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. You can find her on Twitter at @shaaminiwhy

Latest from Shaamini Yogaretnam

Ottawa police reviewing error after 'femicide' edited out of bulletin

Ottawa police say they are reviewing exactly what happened when a social media post about the murders of women this year was edited to remove the word ‘femicide.’

Ottawa police officer charged for allegedly donating $50 to Freedom Convoy

An Ottawa police officer has been charged with misconduct for allegedly donating money to the Freedom Convoy occupation last February. On Thursday, Const. Kristina Neilson made her first disciplinary appearance to face a single count of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

Ottawa cop resigns after criminal charges in tow-truck kickback scheme stayed

An Ottawa police constable who was once accused of planning an ATM heist and trading tips for tows has resigned from the Ottawa Police Service, CBC News has learned.

Homicide victim, moving from Nunavut, answered Facebook ad for roommate

Savanna Pikuyak, a 22-year-old woman from Nunavut was killed only days after moving to Ottawa. Police have charged Nikolas Ibey, 33, with second-degree murder. Sources say he was her new roommate.

Judges' clerk pleads guilty to obstruction after telling fiancé he was subject of wiretap

A judges' secretary was fired from her job and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after she looked at a wiretap warrant — only to find out her own fiancé was a target in a murder probe and their shared home had been bugged.

Ottawa police officer charged with misconduct after corruption probe

An Ottawa police officer once accused of corruption will still face internal disciplinary charges despite the abandonment of his criminal prosecution.

Killer who stabbed family was charged with stalking, sexual assault days before attack

The man who stabbed a mother and her two daughters Monday night is the son of the family's next-door neighbour, had a "romantic" interest in one of the victims, and was just days ago charged with stalking and sexual assault against another woman, CBC News has learned.

Senior Ottawa police officer suspended in misconduct probe

A senior Ottawa police officer has been suspended from duty amid an ongoing misconduct investigation, CBC News has learned.

Teen convicted in fatal Gilmour Street Airbnb shooting

A 17-year-old boy was the “inside guy” who helped an assassin carry out a targeted quadruple shooting at a Gilmour Street Airbnb in 2020, an Ottawa jury found Wednesday.

Freedom Convoy occupation 'unforeseen,' former police chief says

Former police chief Peter Sloly told a parliamentary committee the events of the Freedom Convoy, which ultimately ended his policing career in Ottawa, were unprecedented, unforeseen and the likes of which the city and its policing partners were not prepared to handle.