Steve Fischer

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Birth date confusion leaves former Afghan interpreter in limbo

Ahmadshah Malgarai's Canadian passport says he was born in 1972, four years earlier than records in his native Afghanistan. He's been told correcting the discrepancy could take years.

Ottawa teacher sent home after cutting hair of 7-year-old boy with autism

An Ottawa teacher has been sent home after he was accused of cutting the hair of a seven-year-old student with autism at school without permission from the boy's mother.

Quick release of officer accused in Abdirahman Abdi's death raises eyebrows

Lawyers say Const. Daniel Montsion's failure to appear at his bail hearing Monday on charges including manslaughter in the death of Abdirahman Abdi is extremely rare.

Former financial adviser sentenced to 7 years for defrauding clients

Former Ottawa financial adviser Jacques Scribnock has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding 19 investors, many of them close friends, of $2.8 million.

Ottawa welcomes urban campers for Canada's 150th — but it'll cost you

The City of Ottawa is offering some prime spots to would-be urban campers on Canada Day weekend — but they don't come cheap.

Naloxone kits fly off pharmacy's shelves after reports of Kanata overdoses

An Ottawa pharmacy is reporting a big run on naloxone kits following reports this week of drug overdoses among teenagers in Kanata.

Kanata parents with drug-addicted children go to meeting hoping for answers

About 200 parents attended a meeting in Kanata Thursday night looking not just for support, but for ways to keep their drug-addicted teens alive.

Ottawa residents pack meeting for rare opportunity to question SIU

The Special Investigations Unit usually stays out of the spotlight, conducting its investigations away from the public eye. But on Wednesday night in Ottawa, Ontario's police watchdog made an exception and accepted an invitation to speak publicly.

10 years after Randy Rankin shot dead, brother seeks public's help

Randy Rankin — a fierce critic of the harness racing industry who also performed as the clown "Lunch Box Louie" — was shot to death in his home in Morewood, southeast of Ottawa, in February 2007. His death remains unsolved.

Centretown residents turn out in force to oppose LeBreton Flats central library

About 200 Centretown residents attended a public meeting Wednesday evening about the location for a new central library, and almost all of them spoke out against the library's preferred location on the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats.