Jack MacLaren

Spokesman Billy Morrison’s emailed response reads, in full: “MPP MacLaren's position is that it is not appropriate to comment on matters concerning former staff. He values all those who have worked hard in his constituency office.”

Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy

Amanda Dresch is one of two occupational therapists at Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy in Kanata. The treatment rooms are filled with fun items like a rock wall, swings and a pressure roller, seen here, which is a calming tool that puts pressure on a person's nerves. 'All our therapy is done through play,' says Dresch. 'There's so much going on in their brain; we help them get it out of their bodies.'

Funding renewed for offload program

Dr. Guy Hébert, an emergency room doctor who also oversees the emergency departments at the General and Civic campuses of the Ottawa Hospital, says provincial funding for emergency room nurses who monitor less urgent patients after they are brought in by ambulance frees up paramedics and ensures care is received more quickly.

Ball

Umpire Ken Gutz, catcher Jenilee Thompson and Alyssa Chapman takes a swing during a playoff game on Aug. 18.

Fastball

Sttitsville 56ers took the lead against the West Carleton Electric in Greater Ottawa Fastball League on Aug. 17. Stittsville won 8-4 to go 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

Hospitals strapped for cash

Michael Hurley, president of Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, presents A report on funding gaps in the province's hospitals on Aug 18. The graph he's holding shows that the Ottawa Hospital has a higher rate of readmission of patients than other hospitals in the province.

Revealing findings

A new Ottawa-led study shows that unhealthy behaviours are killing half of all Canadians and trimming our lifespan by six years. Lead author Dr. Doug Manuel hopes the study results and its method will direct policy changes and engage Canadians.

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