Here is the list of the top 10 stories according to CBC Ottawa's online readership from January to mid-December 2011:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first international visit as a married couple to Ottawa for Canada Day.
RELATED TOP STORY: William and Kate thrill Canada Day crowds
Eric Leighton, 18, was killed after a shop-class explosion at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in June.
RELATED TOP STORY: Probe into fatal school blast looks at oil drum
An OPP roadside seatbelt check in April found a bizarre and potentially dangerous car modification: a recliner chair sitting in as a front passenger seat.
Classic rock band Cheap Trick barely escaped the Bluesfest main stage when it collapsed on the festival's final day.
RELATED TOP STORY: Storm topples stage at Ottawa Bluesfest
An OC Transpo bus driver was fired after releasing his frustrations on an autistic passenger who was reciting a play he had written.
RELATED TOP STORY: Autistic passenger 'saddened' by bus driver firing
Councillor Allan Hubley revealed his son Jamie was bullied about being gay and struggled with depression before he committed suicide.
RELATED TOP STORY: Gay Ottawa teen mourned at packed church
Police are still looking for suspects in the slaying of student Valérie Leblanc, 18. They said the alleged tampering of the body made it more difficult to investigate.
RELATED TOP STORY: Gatineau student's burned body found behind school
Police responded after early reports a man visited the home of Air Canada VP Duncan Dee armed with a gun. The alleged incident, at the height of a tense labour dispute, was later dismissed by police after further investigation.
RELATED TOP STORY: Police close case on gun incident at Air Canada exec's home
After Ottawa Public Health found internist Dr. Christiane Farazli had not properly cleaned her equipment, the agency sent letters to some 6,800 patients to warn them they may have been exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
RELATED TOP STORY: Ottawa clinic infection scare triggers lawsuit
Jack Tobin, the son of former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Brian Tobin, was sentenced to three years in prison for driving drunk and killing his friend Alex Zolpis, 23.
RELATED TOP STORY: Ex-premier Tobin's son pleads guilty in friend's death