Const. Ryan McEachran of the MERIT pilot project

Once a week, Const. Ryan McEachran joins more than 20 service providers to identify individuals and families living in southeast Ottawa who are at-risk of victimization and who could benefit from a knock on their door by a rapid-fire crisis intervention team. The MERIT pilot program launched last month, and already the door-knocking has begun.

Anti-gang programs get funding boost from province..

Nancy Worsfold, left, executive director of Crime Prevention Ottawa, Sharmaarke Abdullahi, a Crime Prevention Ottawa business consultant and former Michele Heights Community House co-ordinator, and Ottawa South MPP John Fraser speak at the Log Cabin Community Centre on Hunt Club on July 22. Fraser announced the province will provide almost $700,000 over three years for programs that help keep Ottawa youth out of gangs.

Bumpy road

Paving High Road and the far east section of Earl Armstrong would help commuters get downtown more quickly, Osgoode Coun. George Darouze said.

New coffee shop arrives at Ottawa airport

The opening of Good Earth's first coffee shop east of Saskatchewan not only is a feather in the company's cap, but also for the Ottawa International Airport where the cafe opened July 22.

Guns and Gangs

A police tactical unit was on scene after at least one man was shot in Overbrook on the morning of July 14. Shooting season in the city is heating up just as extra manpower assigned to the police guns and gangs has been scaled back following a six-month anti-gang initiative.

A new beginning

Carson Grove resident Tarek Houssari, an organizing committee member with the Muslim Association of Canada, says hundreds of Muslims representing dozens of ethnicities gathered for Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the close of Ramadan and the Muslim Summer Festival at the EY Centre on July 17.

Immunotherapy breakthrough

John Bell, right, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Centre for Cancer Therapeutics, stands in a cancer research lab at the General campus. Cancer research student Justin Mayer, left, looks on as fellow student researchers Elaine Rose, prepares cancer tissue samples for testing, and Isabelle St-Hilaire measures virus levels. Ottawa Hospital-led clinical trials for a new cancer-attacking virus therapy are now underway.

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