Nicole Williams


Nicole Williams is a journalist for CBC News based in Ottawa. She has also worked in P.E.I. and Toronto. She is part of the team that won a 2021 Canadian Association of Journalists national award for investigative journalism. Write in confidence to

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'Beautiful and modern' apartment building has rash of problems, tenants say

Tenants of a newly constructed highrise apartment building in Ottawa say they're living in a "nightmare" because of several issues that management has allegedly failed to address.

Federal use of personal data extraction tools raises 'grave concerns' for public servants, experts

Public servants and some cyber security experts say the use of personal data extraction tools by federal departments and agencies is shocking. They wonder why any government office would need such access to people's private information.

Switch to cloud-based HR system creates storm of problems for U of O

Employees are dealing with what they call an "institutional failure" by the University of Ottawa after it switched to a new finance and HR system earlier this year — a move they said has caused them to be underpaid, overpaid or not being paid at all.

Parents 'devastated' to learn Boys and Girls Club in Chinatown shutting down

Parents in Ottawa's Chinatown neighbourhood say they're "devastated" to learn their local Boys and Girls Club will close down in a few weeks.

Consultant cited by airport authority says he never recommended cutting entire forest

The author of one of several reports cited by the Ottawa International Airport Authority as justification to cut down an entire forest on Hunt Club Road says he's never made any such recommendation.

Ottawa airport authority to clear cut forest despite opposition

The Ottawa International Airport Authority will move ahead with cutting a red pine forest on Hunt Club Road, citing public safety concerns. Residents nearby say that's "absolute nonsense."

Region's 3rd death in homeless encampment marks worrying trend, say advocates

Three people have been found dead in homeless encampments in eastern Ontario and the Outaouais this month, marking a disturbing trend advocates say is not only tragic, but preventable.

Feds need to address impact of St. Lawrence seaway strike, stakeholders say

Canada's labour minister says he won't interfere in negotiations to end the strike on the St. Lawrence seaway, but those who rely on the shipping channel argue there's no time to wait for a deal with millions of dollars in grain at stake.

Principal apologizes for asking student to remove Palestinian flag from online profile

The principal of an Ottawa public school has apologized for asking a student to remove the Palestinian flag as their profile picture.

Woman with ties to Ottawa killed in Israel conflict

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa has confirmed Adi Vital-Kaploun, 33, who has family ties to Ottawa, was killed in the Hamas attacks in Israel.