Ottawa fire extrication team

The Ottawa Auto Extrication Team – which has won a number of regional and national competitions – has been training for months for the All Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenge taking place May 26 to 28 in Perth. The team features five rural firefighters from Station 64 in Carp – Jake Sinclair, Nick Wade, Andrew Higgins and Adam Filoso – and two full-timers from Station 43 in Bells Corners – Kent Keuninckx and Jimmy Madden.

Showing off

Epocal plant manager Brett Fogg, left, shows the blood testing device the company is further developing to Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde on May 24 at the company’s south Ottawa office on Walkey Road.

Lemieux Island

The environment committee approved the plan on May 17 to extend the intake pipes deeper into the Ottawa River and go below the ice to prevent “frazil” from getting into the pipes.

Joining together

Parent advisor Jennifer Walker, left, CHEO president and chief executive Alex Munter, parent advisor Mindy McHardy, Nathan Dalgleish, her daughter Abby, and Kathleen Stokely, chief executive of the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, pour different layers of coloured sand together on May 17 marking the amalgamation of the children’s treatment centre and the children’s hospital.

New sexual assault training course launches for Ottawa patrol officers

Staff Sgt. Angela McDade, head of the Ottawa police sexual assault and child abuse section, says 25 patrol officers have signed up for the department’s inaugural sexual assault response officer training. The intensive three-day course has been designed to equip front-line officers with the specialized information and skills they need to investigate sexual assaults.

Airport Parkway widening EA going before committee

The city’s transportation committee is scheduled to review an environmental assessment of the widening of the Airport Parkway and Lester Road on June 1.

Shedding the pounds

Ross Creighton, from Clayton, sheers a sheep during the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on May 19. Creighton, who has been shearing sheep since 1978, did demonstrations every half hour during the festival. This sheep shed about six pounds of wool, which will be sold for 55 cents per pound.

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