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Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Viewing police through a wider public safety lens

Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Viewing police through a wider public safety lens

Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

Diverting part of the force's annual funding increase toward public health is a discussion worth having.

An attempt was made at Ottawa Council this week to “defund the police.” At least that’s what the mayor called it. It failed. But the conversation isn’t going away, and a controversial trial verdict expected in the coming days will

CBC: Respite centre's closure worries advocate for homeless

CBC: Respite centre's closure worries advocate for homeless

By Natalia Goodwin. Photo by Omar Dabaghi-Pachecho

An advocate for Ottawa's homeless is concerned the imminent closure of a respite facility at the McNabb Recreation Centre will leave its clients without basic human needs like showers and clean toilets.

The Percy Street respite centre was opened in April when other support services for Ottawa's homeless population were forced to close. It was a place

Ottawa Matters: Winter plan for homeless still 'under development'

Ottawa Matters: Winter plan for homeless still 'under development'

As the winter approaches, the City of Ottawa says it is working on a plan to support the homeless population in Ottawa. 

What that plan is, however, is still under development and details are not yet known. 

“The City of Ottawa is currently developing a winter response plan to help people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The plan will be presented to

580 CFRA: COUNCILLORS, RESIDENTS PUSH FOR COVID-19 TESTING SITE DOWNTOWN ACCESSIBLE ON FOOT

580 CFRA: COUNCILLORS, RESIDENTS PUSH FOR COVID-19 TESTING SITE DOWNTOWN ACCESSIBLE ON FOOT

By Peter Szperling

If you don't have a vehicle or access to one, getting tested for COVID-19 is a challenge for some people living in downtown Ottawa.

There is no COVID-19 testing facility located in Centretown, Sandy Hill, Westboro and Lowertown. The closest one is located at Brewer Arena near Carleton University.

Some Ottawa councillors are pushing health officials to open a new site

CBC: Committee OKs eye-catching highrises on Albert Street

CBC: Committee OKs eye-catching highrises on Albert Street

By Kate Porter

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved highrise buildings at the Blair and Westboro transit stations, as well as a separate development that will take up most of a downtown city block.

Developer Main and Main received zoning approval to build 900 rental units in three towers of 23, 29 and 35 storeys at 400 Albert St., currently

Ottawa Citizen: New rules could open the door to more low-rise apartments in established Ottawa communities

Ottawa Citizen: New rules could open the door to more low-rise apartments in established Ottawa communities

By John Willing

The complicated work of encouraging home construction, shoehorning small apartment complexes into Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods and satisfying neighbours who will live near those buildings played out during a city council planning committee meeting Thursday.

On the table was a proposal to tweak the zoning bylaw to support, while regulating, multi-unit buildings as residential developments in inner-urban

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