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Cannabis-related hospitalizations highlight need for education, clinicians say

New research showing cannabis is outpacing alcohol as a cause of hospitalization among youth confirms the need for continuing government funding for drug education, Ottawa health-care advocates say.

Dunrobin celebrates triumphs in the wake of last year's tornado

Dunrobin residents took time Saturday to show their community's strength on the one-year anniversary of a devastating tornado that tore through their neighbourhood.

Lalonde wins Orléans nomination as voters say they were turned away

Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde will leave the provincial legislature to become the party's federal candidate in the riding of Orléans, after beating two other candidates Thursday night at a contentious nomination meeting.

'So far, so good' as LRT logs 1st morning commute

Ottawa commuters reported a relatively smooth ride on the city's new light rail system Monday morning, though some who used to take a single bus to work weren't keen on all the transfers.

Prison honey bee program a sweet success

A researcher is finding inmates tending beehives at two federal penitentiaries in Ontario are learning far more than just how to harvest honey.

Campus media makes last push to get students to opt in to fees

Campus radio stations and newspapers are collaborating province-wide to fend off what could be a threat to their existence posed by the Ontario government's "student choice initiative."

Anti-abortion group's campaign volunteers 'raise questions,' former elections chief says

The anti-abortion organization RightNow is recruiting and training activists to volunteer for 50 candidates in the upcoming federal election, and a former chief electoral officer believes that raises questions. 

U of O students prepare to sit year out due to OSAP cuts

As the university year gets underway, the consequences of the cut to Ontario's student grant and loan program are becoming clear — particularly for students from low-income families.

Westboro bus crash survivors, families say charges don't bring closure

OC Transpo driver Aissatou Diallo faces 38 charges following the fatal January 2019 crash — but for those directly affected, questions remain as to what happened that day.

Woman killed in crash 'died saving her daughter,' family says

McKenzie Remus, 20, died Saturday in a two-car collision near near Perth, Ont., leaving behind her grieving fiancé and their 10-month-old daughter.

Ontario prison farms making a comeback

Two federal prison farms in the Kingston, Ont., area are getting up and running again after the former Conservative government shelved the program in 2010.

Somali centre loses grant aimed at saving students from expulsion

Funding for a program credited with preventing the expulsion of black students from Ottawa public schools has come to an end.

Outaouais SPCA agents rubbing residents the wrong way

The Outaouais SPCA says it's fed up chasing down Gatineau pet owners for licence fees to fund its operations — and it appears the owners aren't too pleased, either.

Shooting victim Markland Campbell laid to rest Saturday

Nearly one month after he was shot to death in Ottawa's ByWard Market, hip-hop artist Markland Campbell will be laid to rest by family and friends at a funeral service Saturday. 

Recycling plant's closure leaves Ottawa Valley towns scrambling

A swath of the Ottawa Valley has nowhere to send its recycling following the abrupt closure of a sorting plant in Renfrew, Ont.