Alistair Steele

Writer and editor

After spending more than a decade covering Ottawa city hall for CBC, Alistair Steele is now a feature writer and digital copy editor at

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Mining claim 'boom' pits prospectors against public in suburban Gatineau

The head of a Montreal-based mineral exploration company is reassuring hundreds of residents of Gatineau, Que., that it has no immediate plans to mine for phosphate in the ground beneath their homes.

Local legend's war stories still astound 80 years on

Roly Armitage has two kinds of war stories: the ones he likes to tell, and the ones he'd rather not. The first kind are so astounding that they almost defy belief, and so numerous that they don't leave much room to dwell on the second kind.

Military families among Canadians caught up in benefits mess

As Canadians prepare to observe Remembrance Day, some military members, veterans and their families say they're feeling forgotten amid the messy transition of the Public Service Health Care Plan to Canada Life.

Ottawa Alert a tribute to women who helped break the ice a century ago

The proposed name for the capital's new PWHL team harkens back to the earliest days of women's hockey, a local historian says.
Begging for benefits

Woman's health 'sliding backwards' after drug coverage pulled

For Janice Namiesniowski, living with asthma was like breathing "through a straw." An expensive drug called Xolair was starting to work wonders, but her coverage was suddenly cut off when Canada Life took over the Public Service Health Care Plan in July.
Begging for Benefits

Health plan switch halts benefits to dead soldier's daughters

An Ontario woman who's been caring for her granddaughters for nearly six years says she's suddenly unable to claim the girls' medical benefits even though they're entitled through their father, a deceased Canadian military veteran.

Why is the NCC letting these parkways go dark?

The National Capital Commission is embarking on a major project to replace hundreds of street lights lining the Rideau Canal in central Ottawa, but not before letting the majority of them go dark — and in some places, letting them stay that way for years.

The long, strange journey of the bones of Barrack Hill

The remains of seven more of Bytown's earliest citizens, found scattered along Queen Street in 2016, will finally be laid to rest at Beechwood Cemetery.

City denies permit for pro-Ukrainian protest at Russian embassy

The City of Ottawa, with input from Ottawa police, has denied a demonstration permit to a local group that planned to flash pro-Ukrainian messages on the facade of the Russian embassy using a laser light projector.

10 years later, crossing where bus and train collided largely unchanged

Ten years after an OC Transpo bus smashed into a Via Rail passenger train in south Ottawa, killing six, a key safety improvement recommended in the wake of the tragedy — grade separation at the busy crossing — could still be years away.