Jen Beard

Sr. Digital Producer

Jen Beard is the Sr. Digital Producer for CBC Ottawa. She has been with CBC since 2001 and has worked at The Current, As It Happens and now works in the local Ottawa newsroom. You can reach her by Twitter @jenniferbeard or by email

Latest from Jen Beard

Pot shop cuts hours because it can't get enough cannabis

An Ottawa pot shop is being forced to significantly reduce its hours because it's consistently running out of cannabis and it says the province won't allow it to increase its order.

'The hockey world does care': Kian meets the Sens

It's sometimes difficult to predict who will be touched by the stories we publish. This was one of those times.

Spike in demand for treatment of transgender teens

Children's clinics across the country are seeing exponential growth in demand for treatment from teens who don't identify as the sex they were born with.

Friends and saviours: Peer program targets overdose among Ottawa's homeless

A unique program in downtown Ottawa is bringing safe injection paraphernalia directly to drug users living on the streets, help that's hand-delivered by their friends and peers.

Sky lantern festival sparks controversy

An Ottawa woman is raising safety concerns about an upcoming sky lantern festival taking place near Ottawa.
Phoenix Falling

Miramichi Pay Centre workers feeling Phoenix pain

Employees struggling with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system at the federal government's Pay Centre in Miramichi, N.B., are so stressed out that dozens of them are on stress-related leave, according to the union and people working at the centre.
Phoenix Falling

1 year later and Phoenix problems persist

The government of Canada launched the IBM Phoenix pay system on Feb. 24, 2016 and since then thousands of public servants have been overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all. And one year later the problems persist.

What you should do if you catch an eel in the Ottawa River

The American eel population has plummeted in the Ottawa River and researchers working to bring back the endangered species want people to report any sightings of the fish.
From the archives

Ottawa Easter traditions in the 1960s

Fifty years ago, people living in Ottawa enjoyed hunting for eggs and eating with family and friends on the Easter long weekend, but they also had some different traditions. We dug through the archives to find some for you.

Tommy Des Brisay, a young runner with autism, finishes first marathon

Thousands of runners laced up their sneakers and took part in Ottawa Race Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and one young man with autism did so finishing his first marathon.