Leah Hansen

CBC Journalist

Leah Hansen is a journalist with CBC Ottawa. You can contact her at leah.hansen@cbc.ca or on Twitter @leahmariehansen.

Latest from Leah Hansen

'I was really stunned': Westboro residents awake to vandalism spree

People living on Tweedsmuir Avenue woke up Sunday morning to a scene of smashed car windshields and broken side mirrors, leaving them stunned and frustrated.

Drownings are down in Ontario this year — but perhaps not for long

Fewer people have drowned in Ontario in 2019 compared to previous years, but experts say the trend isn't likely to hold. 

Meet one of Ottawa's most prolific chalk artists

Armed with coloured chalk, a metre stick, and a few damp cloths, Andy Brown spends hours each week designing art for chalkboards at bars across Ottawa — as he’s done for over three decades.

Marching toward 1M: 7 moments that marked Ottawa's growth into a big city

CBC spoke with some of the people at the centre of significant milestones in our city's history about their memories of those moments.

What do you want to see at Lansdowne Park?

As the group in charge of Lansdowne Park contemplates how to bring in more revenue, Ottawa residents are voicing their own opinions about what they'd like to see in the space.

'They've had enough': Ottawa doctor safely back home after fleeing Haiti protests

An Ottawa doctor on a humanitarian mission in Haiti since late January says he's happy to be alive after political unrest and violent protests threatened his return to Canada.

New winter Pride festival a celebration, reminder of fight for equality

This year's Winterlude festival comes with a first for Ottawa's LGBTQ community — the inaugural Pride celebration held in sub-zero temperatures.

Paul Dewar remembered as an advocate for Ottawa

Paul Dewar, the former NDP MP for Ottawa Centre, is being remembered by the community as a champion for human rights and youth activism — and as a tireless advocate for a better community.

Bus crash survivor alleges negligence in $6M lawsuit

One of the survivors of the January OC Transpo bus crash that killed three people has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit, alleging negligence by the transit agency, the bus driver and the City of Ottawa.

Nearly 100 gather to honour Abdirahman Abdi before officer's trial begins

Dozens of people gathered for a vigil in Ottawa Friday to honour Abdirahman Abdi, just days before the officer accused of killing him is expected to appear in court.

3rd fatal Ottawa police shooting in 3 years

Ontario’s police watchdog has begun its investigation into the shooting death of a 30-year-old man Thursday. It's the third time someone has died after being shot by an Ottawa police officer in the last three years.

Ottawa police union president charged

Ontario Provincial Police have charged Ottawa Police Association president Matt Skof with breach of trust and obstructing justice under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Ottawa police union president charged

Ontario Provincial Police have charged Ottawa Police Association president Matt Skof with breach of trust and obstructing justice under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Case of mistaken Red Cross donor mail raises privacy concerns

When Laurie Morling opened a letter addressed to her from the Canadian Red Cross, she found a document addressed to a complete stranger — one with details including their home address, ID number, and previous donations.

Why do Gatineau's water mains keep breaking?

As Gatineau deals with its fourth water main break in two weeks, some are saying its aging water system is vulnerable to shifts in temperature.