She's a Good Sheila

Canadians often grumble about their politicians. We are quick to blame Ottawa, and sometimes rightly so. But in the commitment of people like Sheila Copps, we should also remember that we are also very lucky. Political life is hard; the dedication of people like Copps is important.

Needles Found At Occupy Ottawa

Ottawa police are investigating after Occupy Ottawa protesters claimed a "biological hazard attack" where more than 400 new and used needles were allegedly found near their downtown Ottawa site. The...

Ottawa Bus Driver Was On Phone: Video

OC Transpo is investigating another incident involving one of its drivers after a video surfaced on YouTube showing the driver operating the bus while on the phone. The video, which is shot by a pass...

Two Killed In Ottawa Mall Shooting

Two people are dead following a shooting in a mall in Ottawa's east end Wednesday night. Police received the call around 8:30 p.m., a half hour before closing time, after gunshots were heard at the Gl...

No Place In Schools For Bullying: Baird

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says there's no place in schools for the bullying that drove a gay Ottawa teen to take his own life.Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, Baird off...

Jamie Hubley Didn't Have to Die

Before we have another case like Jamie Hubley's on our hands, it's time for Canada to stand up loud and proud and say, "It gets better." Where is Prime Minister Harper's message that it gets better? I don't believe that Harper, his cabinet, the Conservative Party or other Members of Parliament are anti-gay. But I think their silence is deafening.

Ottawa Woman Streams Birth Live On Internet

OTTAWA - An Ottawa-area woman live streamed the birth of her third child early Sunday.Nancy Salgueiro, a chiropractor and childbirth educator, gave birth to a six pound, 10 ounce boy at 3:18 a.m.Salgu...

Peace in Afghanistan Isn't the Absence of War

As David Cameron once said, it is "better to mend broken states and act to stop problems before they come to our door." His words resonate because we have come to understand that peace is not just the absence of war, but also the presence of social and economic justice.

Oil Sands Protest: A War of Words, Not Violence

Non-violent resistance, or civil disobedience, has been with us for centuries and has shaped the world in which we live today. Those who chose to risk arrest on Parliament Hill are not the extremists. They are the front line of a growing group of people prepared to engage in "the politics of ordinary people."

Thank You For Not Scaring Me

Credit is due to the Ottawa government for having picked Ms. Tarbox as their new poster child. But for every Barb Tarbox, there is a James Dean. For every death statistic, there is a hero, real or fictitious who has beaten the odds and has come out on top.

Will David Cameron's 'Big Society' Work in Ottawa?

Maybe British Prime Minister David Cameron will light a policy fire under the Harper government while he's in Ottawa. His Big Society idea challenges citizens to get Big Government out of the way. But putting cost-cutting and community empowerment side-by-side can produce the perfect storm of political opportunism.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the fourth largest city in the country (812,129 population in 2006 census). It was founded as Bytown in 1826 and incorporated in 1855 with a new name derived from the Algonquin word adawe, which means "to trade." Ottawa was appointed Canada's capital city by Queen Victoria in 1857 and is home to Parliament Hill, the National Library and Archives, the National Gallery, the Museums of Civilization, Contemporary Photography, Nature, War and Science & Technology. The city also boasts three professional sports teams, the Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), the Ottawa Senators (NHL), and the Ottawa Fury (North American Soccer League).