TIM WIECLAWSKI, METRO OTTAWA

'Buy local' to help brand businesses

Large companies that invest in Ottawa’s economy will soon be eligible for a new “buy local” distinction from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.?Yesterday, OCC executive director Erin Kelly announced the new initiative as a way for multi-national members to quantify their investment in buying Ottawa...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 6:08 AM

Increase city’s downtown density: Activist

A review of the city’s official plan has identified 11 areas that could potentially add 850 gross hectares of urban residential land, while at the same time calling for increased intensity in the city’s centre.?Speaking on behalf of the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders’ Association, consultant...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 6:03 AM

Cold days numbered, says Suzuki report

Ottawa is in danger of losing its outdoor winter sports within this century, according to a new report on climate change.On Thin Ice: Winter Sports and Climate Change, released by the David Suzuki Foundation, is predicting that at current carbon emissions levels global warming would reduce the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 6:46 AM

Failing grade for city on homeless issue

Ottawa is not making the grade when it comes to homelessness services, according to several homeless groups in a report card to be issued today.After another distressing year, the Alliance to End Homelessness will call for a formal investigation into the lack of progress for homeless services in...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 6:27 AM

City de-amalgamation closer?

What could prove to be the first steps toward breaking up, and ultimately fixing, municipal government were taken last night.Capital Ward Coun.Clive Doucet hosted a public forum on de-amalgamation, which he hopes will someday solve the “snarling and division” that has bogged down city council for...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 6:24 AM

Renovation season upon us

A poor economy may have fewer people considering new homes, but area renovators are gearing up for another busy season.An unofficial housing industry rule states that whenever people stop buying new homes, they begin to invest in their old ones.“That’s usually what happens when the economy slows...

Monday, March 30, 2009, 6:05 AM

Ottawa on par for Earth Day drop

Earth Hour is not a competition to see who can turn the most lights off, but if it were, Ottawa would be keeping pace with the rest of the province.According to the Independent Electricity System Operator, demand in Ontario was reduced by more than six per cent or 920 megawatts as a result of Earth...

Monday, March 30, 2009, 5:51 AM

Eight arrested in Ottawa-Gatineau in online porn bust

Ottawa police and RCMP officers have executed seven search warrants and arrested six men and one woman in Ottawa and one man in Gatineau as part of the largest crackdown on online child pornography in Canadian history.As of Thursday afternoon, 57 people across Canada had been arrested after police...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 5:22 AM

Native health pilot launches

With higher suicide rates and a lower than average life expectancy, First Nations people have a different relationship with the health care system than the rest of Canada, said the executive director of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.Kandice Leonard said indigenous patients...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 5:13 AM

City cuts 44 jobs in restructuring

Forty-four pinks slips were handed out to city managers and their administrative staff yesterday.The cuts are the third phase of a corporate restructuring at city hall intended to reduce the city’s wage bill and create a more service-oriented approach to citizen interaction.?City manager Kent...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:29 AM

Running festival still seeking title sponsor

Warming temperatures are bringing area runners out in droves as tens of thousands of local athletes prepare for Ottawa’s annual running festival, but there will be a slightly different look to this year’s events.?MDS Nordion is once again sponsoring the five-kilometre and 10-km events, but after...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:01 AM

Mom among new police grads

Wendy Marcuccio wanted to be a police officer her entire life.?Last April, while working in a treatment centre for autistic children, the 34-year -old mother of two applied to be an officer with the Ottawa Police Service.?She was hired by July.?“It was a huge career change. Every day, I can’t...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:57 AM

City cooks up ‘menu’

Just how much economic stimulus money ends up in Ottawa is a mystery, but the city has put together a $600-million “menu” of projects that could create more than 7,400 jobs in the next two years.The prioritized list features nearly $500 million in infrastructure projects, $53 million in social...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:24 AM

Banned British MP to remain on speakers schedule for April event, organizers say

Despite being banned from speaking in Canada, a scheduled lecture by British MP George Galloway will go ahead as planned, according to organizers.Galloway is supposed to appear at the Bronson Centre April 2 as part of a four-city tour of Canada, but he has been barred from entering the country,...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:11 AM

Ottawans think crime up; stats say otherwise

Despite a 7.5 per cent drop in the overall crime rate in Ottawa last year, nearly half the people in the city believe crime is getting worse.According to a COMPAS Public Opinion and Customer Research public survey conducted on behalf of the Ottawa police, 43 per cent of those surveyed thought crime...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:19 AM

Cops fired more in ’08

Ottawa police fired their weapons more last year compared to the year before, despite the number of times they took aim going virtually unchanged from 2007.According to the Ottawa Police Service 2008 Use of Force Annual Report, officers took aim 214 times last year, pulling the trigger on 62...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:14 AM

Orleans, 150 years young

Orleans is celebrating its sesquicentennial next year — and plans are already in full swing.2010 will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the St-Joseph d’Orleans parish and the village that sprang up around it.One of the first French-Canadian villages east of Bytown — then the capital of...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:13 AM

MLS soccer expansion club still wanted in Ottawa

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has reconfirmed his commitment to bringing Major League Soccer to Ottawa, in light of Portland being awarded the last remaining MLS franchise for the 2011 season.“Absolutely nothing has changed with respect to the level of effort and resources Senators Sports and...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:10 AM

Melnyk continues push for Ottawa MLS franchise

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has confirmed his commitment to bringing Major League Soccer to Ottawa, in light of Portland being awarded the final expansion MLS franchise for the 2011 season."Absolutely nothing has changed with respect to the level of effort and resources Senators Sports and...

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 7:11 PM

'Suspicious' Gatineau fire destroys abandoned school building

An early morning fire destroyed a former school building in the Hull sector of Gatineau early Sunday.The fire started around 2:40 a.m. in a two-story abandoned building at 100 Gamelin St.The building was owned by the city of Gatineau, but had previously been used by the Le Collège préuniversitaire...

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 6:12 PM