nearly 3 million smuggled smokes | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
A 64-year-old Quebec man is in jail pending a bail hearing after a traffic stop netted 2.96 million contraband cigarettes Monday. A Napanee OPP officer stopped the U-Haul the man was driving on Highway 401 in Greater Napanee at about 12:45 p.m. With the help of the contraband tobacco enforcement tea...
Kingston man sentenced to provincial jail for child porn possession | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
A 52-year-old Kingston man, arrested a year ago with a cache of child pornography comprising 469 videos and 1,197 images, has been sentenced to almost two years in jail with a judge’s recommendation that he serve his time at the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton, which offers sex offender...
Man, 20, wounded in Britannia-area shooting | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
A 20-year-old man suffered injuries police say are not life-threatening when he was shot in a home in the city’s west end Monday evening. A person who came to the victim’s aid called 911 at 8:45 p.m., summoning police to Doane Street off Carling Avenue in the Britannia area. The guns and...
Nine DND employees among the injured in Westboro bus crash, military confirms | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
Nine Department of National Defence employees were among the 23 people hurt in Friday’s OC Transpo bus crash at Westboro station, DND confirmed Tuesday. Five of the injured were civilian employees and four were members of the military, DND said in a statement from Deputy Minister Jody Thomas a...
Lane closure on Colonel By Drive to fix stone walls | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
The northbound lane of Colonel By Drive will be closed between Clegg and Bank streets during off-peak daytime hours from Wednesday through Friday so workers can safely repair the stone retaining walls. The closures are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers, traffic cones and signage will be on hand to d...
OPP hunt suspect who ditched stolen car, fled into bush | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
The OPP is trying to track down a suspect who ditched a car that had been stolen in Peel then fled into the bush near Iroquois in sub-zero temperatures while clad in a T-shirt. South Grenville OPP officers responded Sunday to a complaint about a potentially-impaired driver on the eastbound Highway 4...
Two displaced as fire destroys Manotick home | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
The provincial fire marshall has been called to investigate an overnight fire that destroyed a home at 5500 Cedar Dr. in Manotick that has displaced two people. There were no reported injuries, but damages were estimated at $1 million. Firefighters responded to several calls Monday reporting a garag...
Cannabis store chains court winners of the great Ontario pot store lottery | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
One of the five lucky Eastern Ontario winners of the great pot-shop lottery may open a store on Wellington Street West. It all depends on how negotiations go with the Calgary company that operates the Spiritleaf cannabis store chain. On the other hand, lottery winners might prefer a deal with High T...
Vaping in the boys' (and girls') room | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
Public health experts are sounding the alarm over an epidemic of vaping among youth. And that means that schools and educators are scrambling to find ways to prevent youth from picking up the habit. Last week, the principal of a Barrhaven high school warned students and parents that washroom doors w...
Growing calls for independent investigation into Westboro bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
There were growing calls Tuesday to have independent investigators look into Friday’s OC Transpo bus crash, even as discussions are underway about bringing in technical support from the Transportation Safety Board. Ottawa West-Nepean Progressive Conservative MPP Jeremy Roberts called for an “ind...
DCDLS looped into conversation to rescue LeBreton Flats redevelopment | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
Devcore Canderel DLS finally received the call it was waiting for about LeBreton Flats. While the partners of RendezVous LeBreton Group try to mend their fractured relationship through mediation, DCDLS, which was the runner-up in the LeBreton Flats development competition, has been contacted about p...
'I just feel so terrible': Westboro commuters cope with bus crash aftermath | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
In the two days since the Transitway reopened at Westboro station, hundreds of buses have ferried passengers safely home, past the scene of the tragic crash where a makeshift memorial of flowers, notes and handmade crosses has been erected to honour its casualties. For many transit riders who stopp...
