Natalia Goodwin

Journalist

Natalia is a multi-platform journalist in Ottawa. She has also worked for CBC in P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Latest from Natalia Goodwin

Canadian Blood Services asks former COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

Canadian Blood Services needs more people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma for a project that could potentially help others suffering from the respiratory illness.

Ottawa waiving patio fees to help struggling businesses

The City of Ottawa will waive some patio fees to help restaurants reopen their outdoor spaces with more room between tables so customers can dine and drink while keeping their distance.

Industry experts applaud Shopify's shift to remote working

Business leaders in Ottawa are praising Shopify for the company's decision to move to a permanent work-from-home model. 

For reopening businesses, there's a mix of optimism and nerves

A slate of new Ottawa businesses — including tennis clubs and retail stores with street entrances — will be able to reopen Tuesday, but some say they're still nervous about how it will all play out.

Ottawa's chief medical officer urges mask use as Ontario opens up

As more Ontario businesses and recreation spots prepare to open, Dr. Vera Etches is driving home her recommendation to wear a mask when outside — especially for people who can't keep two metres away from others.

Gatineau elementary student sent home with COVID-19 symptoms

A student at Lord Aylmer Elementary School in Gatineau, Que. was sent home with symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a school board official says.

She won't stop until COVID-19 does: Former refugee sews 1000s of masks

Celina Urbanowicz has been sewing hundreds of masks for front-line workers in eastern Ontario, as a way of repaying the country that welcomed her 23 years ago. This Mother's Day, her daughters decided to go public with her story.

Western Quebec schools prepare to open — with few students

Schools in western Quebec are getting ready to welcome students back next week, but things will look a lot different — and classrooms will likely be far from full. 

Influx of cottagers could overwhelm Outaouais towns, mayors warn

Some western Quebec officials are concerned they'll be hit with a sudden rush of cottagers once provincial restrictions for COVID-19 are lifted.

Local business advocates call for COVID-19 eviction ban

Pro-business advocates in Ottawa are calling on the province to ban commercial evictions for six months to give renters a break from the hardships caused by COVID-19. 

Ottawa bans window visits at city-run long-term care homes

The City of Ottawa is cracking down on families visiting loved ones through the windows of four city-run long-term care homes during the pandemic.

Despite cancer and COVID-19, Ottawa couple forges ahead with wedding

This May will be Lindsey Vergette-Lamoureux and Darsey O'Hara's fourth attempt to get married — and they're not letting a pandemic stop them.

Rent relief package might not be enough, businesses warn

Local businesses are praising the federal and provincial governments for a new rent subsidy program designed to offer help during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some say it might not be enough to stay open.

STO prepares for layoffs while OC Transpo stays the course

While OC Transpo says it has no plans to lay off employees, Gatineau's public transit agency says it could soon start sending drivers home if Quebec doesn't relax pandemic restrictions by mid-June.

'A wonderful surprise': Ottawans flock to closed-off Queen Elizabeth Driveway

As residents cheer the decision to close a stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to vehicle traffic so that people have more space to enjoy the outdoors, there are calls being made to shut down even more streets.