Ben Andrews


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

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City revising plan that pits park against school in Little Italy

A major development proposal in Little Italy that would see a French public school built on top of a century-old park is under review while the city explores different ways to arrange the space.

Pay-it-forward meal donations catch on in Ottawa Valley restaurants

A new pay-it-forward initiative is catching on at restaurants across the Ottawa Valley, with patrons buying meals for those who otherwise couldn't afford them.

How the natural gas pipeline debate is dividing one rural community

The response in Lanark County is part of a broader debate pitting those who value savings on energy costs against those concerned about the long-term risk of locking new communities into fossil fuels.

New guidance urges cities to treat encampment residents with dignity, respect

As a growing number of homeless encampments pop up in communities across Canada, a new report attempts to outline the best practices for the relationship between cities and those populations.

More cash set aside for affordable housing as Lansdowne 2.0 debate stretches on

During another prolonged debate on the next redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, Ottawa city councillors tried to restore the proposed green arena roof, secure funding for parks and even defer a decision on the project entirely.

Vacant retirement home could house families staying in hotels

Ottawa city council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether the 170-unit building on Corkstown Road should become transitional housing for families living in spaces such as hotels and post-secondary residences.

Advocates want officer fired for threatening to kill his ex

More than a dozen women's advocacy groups say Ottawa's police force is betraying public trust by continuing to employ an officer who threatened to kill his ex and wielded a knife during an argument.

Residents, heritage group aim to halt demolition of 'irreplaceable' Lanark mill

A heritage group in Lanark, Ont., is hoping to stop the demolition of the Glenayr Kitten Mill, a mid-19th century building that was once the cornerstone of the local economy.

Brutalism could help Ottawa convert offices to housing

A new report finds Ottawa has high potential for office-to-apartment conversions, but exactly where those transformations take place may be influenced by brutalist architecture.

Some Canadians are volunteering for the Israeli army. What motivates them?

Temima Silver is among volunteers who are joining the Israel Defence Forces for the ongoing war.