News/Canada/Ottawa

Phoenix cost soars by another $137M, paid to IBM

May 15, 2019

The federal government continues to pay millions of dollars more than expected to IBM to run the troubled Phoenix pay system, despite its many problems.

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‘We can’t get out’: Flooding turns Ottawa Valley community into island

May 9, 2019

A flooded road has left about 100 households in Whitewater Region with no way in or out, turning their shoreline community into an island.

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Ottawa River finally peaks in capital region

May 2, 2019

After weeks of rising waters, the Ottawa River has finally peaked across the capital region.  The latest forecast from the Ottawa River Regulation and Planning Board predicts the levels will go no higher — and in many areas, will start to decline. “It’s good news, really. We have received a lot less precipitation over the last […]

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Transformed by disaster: Gatineau, before and after devastating flood

May 1, 2019

City streets turned into canals; rows of houses flooded; lives were thrown into turmoil when water levels on the Ottawa River rose this week, flooding the city of Gatineau, Que. Here’s an aerial view of some neighbourhoods, shown before and after the flood. Riviera neighbourhood Jacques-Cartier Street in Pointe-Gatineau Saint-Louis Street in Gatineau  Campeau Street in Gatineau Drone footage from […]

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‘More water coming:’ Fears persist as Ottawa River expected to rise this weekend

April 27, 2019

A heavy rainfall warning for the Ottawa-Gatineau area has ended, but officials are warning many homes along the Ottawa River are still at risk of rising water levels. Environment Canada issued a statement late Friday night saying significant rainfall is no longer expected for the region. Despite the promising-sounding forecast, the river is still expected […]

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Frustration builds as Ottawa River expected to rise this weekend

April 27, 2019

Frustrations are mounting in the Ottawa area as fatigued residents dig in for another day of warding off rising river levels. A heavy rainfall warning for the Ottawa-Gatineau area ended late last night, but as of Saturday morning officials are warning many homes along the Ottawa River are still at risk. Water levels in the west Ottawa […]

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Army arrives in Ottawa amid flooding state of emergency

April 26, 2019

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Ottawa this morning to deal with flooding as water levels along the Ottawa River continue to rise and a rainfall warning threatens to make things worse. This year’s flooding could exceed 2017’s levels by 40 to 50 centimetres in some areas by the middle of next week, officials have said. The military […]

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Ottawa residents could be asked to leave homes over flood risk

April 26, 2019

People living in some flood-threatened Ottawa neighbourhoods could be asked to leave their homes in the coming days as water levels on the Ottawa River continue to rise. The city ward most at risk is West Carleton-March, which includes the neighbourhood of Constance Bay, deputy mayor George Darouze said at a news conference Friday afternoon. […]

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Ottawa declares state of emergency as water keeps rising

April 25, 2019

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as river levels continue to rise, threatening to surpass those reached when flooding devastated some neighbourhoods two years ago. Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement during a news conference Thursday afternoon. We can no longer do it alone.– Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson Environment Canada has issued a […]

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle’s trial likely suspended — potentially for years

April 24, 2019

The trial of former hostage Joshua Boyle has been adjourned until Friday, by which time his estranged wife’s lawyer is expected to have filed an application that could suspend the Ottawa case for years and open up the possibility of a Jordan application. Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty to 19 charges, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault and […]

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