Shaamini Yogaretnam

CBC Ottawa reporter

Shaamini Yogaretnam is CBC Ottawa's justice, crime and police reporter. She has spent nearly a decade covering crime in the nation's capital. You can reach her at or 613-220-2486.

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Surviving victim of Ottawa triple shooting feared identifying shooter, jury told

When he woke up from a medically induced coma, Talal Al-Shammari was told he was "the only person in this world" who could identify the person responsible for a July 2017 triple shooting, an Ottawa jury was told Tuesday.

Alleged nurse impersonator worked at Ottawa fertility clinic

Brigitte Cleroux has a three-decade long criminal record for fraud and other “crimes of dishonesty” across North America and CBC News has learned she's now accused of impersonating a nurse at an Ottawa fertility clinic where she performed injections on patients without being qualified.

Ottawa man threw friend from balcony believing he 'deserves to die': prosecutor

Martin Frampton has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the May 2019 death of Kenneth Ammaklak, 31, at a Donald Street highrise apartment building.

'Pulled the trigger and caused the carnage': Ottawa accused defends himself in double-murder trial

Alam Buoc is representing himself in a jury trial on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the July 2017 triple shooting of men that were once his friends. 

Ottawa police cleared of wrongdoing in falling death of Anthony Aust

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has cleared Ottawa police officers in the death of 23-year-old Anthony Aust, who jumped 12 storeys from his bedroom window to flee apprehension last October.

Brother of teen slain in Ottawa questions why a case of road rage cost a life

Ottawa police homicide detectives announced Wednesday they would not charge the 16-year-old boy who fatally stabbed Eric Hewer, 19, saying the teen acted in self-defence.

Alleged nurse impersonator charged by Ottawa police has history of similar crimes

For 30 years, Brigitte Cleroux has impersonated everyone from a school teacher to a former roommate to a registered nurse and left a trail of deception and dishonesty in her wake. Her web of lies has spanned three provinces and two U.S. states.

Ottawa police homicide unit pleads for community cooperation to solve 'cold cases'

Ottawa police homicide detectives are lifting the veil on the difficulty of investigating “cold cases” and are repeating an eternal call — for witnesses or anyone with information about what happened to come forward to police.

Inmate expected to be charged with murder after fatal beating at Innes Road jail

A man already in jail awaiting trial for murder is expected to be charged again with second-degree murder after allegedly killing another inmate at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

1 man dead, another injured in Lowertown shooting

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of 18-year-old Creflo Tansia in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood Tuesday night.