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  • City Events: Explosion heard in parking lot, 4 city street sweeping vehicles on fire

    Ottawa firefighters found four city street sweepers engulfed in flames early Friday morning as they responded to multiple 911 calls about an explosion near the community of Barrhaven.

    The 911 calls started coming in at 4 a.m. — residents reported hearing an explosion in a parking lot and seeing flames visible near the intersection of Faulkner Trail and Eagleson Road.

    Police, paramedics, Hydro Ottawa and Enbridge were dispatched to the scene, along with firefighters.

    No injuries have been reported. Fire crews managed to get the flames under control by about 4:30 a.m.

    The cause of the explosion and fire have not yet been determined. The investigation continues.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...pers-1.3580513

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    'It's almost insulting': Eastway Gardens residents angered by Via Rail tree cutting


    The ongoing destruction of a swath of trees is upsetting dozens of residents in Eastway Gardens, but there's little they can do to stop Via Rail workers from clearing green space in their Tremblay Road neighbourhood.

    The curtain of trees provided a barrier from the trains that pass by nearly 30 townhouses on Avenues O and P — but those trees are now being removed due to a federal regulation requiring Via to deal with what a spokesperson calls "dangerous vegetation."



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tawa-1.3584623

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    • #3
      Protesters stage rally to stop construction of Mooney's Bay playground


      About 75 people were hanging on to the Sue Holloway Fitness Park at Mooney's Bay Wednesday evening to protest a large playground that is set to take its place, and were tossing around their own ideas for a different location.

      Once finished the playground will cover an area more than half the size of a Canadian football field and change the look of the north end of the park, which people at the rally say is good as it is.



      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...test-1.3588717

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      • #4
        Ottawa artist's 'glass fur coat' set to dazzle thousands

        An Ottawa artist will have the opportunity to show off her unique take on a classic Canadian garment to thousands of people next month at an international conference on glass art.

        Charlynne Lafontaine's Choice Edible is made of approximately 8,000 pieces of blown glass, wire, and bronze, and is inspired by a fur coat her grandmother once owned. After more than a year of meticulous construction, the 35-kilogram piece is now on display at Ottawa's Loretta Studios and Gallery.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tist-1.3597952

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        • #5
          Ottawa Race Weekend 2016 road closures


          Got some errands to run in downtown Ottawa or Gatineau this weekend? You'd be wise to plan ahead.

          It's Ottawa Race Weekend 2016, and that means lots of roads will be off limits. Here's the full list of closures.
          All weekend long
          • The Queen Elizabeth Driveway, between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street, will be closed from 8 a.m. on Friday, May 27, to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.
          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ures-1.3597464

          Last edited by Veon; 05-27-2016, 12:40 PM.

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          • #6
            'Fantastic' Ottawa Race Weekend despite withering temperatures, organizers say


            Dehydration and heat exhaustion sidelined twice as many runners as usual during the 2K, 5K and 10K races Saturday — the hottest opening day in Ottawa Race Weekend history — but the weekend could have gone much worse, according to the event's medical director.


            Paramedics transported five runners to hospital with heat-related illnesses on Saturday, including one who remains in intensive care with symptoms of heat stroke. Paramedics assessed nine runners on the course, and 45 visited the race's medical centre near the finish line.



            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ther-1.3607327

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            • #7
              Tourists rolling with 2017 construction punches in Ottawa

              Canada 150 is talked up as a tourism extravaganza for Ottawa, but Canada 149 is a different story.

              Ongoing construction expected to be done by or in 2017 for Canada's 150th birthday includes landmarks such as the National War Memorial, the outside of the National Arts Centre and the West Block of Parliament Hill.

              Many tourists said Monday they definitely notice the scaffolding, fencing and banging around these sites but they understand why and aren't too annoyed.



              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ists-1.3607700

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              • #8
                Price hike for regular riders, end of tickets part of city's 2018 fare plan


                City staff are recommending changes to what and how OC Transpo riders pay to ride Ottawa's new bus and train network in 2018.

                The proposals, which have to be approved by the city's Transit Commission and city council, would ring in the opening of the east-west Confederation light rail line in 2018 by eliminating "Express" bus pricing, hiking regular fares to make up the loss of that higher-priced category and putting an end to paying with paper passes and tickets.

