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Author: Jordan Haworth

Dead birds at the annual bird collision display, held at the Ottawa City Hall.

Ottawa finally considers bird-friendly building guidelines 15 years after Toronto, Vancouver

Ottawa City Council is set to approve guidelines for protecting birds, almost 15 years after Toronto and Vancouver adopted their own. This move comes one year after a 2019 report by the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative showed a 30 per cent decline in populations across North America. It’s estimated that 1 billion birds die per year as a result of humans, with collisions being the second largest human-related causes of death besides pet cats.


City council votes to suspend Rick Chiarelli’s pay after “disgusting” actions

Ottawa City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to give College Ward Coun. Rich Chiarelli the most severe punishment possible following the release of a report into allegations of sexual harassment. Chiarelli’s salary will be suspended for nine months, a total of about $79,000. A report by the city’s integrity commissioner found that Chiarelli had violated several city policies when, Robert Marleau says,…


Waiting for Stage 2: Toronto and Peel to move on, Windsor-Essex fails to meet reopening criteria

With Ottawa and other Ontario regions wrapping up their first week in Stage 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan, three regions in the province — as of Monday, June 22 — remained stuck in Stage 1 because of concerns about continued transmissions of the virus. The regions initially left out of the second stage were Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex. That…

Reagan Bradley, a social entrepreneur, poses for a photo.

Local Ottawa businesses adapt to COVID-19 closures

Some local business owners say they are facing some very tough choices in the current lockdown in Ontario.  Businesses deemed essential by the province include grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, and cannabis retailers among others. This has forced some non-essential business owners to rework their plans to survive during the closures. “I made the decision to cut all nine of my…