City and YMCA-YWCA partner for successful TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women

September 16, 2013 11:22 am
Ottawa Councillor Mathieu Fleury, TRY Program participant Cheryl, President and CEO of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Deirdre Speers, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Janice Burelle, Administrator with the City of Ottawa’s Housing Services, cut the cake during a celebration at the Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA on Friday, Sept. 13. 2013. The City joined together with the Y to celebrate the successes of the TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women.

Phase 1 of the TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women  was established in 2011 to provide temporary housing to women 18 years of age or older who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. After hearing feedback about the positive improvements in the residents’ lives, the program was expanded […]

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Bingo Halls’ Profits Plunge due to Online Bingo Sites

September 3, 2013 9:52 am
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With online bingo sites launching left, right and center –  will traditional bingo halls survive?  Unfortunately, this isn’t great news for people who use bingo games as a form of raising money for charity. As well as new bingo sites being launched all the time – there is competition from […]

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Police wrongdoing on rise, changes needed now

August 23, 2013 9:37 am
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There are no easy answers to explain why a Toronto police officer shot a knife-wielding 18-year-old who posed no public threat nine times, but it does raise a red flag that something is seriously wrong with the way police deal with crisis situations. By Darryl T. Davies It would be […]

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The Real Russia

August 9, 2013 1:11 pm

Interested in Russia? Interested in what’s really happening in Russia? The Institute of Modern Russia looks to nurture relationships founded on principle and strengthen respect for human rights as well as cultivate Russia’s democratic development. Visit or more information.

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Performance Review

July 24, 2013 11:10 am

This spring, Canadians were astonished to learn that the former head of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal – the federal authority responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination – was fired for “gross mismanagement.” The report filed by the Public Integrity Commissioner, following a two-year investigation prompted by a union complaint, […]

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Tragedy Touches Lac-Mégantic

July 16, 2013 10:20 am
Destruction at ground zero in Lac-Megantic

Just over a week ago, the picturesque Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic entered the public lexicon for all the wrong reasons. On Saturday, July 6, at 1:14 a.m., an unmanned runaway freight train belonging to the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) Railway Ltd. derailed in the heart of the town. But […]

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No More Mudslinging: Deeper Focus on Accountability Needed on the Hill

June 13, 2013 5:39 pm

 Senate spending scandals shouldn’t be an excuse for pointing fingers, but an opportunity to improve accountability across the board in the Canadian government.  The latest investigations into the expenses of Conservative and Liberal Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, Mac Harb and Pamela Wallin, have proven troubling. After being reviewed by […]

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Time for Toronto’s Media Elites to Take a Look in the Mirror

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By Joanna Plucinska All journalists should be concerned about recent decisions taken by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail concerning the standard of evidence they require in reporting. In their quest to “investigate” the actions of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Councilor brother Doug Ford, many in […]

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City Must Put Western LRT into Underground Tunnel: Partially Buried Trains Won’t Save Parkway Greenspace

June 10, 2013 11:12 am
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The City of Ottawa must ensure that the Light Rail Transit (LRT) it proposes for the Western Parkway is moved to an underground tunnel, said Lesley Taylor, president of the community group Underground Solution.  “The City of Ottawa’s proposed trenched LRT route will drastically reduce access to the parkland of […]

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On Being a Day-Tripper At 24 Sussex

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By Jean-Pierre Allard  “Just watch him”, I heard Maggie tell the nanny one balmy afternoon in September 1972 while I was slowly making my way upstairs at 24 Sussex. Pierre was at work on the Hill, so I knew she had to be referring to her 10-month old baby Justin. […]

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Sinbads of Kazakhstan

May 29, 2013 5:04 pm
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The Sinelniks team request assistance from the Russian Military Forces to sail through the pirate region. The destroyer Admiral Levchenko escorted the Rusich  through the Horn of Africa for three days. (Photo: Eleanor Wilks)   “There’s nothing better to behold Than for friends to roam around the world And close friends the hardship do […]

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Democracy Watch Unloads on Harper Government for Chronic Lack of Accountability in Series of Cover-ups

May 22, 2013 12:58 pm
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According to Democracy Watch, “biased, lapdog investigations mean cover-up of Senate scandal most likely outcome and public inquiry will be needed – Wright, Duffy should be found guilty of violating ethics rules, and possibly other laws “Ethics Commissioner has covered up twice already for Nigel Wright, Senate Ethics Officer is […]

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“Look at me, not my chair”

May 21, 2013 4:33 pm
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Peter Mackay, Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall-Finley participating in Chair-Leaders, a nationwide campaign with events taking place all across Canada. Life isn’t easy for people living with spinal cord injuries. One of the main issues has been and remains to be their mobility. Several things in today’s society make it harder for […]

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Canadian Red Cross Celebrates World Red Cross Day

May 13, 2013 10:23 am
2013 Open House Red Cross Red Crescent Day (7)

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson helped celebrate World Red Cross Day by officially proclaiming May 8 as World Red Cross Day in Ottawa. Also in the photo is David Fraser, chair of the Ottawa Branch Council of the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross hosted its 2nd Annual Open House on May 8 […]

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Ontario: Is This a Wynne-ing or a Losing Budget?

May 3, 2013 10:21 am

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 2013 budget was tabled on May 2. Premier Wynne’s minority Liberals have delivered an Ontario budget full of NDP proposals, but it’s unclear whether the New Democrats will support it.The coming days will decide if Premier Wynne’s government stays in power or is forced into a […]

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Fixing the Unfixable: Queen Street “Beautification” Project Is Absurd

April 30, 2013 10:55 am
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson unveils artists’ renderings of the Confederation Line that will run under Queen Street.

The City of Ottawa is now studying design proposals for the transformation of Queen Street into a new “Showcase Street” and pedestrian route. Why do these well-paid planners live in such a dream world? Everyone knows Queen Street is wretchedly ugly (save for a very few architectural triumphs) and the […]

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Light Rail Transit Western Extension: Either Build It Right or Don’t Build It at all

April 27, 2013 5:13 pm
Light Rail Transit Bayview Station

When one thinks of all the money spent on foolishness by the City of Ottawa, their efforts to keep a lid on LRT costs are baffling. To reduce costs, the City wants to build the western extension of the LRT through an area west of Tunney’s Pasture where few people […]

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