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City reaches tentative deal with CUPE

The city reached a tentative agreement with its largest union Thursday morning — avoiding layoffs, for now. Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 represents 6,300 inside and outside employees, or 37% of the city’s workforce. “In keeping with the usual labour relations practices, the details of the tentative agreement are confidential until ratified by […]

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Fans whoop it up at Scotiabank Place

SEE VIDEO http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/04/16/fans-whoop-it-up-at-scotiabank-place Sens faithful are still an optimistic bunch, despite team captain Daniel Alfredsson missing Game 3 vs. New York due to a concussion. “Without Alfie, doesn’t matter,” said Orléans resident Eric Lauzon, as he walked toward Scotiabank Place for the Senators’ first home game of the series against the Rangers Monday night. Gatineau’s […]

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Needle hunting season

Ottawa Public Health officials insist steps are being taken to clean up discarded drug paraphernalia after dirty needles were recently dumped in a Byward Market restaurant toilet and a six-year-old boy was pricked in Carlington. “Every time we talk to someone who’s using drugs, we counsel them about safe disposal of their equipment,” said associate […]

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Injection sites a junkie’s dream

Supervised injection sites enable addicts and will bring more drugs into the city via ‘no-go’ zones where drug laws won’t be enforced, says the co-founder of Safer Ottawa. Chris Grinham, who helps clean up spent drug paraphernalia cleanup in Lowertown, predicts a five-block radius will be filled with dealers, who’ll start carrying a low supply. […]

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Students green light U-Pass

Ottawa’s university students voted to keep the Universal Transit Pass bundled into tuition fees. The price will increase to $180 per semester in September — it’s currently $145 — and will go up 2.5% each year until 2015. With student unions rallying against rising costs and service cuts, both schools held referenda this week. The […]

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