Joseph Tunney

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

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COVID-19 test booking site like playing 'lottery,' say frustrated parents

A University of Ottawa professor is calling a sluggish online booking system for COVID-19 tests launched by CHEO, eastern Ontario's children's hospital 'unethical' and 'discriminatory.'

1st elementary school in Ontario closes after students, staff test positive for COVID-19

An Ottawa elementary school has become the first in the province to close due to COVID-19 after two staff members and two students tested positive.

Hazmat team brought in after 'white powder' found at Canada Post in Saint John

Hazmat crews were called Monday to the main Canada Post office in Saint John, where the discovery of a mysterious white powder forced the office to close for several hours.

Abdirahman Abdi death anniversary spotlights Black Lives Matter awakening

Hundreds of people gathered outside 55 Hilda St. on Friday evening, the location where four years prior, Abdirahman Abdi lived and was violently arrested.

Python gives owner the slip in Gatineau

Authorities in Gatineau, Que., are on the lookout for a missing python, but say the wayward serpent poses no threat to people.

PM calls grocery store employees 'heroes' after grocery chains cancel pay bump

After several grocery store giants cancelled a $2 pay bump many frontline workers received during the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says those who continued working to keep Canadian pantries full need to be properly supported.

Veteran pilot thankful to be back on ground after mid-air collision

Donald Robertson was flying near Constance Bay Sunday afternoon when another aircraft hit the plane he was piloting.

Family calls for changes to 'dead man's curve' after son killed in crash

Following a deadly crash, some Metcalfe residents have called for changes to the busy intersection at Victoria and Cartwright streets.

Ottawa bars, restaurants ready to welcome patio season

Hairdressers, tattoo parlours, churches and restaurant patios have been given the green light to reopen on Friday.

Cooped-up Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens

People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they're raising chickens in their backyards.

Councillor's brother coming home after weeks stuck on cruise ship

The brother of Coun. Theresa Kavanagh has been given the green light to fly home after being quarantined on the Costa Victoria off the coast of Italy for weeks.

Long wait times for grocery delivery and pickups in Ottawa

Grocery stores and online delivery services are dealing with a surge in demand as online shopping increases with so many people staying at home and practising physical distancing, leading to long wait times for delivery and pickups.

Ottawa company hopes to develop mobile COVID-19 test in 4 weeks

An Ottawa company hopes a new technology it's creating allows people to quickly and accurately test whether they've contracted COVID-19 —without clogging up nearby hospitals or assessment centres.

10th COVID-19 case confirmed at CFB Trenton as quarantine draws to a close

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in quarantine at CFB Trenton continues to rise, at least one Canadian under lockdown there says she's feeling increasingly powerless.

Families worried about restricted access at long-term care homes

Ontario’s Ministry of Health is recommending only “essential visitors” be allowed into long-term care facilities to stem the spread of COVID-10 — but that's worrying for some families whose loved ones rely on their extra care.