Sarah Kester


Sarah Kester is a reporter at CBC in Ottawa. She can be reached at

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Families still waiting on refunds for cancelled March Break trip

Some parents and students at Merivale High School say they've been waiting almost seven months for a refund on a trip to Italy that was cancelled during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School bus driver fired after child found on bus in parking lot

A bus company says it has fired a driver who failed to drop a four-year-old child off at his Ottawa school Friday and instead drove him to the company's parking lot, some 40 kilometres away in Clarence-Rockland, Ont.

U of O opening its own COVID-19 testing centre

The University of Ottawa is opening a COVID-19 assessment centre on campus for students, professors and staff — the first of its kind at an Ontario university, according to administrators. 

Bylaw vs. the Bard: Backyard Shakespeare show will go on, this weekend at least

The show will go on — this weekend, at least — for a troupe of young actors after Ottawa bylaw officials abruptly reversed an order banning their backyard performance of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

CHEO counsellors ineligible for province's pandemic pay

Child and youth counsellors (CYCs) at CHEO say despite provincial guidelines stating mental health workers in hospital settings are eligible to receive extra pandemic pay, they're not getting any additional money. 

'Significant' portion of OCDSB students opt for remote learning

Preliminary results from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) show more than one-quarter of elementary school students and more than one-fifth of high school students have chosen the remote learning option this fall. 

'Underserved' east end needs COVID-19 testing site, politicians say

Orléans MPP Stephen Blais, along with councillors Matthew Luloff, Tim Tierney and Laura Dudas, wrote to the hospital's CEO two weeks ago asking for an assessment centre in the city's east end. 

Parents struggling with back to school decision as deadline looms

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board deadline is set for midnight Sunday. As of Saturday afternoon, more than 70 per cent of parents had submitted the required form. 

Chris Phillips to head new Ottawa Senators foundation

The Ottawa Senators announced the creation of the Senators Community Foundation on Wednesday, which will be headed by former player and assistant captain of the team Chris Phillips.

Housing blitz seeks to match homeless with landlords

The City of Ottawa is embarking on a housing blitz with the aim of finding at least 100 available units for tenants who are currently homeless, a goal it's hoping to achieve by the end of September.

Nunavut government paying millions for residents to quarantine at Ottawa hotel

More than 1,200 Nunavut residents have been forced to quarantine at an Ottawa hotel before returning home, costing the Nunavut government nearly $5 million.

OCDSB reveals some details about what September will look like

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board released some details about its back-to-school plan in an email to parents on Friday. 

Calypso Waterpark abandons plans to open this summer

The company announces its decision online saying "despite our comprehensive efforts" the Ontario government's decision to keep waterparks closed forced its hand.

Ottawa's Lebanese community watches Beirut explosion in horror, from afar

The huge explosion near the port area of Beirut killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more on Tuesday.

Social bubble confusion contributing to increase in COVID-19 cases

As the number of new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Ottawa, an epidemiologist worries forgotten messaging around what constitutes a social circle is partly to blame.