“Some days you don’t want to wake up”

Sam Tsega knew exactly what he was doing the night of February 22, 2010 as he drove three Toronto men to a home in rural Ottawa. He made the men memorize photos of everyone he expected to be in the house, then he left. Later that night, those three men forced their way into the…

Bans before walls: Donald Trump’s immigration policies

Nadine Yousif wheeled her suitcase across the terminal at Pearson airport in Toronto. Her passport in hand, she could hardly wait to board her flight to begin her first trip to New York City. Despite her excitement she felt a pit forming in her stomach as she approached the U.S. customs desk. She thought of…

The wheels on the bus: The working poor make hard choices between transportation and basic needs

Despite the City of Ottawa’s October announcement introducing a low-income transit pass, some of Ottawa’s most frequent transit users are still choosing between food or transportation. Bayshore residents use transit much more than most of Ottawa’s population, according to an analysis of data of Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey.  Avalon and Bayshore neighbourhoods have…

Chinatown seeks bigger share of tourist trade (Centretown News)

  Originally published 10.12.2015 China is quickly becoming Canada’s second largest inbound tourism market, fuelling Chinatown’s dream of attracting a bigger share of Ottawa’s tourism market – especially approaching the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The upcoming national birthday is expected to generate an extra influx of domestic and international tourists – including many…

100% Possible Climate March

Ottawa’s streets flood with a sea of green   The marchers halt as a moment of silence at the National War Memorial. In October, Canadians made their demands for change heard at ballot boxes. This week they demanded change with their feet. To usher in the UN Climate Summit in Paris, 25,000 people from across…

City prepares to tackle refugee challenge (Centretown News)

Originally published 26.11.2015 Doctors at the Centretown Community Health Centre are concerned that Ottawa’s health system may not be able to withstand the incoming wave of Syrian refugees. Refugees became a buzzword in September after the world witnessed three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s small body wash onto a Turkish beach. Later, almost immediately after being elected, Justin…

Centretown welcomes new coffee house (Centretown News)

Originally published 12.11.2015 Centretown welcomed a new independent coffee house to its hipster-friendly streetscape last month. Tucked behind a busy stretch of Bank Street near the Queensway sits a small blue building that houses its proprietors’ dreams of becoming a local coffee hub. Arlington Five opened its doors in early October at, unsurprisingly, 5 Arlington…

One year anniversary of the Parliament Hill shooting

Oct. 22, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was gunned down while serving at the National War Memorial. Hundreds of people paying their respects to the fallen soldier were joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson. Please follow the link below…

Centretown: St. Patrick’s Adult School

The halls of St. Patrick’s adult school are dimly lit and almost seem to groan with age.  But the bright faces of hopeful students light up the peeling walls of this Centretown school each day. Located at 290 Nepean St., St. Patrick’s home to one of four English as a Second Language facilities run for…

Human Interest: The Artist on the Bridge

  An aged man sits unassumingly against the pillar of a bridge over the Rideau Canal. His hands working furiously with a sketchpad and pencils, his long white hair and greying beard tucked neatly inside his winter parka.  “I have a story, if you’d be interested, ” he said with a small smile. A shy…