Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is

Latest from Doug Hempstead


Stretches of Bank Street, Rideau Canal driveway to be closed to vehicles

After weeks of lobbying, and examples set in Montreal and other cities, officials are moving to 'pedestrianize' some of Ottawa's streets.

Be mindful of detours around this weekend's Queensway closure

Highway 417 closes at the Nicholas Street exit from 6 p.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Sunday.

It's slippery again, but dogs can help

It's slippery again after a few days of melt. If it wasn't for the dog, I'd be injured right now.

Spring is approaching — pothole season is here

Visibility will be affected on the highways due to spray from the rain and melt, but at least it won't be too grimy and require lots of windshield washer fluid.

OC Transpo scales back extra buses along LRT line

There will again be 12 LRT trains this morning with a slightly rejigged supplementary bus service.

Pedestrians, puddles and inattentive drivers don't mix

A real issue with this dusting of snow during a thaw is newly-obscured puddles.

Kent Street reopens early, but a nasty Hwy. 417 detour coming

The Queensway will be closed in both directions until Sunday morning so that crews can work on the underpass.

Capital traffic police targeting schools, impaired driving this month

The region's residential back streets and sidewalks are still covered in ruts and puddles.

Grippy footwear is a must today

Holy crow, is it ever slippery on Ottawa's sidewalks.

Last week's reduced LRT service still with us

Trains are coming every 4 to 5 minutes on the Confederation Line to start the first workweek commute, with extra buses all day.