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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

  • Christian
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    Gatineau mayor-elect 'not satisfied' after party fails to win city council majority

    Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin entered the campaign party at Hull district bar Les Brasseurs du Temps to chants of "Maxime! Maxime!" but his victory is tinged with some disappointment about the future of his party Action Gatineau.

    While he won his second mandate with a comfortable 45 per cent of the vote, 12 of the 18 Action Gatineau council candidates fell to defeat, leaving him with a minority at the table.
    Again.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...nges-1.4388646

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  • Nada
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    City of Ottawa creates inventory of vacant heritage buildings


    In an effort to improve monitoring of vacant and boarded-up heritage buildings, the city's Heritage Matters Task Force has created a list of designated properties in Ottawa to set a baseline for future intervention.

    The list of 28 buildings includes Broadview School, Somerset House and some other properties that have made headlines for controversies over their heritage designation or allegations of so-called demolition by neglect. It also includes properties that have been overlooked.

    CBC News has turned the data into an interactive map. Have a look at the vacant, boarded-up properties and the features that resulted in their heritage designation.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ings-1.4125804

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  • Norton
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    New Ontario daycare rules


    The chair of Ottawa's community services committee is pushing back against new rules from Queen's Park, warning that changes to daycare rules will cost families more money and cause the city to cut its own recreation programs.

    Starting next September, children under the age of six will be banned from before-and-after-school programs run by the City of Ottawa. The province will only allow licensed daycare providers to look after young children.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rams-1.4120405
    Last edited by Norton; 05-18-2017, 11:29 AM.

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  • Norton
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    Is Ottawa's LRT project delayed? City councillor wants to know

    Ottawa city councillor Diane Deans has asked city staff for some answers as to whether the $2.1 billion light-rail transit project is still on time and on budget, after she says recent reports of incidents at work sites raised questions about whether something is "just not quite right" with the project. In an inquiry tabled at Tuesday's transportation committee, Deans asked staff about what specific Ministry of Labour stop-work orders have been reported, how they have been remediated, whether the project is behind schedule, and if so, what is behind the delay.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...eans-1.4096532

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  • Reflesh
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    Put up a parking lot? Condo slump raises questions about vacant properties


    Gary Davis isn't your typical NIMBY complainer.

    Intensification? Loves it. Tall condo buildings on his street? Bring 'em on.

    "If they were building a tower now, if would be even better," he said of the property kitty-corner from his condo on Champagne Avenue.

    "No one's opposed to having another tower here. We like it."

    What Davis is actually upset about is that the empty land across from his home is being used as a temporary parking lot — against all city rules and an official vision for the neighbourhood as pedestrian and cycling friendly.
    The dispute between residents, including the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, and developer Mastercraft Starwood is heading to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing in June.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...king-1.4087471

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  • Christian
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    City wants to stop tax rebates for owners of vacant buildings


    The city is looking to phase out a rebate scheme for owners of vacant buildings that is costing taxpayers $17 million a year.

    The so-called Vacancy Rebate Program, mandated by the province, allows owners of commercial and industrial buildings to apply for hefty tax refunds 90 days after their properties become vacant.

    Commercial property owners are eligible for 30-per-cent rebates, while industrial property owners can receive a 35 per cent refund on their property taxes.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...2019-1.4085343

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  • Redearth
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    City officials now refusing to say when light rail might start other than '2018'

    Ottawa's light rail project is the most expensive infrastructure undertaking in the city's history.

    The $2.1-billion cost alone, borne exclusively by taxpayers, makes the LRT the most consequential project in Ottawa right now.

    So there should be virtually no questions about the project that are out of bounds.

    But this is what the city's general manager of transportation services, John Manconi, told reporters when asked what happened to the May 2018 target date.

    "I know you're looking for us to give you all kinds of dates and so forth," Manconi said. "The fact of the matter is this — the train will go into revenue service when the train is ready to go into revenue service."



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ayed-1.4077136

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  • Robeco
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    Mayor Jim Watson heckled over issue of making Ottawa bilingual

    Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was heckled for his views on bilingualism during an event that celebrated the 20th anniversary of a rally to save Montfort Hospital. Watson was invited to speak at the Wednesday night celebration held 20 years after the S.O.S. Montfort event at the same location — then called the Civic Centre. Watson was among the 10,000 people who attended the 1997 event.
    On Wednesday, inside the renamed TD Place arena, a clamour rose up in the audience as master of ceremonies Ronald Caza, a lawyer and former director of Montfort Hospital, introduced Watson as one of the most popular mayors in Canada.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ital-1.4037429

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  • Redearth
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    STO transit strike in Gatineau: 5 things you need to know


    Gatineau bus drivers and maintenance workers are going on rotating strikes after meetings Wednesday with the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) failed to resolve their differences.
    Here's what you need to know: 1. One-day strikes begin Thursday The rotating strikes will occur one day per week, beginning Thursday, March 16. The union has said it will carry out job actions on other days of the week, but no details were provided Wednesday.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rike-1.4027121

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  • Autoking
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    Upcoming changes to child-care rules could leave parents in Ottawa scrambling

    Changes to provincial legislation governing child care in Ontario could leave many parents with children in unlicensed, city-run programs in Ottawa scrambling to find care this coming fall.


    Starting in September 2017, the City of Ottawa will only offer before-school or after-school programs to children aged six to 12, forcing parents with younger children to find programs elsewhere.


    "Every municipality in Ontario is impacted in the same way," said Dan Chenier, the city's general manager of recreation, cultural and facility services.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ario-1.4015329

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  • Veon
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    Overpaid workers latest — but likely not last — problem for Phoenix pay system, opposition MPs say


    Opposition MPs say overpayment of federal public servants is only the latest issue for the troubled Phoenix pay system — and they worry that the approaching tax season will bring a fresh crop of problems.

    Since the government consolidated many separate payroll systems into the Phoenix system last spring, tens of thousands of public servants have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

    According to documents obtained by CBC News/Radio-Canada, more than 26,000 employees have been overpaid a total of about $68.6 million. Only about a third of the money sent out in error — around $22.3 million — has been recovered.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tion-1.3971222

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  • Autoking
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    Proposed Salvation Army church hits turbulence with Ottawa airport

    The Ottawa International Airport Authority says its operations are too loud to accommodate a Salvation Army church and community centre proposed for the southwest Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven.

    "What we don't want to have happen is have noise complaints impact our operation, our ability to maintain our hours of operation," said airport spokeswoman Krista Kealey.

    The Salvation Army says it's preparing to fight for the project, which still needs to go to city hall's planning committee.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...port-1.3866262

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  • Autoking
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    Ottawa politicians applaud raids on marijuana dispensaries


    Municipal politicians in Ottawa are applauding the closure of a string of marijuana dispensaries operating illegally across the city in response to mounting complaints.
    Police arrested nine people in seven raids this week.

    Jody Mitic, the councillor for Innes ward, said politicians had been "tightening the screws" on Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau to crack down on "bandits" selling unregulated products.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...aids-1.3837407

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  • Autoking
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    Gatineau issues boil water advisory after watermain break

    The City of Gatineau has issued a boil water advisory for a large section of the city east of the Gatineau River after a watermain break.

    The advisory will take effect at 9 p.m. ET Thursday and be in place until further notice.

    The entire Gatineau sector is under the effect of the advisory.

    During the advisory, residents must boil their water for one minute before consuming it.

    Tap water may also be discoloured. In that case, residents are advised to open the cold water tap and let the water run until it becomes clear again.

    Tap water can safely be used as is for baths, showers, laundry and doing dishes.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...sory-1.3775090

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