Steve Collins

Canadian gift to royals comes under scrutiny

Madeleine Thompson was thrilled to present her handmade gifts to Prince William and Kate Middleton on their visit to Canada — a fascinator for her and a waistcoat for him, both adorned with Canada’s official tartan.She was less thrilled to have them ridiculed in the British press when the gift...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:32 AM

Canada’s first PM gets honour he can take to the bank

Sir John A. Macdonald got a 197th birthday present from the Canadian government, but it’s a bit of a fixer-upper.The historic Bank of Montreal building on Wellington Street across from Parliament Hill will be renamed in honour of Canada’s first prime minister.Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre,...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 5:05 AM

Former MP Jean Pigott dead at 87

Flags flew at half-mast at city hall in honour of Jean Pigott, the prominent executive, parliamentarian and National Capital Commission (NCC) chairwoman who died early Tuesday morning at Grace Manor. She was 87.Under Pigott’s leadership in the 1980s, the NCC took over responsibility for the capital...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:47 AM

5 minutes with: Margaret Cho

Comedian, singer and actress Margaret Cho performs Saturday night at the NAC.You’re coming to Ottawa in January. Do you own winter gear?Yeah, I do. I mean, not a lot, but I’ll wear it all at the same time. Have you been to Canada much?Yes, I’ve done a lot of shows there. I just love it. I just...

Friday, January 21, 2011, 5:31 AM

Molotov-armed man no match for gas customer

Police say a man who attempted to hold up a downtown gas station with a Molotov cocktail was thwarted by a quick-thinking customer. At about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday morning, a man entered the Esso at 450 Bank St. brandishing the weapon, but was wrestled from the store by a customer. The device did not...

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 11:00 AM

Police release sketch of suspect in hammer assaults

Ottawa police have released a sketch of a man suspected of attacking three women in separate daytime incidents in Hintonburg and Centretown.The man attacked two women on the afternoon of Dec. 11, one on Albert Street near City Centre Avenue and another on Spender Street near Hamilton Street. On Jan...

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 10:54 AM

Celebrating seven days of Kwanzaa

Ottawa’s African and Caribbean communities launch a full week of Kwanzaa celebration activities today.“From food to music to dance to poetry to singing, people come together to celebrate their heritage and their culture,” said Kenneth Campbell, organizer of this week’s activities.The festival...

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 11:15 AM

Holiday blitz in full effect

Messy weather, holiday traffic and Christmas partiers behind the wheel add up to extra seasonal headaches for Ottawa police.Extra RIDE checkpoints have been operating all month, at different times of day than during the rest of the year.“There’ll be some in the afternoon, there’ll be some in the...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:51 AM

5 minutes with: Daniel Richler

Daniel Richer is the official town crier for Ottawa and Gatineau.How do you get started as a town crier?Well, the city has to decide to have one, and they usually hold auditions and once you’re accepted by the city, you have to be named by the city. It’s actually an official position. And then you...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 3:20 AM

United Way needs more, too

United Way Ottawa, still about $800,000 short of this year’s fundraising goal, is appealing to donors who haven’t yet made their holiday giving decisions.So far, they’ve raised $32.3 million of a targeted $33.1 million, with record contributions this year from the Ottawa Catholic School Board and...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:50 AM

Partisan jabs pepper infrastructure announcement

Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli touted his government’s investments in hospitals and other infrastructure while aiming partisan jabs at the Progressive Conservatives and their leader Tim Hudak in a campaign-style appearance in Ottawa Tuesday. Speaking at Queensway Carleton Hospital,...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 9:00 PM

It's just us against the elements

I know it’s hardly appropriate to complain in Ottawa, where we’ve been spared floods, highways of snowbound motorists and the assorted torments visited on other areas of the country so far this winter. See if that stops me. Winter robs us annually of certainty, wrecks our plans. Bus schedules...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:30 PM

Five minutes with painter William MacDonnell

Painter William MacDonnell toured Croatia and Afghanistan embedded with the Canadian Forces. His work is included in A Brush With War, a new art exhibition at the Canadian War Museum.What was your work day like?Mostly taking photographs. A lot of it was just travelling, just getting to where you’re...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 10:19 PM

Is cycling the next great hot button issue

There was some (mostly) good-natured griping among city hall reporters at last week’s inaugural meeting of the new council, and no wonder: It started on time, was over in an hour and a half, and the period in between was characterized by minimal pointless bickering around the council table. Gone...

Monday, December 13, 2010, 6:30 PM

Rental market relaxes

A softer youth job market and competition from the condo sector made it a bit easier to find an apartment in Ottawa’s tight rental market this year, according to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.CMHC’s annual Rental Market Report pegged Ottawa’s vacancy rate at 1.6 per cent in October...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:28 AM

Metro Minute at Rideau Hall

Get a rare look at some national treasures, including the New Born Pride sculpture by Saskatchewan artist Lloyd Pinay and a chest of drawers that belonged to former prime minister Mackenzie King at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General. The National Capital Commission...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:17 AM

War through artistic eyes

When William MacDonnell followed Canadian soldiers as an embedded artist, it wasn’t always a pretty picture. He remembers a graveyard in Croatia: “The extent of hatred here was really quite hard to believe ... You could look down into the tombs and see where they had actually opened up the tombs,...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 10:31 AM

Judge cites lack of remorse in firebomb sentencing

Ontario Court Justice Celynne Dorval, in sentencing Roger Clement to three-and-a-half years for firebombing an Ottawa bank, said the ex-bureaucrat’s otherwise “exemplary life” did not excuse his lack of remorse. Letters of reference portraying Clement, 58, as a generous and caring man who helped...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 10:30 AM

Ottawans gather to mourn slain women

With cold hands and warm hearts, Ottawa residents gathered at Minto Park to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women last night.An aboriginal women’s drum circle performed while volunteers took turns at the microphone reading out the names of the 14 women killed by...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 3:36 AM

Funds bringing Canadian tech to the world

The federal government is investing $61.1 million to get more technology from the lab to the marketplace, the industry minister said here yesterday. Speaking in downtown Ottawa, Tony Clement announced the funding of five new Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.“It’s through...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 11:23 AM