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Patient with rare disease pleads for life-saving drug funding

An eastern Ontario man diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease wants the drug that worked on him in hospital to be funded by the province.

'A Juno on his tombstone': Hip-hop group to play on after founding member's death

Ottawa's Half Size Giants had just learned their new single would be getting Canada-wide airplay when Markland Campbell — also known as Jahiant Jahh — was shot and killed in the ByWard Market.

Floods expose scourge of illegal cottage conversions

Six weeks after moving into their new place on Mississippi Lake in the Ontario town of Carleton Place, the dream home of residents Beverly and Mike Paasila turned into a nightmare.

Parliament Hill staff, MPs, trained to save lives during a catastrophe

Swiftly applied tourniquets saved lives during last fall's Westboro station bus crash. Now, the Ottawa Hospital wants to make sure Parliament Hill workers have the same training.

Ottawa high school latest target of anti-black graffiti

Administrators with Ottawa's French language school board say they were "shocked" to discover someone had spray-painted racist graffiti at École secondaire publique Louis-Riel in Blackburn Hamlet on the weekend.

'Very disappointed': Bike community reacts to speeding charge in cyclist's death

The RCMP's decision to lay a single speeding charge against the driver involved in a collision that killed an Ottawa cyclist last December is raising mixed emotions among bike safety advocates. 

Deaths on U of O campus prompt call for better mental health resources

In the wake of two student deaths in less than a month, the University of Ottawa's student union is calling for improved mental health service on campus.

Gatineau non-profit plans 'super bee' research project

Apicentris Collective wants a beekeeper network that can breed a more resilient bee.

Family of black teen charged with assaulting officer demand investigation

The family of a high school student charged with assaulting an Ottawa Police Service officer is calling for an independent investigation into the officer's actions and whether they represent a systemic problem with how the force deals with black youth. 

Hate crime unit never existed, Ottawa police say

The Ottawa Police Service says it never had a dedicated hate crime unit — despite plenty of evidence that it did, and disbelief from anti-racism advocates who say they've worked with its officers.

Once the water recedes, road repair bills will flood in

Fixing some roads that could be underwater for more than a month may involve a redesign.

Renfrew County still fears 2nd flood peak from winter melt

On Friday, emergency officials sat beside municipal and provincial politicians and presented a dire assessment of the threat floodwaters still posed to some 1,000 properties in the region.

No home, no school: Pontiac flood victims hit with double whammy

Parents of hundreds of children in Pontiac, Que., are being told schools will remain closed the rest of this week — and perhaps longer — because of stresses on the western Quebec's sewage system.

Spring melt means further flooding could come

Officials keeping a close eye on the Ottawa River are warning more water could be on the way due to the melting snowpack.

Parents worry as teacher cuts, labour strife loom

Parents of Ottawa high school students are bracing for the loss of hundreds of teaching positions and the threat of job action, following changes announced in the Progressive Conservative government's first budget.