2011 Top Ottawa stories: Royal visit, school explosion and stage collapse

The school explosion that killed Barrhaven high school student Eric Leighton captured the eyes and clicks of many CBC Ottawa readers in 2011.

Jamie Hubley suicide, Valerie Leblanc slaying and hepatitis, HIV scare also among most viewed

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 on Canada Day. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
1Will and Kate warmly received in Ottawa

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first international visit as a married couple to Ottawa for Canada Day.

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Ottawa student Eric Leighton. (Facebook)
2. Ottawa student dies after explosion at school

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 

A living room-style recliner as passenger seat. (Ontario Provincial Police)
3. Driver stopped had armchair for passenger seat

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.

A powerful thunderstorm toppled the main stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest. (Adam Dietrich/Canadian Press)
4. Bluesfest stage collapse 'a freak situation'

Classic rock band Cheap Trick barely escaped the Bluesfest main stage when it collapsed on the festival's final day.

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An OC Transpo bus driver berated Matthew Taronno. (CBC)
5. Autistic passenger responds to bus driver tirade

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 STORYAutistic passenger 'saddened' by bus driver firing 

Jamie Hubley, who came out in high school, committed suicide in the fall. (Facebook)
6. Gay Ottawa teen who killed himself was bullied

Councillor Allan Hubley revealed his son Jamie was bullied about being gay and struggled with depression before he committed suicide.

RELATED TOP STORYGay Ottawa teen mourned at packed church 

Gatineau police accused a group with tampering the body. (Submitted photo)
7. Gatineau student's body may have been tampered with

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 

Duncan Dee was the target of an enraged Air Canada employee. (Air Canada)
8. Gunman shows up at home of Air Canada executive 

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 STORYPolice close case on gun incident at Air Canada exec's home 

Ottawa Public Health found an Ottawa doctor had 'lapses in infection control.' ((CBC))
9. Ottawa says 6,800 exposed to infection risk 

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.

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Jack Tobin arrives at court on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
10. Tobin's son gets 3 years for drunk-driving death

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 STORYEx-premier Tobin's son pleads guilty in friend's death