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Author: Phalen Tynes-MacDonald


City’s environment committee pushes for more details, reassurance about Chalk River nuclear waste projects

The City of Ottawa’s environmental protection committee wants Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to do more to ensure the safety of the Ottawa River before it begins two planned nuclear waste projects near the main source of drinking water for the national capital and many other communities downstream of CNL’s Chalk River operations. After an eight-hour meeting on March 30, the committee…


Vaccinating Ottawa’s homeless population poses unique problems

As the vaccine rollout proceeds in the city, Ottawa Inner City Health is leading the charge to get vaccines into the arms of the homeless population. This group was initially scheduled for shots in the second phase of vaccination but city officials moved them up the queue after outbreaks spread through six shelters earlier this year. The challenge now is…


Plan to scrap ‘racist’ streaming in Grade 9 hailed as major step for Black students in Ontario

Beginning in Grade 9, all the way through his high school career, Ethan Itwaru had a ritual of visiting the guidance counsellor once a year. His annual battle to secure the grades he needed to earn in some of his classes had him regularly questioning whether to switch to the hands-on applied stream or stay in the post-secondary-track academic stream….