City considers selling main library to developer

By Dan McHardie

The City of Ottawa is negotiating with a Toronto-based corporation for the possible sale of the main public library building in an effort to save money.

Mayor Jim Watson, also a member of the city’s library board, says the Cadillac Fairview Corp. initially approached the city with a request to buy the parking garage below the library and the rights to add floors to the building. However, discussion soon escalated to buying the entire building. read more

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Truant information delays release of Grade 3 test results

By Joe Boulé

Missing information has forced the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to delay its release of a school-by-school report card showing how students fared in last year’s Grade 3 provincial examinations.

The report was slated for release on Nov. 16, at the board’s education committee meeting. However, communication problems between the provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and the schools that improperly submitted tests to the EQAO are the main reason for the delay. read more

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