Joseph Tunney

Joe Tunney reports for CBC News in Ottawa. He can be reached at

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Chiarelli complainants petition to unseat councillors guilty of inappropriate behaviour

A new petition, launched by women who came forward about Coun. Rick Chiarelli's inappropriate behaviour, is seeking changes to Ontario's Municipal Act.

Community remembers humble fighter for disability rights

Justin Clark, born with cerebral palsy, won a landmark case in 1982 to live independently. He died last week at The Ottawa Hospital at 58 years old.

Prioritize disabled Canadians in group homes for vaccines, says advocate

Sandra Valliquette, whose brother is in a group home, is worried people with disabilities have been largely forgotten by the province's vaccination rollout plans.

Pension plan error leaves man on hook for $7K

Due to an error made by the federal department’s Public Service Pay Centre, Casey Babb has been paying into the wrong pension plan group for nearly six years. The result: he's on the hook for about $7,000.

OCDSB parents given 2 weeks to decide about fall school return

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has given its parents a mid-March deadline to decide whether their children will attend school virtually or in-person this fall.

Four cases of COVID-19 variants found in eastern Ontario

For the first time in its region, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has confirmed four COVID-19 cases as variants of the virus. Further testing is required to determine the exact variant strain of each case.

Photo project turns lens on youth in neighbourhoods racked by COVID-19

A new project from the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre is hoping to reframe people's view of COVID-19 in the nation's capital, and the lives the virus affects most. 

Dog killed by snowmobile in apparent hit and run

A Rockland, Ont., man whose dog was apparently struck and killed by a snowmobile on the weekend is calling on authorities to rein in reckless behaviour on the frozen Ottawa River.

Cooped-up Canadians turning hair into happiness for sick kids

Stuck inside without an open barber shop or hair salon in sight, an increasing number of Canadians have decided to donate their long, flowing locks to charity.

Ontario businesses feeling left out as Quebec prepares to loosen restrictions

As Quebec prepares to loosen some COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday, some business owners in the Ottawa area worry they'll miss out on desperately needed sales unless this province follows suit.