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ESL students losing ground during pandemic, educators fear

Kids who were just getting comfortable with a new language risk losing their hard-won skills due to the pandemic.

Lack of school structure putting children's mental health at risk

A lack of routine and certainty during the COVID-19 pandemic is creating mental health challenges for Ontario's school kids, medical experts say.

Bluesfest, NAC team up for drive-in concert series

Ottawa Bluesfest and the National Arts Centre, both sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, are teaming up to deliver a series of live drive-in concerts, beginning at the end of July.

Look but don't touch when capital's museums reopen

Shuttered for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the capital's national museums and galleries are carefully preparing for the new reality, while counting their losses.  

Witnesses recount boy's 'brutal' beating in Vanier

Five minors have been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after another teen was severely beaten on Ethel Street in Vanier on Saturday afternoon.

Businesses predict bleak summer tourist season

Businesses in Ottawa that rely on tourism dollars predict a bleak summer, but are hoping federal money to attract Canadians to the National Capital Region will pay off.

Overnight camps going online this summer

Ottawa-area summer camps for children with physical disabilities or from low-income households say they're devastated they'll have to remain closed this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are hoping to keep the camp experience alive virtually.

Online sales coming up roses for local flower shops

Some Ottawa florists say they're managing through the pandemic by adapting their businesses to the demand for delivery and curbside pickup.

Back in business, but not business as usual as pandemic restrictions slowly lift

Both Ontario and Quebec have given a limited number of businesses the right to reopen, but only if they follow strict protocols.

Ontario teachers who work in Quebec anxious about May return

Alexandra Woloschuk might miss her students at her Gatineau, Que., school, but the Ottawa teacher thinks it's too early resume classes — and she's not alone.

Church community, friends mourn family killed in house fire

The three people who died in a house fire in Ottawa's Britannia neighbourhood early Monday morning have been identified as Allan Schoorl, 76, Olwyn Schoorl, 83, and their son, Tim Schoorl, 49.

Students facing bleak job market this summer

It's the time of year when many university students are on the hunt for that all-important summer job that will help finance their higher education. But in the wake of COVID-19, many are scrambling to find work in a dismal employment landscape.

Ottawa facing silent spring as festivals, events cancelled

This is shaping up to be Ottawa's silent spring — and summer's sounding pretty bleak, too — as more and more concerts, festivals and other annual events are cancelled in the wake of measures meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Stittsville plant turns attention to COVID-19 test kits

While businesses everywhere are closing their doors and laying off workers, one manufacturer in Stittsville is looking to more than double its workforce as it ramps up production of COVID-19 test kits.

Breakfast program to continue feeding children despite school closures

The Ottawa School Breakfast Program isn't letting the school closures due to COVID-19 prevent it from getting morning meals to children in need.