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The 5 best Philly Charter Schools

The Philadelphia charter school system seems to be in a constant state of uncertainty. For parents thinking about fleeing to the suburbs, or breaking the bank for private school education, here are five (well, technically, six) stellar charter schools that just may make you reconsider.Franklin...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:41 PM

Is a charter school right for my child​?

Plagued by a crumbling public school system, Philadelphia parents are facing tough decisions when it comes to their child’s education. With 86 charter schools to choose from in the city, the questions arise: Are charter schools a viable option? And, more importantly, what sets them apart from...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:41 PM

First Nations want progress, not photo ops: Chief

Kitigan Zibi chief Gilbert Whiteduck knows what he doesn’t want when aboriginal leaders meet with the federal government next week: a photo op where the Prime Minister says the gathering was an “important stepping stone,” followed by silence.Aboriginal leaders from across the country are meeting...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 6:11 AM

Two days left to weigh in on passport fee hike

Passport Canada is being tight-lipped about plans to hike passport fees and what Canadians are telling the agency about the idea.“When we have more to say, we will,” is all spokesperson Béatrice Fénelon would say about plans to ask Parliament to raise the price of a five-year passport to $120 from...

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 5:50 AM

Leave it to beaver: Ottawa business owners defend the rodent by erecting monument

The couple behind Ottawa’s iconic tail-shaped pastry stood up to a senator’s recent disparaging of the beaver by erecting a monument to the diligent rodent outside of their store in Ottawa's Byward Market Tuesday.Senator Nicole Eaton called the beaver a "19th century has-been," a "dentally...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 12:39 AM

Hit-and-run driver found guilty on 10 charges

The packed courtroom was silent as a jury found Sommit Luangpakham guilty of all 10 charges for crashing a van into five cyclists on March Road, July 19, 2009.The victims spoke up for the first time since the trial began. “The end of the trial has lifted a great weight from my heart that my family...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 4:36 PM

New study looks at preventing suicide

Understanding why some people live their life without hope, and how their brains are different, is key to research that an Ottawa-based scientist hopes will help prevent suicide.Dr. Georg Northoff, director of the Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics Unit of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, is...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5:07 AM

In Pictures: Pet pig won't fly, says Ottawa bylaw

An Ottawa couple is hoping the city will change a bylaw to let them keep their pet—a 13 month-old micro tea cup pot bellied pig named Bella, who likes nachos, slow walks and lying in the sun. “Full grown, she’s like a medium-sized dog,” said her owner Christian Laurin. “She’s fully house trained,...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 8:45 PM

In Pictures: Anti-pipeline protesters charged with trespassing at Parliament Hill

More than 100 protesters climbed over a fence police erected on Parliament Hill on Monday and then sat peacefully, waiting to be arrested.Greenpeace, the Council of Canadians and Indigenous Environmental Network organized the protest against the development of the tar sands and pipelines that carry...

Monday, September 26, 2011, 10:07 PM

Report: surgery wait times a Canadian health care ‘success story’

Wait times are many Canadians' top complaint about the health care system, but a Health Council of Canada report released Tuesday says wait times are now a health care “success story.”“We’ve made progress on wait times because governments have made targets, publicized them and provided the funding...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 11:30 AM

‘Shocking’ poster campaign aims to prevent sexual assault

The girl in the pink dress holds a mickey of booze in herleft hand as she stumbles out of her high heels towards a car – with a youngman holding her up.It’s young men the poster is targeting with its message:“Just because you help her home… Doesn’t mean you get to help yourself.”The anti-rape...

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 5:15 PM

Flash mob set to take over downtown

Ottawa will mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a short flash of fun downtown today. “There are a number of community organizers who are putting together a flash mob or a five-minute block party,” said Claudia Van den Heuvel, executive director of Pink Triangle...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 10:30 AM

Bishop Raymond Lahey pleads guilty to importing child porn

Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey, of Nova Scotia, isgoing directly to jail after he pleaded guilty to "importing" childpornography Wednesday. Lahey, 70, the former head of the diocese in Antigonish, N.S., was caught at the Ottawa airport in September 2009with photos of boys involved in sexual...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 5:32 PM

24 Sussex cleaning worker a no-show at press conference

A worker who claims to have been paid cash under the table to clean 24 Sussex Drive did not appear at a press conference that a union arranged on Wednesday morning to draw attention to her claims.“Unfortunately, the worker who was going to testify was pressured this morning by the president of the...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 6:19 PM

Home Depot reconsiders dog policy after woman bitten

Anne Riel used to enjoy greeting the dogs that came into the Gloucester Home Depot with their owners. But since she was bitten in the face by a shih tzu, the store is reconsidering its policy on dogs.“Currently, dogs are allowed in stores as long as they’re under control by their owner – this is a...

Monday, April 18, 2011, 6:11 PM

Greens refuse to be muzzled

Young Green party supporters stood with duct tape across their mouths in the crowd of shouting Conservative, Liberal and NDP partisans on Rideau Street before the federal leaders’ televised debate yesterday. The tape signified Green party Leader Elizabeth May’s exclusion from the debate, but they...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:30 PM