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This man tested Canada's tax laws by moving in a canoe — and won

John Konecny relocated for work by loading his belongings into a canoe and paddling up the Rideau Canal to Ottawa. He ended up convincing Canada's tax agency to allow him to claim his moving expenses.

Treating violence like a disease: Could the Glasgow model work here?

Declared the murder capital of Europe less than two decades ago, the Scottish city's unique approach to its epidemic of bloody violence has sparked a dramatic turnaround. Ottawa's new police chief is interested in finding out more.

'We need concrete actions': Councillor calls for audit of post-LRT bus service

Laura Dudas wants the city to conduct a comprehensive review of OC Transpo bus service and scheduling, saying it's become unreliable since the launch of light rail a little more than a month ago.

Year 1 of legal cannabis a dress rehearsal for what comes next

As legal recreational cannabis turns one year old today, industry experts say changes coming to how and what Canadians consume will be significant.

Ontario's 'outdated' prosthetics program shortchanging amputees, critics say

A provincial program that claims to help amputees cover three-quarters of the cost of their prostheses is far falling short of that promise, according to people who have tried to access the financial aid.

For local retailers, it's adapt or perish

As online sales continue to bite into the profits of bricks and mortar retailers, some businesses in the National Capital Region are focusing on unique products and personalized service as a means of setting themselves apart.

Preventable deaths at Gatineau hospitals blamed on lack of 'rigour'

Responding to an investigative newspaper report showing the Gatineau and Hull hospitals lead Quebec in deaths caused by medical error, the regional health authority is blaming what it calls a lack of "rigour" at the two facilities.

Carlington Bike Park set to open atop former ski hill

After eight years of planning, community consultation and fundraising, Ottawa's first outdoor bike park is finally taking shape atop a former ski hill in the city's Carlington neighbourhood.

Cottagers brace for 'disastrous' jump in electricity costs

Ontario cottage owners are in for a shock this fall as electricity rates for seasonal customers are set to rise by as much as 129 per cent.

Ring-billed gull die-off likely a result of spring flooding

Record-setting high water levels on the Ottawa River this spring and a period of unusually hot weather in the final weeks of June — not poisoning — are the likely causes of a die-off of ring-billed gulls in the Britannia neighbourhood.

Legal pot sellers cry foul over shops on Mohawk reserve

A Kingston, Ont., pot grower says competition from unregulated cannabis shops on a nearby First Nation have made it all but impossible for would-be entrepreneurs to compete in the legal marketplace.

No signal: Village's poor cell service leads to close calls

The village of Clayton, Ont., is just 20 kilometres from the nation's capital, but try getting a cell signal there.

City vows to fix 'horrifying' system for storing dead pets

Cats and dogs piled in freezers at public works yards were only scanned for microchips when a volunteer intervened.

Crushing silence: Yoga retreat fears quarry's arrival

The owner of a luxury spa and spiritual retreat in Bancroft, Ont., is finding it hard to relax with the impending arrival of a rock quarry just a few hundred metres away.

'It is my love': Refugee gives back by welding new cross for church

A Syrian immigrant is paying back the Catholic parish that sponsored his family's settlement in Canada by welding a new cross for the 96-year-old church.