Tracey Tong

Watson crowned city’s newsmaker

Ottawa readers have named him the city’s newsmaker of the year, but if things at city hall continue as smoothly and peacefully as they have the first few weeks under the new council, don’t expect any splashy headlines in 2011. “I hope it is peaceful,” said Watson in an interview with Metro Ottawa...

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 10:30 AM

Sally Ann’s last call

Times are tough for charities, and with Friday marking the last day for the iconic red Christmas kettles, the Salvation Army is appealing to last-minute donors to make their holiday wish come true.After a 22-day campaign, the Salvation Army in Ottawa is just over $60,000 shy of its $525,000 goal,...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:57 AM

Cause it’s tough eating alone

Like many good ideas, it started with a need in the community.With a large number of rooming houses in the Hintonburg community, a blues bar owner mentioned putting on a free Christmas dinner for people who might otherwise be alone, or couldn’t afford a meal. The idea sparked the imagination of the...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:45 AM

Stocking full of coal may not be the worst of the holidays

Around this time of the year, most people are in pretty good spirits, but that’s not always the case, an expert said earlier this week. The most depressing day of the year — Jan. 17 — is still few weeks away, but even now, when everything is supposed to be merry and bright, this time of year can be...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:42 AM

Carleton Tavern's Christmas dinner still going strong

Like many good ideas, it started with a need in the community. With a large number of rooming houses in the Hintonburg community, a blues bar owner mentioned putting on a free Christmas dinner for people who might otherwise be alone, or couldn’t afford a holiday meal. The idea sparked the...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8:40 PM

Looking to greener pastures in 2011

The City of Ottawa needs to talk to residents to boost its waste-diversion rates to the next level, said the chair of the environment committee yesterday.“In the new year, this council must have a dialogue with our residents,” said River Ward Coun. Maria McRae. “We have to talk about how do we get...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 5:40 AM

Metro Minute with solstice at Canada Science and Technology Museum

Celebrate the winter solstice at the Canada Science and Technology Museum today. Marking the first day of winter, winter solstice – which occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun – is really only a moment in time, but at the museum, it lasts all day. The whole family...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:38 PM

Give the gift of life this holiday season

With Christmas and Boxing Day falling on the weekend this year, Canadian Blood Services is under additional pressure to collect donations. With holiday days being pushed back, it means fewer days to collect the donations the Ottawa area is estimated to need between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. “We need 3,...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 10:09 PM

“I get back from them much more than I ever give”

She’s been an Ottawa paramedic since 1996, but when Yvonne Malbasha’s not saving lives in the nation’s capital, she’s making a difference overseas as member of GlobalMedic.What’s GlobalMedic all about?Globalmedic is a charitable organization founded about 11 years ago by a Toronto paramedic named...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:11 AM

Give old stuff a second life

For many people, the holiday season means that new things are coming into the household. And for others, your newly retired loveseat, microwave and coffee pots mean a fresh beginning.This year, a holiday gift for you could mean a gift for someone else in need.The Ottawa Mission is looking for used...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:07 AM

Metro Minute with Chamber Players of Canada

Get your tickets for tomorrow’s 2010-2011 season opener of the Chamber Players of Canada. Christmas with the Chamber Players of Canada will feature nine musicians playing a wide variety of festive seasonal music including works by Corelli, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Michael Praetorius,...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 10:05 PM

Mission dinner not just a meal

The Ottawa Mission’s Christmas dinner means different things to different people — and in most cases, it’s much more than just a free meal. For some, it’s companionship.“I know everybody here,” said Phil Binelle, who dropped in yesterday. “I hang around here all the time. They’re doing everything...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 11:22 AM

“Comic books are about more than just superheroes”

Carleton law professor George Rigakos is creating a four-part comic book series that features the original words of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as expressed in the Communist Manifesto. The first volume is now available.Why should more people read the Communist Manifesto?It’s considered one of...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 10:48 AM

Metro Minute with the Ottawa Storytellers

These aren’t your usual Christmas stories. Join the Ottawa Storytellers as they delve into personal stories of presents long since opened, eggnog long since drunk and family reconciliations at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tonight, three storytellers, including Sherri...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 11:32 PM

Singer set to jingle bell rock

For singer John McDermott, the Christmas season starts in early November — and this year, it’s going to stretch far into the new year. McDermott, who has been coming to Ottawa “for 16 years, without missing a year,” performs at Centrepointe Theatre Sunday as a part of a two-month tour.In the...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 11:21 AM

Snowsuits keep kids warm … and hearts, too

For many children, the excitement over Ottawa’s first big snowfall of the year was incomparable. But for some young people, the cold emphasizes the harder times their families may be experiencing. That’s where the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa comes in. “Our need is great this time of year,” said fund-...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 10:55 AM

‘A snapshot of sports over the last 10 years’

Ottawa native and TSN host James Duthie’s sense of humour enlivens his new book, The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys, a collection of 75 of his most popular sports columns from the last decade.So you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the book?A lot of the columns are sports-related, but...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 10:30 AM

Snowfall wreaks havoc on streets

It was chaos on the roads as morning commuters dealt with the heaviest snowfall the Ottawa area has had this season.Environment Canada severe weather meteorologist Geoff Coulson said the Ottawa Airport measured eight centimetres of snow as of 2 p.m., while the area closer to the Ottawa River,...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:01 AM

Gearing up for Winterlude

The heavy snowfall the city received yesterday made the perfect backdrop as the National Capital Commission unveiled the lineup for Winterlude.The 33rd edition of the event, which also coincides with the 41st season of the Rideau Canal Skateway, will be held from Feb. 4 to 21, 2011.As in previous...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10:54 AM

Metro Minute with Wakefield Nudes

At a loss for what to get that person who has everything this Christmas? Swing by the Wild Oat at 817 Bank St. for a copy of the Wakefield Nudes 2011 Calendar.Inspired by a group of women in West Yorkshire, England, who put together a calendar of nude portraits about a decade ago, the village of...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 5:40 AM