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September 2013 Archives

Hockey Night in Canada welcomes start of NHL regular season

Mike Brophy of Hockey Night in Canada sets up the new NHL regular season, with a focus on the Ottawa Senators:

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Mock supervised injection site open house

Sean Leblanc.JPGA local advocate makes the case for a supervised injection site for drug users in downtown Ottawa:

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We also hear from the ByWard Market BIA and the Lowertown Community Association: 

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Keeping Ottawa schools safe from intruders

Students and staff at D. Roy Kennedy Public School had a bit of a scare Thursday morning. Ottawa Police say a man in his 50s entered the building with what turned out to be a fake gun. Police wound up subduing the man with a taser but it was a real cause for concern for staff, students and their families. So, in a situation like this - is there anything that could have prevented the man from getting into the school? We put the question to Brett Reynolds, the board's principal of Inclusive, Safe and Caring Programs: 

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Foreign service worker strike over after six months

After six months, a deal has been struck between the foreign service workers' union and the government. We hear from the head of the union on how the longest strike in the public service's history came to a close:

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Gavan's Hotel in Quyon gets Hall of Fame treatment

8636624_orig[1].jpgAt Gavan's Hotel, they kept a fiddle and guitar behind the bar. The legendary Quyon hotel will be inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame this weekend. Gail Gavan, the original owner's daughter, sings its praises with Robyn:  

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Amanda's music picks for the weekend

Your weekend music primer from Bandwidth host Amanda Putz:

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Ottawa Morning photo of the week

Frog exhibit at Museum of Nature goes beyond the green

frog.JPGHere's a conversation with the zookeeper and heptologist in charge of a new frog exhibit at the Museum of Nature. It's called "Frogs: A Chorus of Colours":

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An Ottawa pastor helps people cope with last week's fatal bus crash

Another victim from last week's bus crash will be laid to rest today. We meet a pastor who's helping families and neighbours make sense of it all.

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Tom's Review: Museum Hours

Tom_McSorley4_534_800_90[1].jpgTom McSorley drops by to review Museum Hours, starring Mary Margaret O'Hara:

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Owners of Ada's Diner call it quits

Ada and Wilf.JPGAda and Wilf Laham have owned Ada's Diner for decades. It's a tiny but popular spot in Centretown, at the corner of Bank and Arlington. But Ada and Wilf recently announced they're selling the diner. Robyn paid them a visit this week:

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Parliament Hill insider: Glen McGregor

GlenMcGregor.jpegGlen McGregor is our Parliament Hill insider. He and Robyn discussed a New York Times editorial that slams the Harper government for allegedly muzzling federal scientists:

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Everyone loves a fair - and it's fair season in the Ottawa Valley

photo (3).JPGQuilts, cows, cotton candy. Hallie Cotnam finds out why fall fairs are a community's homecoming:

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Terror in Kenya: making sense of a deadly attack

Nearly 70 people died in a terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya over the weekend, including an embassy worker from Ottawa. We take a look at the region with help from a University of Ottawa professor who's scheduled to return there in a couple of weeks:

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Joel Westheimer discusses parent-teacher interviews

Joel-Westheimer-306-306.jpgMeet the teacher days are here, with mixed response from parents. Our education columnist Joel Westheimer spoke to Robyn about the importance of parent-teacher relationships, and why so many schools are failing:

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Six Ottawans, six stories

buscrashflowers.jpgSince Wednesday's crash between an OC Transpo bus and a Via passenger train, we've been learning more about the individuals who were killed that morning. Hallie Cotnam joins Robyn to shed some light on the lives of those people.

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Amanda Putz's music listings

li-ott-amanda-putz-620.jpgMusic is a good balm for a city in mourning, and there is lots of it to escape to in Ottawa this weekend. Our music columnist Amanda Putz shares some picks to put on your list.

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Ottawa mayor reacts to the Barrhaven crash

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson calls it the worst bus collision in the city's history. Six dead. Dozens injured. And many unanswered questions on why the collision happened. Jim Watson joined Robyn in studio to explain what the city is doing in the aftermath of yesterday's crash.

 

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At the scene of the Barrhaven crash

crash.jpgThe CBC's Hallie Cotnam was one of the first reporters to arrive at the site of the collision between the Ottawa transit bus and VIA passenger train yesterday. She spoke with passengers who had been on the bus -- as well as those who rushed to the scene in search of loved ones. Hear how the morning unfolded.


 


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Tom McSorley reviews "The Family"

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Tom_McSorley4_534_800_90[1].jpgYou've heard of gangsters in New York and New Jersey. What about gangsters in Normandy? Ottawa Morning film critic Tom McSorley reviews the latest mob flick, "The Family."

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Career bureaucrat writes book about dealing with political masters

He spent years as a senior civil servant sometimes butting heads with the minister's office. Now Andrew Griffith is offering advice for other public servants on how to deal with the Harper government -- in a new book.

