Julie Ireton

Senior Reporter

Julie Ireton is a senior reporter who works on investigations and enterprise news features at CBC Ottawa. She's also the host of the new CBC investigative podcast, The Band Played On. You can reach her at julie.ireton@cbc.ca

Latest from Julie Ireton

Isolation the real threat for loved ones with dementia, families say

Families of people living with dementia say the sudden loss of social interaction is taking a heavy toll on their loved ones, and medical experts agree.

Rural areas anxious for news on vaccine rollout plan

As scores of Ottawans have started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, health-care workers and residents in rural parts of eastern Ontario are still waiting to hear when their doses will arrive and what the plan is for the rollout.

Vaccination effort shifts focus to nursing homes

Public health authorities in Ottawa tasked with deciding who should receive the COVID-19 are shifting their focus from front-line health-care workers to those who live, work and help out in the city's long-term care facilities.

COVID-19 survivors share their stories — and their hope for the future

We hear the stories of three people in Ottawa who contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Nursing home workers are first to get COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa

About 1,500 long-term care workers from 10 nursing homes in the Ottawa region are the first to receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which arrived on Monday.

Inspection reports reveal lapses at hard-hit care home

Following four COVID-19 outbreaks and more than 50 deaths at Madonna Care Community in Ottawa, new inspection reports from Ontario's Ministry of Long-Term Care point to several serious violations at the home since April. 

Outbreak overwhelmed Hawkesbury nursing home, chief administrator says

As the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont., enters week 10 of its COVID-19 outbreak, an administrator is opening up about the "overwhelming" situation inside — the unrelenting stress, the strain on staff and the need to rebuild confidence in this small community's long-term care home.

Victim support groups vow to keep close eye on new OPS hires

As the Ottawa Police Service sets out to hire five new investigators to work in its sexual assault and child abuse section and its partner assault unit, organizations that support victims and survivors say they'll be watching closely to make sure the quality of service also improves. 

Brockville mourns 'a beautiful soul' lost to domestic violence

Audrey Hopkinson would have turned 34 today, the same day the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses publishes its annual femicide list. This year, Hopkinson's name will be on that list.

Pandemic adding to pressure on rural women's shelters

Women's shelters in rural eastern Ontario say they’re coping with an excessive number of crisis calls and an increasingly volatile environment for women, all while dealing with COVID-19 restrictions on their staff and facilities.

Concern grows for victims in wake of closure of Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

Organizations that help victims of sexual violence say they don't know how they'll fill the void when the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre closes temporarily in early December.

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre temporarily shuts down, lays off staff

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre is closing down, staff have been terminated and the board is planning a "revisioning process" in the hopes of reopening next spring.

New transitional unit opens at Ottawa retirement residence

Ottawa and area hospital patients who no longer require acute-care treatment can now go to a 120-bed transitional unit at a new Ottawa retirement home. The unit will be managed and staffed by a private company.

Hawkesbury care home resident, 37, paints bleak picture of life under lockdown

Carlin Pethke, who has an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis, hasn't had a visitor at the Prescott and Russell Residence since a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the municipally run long-term care home on Oct. 9.

Unions call on province to create more full-time nursing jobs in long-term care

The head of an Ontario advocacy group would like everyone to stop assuming there's a shortage of nurses in this province and start talking about the need for full-time jobs and better working conditions, specifically in long-term care. 

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