Ottawa retail landmark closing and the NCC bans gas-powered garden tools: Top five stories this week

OTTAWA – Ontario calls a public inquiry into Ottawa’s LRT system, approves a COVID-19 vaccine for children, and closes a landmark retail store after 92 years of doing business.

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The wheels are now in motion for a full public inspection of Ottawa’s beleaguered light rail system.

Transport Secretary Caroline Mulroney announced Wednesday that the Ontario Cabinet had agreed to launch a public inquiry to “investigate” the problems the system and road users are facing.

“The problems plaguing Phase 1 of the Ottawa LRT were unacceptable and disappointing,” Mulroney said in a statement.

“As a financing partner for the project, we need the certainty that the city of Ottawa can successfully deliver the remaining work phases for this project. Road users in Ottawa deserve and expect this certainty. “

The council voted against a motion by the district administrator. Catherine McKenney, to call an in-house investigation into the LRT contract, project rollout and problems with the system. Instead, the council asked the Auditor General to investigate.

Mulroney said the province plans to set the brief in the coming weeks and hopes to receive recommendations in 2022.

The investigation looks at the safety of trains, technical elements, value for money and accountability, including examining the procurement process.

The Confederation Line was put back into operation on November 12th after a 54-day break following a derailment on September 19th.

COVID-19 vaccines will be given to children in Ottawa and eastern Ontario starting next week after Health Canada approves the first child COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged five to 11 years old can now be vaccinated at a dose one-third the size offered to people 12 years and older.

Dr. Eastern Ontario health physician Paul Roumeliotis told Newstalk 580 CFRA the goal is to begin doses on Thursday.

“It will likely arrive in Ontario early next week,” he said. “Stay tuned for the final details, but I can tell you we will probably be vaccinating by the end of next week.”

According to Ottawa Public Health, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to children at seven community clinics, neighborhood vaccination centers, and 73 schools during the post-opening pop-up clinics.

The goal is to give 77,000 children in Ottawa an initial dose within four weeks of vaccination approval and delivery.

“We’re turning another corner in our COVID-19 response as we anticipate approval of the vaccine for the children ages 5-11 years old,” said Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Health Officer.

Vaccines children

A 39-year-old man is charged with second degree murder and attempted murder in connection with a knife stabbing in a house in Barrhaven.

Ottawa police were called to a house on Sherway Drive near Tedwyn Drive, southwest of the Walter Baker Sports Center, on Sunday evening.

According to police, a 64-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home while a 66-year-old man was seriously injured.

Ottawa Conor Donnelly has been charged with second degree murder and attempted murder.

Murder in Barrhaven

The National Capital Commission puts gas-powered garden and lawn tools in the shed forever.

The crown company has announced that from 1.

The ban applies to all NCC maintenance companies.

“It is important to demonstrate measures to reduce our CO2 emissions. The NCC has committed to net zero by 2050, but we want to get started as soon as possible, ”said NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum in an interview on CTV Morning Live.

“This announcement is about getting rid of these environmentally harmful and also very loud and annoying two-stroke gas-powered small appliances.”

According to Nussbaum, power tools are already in use in some NCC areas in the capital region.

CTV Morning Live Nussbaum Nov 19

A retail landmark in Ottawa will close its doors for the last time in early 2022 after nearly a century of operation.

Pat Flesher Luxury Outerwear on Cooper Street near Bank Street has announced that it will close its store doors forever.

“It was a great run for my partner Pat Flesher’s father in 1929, then for Pat Flesher, and now for me, and ready for the next adventure,” said owner Stewart Chadnick.

Chadnick, who was planning to retire, says the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to e-commerce and online shopping have accelerated his decision to close the store.

Pat Flesher Luxury Outerwear is a family business that opened in 1929. Chadnick has been in the business for more than 35 years, the last 25 of which as the owner.

Pat Flesher luxury outerwear

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