Airport taxi fee dispute

Unifor regional representative Harry Ghadban, left, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Abed Madi, president of the union’s airport taxi local, regroup at Unifor’s Nepean offices on Sept. 1, following a five-hour meeting the day before with taxi dispatch company, Coventry Connections. The two sides have resumed contract negotiations amid a three-week labour dispute.

Distracted driver

As of September 1, 2015, drivers convicted of distracted driving face a set $490* fine and three demerit points. Novice drivers face a minimum 30-day suspension.

West Carleton father and son win Sun Scramble

Fourteen-year-old Hunter McGee makes a shot as father Allen watches during the Ottawa Sun Scramble. The father-son duo won the tournament Aug. 30.

12-pack pilot

Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced on Aug. 27 that an LCBO in Barrhaven will join nine other stores in Ontario in selling 12-packs of beer as part of a pilot program to expand the availability of local beers across the province.

SIU investigation

The province’s Special Investigation Unit has determined that no police officers should be charged in the death of Muhab Sultan, who drowned in the Rideau River after fleeing from police.

Signs damaged

Vandals have again targeted election campaign signs belonging to Ottawa South NDP candidate George Brown. A spray-painted sign was discovered in Riverside Park the morning of Sept. 1, just days after about a dozen NDP signs were found damaged along Alta Vista Drive on Aug. 30.

Genetics testing expands

Shelley Ordorica, senior technologist at the CHEO-based Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory, holds a slide that can contain a DNA sample which can be inserted into next-generation gene sequencing machines, in back. The technology is allowing the lab to expand its range of testing for genes that cause weakened heart muscle, which can cause sudden death.

Derek Olive

Derek Olive sits on his bike with guitar in hand. The Montreal singer-songwriter was set to make a pit stop at Parliament Hill on Sept. 2. Olive has embarked on a bike trip across Canada to promote his music and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot initiative.

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