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November 2013 Archives

Crackberry crackdown?

Canada's information commissioner wants changes to the way Blackberry instant messages for government employees are handled. Suzanne Legault says it's about honouring access to information laws:

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Amanda's music column

li-ott-amanda-putz-620.jpgMusic can be intoxicating. In fact, playwright Noel Coward wrote, "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is." Our music columnist Amanda Putz drops by with all kinds of tipples for your weekend.

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Municipal Panel

Ottawa_City_Hall_Hotel_de_ville_d'Ottawa.jpgThe budget, the Transportation Master Plan, the Official Plan, and the Infrastucture Master Plan were all passed by council this week. All are documents that will shape the future of the city. But was there enough public input and debate? Our municipal panel has thoughts.

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Vanier doctor wins award for caring for young mothers

She takes medical care out of the hospital - and brings it to young moms at a community centre in Vanier. Now, Dr Nathalie Fleming is the recipient of a new provincial award, honouring her work:

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throwdown: Grey Cup fever hits Ottawa

Roughrider superfan Jennifer Miller goes head-to-head with former CFLer Ken Evraire, who's lined up behind the Hamilton Tigercats this weekend: 

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Graduates of a different kind of boot camp

No squats? No sweat. We hear about a boot camp where people exercised their civics knowledge:

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Municipal politics talks transit woes, OC Transpo and Rob Ford

 Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for aljoanne.jpgOur municipal panel discusses the week that was from Ottawa city hall:

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Sgt. Pepper Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of our Ottawa Morning Sgt. Pepper contest. Five lucky listeners risked the value judgements of friends, family and co-workers to warble and whistle Beatles songs into the phone. They won tickets to hear Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band performed live November 28, by the Art of Time Ensemble, with special guests Steven Page, Andy Maize, Craig Northey and John Mann.

Rob Ford: PR lost cause or reputation on the rebound?

A crisis management specialist gives us his take on the rehabilitation of Rob Ford's image:

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Algonquin Saudi campus draws criticism from faculty

The union representing faculty at Algonquin College is speaking out against an Algonquin campus that is opening in Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, Hallie Cotnam spoke to a member of OPSEU as well as a college spokesperson: 

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Assessing relief efforts a week after tragedy in Philippines

More than a week later, people in the Philippines still struggle to get food, water, and medical supplies. In the meantime, Canadian aid workers continue to arrive, assessing the damage done. We check in with World Vision, on the ground after the typhoon.

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Brian Daly discusses his new book on "Canada's Other Game"

It may have been invented by an Canadian but basketball has never really been our sport. However, with the arrival of new professional teams, such as the Ottawa Skyhawks, author Brian Daly wonders whether a turnaround is coming. It's a question he explores in his new book, Canada's Other Game: Basketball from Naismith to Nash:

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WAVE helps adults with autism find work

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WAVE is a new program at Dovercourt that matches young adults with autism with employers. Hallie Cotnam brought us the story.


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Giving to the Philippines: Which charities can you trust?

People want to give to typhoon relief in the Philippines. The question is to whom? Robyn spoke to a member of Charity Intelligence Canada for tips:

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This weekend's best bets for live music courtesy of Amanda Putz

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Ottawa lawyer reacts to mandatory minimum sentencing ruling

LyttleBioPic.pngAre mandatory minimum sentences fair or can they constitute cruel and unusual punishment?  An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling on Tuesday chose the latter option. At the heart of the ruling was an Ottawa case involving the so-called Grocery Goons. Robyn spoke to Ewan Lyttle this morning, he was the lawyer for one of the men accused in that case:








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Meet a real life underwater explorer

Jill Heinerth Diver.JPGJillW2.jpgiicexitprint.jpgCave diver Jill Heinerth will be honored by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Wednesday night. She was Robyn's guest this morning:










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Queen's Park Insider: Star's Rob Benzie on Hudak's headache

RobBenzie.jpgToronto Star Queen's Park bureau chief Rob Benzie talks to Robyn about some stern words from former Tory Premier Bill Davis, aimed squarely at the pary's current leader, Tim Hudak. And, a preivew of what's in store for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:









