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What You Need to Know for Friday, February 12, 3:30PM

House fire in Ottawa's south end

What You Need To Know for Friday, February 12

Extreme cold

Get ready for a bone-chilling Saturday. Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the region, saying that the wind chill may approach minus-40 tonight and tomorrow with only marginal improvement on Saturday afternoon. Sunday should be a little bit warmer. Read more...

What You Need to Know in Ottawa - Thurs., Feb. 11

Town councilor dead after Almonte shooting

What You Need To Know for Thursday, February 11

One dead, two injured in Almonte

An adult male is dead, and two other people are in hospital with life-threatening injuries, following what police call a 'firearms incident' in Almonte. Police were called to a home on Strathburn Street shortly before 7:30 this morning. They found the man dead, and another man and a woman with serious injuries. Police say they're not searching for a suspect, and there is no danger to the public.

UN head in town

Students at the Glebe Collegiate Institute will get a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the head of the United Nations this afternoon. As part of a student assembly, they will discuss the importance of building diverse societies to promote peace and broad economic growth. Ban Ki-moon is visiting the capital to discuss climate change, Syrian refugees and peacekeeping. The visit reflects Trudeau's efforts to rekindle Canada's relationship with the world body.

Catch a wave

U.S. physicists say they've detected gravitational waves for the very first time, marking a discovery that proves one of Albert Einstein's last unverified theories about the universe. Einstein theorized that gravitational waves are tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time created by all objects moving through time and space. Researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory revealed today that they've detected some of these ripples, created by the collision of two gigantic black holes. The discovery is expected to open up a whole new avenue for physicists to examine the nature and history of the universe.

Closing arguments

The Crown prosecutor at Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial says the credibility of his three accusers has nothing to do with the way they behaved after the alleged incidents. Michael Callaghan says the law is clear that everyone responds differently to sexual assault and the way complainants behave after alleged assaults should not be used to assess their credibility. In his closing arguments, Callaghan says that each of the complainants reacted to the alleged sexual assaults in their own unique ways based on their individual personalities and life experiences.


Dion Phaneuf plays his first home game as an Ottawa Senator tonight as the team hosts Colorado. Puck drops at 7:30 on TSN 1200. The Sens fell 3-1 in Detroit last night. Phaneuf had two hits and was minus-1. Read more...

What You Need to Know in Ottawa - Wed., Feb. 10

More Transitway closures coming

What you need to know for Wednesday, February 10

Open on holidays

Ottawa city council has voted in favour of allowing business in the Glebe to stay open on six holidays, similar to what is already in place in the Byward Market. The exemption will allow stores to welcome customers on New Year's Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving. Some opposing the idea argue this will open the floodgates, prompting businesses across the city to ask for equal treatment.

A different site?

The Ottawa Hospital says it is reviewing its choice of a location for a new hospital, and may end up opting for a site other than the experimental farm. In 2014, former Ottawa cabinet minister John Baird announced the hospital was getting 24 hectares of land from the experimental farm for a new Civic campus. The CEO of the Ottawa Hospital says they are reviewing locations and are committed to finding the best one.

Testimony over

Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial in Toronto has adjourned for the day. The Crown announced it would call no more witnesses and the former CBC radio host will not take the stand himself. Lawyers are expected to make their closing submissions tomorrow. Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

Lowered expectations

Ontario's environment minister says no one imagines that a highly anticipated meeting next month between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers will conclude a new climate plan for the country. Trudeau's promise to convene a first minister's meeting within 90 days of December's Paris climate conference set high expectations. The Liberal election platform said the creation of new national emission reduction targets would be central to his meeting with the provinces and territories. But Ontario environment and climate minister Glen Murray says no one expects a pan-Canadian climate framework to emerge from the next meeting, because months of background work by officials was just recently set in motion when provincial ministers met their federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna.


Dion Phaneuf plays his first game as an Ottawa Senator tonight as the team visits Detroit. Puck drops at seven o'clock on TSN 1200. Read more...

What You Need to Know for Tuesday, February 9, Afternoon

Sens trade for Leafs Captain

What you need to know for Tuesday, February 9

Sens acquire Phaneuf

In a shocker, the Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a nine-player trade. Ottawa also acquired defenceman Cody Donaghey and forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert. The Maple Leafs get defenceman Jared Cowen and forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg, along with a 2017 second-round draft pick. Phaneuf, the biggest name in the deal, has 24 points and 67 penalty minutes in 51 games this season. He will wear number two for Ottawa.

Homicide "person of interest"

Gatineau Police have released a sketch of a "person of interest" in the case of a 25-year-old Ottawa woman who was killed at a Gatineau hotel last fall. Christine MacNeil was shot at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Laurier Street in Gatineau on Oct. 19, 2015. Police say the want to speak with a man in connection to the murder because he may have "key information that would help the investigation." Read more...

What You Need to Know for Monday February 8, 3PM

"No criminal intent" as man offers stuffed animal to young teen Read more...