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Capital Facts: What prompted the creation of the city's first board of health
by Alison Mah, Ottawa Citizen
23 Jun 2017 at 3:00am
In celebration of Canada?s 150th birthday, the Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about. In June 1832, with construction of the Rideau Canal just completed and Bytown’s population at 1,000, an […]

Feds took Franklin artifacts without permission, Nunavut claims
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
23 Jun 2017 at 3:00am
Nunavut’s premier complained directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall that federal scientists took artifacts of the doomed Franklin Expedition ? enough for a major museum exhibit ? without permission. The artifacts recovered since HMS Erebus was found in 2014 cover a wide variety of well-preserved ship’s equipment and men’s personal belongings: part of […]

Sears Canada to close 59 stores including locations in Eastern Ontario, Gatineau
by Olivia Blackmore
22 Jun 2017 at 3:54pm
Sears Canada announced on Thursday that four Eastern Ontario locations and the Sears store in Gatineau are on a list of 59 stores across Canada that will be closing as part of a court-supervised restructuring.  The Sears Homes Store on Innes Road is the only Ottawa store currently slated to be closed. The other Eastern […]

Quick action by staffer douses fire in Stittsville retirement home
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
22 Jun 2017 at 3:24pm
Ottawa Fire Services credits a staffer’s quick action with a fire extinguisher in preventing a fire in a Stittsville retirement residence from spreading. They were called at 6:21 a.m. Thursday by reports of heavy smoke in a unit in the building on Stittsville Main Street near Hobin Street. When they arrived, the building was already […]

Rideau Street stabbing victim identified as former murder accused
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
22 Jun 2017 at 3:20pm
A 25-year-old man once accused of being the getaway driver in a gangland homicide was in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed on Rideau Street early Thursday morning. Abdullahi Osman, 25, was found with multiple stab wounds around 1:20 a.m. when patrol officers responded to shots fired in the 400 block of Rideau Street.  […]

City releases finalist bidders for next stage of light rail
by David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 3:03pm
The team building Ottawa's first leg of light rail is staying out of the bidding for the extensions to follow but there are still international construction giants to choose from, city manager Steve Kanellakos told councillors Thursday evening.

Charming con man embezzled millions from trusting victims
by Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 2:59pm
Financial advisor Conrad Eagan was charming and almost like one of the family, according to the relatives of one of his clients who gathered in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday. But it was his nice guy routine that allowed him to swindle approximately $3.45 million from the elderly, pocketing money they had saved through their own hard […]

LCBO extends hours at some stores as strike looms
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 2:55pm
As LCBO stores approach a possible strike that could begin Monday morning, the provincial chain has announced that “select” stores will open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The new extended hours run from Thursday to Sunday, June 25, and again on Sunday July 2. To find out which are the “select” stores that will […]

Hospital chief of staff steps down to spend more time working with homeless
by Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 2:46pm
Dr. Jeff Turnbull, chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital, is stepping down to devote more time to his passion ? working with the homeless. For years, Turnbull has spent one day a week making house calls at the city?s homeless shelters under a program pioneered in Ottawa and emulated around the world. Demand at […]

City employee fired after AG discovers employee was working elsewhere while c...
by Jon Willing
22 Jun 2017 at 2:43pm
City auditor general Ken Hughes tabled his annual report on the fraud and waste hotline on Thursday, shedding light on theft, lawbreaking and peculiar behaviour in the municipal public service. Seven employees were fired and seven others resigned after the AG investigated tips from the snitch line in 2016. More employees had their knuckles rapped […]

Ottawa police airport units can now carry carbines
by Olivia Blackmore
22 Jun 2017 at 2:15pm
Police units at the Ottawa airport now have carbines at their disposal. The short, military-style assault rifles will improve public safety and help officers respond to any security threat, a news release stated. 

Ottawa esthetician Eve Stewart found in contempt of court for practising medi...
by Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 2:13pm
Ottawa esthetician Eve Stewart has been found in contempt of court for practising medicine without a license, in violation of an earlier court order. The contempt of court finding came after the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario filed a complaint that Stewart was continuing to perform controlled medical acts at her Ottawa business […]

Seniors home rallies community to make Rideau High School's last grad special
by Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 2:11pm
They couldn’t stop their school from closing, but a group of committed parents and volunteers are promising “a night to remember” for the Rideau High School Class of ’17. And odd as it may seem, the grad-planning headquarters for Rideau High, with its large population of refugees, new Canadians and students struggling in a new […]

City hall blog: AG and city manager have different views on waste
by Jon Willing
22 Jun 2017 at 1:47pm
We don’t often witness the auditor general and city manager publicly disagree on something, so seeing Ken Hughes and Steve Kanellakos admitting Thursday they can’t see eye-to-eye on some waste investigations is a notable development. Hughes has a big-picture view of wasteful behaviour. If any kind of time is being spent on non-work activities during […]

Queensway drivers privy to rare sight: Porta-potties on the highway
by Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
22 Jun 2017 at 12:46pm
There was at least one driver perhaps close to filling his pants on Highway 417 Wednesday afternoon, just before the afternoon rush hour, when the flat-bed truck he was driving dumped its load on the eastbound lanes near Moodie Drive. The lost cargo consisted of three porta-potties that finally came to rest on the bus […]

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