First look at Ottawa’s new LRT trains

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has revealed the first images of Ottawa’s new LRT train, which, if all goes according to plan, will begin carrying commuters in 2018. The assembly line pic reveals a red, white and black streetcar look with the city’s “O” logo on the front beneath the windshield. Watson posted the picture to…

Ottawa city council shows innovation ignorance

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When are open markets not really open? What politician ever saw an issue he or she felt unworthy to comment on? These two questions were the underlying themes last week when a motion was brought to Ottawa city council to support the CRTC in its bid to force big telecoms to open up their fibre…

Ottawa man facing two arson charges

Tthe Ottawa Police Service Arson Unit has charged an Ottawa man in relation to two fires set on Feb. 28. Gaston Nicholas, 78, of Ottawa has been charged with two counts of arson causing damage to property.

Suspect sought in Carling Avenue sexual assault

The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section is asking the public to help identify a male suspect in relation to an ongoing investigation. On Feb. 28, 2016, at approximately 3:00 a.m., an unidentified male approached a female in her early 20s from behind in the Carling and Alpine Avenues area and attempted to…

ATIP document: Government’s evaluation of War of 1812 program

Hey remember all those ads about the War of 1812 and about how we should all learn about it? That whole thing was run by the government of Canada at a cost of a shade under $30 million (not including a bunch of other immeasurable costs from other departments like employee salaries, etc.). If you…

How CRTC changes, Netflix could kill a lot of Canadian content

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Every so often, the federal government will take a closer look at some of the many programs and initiatives it funds to see whether or not they’re, you know, doing anything. It recently did so for the Canada Media Fund, which it, along with Canada’s major broadcasters, supports financially. The CMF review, completed in April…

Cops bust Russell Road youths for online fraud

Ottawa police have arrested two youths after uncovering an online cellular phone advertising scam, and are using the occasion to remind people what to watch out for when purchasing goods on the Web. The police operation on Feb. 19 followed an incident on Jan. 23, when a young complainant answered an online advertisement and was…

Ottawa man facing murder charge

A man arrested Monday evening has been charged in the stabbing death of Ali Hassan, Ottawa’s third homicide of the year. The Ottawa Police Service executed a warrant at a residence in the 400 block of King George Street. Michael Leblanc, a 26-year-old Ottawa man, has been charged with second degree murder. He was scheduled…

Companies vying to bring radio stations serving Indigenous Canadians to Ottawa

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Five organizations have submitted 12 applications to operate new radio stations serving Indigenous Canadians, including two for Ottawa. How quickly the process unfold for any potential stations here is yet to be determined, however. In June 2015, the CRTC revoked a company called Aboriginal Voices Radio’s licences for its radio stations across the country due to what…

Police name murder victim

The Ottawa Police Service is investigating the city’s third homicide of the year. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night, emergency services were called to the Lawson Park area of King George Street to assist stabbing victim Mohamed Ali Hassan, 19. He was transported to hospital but later died. Anyone with information about the stabbing is…

Now Open: New Ottawa business report for Feb. 22, 2016

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Every Monday, The Ottawa Report runs a feature called Now Open, featuring blurbs about all the recently-opened small businesses out there in the nation’s capital and surrounding regions. This isn’t about advertising with us, and there is no charge. It’s simply an opportunity to let our readers know about what you’re up to. If you’re interested…

Shots fired at Beech Street business

Ottawa police are investigating after someone fired multiple gunshots though a Beech Street storefront. On Feb. 22, 2016, at approximately 5:30am, staff entered a business in the 1-100 block of Beech Street and found damage to the front window and ceiling. They contacted police, and patrol officers and investigators confirmed shots were fired. The Guns…

Ottawa Senators nab crucial win over Carolina Hurricanes

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If the Ottawa Senators are to mount another miracle comeback and qualify for the playoffs this season, they’ll need to win pretty much every game against their fellow bubble teams the rest of the way. Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes: Check. Alex Chiasson, Zack Smith, Cody Ceci and Mark Stone scored to lead the…

Toyota recalls nearly 150,000 RAV4s in Canada after seatbelts fail

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An investigation by Transport Canada research engineers and investigators has resulted in the recall of nearly 150,000 Toyota RAV4s in this country. Transport Canada found that, in a severe frontal crash, contact with the steel structure in the seat could cause the rear seat belt to be cut. The model years affected span from 2006-2012.…

Pope says Trump ‘not Christian,’ billionaire strikes back

Pope Francis forcefully injected himself into the U.S. presidential campaign on Thursday, assailing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s views on U.S. immigration as “not Christian” in a sign of growing international concern at the billionaire businessman’s election prospects.

Ottawa Police unveil 911 texting feature

Ottawa residents in the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community now have the option to text 911 for help. The Ottawa Police Service unveiled the new feature Wednesday “In the past, members of the DHHSI Community have had to rely on a TTY system attached to their land lines at home to…

Privacy vs. security at heart of Apple phone decrypt order

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A court order demanding that Apple Inc help the U.S. government unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is shaping up as a crucial test case of how far the government can go in forcing technology companies to help security and intelligence investigations.

Ottawa man facing human trafficking charges

A 34-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl over a period of time in 2013 and 2014. The Ottawa Police Service said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and believe the suspect may have had inappropriate contact with other minors. Matthew Valentini was arrested…