Joe Lofaro

Web reporter

Joe Lofaro is a CBC News web reporter based in Ottawa. You can reach him by email at and on Twitter @giuseppelo.

Latest from Joe Lofaro

Gatineau woman stuck in Greece with rare illness trying new treatment

Nearly two weeks after being diagnosed with a rare neurological disease, doctors and officials at the Canadian embassy in Greece are working on a plan to get Mélanie Bergeron Mc Andrew back home.

'There seems to be a pattern': Shoppers, experts concerned by Adonis hep A recalls

Both food security experts and shoppers are expressing concern after the Adonis grocery chain issued its latest recall Friday — one that only targeted the chain's Gatineau location.

Cornwall cracking down on feline freedom

The City of Cornwall is considering significant bylaw changes to tackle what it says is a "crisis" with its growing cat population.

Liberal candidate says campaign signs stolen in 'targeted' attack

Pierre Leroux says about 30 of his campaign signs in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell were stolen overnight in what he's calling a "targeted" attack against his run for office.

How Ottawa's Nick Bradshaw became a top Marvel and DC Comics artist

If you've ever flipped through an issue of Spider-man, Black Panther or The Avengers, chances are you've probably seen artwork by Nick Bradshaw.

Ottawa woman threatened with lawsuit over negative reviews

An Ottawa woman is refusing to back down after she was threatened with a six-figure lawsuit for posting negative online reviews of a local restoration company.

Old Ottawa East residents clean up after vandalism spree hits neighbourhood

Three people have been arrested after police found racist and obscene graffiti scrawled across vehicles and children's play structures in Old Ottawa East Saturday night.

Gatineau home decontaminated after family sickened by toxic coral

Workers in yellow Hazmat suits and gas masks decontaminated a house in Gatineau Saturday morning after seven family members became seriously ill when they were exposed to toxic coral from their home aquarium.

Ottawa Centre MPP joins turf war over soccer pitch

The turf war over an artificial soccer field planned for Immaculata High School is heating up, with neighbours pondering legal action to stop it and now the local MPP and city councillor trying to intervene.

Former Ottawa cops praise 'courageous' Toronto officer for van attack arrest

Larry Hill has had his fair share of volatile standoffs with dangerous suspects, but the former Ottawa deputy police chief said the peaceful arrest of the man who allegedly ran over pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk should be a lesson for other police officers.

More than just a bike: Kids get free rides thanks to anonymous donor

Sixty kids marked the first day of real spring weather in Ottawa by testing out shiny new bicycles given to them by a generous — and anonymous — donor.

Barrhaven man accused of filming females in N.Y. Walmart facing new charges

A Barrhaven man who was charged in 2016 with secretly filming females changing at a New York state Walmart has been arrested by Ottawa police after allegedly exposing himself to minors.

Ministry of Labour investigating workplace injury at Claridge construction site

Ottawa police say the Ministry of Labour has taken over an investigation into a workplace injury at the Claridge construction site on Preston Street — the same site where a worker died two years ago today.

Police walk thin green line as illegal pot shops flourish

With the courts showing increasing leniency toward "budtenders" caught up in police raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries, many are asking whether it's worth the time and money spent trying to shut down the resilient pot shops.

Toronto police confirm investigation into Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard

Toronto police confirm that the sex crimes unit has opened an investigation into Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.