What Ottawa is Talking About – 6 January 2022

6 January 2022

▪️This is a beautiful piece about Josée Abi Assal, the 12 year-old girl who died tobogganing at Mooney's Bay on Monday. It can't be summarized – read the entire article. It's by Kelly Egan. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Holly’s Haven Animal Rescue Dunrobin has received a shipping container that will become its new wildlife rescue facility. Last year, the Rescue helped 600 animals, including racoons, skunks and squirrels recovering from devastating injuries. Holly's Haven is looking to raise $48,000 to continue its non-species specific work. [West Carleton Online] [Donations]

▪️Gatineau woman who posed as a nurse in Ottawa and Vancouver has pleaded guilty. Guilty to which charge has not been reported. Brigitte Cleroux, who is not a registered nurse – although has had some training – is being held in Ottawa. Her court date is in Vancouver February 9. [Global

▪️When will the full complement of O-Trains be running? Who knows? The transit fare increase won't happen until all 15 trains are running. Currently, 11 are. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Ottawa Fire Department is giving a virtual tour of its stations in Orléans and Vars. Reader Jim, who tipped us off, said ‘37 years ago, my seven year old son was welcomed and given a tour. The hospitality is still there.’ [Ottawa Sun]

▪️The City is holding two town halls to discuss its Anti-Racism Strategy. After consultations with communities in 2021, the City developed the What We Heard report, which recommended a focus on six areas: employment equity, governance, housing, economic development, health outcomes and youth development. The town halls are intended for the public to respond to the report, and to identify gaps or oversights. The two dates are: Bilingual Indigenous and racialized resident town hall – Saturday, January 15, 10 am to noon, Bilingual all resident town hall – Thursday, January 20, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. [City of Ottawa] [Register Here]

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