Mckenzie Donovan

Political Columnist/Features Writer

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Transit Comission looks into electric bus program and funding

Transit Comission looks into electric bus program and funding

ABOVE: Electric buses will gradually replace the city's diesel buses. A motion to call a special meeting of the Ottawa Transit Commission was passed at Wednesday’s Council meeting. This followed several councillors expressing concern about pushing through the purchase of electric buses [...]

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Sip, savour, and explore Lake Geneva — a hidden gem of the Midwest

Sip, savour, and explore Lake Geneva — a hidden gem of the Midwest

ABOVE: Visit Maxwell Mansion for amazing drinks at their speakeasy, and stay for the Great Gatsby vibes! Situated between Chicago and Milwaukee is one of the most phenomenal vacation resort towns in the United States. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is where unique food culture and friendliness meet with [...]

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Electric bus oversite main issue at first council meeting of year

Electric bus oversite main issue at first council meeting of year

ABOVE: The City of Ottawa's General Manager of Transit Services, Renée Amilcar at Ottawa City Council. (IMAGE VIA ROGERS TELEVISION) Mayor Mark Sutcliffe began 2023’s first session of Council by highlighting some of the issues plaguing the city. Ottawa is experiencing both an affordability [...]

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Citizens express frustration over proposed Police Services Board By-law amendments.

Citizens express frustration over proposed Police Services Board By-law amendments.

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) met Monday, January 23, for its first publicly scheduled meeting of 2023. The meeting was chaired by Suzanne Valiquet, with Councillors Cathy Curry, Marty Carr, and Mayor Mark Suttcliffe participating. The OPSB meeting began with the delegate participation segment, [...]

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Another big failure by the Ottawa Police Services Board.

Another big failure by the Ottawa Police Services Board.

The Ottawa Police Service will begin its budgetary period in the next few weeks. It is holding the first Police Services Board meeting of the year on January 23rd. However, with a new mayor, a new police chief, and new board members, the Ottawa Police Services Board appears to be stepping in the wrong [...]

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Top doctors have different views on masking ahead of “Kraken” surge.

Top doctors have different views on masking ahead of “Kraken” surge.

After nearly three years, masking has become a thing of the past for most Ontarians, but according to some doctors, we’re not in the clear yet. In December, Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, ruled out another mask mandate unless Covid drastically changed and started [...]

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The best-kept secret in the Mediterranean: Turkiye’s wine region

The best-kept secret in the Mediterranean: Turkiye’s wine region

Above: Yanıkülke winery has a luxury resort vibe. It is one of the most picturesque wineries and resorts in the Aegean region. Mediterranean civilization was built with wine as a cornerstone. Greece, France, Spain, and Italy are known internationally as some of the finest producers of history’s [...]

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From apathy to stability — a transformative year in Ottawa city politics.

From apathy to stability — a transformative year in Ottawa city politics.

By all accounts, Ottawa had a rough year. Citizens of the capital started the year tired and worn out, thanks partly to a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ironically, this mood also seeped into municipal politics, and the fatigue associated became a metaphor for the last chapter of Jim Watson’s [...]

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Ottawa Board of Health welcomes new members and chooses a chair.

Ottawa Board of Health welcomes new members and chooses a chair.

ABOVE: In a unanimous vote, Councillor Catherine Kitts was elected chair of the Ottawa Board of Health. (PHoto: Meet Catherine | Catherine Kitts) The primary focus of yesterday’s Ottawa Board of Health meeting was the swearing-in of newly appointed members of the board and the election of [...]

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The First budgetary meeting shows a Council diverse in opinions but cordial in process.

The First budgetary meeting shows a Council diverse in opinions but cordial in process.

Ottawa’s last City Council meeting of the year was devoted mostly to discussing budget directions from the City Finance Service’s report. Mayor Mark Sutcliffe began the Council meeting with his thoughts on the budgetary process stating, “As we all know, families throughout Ottawa [...]

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