Clearing the air: board of health votes to ban water pipes, hookahs from public places

Hookah smokers enjoy the day at Mooney's Bay Park. The park is a very popular place with those who enjoy partaking of hookah. A bid to ban hookahs and water pipes from public places is a step further thanks to approval by the Ottawa Board of Health on June 20.

Hydro Ottawa to increase city’s dividend payments

The city will see more cash thanks to a new five-year plan from Hydro Ottawa. Starting in 2017, the utility company will pay the city dividends that equal 60 per cent of its net income, or $20 million – whichever is higher.

Fare table rollout

Transit commission chair Stephen Blais takes questions from the media following the June 22 council vote on a new fare table for OC Transpo that will see a significant hike to the price of a regular monthly pass for adults.

Police gala names charities for 2016

Ottawa police Supt. Don Sweet, left, was the master of ceremonies at the 2015 Ottawa Police Service Gala that attracted hundreds of attendees and generated $85,000 for charity. Proceeds from this year’s event, scheduled for the Shaw Centre on Nov. 5, will benefit the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region and the Youville Centre.

Celebrating 20 years of service to veterans and seniors

Mayor Jim Watson, left, and Alta Vista Coun. Jean Cloutier, far right, present a certificate commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Care Centre on June 21 to Ron Buck, chairman of the centre’s board of directors, second from left, and Akos Hoffer, the centre’s CEO.

Swinging into action

Sarah Best, 3, hits a baseball with help from her mother, Kathleen Best, and sister Alana, during a baseball game between Miracle League players and players from the Glebe Little League Baby Bees team at the Miracle League of Ottawa ball park in Orléans on June 18. The park is purpose-built to allow children with special needs to play baseball and other sports.

Humble guy

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler recalls his glory days and his retirement days with a group of residents at the Beacon Heights Retirement Residence on June 21.

City Builder

Klaus Beltzner, president of the Manotick Village Community Association, speaks about receiving the Mayor's City Builder Award on June 22.

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