                Here's what staff laid out in a technical briefing to reporters and councillors on Tuesday.



                More:
                http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...-lrt-1.3620926

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                • #9
                  More cuts possible after 6 city executives lose positions

                  Ottawa's new city manager Steve Kanellakos has put his stamp on how the municipality's 17,000-strong workforce is organized with a sweeping internal revamp that sees six executive managers and two additional workers shown the city hall door.

                  The changes will cost taxpayers $1.29 million in severance payments, but are expected to save $2.7 million over the rest of this term of council. And that may be just the beginning with hints of "further cost savings."

                  The reorganization means that when there's a meeting of senior managers, there will be 10 people around the table, instead of 21. A flatter management structure should make it easier for our city's leaders to communicate and get things done, Kanellakos said.



                  More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...hall-1.3677674

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                  • #10
                    Short list of up to 3 potential sites for Ottawa's central library to be kept secret

                    An advocacy group is calling for the short list of potential sites for a new central branch to be made public after the Ottawa Public Library board decides on the finalists at its meeting Tuesday.
                    Emilie Taman, of the group Bookmark the Core, calls the process "hugely problematic" and wants more transparency.

                    "Without disclosing which the top sites are, I think it's going to be very difficult for the public to have confidence in the process. And that's been our biggest issue from the very beginning," she told CBC News.

                    In July, the library released a map of 12 sites being considered for a new central library. The properties, mostly privately-owned, are located between King Edward Avenue and Bayview Road, and all are within a few blocks of Queen Street.


                    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...cret-1.3721558

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                    • #11
                      With 2 years to go, city has blown through 90 per cent of LRT contingency fund

                      When the new Booth Street bridge connecting Albert Street and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway opens on Sunday, Sept. 4, it will not include bike lanes — despite the fact that everyone, including Mayor Jim Watson, has acknowledged that omitting some sort of segregated cycling infrastructure was an error.

                      But by the time the issue came to a head, the Booth bridge was virtually finished. And so come Labour Day weekend, the bridge will be opened as designed and the city will go back to tear some of that work up and add safe-cycling measures by the end of 2018.



                      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...fund-1.3735343

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                      • #12
                        City to offer fall update as summer of construction 'hell' winds down

                        Could construction relief be on the way? Or will it be more of the same in downtown Ottawa this fall?

                        Those questions will hopefully be answered this afternoon, when city staff and Coun. Keith Egli, chair of the transportation committee, offers council an update on how the next few months of construction will affect drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.


                        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tumn-1.3742673

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                        • #13
                          City's wish list for federal infrastructure cash compiled without council's consent


                          During last fall's federal election campaign, the Liberals promised to boost public transit investment by $6 billion over the next four years.

                          In March of this year, the Liberals' inaugural budget announced $3.4 billion of that funding would be made available within months. And in April, the federal government told provinces exactly how much money they could expect. The eligibility criteria was released by May.

                          You'd think that with that kind of heads-up from the feds, the City of Ottawa would have had enough time to sort out its wish list in a sensible, transparent way.




                          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...list-1.3751980

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                          • #14
                            City spending less per capita on social services, Carleton researchers find

                            Just as the City of Ottawa embarks on consultations and deliberations for the 2017 budget, a new Carleton University report says it's been spending relatively less on social services — even though those services' workloads have increased.

                            The study, conducted by researchers Steven Pomeroy and Maude Marquis Bissonnette, found that the city's own spending on social services — omitting provincial programs the city administers itself — fell on a per capita basis from $222 in 2012 to $200 in 2016.




                            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tawa-1.3760475

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                            • #15
                              2nd incident at City of Ottawa lot raises security questions


                              Ottawa police are investigating an earlier incident at the same City of Ottawa traffic operations lot where three young people allegedly stole city trucks and went on a joyride Saturday, raising questions about the security of city vehicles.

                              Police confirmed to CBC News that they're looking into a report of mischief and damage to city vehicles at the Loretta Avenue facility around 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. There was no description of the suspects in that incident.


                              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ride-1.3762293

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