Council approves plan to ask province to allow civilians to direct traffic

A motion by Ottawa's police board chairman Eli El-Chantiry asking the province to loosen the rules in the Highway Traffic Act to allow civilians to direct traffic was approved by council on May 25.

Air traffic controllers support Fort Mac colleagues

An online fundraising campaign launched by the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, which has its head office in Ottawa, has so far generated more than $43,000 in support of Fort McMurray air traffic controllers affected by the wildfires.

Park deal questions

Former councillor Karin Howard takes questions from the media on May 25 following a failed motion by River Coun. Riley Brockington to halt the proposed mega playground at Mooney's Bay until there is further discussion at city hall failed to sway his council colleagues.

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.

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