Powerless to police

The Ottawa Humane Society says it has lost its power to investigate animal cruelty cases after an Ontario SPCA decision to suspend its affiliate status. The animal welfare organization will appear in court on July 28 seeking an injunction against the OSPCA to restore its status.

Public health urges residents to have their say

Ottawa Board of Health chairman Shad Qadri says he will wait until the result of the public consultation before deciding on whether he will support supervised injection sites.

Tour the Rideau

Jenny Bruce, a resident of Centretown, is now offering river tours to Manotick and Merrickville aboard her 24-foot boat, the Brass Toucan.

Highway 417 widening

At the end of May the provincial government announced they would widen the Highway 417 from from Carling Avenue to Maitland Avenue later this year. The plan also includes a later stage to widen the highway from Maitland to the 416.


Halima Said lights candles on the asphalt of Wellington Street West during a July 26 vigil for Abdirahman Abdi. Abdi, a 37-year-old Somali-Canadian man, died after an altercation with police outside his home on Hilda Street on July 24.

Speed board

Speed boards flash a driver's speed as they pass. Many councillors have had speed boards installed in problem areas or streets in their wards to help calm traffic.

Third inmate dies at Innes jail in four months

Shannon Sargent, 34, was found dead in her cell at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre on July 20. An investigation into the cause is ongoing.

Fire breaks out at Blossom Park homes

Smoke and flames forced three people from their semi-detached homes at 2058 and 2056 Blossom Dr. in the Blossom Park community the morning of July 26. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but has been deemed accidental. Damages are pegged at almost $500,000.

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