Firefighters battle blaze at bottled water company in Leitrim area

Ottawa firefighters fought several vehicle fires at a business at 4020 Leitrim Rd. Someone at the business called 911 on May 27 around 2:39 p.m. to report that several tractor-trailers and vehicles had caught fire. Officials say embers from a nearby burning pile of wood debris quickly spread.

Picnic Protest

From left, Anna Pellizzari, Linda Payne, Julie Nadeau and her four-year-old twins Jessica and Zachery Gratton and Karin Howard sit with a picnic basket in protest of the proposed mega park at Mooney's Bay on May 27.

Tour the rapidly deployable northern home during Doors Open Ottawa

Dean Haslip, director general of Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetEnergy Research Centre in Ottawa, left, and Mark Douglas, research and development manager of the centre’s alternative energy lab, stand outside a breakthrough invention, known as the rapidly deployable northern house. The structure can be built in less than a week and offers cheaper, energy efficient housing. It will be one of nine attractions at the centre on June 4, during Doors Open Ottawa.

CHEO Telethon

The 2015 CHEO Telethon generated a record-setting $7.94 million. This year, organizers are hoping the 33rd annual CHEO Telethon will once again touch the hearts of people everywhere when the 24-hour show takes to the airwaves on CTV June 4 and 5.

Gearing up for dragon boating

Reg Charette, a volunteer with the Rideau Canoe Club, helps guide a boat toward the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay Park on May 26, before it was paddled by volunteers to the nearby club. Dragon boats were brought in from Toronto for use by teams practising for the 23rd annual Ottawa Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival, June 23 to 26.

Starting an electric trend

Robert Taillefer, president of Ottawa Boat Cruise, gets ready to launch his 100 per cent electric boat in the Ottawa River on May 26. Taillefer said he was very excited to see the boat in the water, and was happy to share the moment with his son, Zachary.

Making room

The government of Ontario announced on May 25 plans to widen Highway 417 in an effort to ease congestion and shorten commute times in and around Ottawa.

Staff changes

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s staff will undergo several changes over the summer, with three of its superintendents of education set to retire in June, and two new superintendents poised to start work in September.

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