Paul Jay


Paul Jay is a reporter and producer with CBC Ottawa. You can reach him on Twitter @PaulJayCBC or email him at

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Winterlude was less reliant on good weather this year — but got it anyway

​Winterlude had near-perfect weather for its closing weekend and much of its 18-day run, but organizers say this year's festival was poised to be successful even if Mother Nature hadn't played along.

65-storey Albert Street tower would be city's tallest

A developer building on a spot across from the Bayview LRT station is proposing what would be the city's tallest building: one that would stretch 65 storeys tall.

Tips to City of Ottawa's fraud line cost 3 employees their jobs

Stealing a patient's medication. Helping friends cheat on a provincial exam. Selling city-branded swag for personal profit. These are just a few of the allegations the City of Ottawa investigated last year after receiving tips through its fraud and waste hotline.

Here's where your donated clothing really ends up

Your old jeans may end up selling at a local thrift shop, but they're more likely to be cut into rags, or shipped overseas to a market in Kenya or a reprocessing plant in India.

Review supports demolition of Lester B. Pearson's former home

An independent engineer the city hired to take another look at the home where former prime minister Lester B. Pearson lived when he received the Nobel Peace Prize has come to the same conclusion as the building's owner: it should be torn down.

Correcting Phoenix: Collecting overpayments from workers easier said than done

Eight years after a payroll fiasco similar to Canada's own experience with Phoenix, the Australian state of Queensland is still struggling to recover tens of millions of dollars paid in error to its employees.

How to fix Phoenix: Put payroll back in local hands, Australian experts say

When faced with a payroll fiasco similar to Canada's situation with the Phoenix system, the Australian state of Queensland chose an expensive strategy, but one observers say was successful: they put payroll back in local hands.

Australian payroll fiasco foreshadowed Phoenix's failed launch in Canada

Officials in the Australian state of Queensland who studied their own failed implementation of an IBM-provided payroll system say Canada would have benefited from their hard-earned lessons before launching Phoenix for federal public servants.

City seeks to protect taxpayers as LeBreton talks unfold

The City of Ottawa is proposing a list of ground rules it wants observed as negotiations over the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats continue — chief among them, a guarantee that municipal taxpayers won't be overburdened in the deal.

Ottawa needs school bus drivers, but wage hike threatens industry

School bus operators in Ottawa are facing a shortage of drivers, one they worry will get worse as provincial minimum wage increases, making other jobs more attractive.

Ontario pulls plug on little-used Peaksaver energy program

A $270-million energy conservation program that allowed utilities in Ontario to remotely access home thermostats and scale back power usage during peak demand times is coming to an end Saturday, having been activated only 21 times in a decade.

City could offer developer $9M in incentives to clean site near LRT stop

Ottawa city staff are proposing to offer a developer more than $9 million in incentives to build a multi-use building with three residential towers across from the future Bayview Station light rail station.

Next stage of Ottawa light rail to dip farther south

The City of Ottawa is changing the alignment of the planned southern extension of the O-Train with an eye towards linking it to where the people are: the burgeoning community of Riverside South.

Ottawa struggles to recoup $70M paid in error due to Phoenix issues

The federal government has overpaid close to $70 million in total to thousands of past and current employees as of December, and has only reached repayment agreements for about a third of the money, according to internal documents obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Uber's future in Ottawa to be revealed in taxi report

The city's plan to reshape taxi regulations in Ottawa to account for the emergence of ride-hailing services such as Uber is expected to be unveiled Thursday, a week before councillors debate it at committee.