Jail hotline reports taking 148 calls in its first month of operation | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 15, 2019
A hotline set up to field complaints and concerns about the troubled Ottawa Carleton Regional Detention Centre has reported receiving 148 calls from prisoners and their families in the past month, far more than organizers expected. Of those calls, 36 were about medical matters, including reports tha...
Coming tomorrow: A special video tour of Canada's Parliament Building on the eve of a decade-long renovation | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
The most famous building in Canada and its treasures will be out of public view — perhaps until the year 2030. This newspaper has been touring the Parliament’s Centre Block over the past several months in advance of it being shut off to the public for renovations expected to take more than ...
Nortel's bankruptcy 10 years on — what was lost | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
On Jan. 13, 2009, nearly a dozen board members of Nortel Networks gathered in a small office building near Toronto’s international airport. They had already deliberated for days about the wisdom of taking their next, history-altering step. Their company, Canada’s legendary builder of telecom...
'For the friends who are missing': Ottawa riders return to commute with sadness, tinge of fear | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
A bus missed, a life changed. Krunal Dave had planned to leave his downtown office Friday in time to board the 269 bus — the same bus that would crash into an overhanging shelter at Westboro station — but work kept him. “I was supposed to take the 269 the other day — I got a call [R...
Victims of Westboro Station bus crash identified | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Ottawa police have released the names of the three people killed in Friday’s deadly bus crash at Westboro Station. They are Bruce Thomlinson, 56 years old, Judy Booth, 57 years old, and Anja Van Beek, 65 years old. The crash occurred at 3:50 p.m. as the westbound Route 269 double-decker bus e...
Humboldt parents among those calling for TSB to investigate Ottawa bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Some parents whose children died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash have joined the call for the Transportation Safety Board to be asked to investigate Friday’s deadly Transitway crash in Ottawa. In an open letter to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, several Humboldt Broncos parents, along with transpor...
Mediator who's trying to salvage Ottawa Senators' arena deal asks NCC for more time | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Should the National Capital Commission board of directors give the Ottawa Senators and Trinity Developments more time to fix their relationship and continue with their vision for LeBreton Flats? The veteran mediator trying to help Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, Trinity founder John Ruddy and project ...
Cold temperatures ease up (for now) as snow moves in | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Cold or snow? Those seem to be the only two options that we have these days. The deep freeze will rise from Monday morning’s -19 C only to be replaced by that other wintery delight – snow. There’s a frostbite warning as wind chill is making the morning temperature feel more like -2...
'We will always be there for Franco-Ontarians' as Feds pledge $1.9 million for cancelled university | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
The federal government is committing nearly $2 million to keep hopes for L’Université de l’Ontario alive even though the provincial government has cancelled funding for the project. “We will always be there for the Franco-Ontarian community as a partner for the French University ...
Mayor Watson encourages people to avoid speculating on cause of Westboro Station bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Share your condolences for the families of victims who were on the OC Transpo double-decker bus that crashed into Westboro Station, but don’t speculate on the cause of the fatal collision. That was the message Monday from Mayor Jim Watson after he signed a book of condolences available to the ...
The people we lost in Westboro bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
A dedicated family man, who brought joy through “his silliness and sense of humour.” A retired NCC worker with a “twinkle in her eye” who once tracked down an RCAF veteran to give him back a lost bit of memorabilia and impressed journalists and researchers with her dedication...
Ottawa man brutally beaten over drug debt before being chased to death: Crown | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
His accused killers figured Ahmed Afrah, just 18, was an easy mark — a vulnerable drug addict who owed them money. They thought nothing about slapping someone around to collect a drug debt and so, on the night of May 15, 2017, they lured him to a public-housing unit in a MacLaren Street high rise....
Egan: OC Transpo sees no need to pull double-deckers or alter Transitway shelters | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
After the tragic collision between an OC Transpo double-decker bus and a VIA train in 2013, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada made what now reads like a devastating observation. The section in a lengthy report is about “crashworthiness,” or the ability of these eye-catching buses...
