Ottawa’s Core Challenges is a special series of stories investigating some of the key challenges impacting Ottawa’s core neighbourhoods, from Hintonburg to Old Ottawa South to Vanier. These stories are produced by first-year students in Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program.
Hungry for hampers: Demand outstrips supply at campus food banks in Ottawa
Ottawa’s post-secondary campus food banks struggle to meet demand from students.
Vanier residents start Good Neighbours safety walks and urge ‘very bold actions’ against opioid crisis
Ottawa has grappled with homelessness and drug addiction for years. A group of concerned residents have decided to act.
Affordable housing cash in Lansdowne renewal plan reduced; move raises concerns, questions about city’s commitment
The latest Lansdowne revitalization proposal released two weeks ago promised even less of a commitment to affordable housing than the original proposal, earmarking just $3.9 million to the city’s affordable housing budget.
Ottawa community organizations face urgent need for volunteer drivers
Community support organizations are facing an urgent need for volunteer drivers to assist with their medical transportation program for seniors.
City of Ottawa not doing enough to address food insecurity, say church-affiliated groups
The people who run church-affiliated meal drop-ins and food banks want to see the city offer better solutions than the emergency help they can provide.
Ending the blame game: ByWard Market’s homelessness crisis frustrates those calling for new solutions
Homelessness in Ottawa’s ByWard Market is an integral problem in the city, one that has been around for decades but has worsened after the COVID-19 pandemic. People are tired: business owners, community members, and the people experiencing homelessness themselves.
Non-police emergency response in Centretown should make those in crisis feel heard, not criminalized, organizations say
In summer 2024, Centretown will be the site of a non-police emergency service pilot program to respond to mental health and addiction crises in the community. Social services in the area said the service is essential for saving lives and instilling trust in the public.
CHUO-FM ‘priceless,’ says station alumnus concerned after uOttawa students vote to cut levy
The future of uOttawa’s campus radio station CHUO-FM is unclear after students voted to end the $4.99 student levy.