TRACEY TONG, METRO OTTAWA

Homeless report shows lost ground

When it comes to providing for the homeless, Ottawa is stuck in a time warp, a group working to combat homelessness said.After all the work that city groups are doing, “we’ve lost ground again,” said Alliance to End Homelessness chairman Perry Rowe. “And we haven’t improved in five years.“We talk...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 6:10 AM

Actress-turned-Tool Girl has DIY for women nailed

She’s donned a corset for her roles in Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea. But these days, Mag Ruffman feels more at home in a tool belt. Both men and women look to the contractor, author and creator of fix-it shows like A Repair to Remember, Anything I Can Do and weblog toolgirl .com, for...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 5:17 AM

Ottawans power down for second Earth Hour

In Ottawa’s second year participating in Earth Hour, Mayor Larry O’Brien said he’s expecting an even bigger turnout. “Last year, we were one of the first cities in Canada to support Earth Hour,” said O’Brien Thursday.At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, hundreds of millions of people will take part in what...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 5:15 AM

STEP cracks down on buckling up, child car seats

Next month, the city's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program will crack down on drivers operating unsafe vehicles and those who fail to buckle up or comply with child car seat requirements.In 2007, defective brakes, wheel and suspension problems and tire blowouts caused 94 collisions on Ottawa...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:08 PM

Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by school bus

A pedestrian is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a school bus late Thursday morning.At 11:15 a.m., a school bus struck a pedestrian on Russell Road at Haig Drive.Paramedics treated and transported the pedestrian to hospital with life-threatening injuries.The driver...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:06 PM

Teen first Ottawan to take the torch in 2010

Kate Jackson has always been a fan of the Olympics games. The 18-year-old Russell resident, whose favourite Winter Olympic sports are skiing and skating, couldn’t believe her luck when she was chosen as the National Capital Region’s first 2010 Olympic Torchbearer.“I’m really excited,” she said...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:16 AM

Homeless care professionals meet at StreetLevel for conference

They devote their lives to helping others, but they need support too.More than 400 people who work with the homeless came from across the country for StreetLevel IV: A Legacy of Justice at the Westin Hotel yesterday. The four-day event, which equips workers from across the country through lectures...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:13 AM

Silver lining on the recession cloud

Ty Pennington is a big believer in the do-it-yourself movement.The outspoken host of the hit ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — who adds official spokesman for the Ottawa Home & Garden Show to his resumé this weekend — thinks the recession will only serve to make DIY more popular. “...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:44 AM

Local, green mindset driving home renos

It’s not news that more people are turning to condo apartments and townhouses as an urban living solution. Then it should also be no surprise that people are looking to designers for advice on how to maximize their space.“There’s a demonstrable trend of people taking more interest in core...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:42 AM

Homelessness report card due next week

The Alliance to End Homelessness is releasing its 2008 report card on ending homelessness in Ottawa Tuesday.The report, which evaluates the community‚s progress towards ending homelessness during the past year, tracks improvements and setbacks in response to the crisis of homelessness in the city....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 7:42 PM

Ottawa Race Weekend offers $100K prize for record breakers

Think you're pretty fast?Then you could be $100,000 richer by this May.The organizers of Ottawa Race Weekend said Wednesday it will offer the largest Canadian prize purse ever to any man or woman who breaks the current world record in its MDS Nordion 10K Race."The Ottawa Race Weekend is a world-...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 7:38 PM

Police seek pair in two west-end robberies

Ottawa police are seeking robbery suspects after two west-end incidents Tuesday night.At 7:50 p.m., two men entered the TD Canada Trust in the 1400 block of Richmond Road and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.Police are seeking two black males in their teens. The first suspect was...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 7:32 PM

Career change comes full circle at GG's awards ceremony

Forty years ago, Nobuo Kubota made a decision that changed his life.Already an architect for 10 years, the Vancouver native decided to dedicate himself to art and music instead.He told his parents."They weren't pleased," he said.His mom asked him why he couldn't be more like Raymond Moriyama, a...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 9:51 PM

Getting mentally tough for 'Intellectual Olympics'

Some of North America’s brightest minds are Ottawa-bound as Carleton University prepares to host an event dubbed the “Intellectual Olympics” in late May. For the first time since 1993, the university is playing host to the 78th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, an event...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:06 AM

Carleton to play host to North America's 'Intellectual Olympics'

Some of North America's brightest minds are Ottawa-bound as Carleton University prepares to host an event dubbed the "Intellectual Olympics" in late May.For the first time since 1993, the university is hosting the 78th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, an event estimated to...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 5:47 AM

Gatineau police release composite of robbery suspect

Gatineau police have released a composite photo of a man in hopes of catching a suspect believed to have robbed at least one bank.Following a recent robbery of a Plateau-area Scotiabank, the suspect fled the scene in a grey 2006 or 2008 Toyota Corolla, where an accomplice was waiting.Although the...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 9:06 PM

Genie events a film buff's fantasy

As if having the 29th annual Genie Awards in Ottawa for the first time isn't enough, a series of events planned to kick off the Canadian film awards will likely send local movie buffs over the moon.Whether you're a fan of blockbusters or prefer the avant-garde variety, next week is a chance for all...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 8:34 PM

Water should be foreign aid priority, says group

It’s likely something that many Ottawa residents take for granted. Yet clean water is something that nearly a billion people in the world don’t have access to. “The average Canadian uses 329 litres of water per day,” said WaterCan executive director Gary Pluim. “Through a five-minute shower, we use...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:20 AM

Worms take centre stage

They call her the worm lady. And Gerrie Baker doesn’t mind. In fact, it’s something she’s rather proud of. Worms are the reason her family produces only a small grocery bag of garbage every six months.“I’m trying to get everyone to compost. We’ve all become very good at recycling inert objects,...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:16 AM

Man faces multiple charges after high-speed chase

A man faces multiple charges after police were involved in a high-speed chase through two provinces early Thursday morning. At 12:05 a.m., a Gatineau police officer saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Ottawa on Garneau Street. When the officer exited his vehicle to arrest the occupant...

Friday, March 20, 2009, 5:57 AM