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Tom McSorley previews the EU Film Festival

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for tom.jpgOttawa Morning film critic Tom McSorley is also the director of the European Union Film Festival. Here's his preview:

 













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Two lawyers weigh in on the victim-surcharge debate

It's a fine meant to help victims of crime. But many judges say it's too much for some offenders to pay. Now that the victim surcharge law is mandatory some are finding ways to work around it. Is it fair to make criminals pay for victims of crime?  We ask both sides of this debate, to make their case:




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Alas, poor Hamlet goes solo at the NAC this month

HamletSolo.jpgThe timeless tale of the tormented Danish prince told like never before. Robyn speaks to the two Ottawa natives who brought a one-man production of Hamlet to the National Arts Centre:

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Ottawa's Philippino community unites in wake of typhoon

Some can't reach their loved ones, others get in touch only to hear stories of devastation in Haiyan's wake. We got an update on the worst storm in the history of the Philippines:

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Quebec's secular charter

130910_np1nr_rci-charter-signs_sn635.jpgBernard Drainville has introduced Quebec's controversial secular charter to the National Assembly. But how likely is the legislation to pass -- and what does it mean for those on the other side of the river? Robyn poses those questions to the CBC's Shawn Lyons, and Charlotte L'Ecuyer, MNA for Pontiac.

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Affected by the bus crash

buscrash.jpgIt's been seven weeks since a double-decker OC Transpo bus struck a Via Rail train in Barrhaven. The investigation into the crash continues -- and for some, so does the trauma. Hallie Cotnam visits the home of Wendy Hovdestad, who has organized a gathering for those affected by the accident.

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Amanda's music column

li-ott-amanda-putz-620.jpgGood things come in twos this weekend! Amanda Putz drops in to talk about two ladies playing two shows each -- not to mention other live shows that shouldn't be missed.

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A rail link to the airport: will the idea fly?

li-jim-watson.jpgMayor Jim Watson is prepared to explore the feasability of a rail connection to the airport -- but not if the city has to pay for it. So will the plan get clearance? Our municipal panel takes the issue on.

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Tom McSorley reviews The Gardener

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for tom.jpgHe could've been jailed for filming it - but legendary Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makmalbaf took the risk to root his new documentary film in a Baha'i garden in Israel. Ottawa Morning's film critic Tom McSorley joins Robyn with his review.

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Rob Ford's impact on Queen's Park

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for benzie.jpgAfter months of denial, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stood in front of a gaggle of cameras and reporters on Tuesday and admitted to using crack cocaine. It's now the talk of the town in Toronto and elsewhere -- but Rob Benzie fills Robyn in on how Ford's statements are reverberating at the provincial legislature.

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Joel Westheimer on grading behaviour

images.jpgShould students be rated on their behaviour in class? As Ottawa schools get ready to send home report cards, our education columnist discusses the link between behaviour and learning.

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Making house calls on the homeless

hi-homeless2-852-cbc.jpgA new program called TED is taking healthcare directly to Ottawa's homeless population. The acronym stands for "targeted engagement and diversion." Hallie Cotnam joins Robyn to explain how it works.



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Shopping local

SupportLocal-newmark-270x180.jpgIf you stopped to look into some shop windows this weekend, you may have noticed signs reading, "Support Local". It's all part of an annual campaign to showcase local business --- but what does it mean to be a local business, today? Jessica Wilson-Frenken of Magpie Jewellery and Aaron Cayer of Antique Skate join Robyn to explain.



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A CHEO nurse in the Central African Republic

hi-central-africa-cp-rtxxxv.jpgMalnutrition. Malaria. Rebel soldiers. After spending six months in the Central African Republic, CHEO nurse Janique Gagnon is back in Ottawa and joins Robyn to talk about what she saw. 

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Robyn in the Hood: Vanier

As part of our series, Robyn in The Hood, we visited Vanier this week:

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On the show, we discussed the neighbourhood's reputation as a rough place to live. We do a crime reality check for Vanier:

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One Vanier woman tells us her crusade to make her street safer:

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