It's OK to not be OK: Bus crash takes its toll | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 14, 2019
Officials at the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region brought in extra volunteers Friday as soon as they learned about the bus crash at Westboro Station. It turned out they would need them. Over the weekend, volunteers at the 24/7 distress line dealt with a higher than usual call volume, and about 1...
Eight stages of recruitment, six weeks of training before OC drivers on job | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 13, 2019
The training of OC Transpo operators will undoubtedly be raised in the wake of Friday’s tragic crash, one of the worst in the company’s history. It appears to be quite rigorous, consisting of seven steps before a candidate is even chosen for the formal six-week training course given at OC headqu...
Bus driver in Friday's crash alleged to have been in another collision days before | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 13, 2019
Questions are being raised about how OC Transpo investigates incidents involving its drivers after allegations by operators that the driver involved in Friday’s deadly crash at Westboro station had been in another collision just days before. Aissatou Diallo was driving OC Transpo bus 269 en ro...
Code Orange: The Ottawa Hospital’s response to the OC Transpo bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 13, 2019
Trauma surgeon Dr. Jacinthe Lampron was on her way to pick up her daughter from daycare Friday afternoon when she heard the news on her car radio: A bus had crashed into Westboro station; many were injured. Lampron called the The Ottawa Hospital and was told it was about to declare Code Orange — a...
Weather: Break out the blender drinks, Sunday's high will be -13 C! | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 13, 2019
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s a cold outside, After all, it’s January in Ottawa. But it’s not going to be quite so cold.  Temperatures have moderated somewhat since last week’s suffer-fest. Temperatures should be at a sweet sport for outdoor playing on ...
Why OC Transpo added double-decker buses to its fleet | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
The time seemed right for the City of Ottawa in spring 2007 to take a chance on a new bus finally available for the North American transit market. City higher-ups, who are no longer with the corporation today, told council back then that the double-decker buses could offer a better transit experienc...
No reason not to trust transit system after deadly crash, Ottawa Centre MPP says | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden, whose riding includes Westboro station, said he was saddened and shocked by the collision. “It’s a pretty sad day.” However, people should not be afraid of riding the city’s buses, he said in an interview Saturday. Harden often takes double-deck...
Bus crash also personal for Kanata councillor and new transit chair, family member in hospital | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
The deadly Westboro station bus crash has impacted Allan Hubley on three levels: as the new transit chair, as a Kanata councillor and also as someone with a member of his extended family in hospital with serious injuries. Hubley said Saturday a family member was a passenger on the bus and was in cri...
Transitway Crash Day 2: Painstaking investigation work continues | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
Crash updates, Saturday: * On Saturday morning the Ottawa Hospital reported it had one patient in critical condition, six in serious condition, and four were stable. * People involved in Friday’s crash looking for their property should contact police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481. Leave a message...
Ottawa Hospital orderly charged with sex assault on patient | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
Ottawa police have charged an orderly at the Ottawa Hospital’s General campus with sexual assault following a complaint by a paitient. A woman who had an operation at the General last December filed a complaint, saying she was sexually assaulted by the orderly post-surgery. Wilbert Aragon-Bae...
Ottawa bus crash: Photos and video | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
It should have been a normal commute home at the end of a long work week for the passengers on OC Transpo’s “Connexion” Route 269, bound for Kanata’s Bridlewood neighbourhood from downtown. But as the packed, double-decker bus roared through Westboro Station at 3:50 p.m., something went sudd...
Independent investigators needed in crash, expert says | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
A transportation engineering expert who studied the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April and Ottawa’s 2013 bus-train crash says the city should immediately call in independent investigators to examine Friday’s deadly double-decker bus crash at Westboro Station. “There needs to be an independe...
Full length of Rideau Canal Skateway to be open on Sunday | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
The full 7.8 kilometres of the Rideau Canal Skateway will be open on Sunday, the National Capital Commission has announced. The last 600-metre section of the skateway from the Rideau rest area to the Laurier Bridge will open at 12 noon Sunday, the NCC announced Saturday. The 49th skateway season beg...
