Blossom Park house fire

A house fire in the Blossom Park neighbourhood on Feb. 12 has displaced a family of four, including two adults and two youths. Fire officials say the smoke and flames originated in the garage and spread to the attic, causing several hundred thousand dollars in damages.

Ontario launches police modernization initiative

Yasir Naqvi, minister of community safety and correctional services, announces the province’s Strategy for a Safer Ontario at the Taggart Family YMCA/YWCA on Feb. 12.

Quick dip

Ottawa polar plunge organizer Insp. John McGetrick climbs out of icy water during the 2015 polar plunge at TD Place, with help from some fellow officers. The Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics will take place again this year, hosted by Algonquin College on Feb. 27.

City Builder

Bruce Brayman, centre receives the Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Osgoode Coun. George Darouze on Feb. 10. Greely Community Association president named City Builder

ACORN wants tighter control over where payday loan outlets operate

Amber Slegtenhorst talks about her experience with a payday loan company. The single mother of six dug herself into a hole so deep, she had to declare that she was bankrupt to get out from under the financial burden.

Fire ruled accidental

A Walkley Road homeowner left ceremonial sage burning in his basement workshop on Feb. 8, according to the fire department, which sparked smoke and flames that caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Diesel spill

A commercial truck driver has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act for making an unsafe turn that police say caused a crash that punctured the truck’s fuel tank. An estimated 700 litres of diesel was leaked onto the roadway at the corner of Hawthorne Road and Stevenage Drive the morning of Feb. 10.

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