Ottawa Public Health proactively monitoring absenteeism rates in schools, Etches says

Ottawa Public Health proactively monitoring absenteeism rates in schools, Etches says

Ottawa’s top doctor says Ottawa Public Health will not wait for schools to report absenteeism rates above 30 per cent before investigating a possible COVID-19 outbreak in schools. As students returned to in-person learning last week, the Ontario government said principals are only required to report possible COVID-19 outbreaks at schools when absenteeism rates hit … Read more

Residents are concerned about possible water contamination following the Eastway Reservoir explosion

Residents are concerned about possible water contamination following the Eastway Reservoir explosion

Residents of Ottawa’s Pineglen neighborhood are expressing concern about possible contamination of their drinking water following the Eastway Reservoir explosion. “They keep telling us the risk is low, but it’s mostly based on the ground being frozen,” said Agnes Warda of the Glens Community Association. Multiple investigations into the cause of the explosion and fire … Read more

Two men charged after allegedly impersonating police officers and carrying out traffic checks in Scarborough

Two men charged after allegedly impersonating police officers and carrying out traffic checks in Scarborough

Toronto police arrested two men who allegedly posed as officers and carried out traffic stops in Scarborough late last month. Police issued a press release last week asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Dylan Sherief of Markham and 22-year-old Dovan Comeau of Toronto. Police said the two allegedly posed as officers and stopped … Read more

Youth dealing with mental health and isolation during the pandemic

Youth dealing with mental health and isolation during the pandemic

The pandemic has been hard on many of us, especially youth. Anjolina Hamel, 19, is in her second year at the University of Ottawa, and so far it’s been tough. “I felt alone,” says Hamel. “Even though I had group chats and I had meetings online, it still didn’t feel like it was real life. … Read more

Gatineau Hospital fully reopening emergency department on Monday

Gatineau Hospital fully reopening emergency department on Monday

The Gatineau Hospital emergency department will completely reopen on Monday, following the hiring of 25 new nurses. Last summer, the emergency department at the Gatineau Hospital was closed for several days due to a staffing shortage. The CISSS de l’Outaouais announced on Wednesday the full reopening of the emergency room is possible thanks to the … Read more

The Canada 150 rink in Gananoque, Ont. opens for skaters

The Canada 150 rink in Gananoque, Ont.  opens for skaters

GANANOQUE, ONT. — The outdoor rink that once stood on Parliament Hill is finally up and running again in eastern Ontario, but it hasn’t been without its hurdles. “It’s taken us a few years to actually get it up and running,” said the town of Gananoque mayor Ted Lojko. “I’m just happy to see it … Read more

Extreme cold damages Ottawa LRT’s four-car pantograph

Extreme cold damages Ottawa LRT’s four-car pantograph

Extremely cold temperatures that shut down rail service in Ottawa’s east end last weekend damaged the pantographs of four light rail vehicles. The arm that connects the train to overhead power lines will be replaced on four vehicles before they return to service following the disruption on Saturday. OC Transpo provided an update on the … Read more

Toronto eyes expansion of mental health crisis response teams

Toronto eyes expansion of mental health crisis response teams

The mayor’s executive committee voted Wednesday to look at the cost of expanding a pilot program that will dispatch civilian response teams to handle some specific 911 calls, including threats of suicide. If the motion is approved by council next week, staff will expand the current list of four community partners and potential pilot areas … Read more

Three new deaths from COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday

Three new deaths from COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday

Three more Ottawa residents have died of COVID-19 as the province reports its second-highest death toll from the virus. Ontario is reporting 92 more deaths from the virus. Of these, 89 were confirmed in the last 21 days, while the other three occurred over a month ago. A Department of Health spokesperson said six of … Read more

OPP warns of email scam involving fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates

OPP warns of email scam involving fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates

Ottawa Valley Police are warning of an email scam in the region involving fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates. Those targeted by the scam received an unsolicited email claiming to be from the Government of Canada offering proof of a vaccination certificate, the Ottawa Provincial Police said in a news release Wednesday. The message tells the recipient … Read more