Risk of frostbite today but at least that comes with a much needed dose of sunshine | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
It’s another cold day in the nation’s capital. Ottawa awoke to frigid temperatures once again, with a wind chill very close to -30. The sun, as always, will rise and with it bring a high of -12 C today. The wind chill will make it feel more like -15 this afternoon. Tonight the temperatur...
'No shame in getting help:' Survivors of 2013 crash offer advice | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 12, 2019
Seek help. Seek help early. Talk to people you trust. Talk a lot. Those are among the pieces of advice given by survivors of the Barrhaven bus-train collision that killed six people and sent 37 others to hospital on Sept. 18, 2013. Chad Mariage was at the back of the second level of the double-decke...
Magee House proposal could re-open sidewalk; Somerset House owner fined | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
There could be a workable plan to brace the crumpled Magee House and reopen the sidewalk in front of the heritage building in Hintonburg. The city received an engineered plan late Thursday with details about how to reinforce the building at 1119 Wellington St. W., city media relations officer Ian Mi...
Kingston man arrested on child pornography charges | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
A 34-year-old Kingston man has been charged with a number of child pornography offences after a seven-week investigation. Police say the investigation began on Nov. 22, when an ongoing monitoring operation detected a computer that was matched to a Kingston IP address connected to a file-sharing netw...
Riverside South residents petition Queen's Park to fund new public high school | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board has made a new school in the fast-growing neighbourhood one of its top priorities, but the board needs the OK from the province to pay for it.
Quebec youth, 16, arrested after high-speed Hwy 401 chase | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
A 16-year-old youth from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., faces a host of charges after leading OPP in a chase on Highway 401 this week. Stormont Dundas and Glengarry OPP allege the teen failed to stop for officers who wanted him to pull over after a traffic violation Wednesday. The chase reached speeds o...
Native 'solidarity slowdown' affecting traffic on Highway 401: OPP | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
Provincial police are asking motorists to be patient during a “solidarity slowdown” on the westbound Highway 401 Friday morning. The protesters’ vehicles were in the Kingston area as of 10 a.m. They were travelling at a slower than highway speed in both lanes but police wouldnR...
There's good news and cold news in the forecast | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
Here comes the sun! It’s pretty frosty but the Friday’s forecast is for nothing but sunshine that should keep shining through the weekend. From a morning low of -21 C with a wind chill of -31 sparking a frostbite advisory, Friday’s high is -13 C then it’s back down to -22 C o...
Canada sending emergency management expert to help fight Ebola in West Africa | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
The Canadian government has sent an emergency management expert to the Republic of the Congo to help the World Health Organization battle the worsening Ebola outbreak in nearby Democratic Republic of Congo. The outbreak is now the second largest in history after the West Africa Ebola one that killed...
'I’m just terrified, it’s absolutely heartbreaking': Quotes from the Westboro bus crash | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
Transit riders on the scene of the Westboro Station bus crash, those who arrived in the chaos-filled moments following impact, and the community members dealing with the fallout shared accounts of the tragedy Friday night. Here are some of their words. “The bus just started shaking.” ...
What happened at Westboro Station? Investigation expected to be lengthy | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
Once first responders completed their urgent work and the injured were cared for, a team of investigators got to business trying to answer the question: What happened at Westboro Station on Friday afternoon? The crash that killed three and injured 23 turned a busy rush hour into a scene of chaos and...
A history of OC Transpo bus crashes | Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen | January 11, 2019
Following Friday’s bus crash at Westboro Station, we look back at some past crashes and related incidents involving OC Transpo. APRIL 23, 1987: An Ottawa firefighter sustained internal injuries, a broken left leg, a broken jaw and cheekbone, plus a bruised arm and head and chest injuries afte...