The dollars and sense of solving poverty

by Natasha Beaudin, Centretown CHC Imagine you are standing at the top of Niagara Falls in a windstorm. What would you prefer: a strong railing that prevents you from falling over the falls or a fleet of lifeboats and paramedics…

Budget 2012 ignores the needs of Canadians

by Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre Canadians remain concerned about the government’s plans for retirement security, health care, job creation and rising inequality. They want to see real action on these issues. Unfortunately, the Conservative government’s recently released budget fails…

No concerns about smoking ban

Patio owners not worried; “Education period” will last until July 2 by Dan Neutel The city of Ottawahas decided that all patios must now be smoke free and restaurateurs are in the process of teaching their customers the new rules.…

Backyard Beat: Noisy neighbours

by Const. Khoa Hoang, Ottawa Police Service Downtown businesses shift their focus from the indoors to outdoor summer patios with the welcoming of warmer weather. Many of us, including me, can not resist the enticement of a downtown patio full of…

Writers Festival returns to Elgin Street

by Kathryn Hunt If you happen to spot a prize-winning author or Canadian music icon roaming Elgin Street in late April, you’ll know it’s Writers Festival season. The Spring Edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival runs April 26 –…