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Birth date confusion leaves former Afghan interpreter in limbo

Ahmadshah Malgarai's Canadian passport says he was born in 1972, four years earlier than records in his native Afghanistan. He's been told correcting the discrepancy could take years.

Paramedic calls for more defibrillators after 2 hockey players' lives saved

Pete Wightman and his middle-aged buddies used to joke about the defibrillator at Carleton University's Ice House, where they play hockey every week — but not anymore.

Uber slams new tax announced in federal budget

Uber Canada is criticizing the federal government's move to require ride-hailing companies to pay 13 per cent HST as bad for business, customers and the environment.

Ottawa teacher sent home after cutting hair of 7-year-old boy with autism

An Ottawa teacher has been sent home after he was accused of cutting the hair of a seven-year-old student with autism at school without permission from the boy's mother.

Quick release of officer accused in Abdirahman Abdi's death raises eyebrows

Lawyers say Const. Daniel Montsion's failure to appear at his bail hearing Monday on charges including manslaughter in the death of Abdirahman Abdi is extremely rare.

Ottawa welcomes urban campers for Canada's 150th — but it'll cost you

The City of Ottawa is offering some prime spots to would-be urban campers on Canada Day weekend — but they don't come cheap.

Former financial adviser sentenced to 7 years for defrauding clients

Former Ottawa financial adviser Jacques Scribnock has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding 19 investors, many of them close friends, of $2.8 million.

Naloxone kits fly off pharmacy's shelves after reports of Kanata overdoses

An Ottawa pharmacy is reporting a big run on naloxone kits following reports this week of drug overdoses among teenagers in Kanata.

Kanata parents with drug-addicted children go to meeting hoping for answers

About 200 parents attended a meeting in Kanata Thursday night looking not just for support, but for ways to keep their drug-addicted teens alive.

Ottawa residents pack meeting for rare opportunity to question SIU

The Special Investigations Unit usually stays out of the spotlight, conducting its investigations away from the public eye. But on Wednesday night in Ottawa, Ontario's police watchdog made an exception and accepted an invitation to speak publicly.

'There is life after drugs': A message for teens addicted to fentanyl

A Smiths Falls woman has decided to speak out about her addiction to fentanyl in the hope that teenagers learn from her example and avoid taking the drug. And she wants people with addictions to know they can too can beat them and move on.

10 years after Randy Rankin shot dead, brother seeks public's help

Randy Rankin — a fierce critic of the harness racing industry who also performed as the clown "Lunch Box Louie" — was shot to death in his home in Morewood, southeast of Ottawa, in February 2007. His death remains unsolved.

City slams brakes on ice track in Bells Corners park

The City of Ottawa and a community association in Bells Corners have "mutually agreed" to remove an ice track connecting two skating rinks in a public park after some residents questioned its safety.

Failure to declare car bought in U.S. costs Ottawa man at border

An Ottawa man paid a hefty fine after he failed to declare the purchase of the vehicle he was driving when he returned across the Canada-U.S. border, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Couple recounts terrifying plunge into icy west Quebec lake

Kevin Wiseman jumped repeatedly back into the frigid water of a west Quebec lake to save his wife Audrey Berndt's life after the snowcat the couple was driving plunged through the ice Wednesday night.