Going paperless

Forty-three of CHEO’s outpatient clinics have gone paperless after adopting a new electronic records management system known as Epic. The regional children's hospital is one of just a few hospitals in Canada to make this high-tech overhaul.

Biker hurt in crash with deer

Ottawa paramedics treated a 45-year-old motorcyclist for head and facial injuries after the man struck and killed a deer in the early morning hours of Aug. 28 in south Ottawa. The biker was wearing a helmet, which likely saved his life, according to police.

Airport taxi protest

Airport taxi drivers Ahmad Vassal, left, and Mazon Moody hold protest signs along the Airport Parkway the morning of Aug. 25. The drivers took their protest over an increase in airport dispatching fees to City Hall the day before on Aug. 24 to request a meeting with Mayor Jim Watson in hopes of ending their stalemate with their dispatch company.

Camp FFIT firefighter training

Ottawa firefighter Amanda Page, left, who works at Station 81 in Stittsville, and Kelly Zimnicki, right, a firefighter from Station 43 in Bells Corners, stand at the base of an aerial ladder with Kendra Hoey, 17, of Orléans, after Hoey climbed the 30-metre ladder for the first time on Aug. 19. Hoey joined 23 other teenage girls during Camp FFIT, or Female Firefighters in Training, a week-long annual camp that gives adolescent girls the chance to learn firefighting basics.

Vascular surgery at Ottawa Hospital embraces the future

Dr. Sudhir Nagpal, the Ottawa Hospital's chief of vascular and endovascular surgery, at right, and his patient, Rothwell Heights resident Paul Tarnowski, meet again inside one of two new $9-million vascular operating rooms at the Civic campus on Aug. 21. The ORs, the largest in the hospital, feature new surgical technology that hospital officials say will revolutionize patient care.

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.

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.

Canada Sports Officials helps homeless generate income

Canada Sports Officials offers homeless individuals and those new to Canada a sustainable source of income by working as soccer officials. The initiative, founded by University of Ottawa student group Enactus, pays for the training and certification.

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