Ben Andrews

Reporter

Ben Andrews is a reporter with CBC News in Ottawa. He can be reached at benjamin.andrews@cbc.ca or @bendandrews.

Latest from Ben Andrews

Ventilation data clears up air quality questions in Ottawa's city-run LTC homes

CBC News obtained comprehensive maintenance and construction records on Ottawa’s four city-run long-term care homes. Although the homes met or exceeded provincial standards, experts are asking whether those standards need rethinking.

'Just holding it together': Small businesses look back as pandemic hits 2-year mark

Ottawa's small business owners say two full years of pandemic public health measures have shaped the way they do business.

Ukrainian-speaking Ottawans rush to help those fleeing Russian invasion

A temporary federal government job posting seeking Ukrainian speakers is spreading like wildfire among the Ukrainian-Canadian community, with fluent Ottawans offering up their services to help the millions now fleeing Russian troops.

Planning committee to vote on major Manor Park development

A proposed development in Ottawa's Manor Park neighbourhood that seeks to add 3,800 residential units goes to a vote at the City of Ottawa's planning committee next week, but the area councillor is not a fan.

After weekend of protests, Ottawa residents are feeling the effects

Ottawa's downtown core has echoed with the sound of blaring horns and chanting crowds for parts of four days now, and with protesters and transport trucks choking off access, many in the city are beginning to feel the effects.

Coyote sightings on the rise in Ottawa. Here's what to do if you see one

Wildlife experts share what someone should do if they encounter an urban coyote.

Two-dose passport 'almost worthless': Ottawa medical experts call for three-dose document

Some Ottawa-area public health experts are supporting a change to the province's vaccine passport that would require Ontarians have a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to enter a range of indoor establishments, as the province is set to begin lifting public health restrictions at the end of the month.

Parents weigh options, students call for mark freeze as schools prepare to reopen

A student-led call for a 'mark freeze' is one of several ways students and parents are questioning the rollout of Ontario’s return to elementary and secondary classrooms.

'More work for no pay': Travel agents say they're in trouble after slew of trip cancellations

After two lean years, Ottawa-area travel agencies say a combination of holiday trip cancellations, new government travel rules and a lack of financial support is putting them in jeopardy — just as the industry appeared to be recovering.

Fears persist around Wednesday target for school reopening

Some parents, students and teachers' associations in Ottawa are voicing opposition to Ontario's plan for students to return to the classroom on Wednesday and are calling for Ottawa's medical officer of health to delay in-person learning.

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