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Ottawa Report with Glen McGregor of The Ottawa Citizen

GlenMcGregor.jpegEach week, we look at the goings on in federal politics with our insider, Glen McGregor of The Ottawa Citizen:

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Author interview: And Then There Were Nuns

Robyn speaks to author Jane Christmas, author of "And Then There Were Nuns":

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Reality Bites: Getting cheese into your kids' snacks

Yoni.jpgWhen you're shopping for healthy school snacks for the kids, you probably opt for fruit and veggies, granola bars even. But a new study suggests cheese is a good choice. We asked our Reality Bites columnist Dr. Yoni Freedhoff to weigh in:

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The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study goes online

Think you know everything about the Ottawa neighbourhood where you live? A new website will help you discover another layer of the city:

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All you need to know about your 'hood - online

Think you know everything about the Ottawa neighbourhood where you live? A new website is uncovering another layer of the city -- coming up.

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Remembering Rhoda Murray

Rhoda Murray never drove her kids to hockey practice in the wee hours. The mother of ten wasn't even much of a fan -- at least at first. But two of her sons, Terry and Bryan, would go on to careers in the NHL. Bryan Murray joined the Ottawa Senators as head coach and is now the team's general manager. Ottawa Morning's Hallie Cotnam interviewed Rhoda back in the spring of 2007:

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The Ottawa Morning city politics panel

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for aljoanne.jpgOur city politics panel, with CBC Ottawa's Alistair Steele and The Ottawa Citizen's Joanne Chianello, returns from a summer break to discuss the great casino debate: 

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Jessa Runciman has your weekend music picks

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Jessa.jpgWhether it's under bridges or inside barns, there's live music to be found all over this weekend. Jessa Runciman has your musical map:

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India's story


If you missed the story of 16-year-old India Buxton Taylor, please check out our story and the Ottawa Morning interview here.

Ontario Report with The Toronto Star's Rob Benzie

RobBenzie.jpgA symbolic motion was introduced by Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter yesterday. And, perhaps surpisingly, it stems from the Charter of Values being proposed in Quebec...Toronto Star Queen's Park bureau chief Rob Benzie tell us more:

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Tom McSorley reviews The Attack

Tom_McSorley4_534_800_90[1].jpgOttawa Morning's film critic Tom McSorley reviews The Attack:

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Childhood cancer survivors

More young people are surviving childhood cancers. But, sometimes the treatments that helped them beat the illness, catch up with them. We heard about the challenges researchers face in finding treatments for kids with cancer from David Stodjl. He's a researcher at CHEO, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. Stodjl spoke at a Childhood Cancer Awareness Rally on Parliament Hill over the weekend. And he spoke to Robyn in studio on Monday.

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Manx Pub celebrates 20th anniversary

When it comes to pubs, it's an Ottawa institution. The Manx on Elgin Street is celebrating twenty years in business. While most of us have changed quite a bit since 1993, the below-ground establishment has stayed pretty much the same. The CBC's Andrew Foote stopped by for brunch to see why people are such fans of the Manx:

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Ottawa's wrestling community happy with 2020 Olympic return

The International Olympic Committee voted this weekend to reinstate wrestling in the Tokyo 2020 Games. That has Mike Smith breathing a huge sigh of relief. Smith is a coach and technical director at the National Capital Wrestling Club in Ottawa. He was also an alternate at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta:

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Dusty Drifters pass through Studio 12

For the past few years, it was a regular event on Sunday nights: the Dusty Drifters pluckin' their banjos and singing their songs at Irene's Pub on Bank Street. Regulars called it "church" and their old-time bluegrass sounds attracted a lot of new converts. Their appearance at the Ottawa Folk Festival can only help matters. Two of the members performed in Studio 12 on Friday:

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Reptile expert warns against owning big reptiles

A bearded dragon. A Burmese python. A snapping turtle. Just some of the many exotic animals confiscated from a home in Gatineau on Thursday. They were seized after a number of complaints by neighbours. The animals are now in the hands of a local reptile zoo. And that's where Hallie Cotnam was this morning:

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You too can learn to farm organically here in Ottawa

JustFood.JPGWhat does it take to become a farmer? As Hallie Cotnam found out, a plot of land is just the beginning:

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Nepean Redskins face human rights complaint over nickname

Ottawa-based Ojibway musician Ian Campeau tells Robyn why he's filng a human rights complaint on behalf of his five-year-old daughter againt the Nepean Redskins:

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Tom McSorley reviews Closed Circuit

Tom_McSorley4_534_800_90[1].jpgHere's Tom McSorley's review of Closed Circuit, a new film set against the backdrop of a terrorist attack:

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Looking around at Ottawa's typography

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Faded paint on a brick wall...Bubble-lettering on a gas station icebox...Glowing neon lettering which reads "BURGERS, SHAKES, FRIES." They're some of the images that have been collected and displayed in a new Facebook group devoted to the appreciation of local typography. The group's founder, Liam Mooney, joins Robyn to spell out the value of type in the city.


The first day of school at York Street P.S.

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Tuesday was the first day back for students in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board -- but the school year starts earlier for teachers. The CBC's Jeanne Armstrong dropped by York Street Public School last week, where principal Laurel Tye was getting ready for the onslaught of kids.