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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

Police looking for help to identify vehicle as part of murder investigation

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The Ottawa Police service is asking the public to help identify a vehicle of interest in the investigation of a homicide on Cobden Road on Jan. 31. The vehicle is a white Chevrolet Malibu, 2004 or 2005 model year, with tinted windows and black rims. The vehicle was observed running a red light at the … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

Ottawa IKEA store one of four worldwide to test living rooms based on ‘local’ style

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Does a Glebe living room have a lot of wicker and mason jars full of granola on the coffee table? What is Kanata’s “style?” Apparently Ottawa’s IKEA store is one of four chosen globally – and the only one in North America –  for a pilot program that “models in-store IKEA living rooms after inspiration … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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 … Read more…

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. … Read more…

Most Canadian workplaces failing to implement mental health strategies: Study

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A study by the Conference Board of Canada has found that despite the fact mental health issues are a top reason for disability leave at Canadian companies, a majority of employers have yet to implement mental health strategies to deal with the problem. The study found that employers in the health and education sectors were … Read more…

Egli: As winter rolls on, let’s remember hunger and homelessness aren’t seasonal

Ottawa City Councillor Keith Egli hosted an event on Feb. 12 to rainse money for the Ottawa Mission and remind people that homeless and hunger don't end when the holiday season does.

Last week, Ottawa City Councillor Keith Egli hosted the Feed the Hungry Event in Support of the Ottawa Mission. We asked him to tell us what led to its creation and why it’s an important issue for him. Here’s what he had to say: I started this partnership with The Mission six years ago. I believe … Read more…

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 … Read more…