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June 15, 2024 7 mins

If anyone is planning to go for a cottage swim, please be careful! Safety experts in Canada’s Capital are encouraging you to exercise the proper degree of education and caution as you approach open waters. Almost six full months have passed in 2024, and Ottawa Fire Services has been summoned for 18 water rescues. In the month of May, they received 6 calls. In the first 14 days of June, they have received 6 calls. We deliver a poten...

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While an ugly rain delay discouraged some of the Redblacks supporters to stick around, the team grinded out the final plays and secured a huge win against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday. Ottawa has failed to record 5 wins in a season since 2018, missing the playoffs entirely since their Grey Cup appearance in Year 5. And as they enter a decade of CFL play, the level of urgency to turn this ship around has never been higher. ...

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Geoffrey Johnston, an International Affairs columnist with the Kingston Whig-Standard, joins Andrew Pinsent every Sunday to tackle the biggest news headlines from around the world. This week, he examines how acts of antisemitism could spark a wave of terrorism.

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Before the summer vacation even starts, it appears that Canadian airlines are trying to get the party started early. WestJet is now offering no-frills fares, while Air Canada plans to sell free beer and wine on North American flights. What is the gameplan here, and are the customers buying it? Travel expert Barry Choi joins Andrew Pinsent on CFRA Live.

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Earlier this year, the Glebe Community Association launched a legal challenge against the City of Ottawa's redevelopment of Lansdowne Park. However, those efforts have now been halted by the Ontario government, as the province’s new housing legislation is designed to cut red tape and build homes faster. Andrew Pinsent chats with Carolyn Mackenzie, who is the Planning Chair of the Glebe Community Association.

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Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is calling on the Trudeau Liberals to release the names of every single Member of Parliament that is under accusation of helping foreign states. It’s a divisive issue that, on both sides of the debate floor, has plenty of legitimate pros and cons. And the dangers of any public slip-ups could be costly. Here to explore further on a spicy Sunday Political Panel are Traxxion Strategies President Ka...

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One of the first microwave planes in the 1980s was created by Bill Mather, and it was one of several pivotal inventions that was created by this Canadian mastermind. He enjoyed a decorated career with the Canadian Space Agency and the Department of National Defense. And as his closest friends and family gathered to remember his life, his grandchildren are learning more about their grandfather every single day, perhaps more than the...

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With less than one month remaining before the long-awaited 2024 NHL Draft, the Ottawa Senators have filled out their coaching vacancies. Nolan Baumgartner and Mike Yeo headline the new additions, with the latter serving as an NHL coach for the past decade. Staying in the fold, meantime, is Sens legend Daniel Alfredsson and 32-year-old Ben Sexton. And finally, the team has brought in Rob DiMaio to lead the scouting squad, stepping i...

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Dozens of changes have been made to Doug Ford’s Cabinet, as the Ontario Legislature prepares for a lengthy Summer Break. The biggest eyebrow-raiser is Stephen Lecce, who becomes the new Minister of Energy. Todd Smith, meantime, takes over the Education profile that Lecce has assumed since 2019, with critics now taking aim at the ‘bloated’ game of musical chairs. Andrew Pinsent digs deeper with Barry McLoughlin, the President of Tra...

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As the community gathers this afternoon to raise money for CHEO, our city will be introduced to a handful of Ottawa’s youngest warriors. 12-year-old Luca Munguia-Donato is one of them. Last August, he rang his post-treatment bell following a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Today, he runs a YouTube channel that is designed to provide advice and encouragement for today’s patients. Luca joins Andrew Pinsent on CFRA Live.

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Sueling Ching, the Ottawa Board of Trade’s President and CEO, recently published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen. In it, she outlined her thoughts on the best ways to revitalize the city’s Downtown Core, and explained why a return to the monoculture economy is no longer realistic. Ching emphasizes a heightened focus on making Downtown Ottawa a place where businesses and people choose to visit, live, and work on a daily basis – inste...

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While the city’s Vacant Unit Tax is generating more money than initially expected, one city councillor still wants to banish it. And while the $11.5 million in municipal revenue might seem pretty nice, Mattew Luloff argues that this tax doesn’t serve its stated purpose. Does he have a point? Joining Andrew Pinsent for the Weekly Rundown Panel is former Knoxdale-Merivale councillor Keith Egli and Ottawa-based architect Toon Dressen.

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Relay for Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Brewer Park this year, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Dating back to 1999, this annual event has raised over $610 million for people affected by cancer country-wide. From innovative research projects, to a compassionate support system, every dollar goes a long way. CFRA’s Andrew Pinsent chats with Laurie Benner, who is the Vice-President of Signature Programs at the ...

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It goes without saying that the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals will test every single player to his limit. Florida and Edmonton have used a fine combination of speed, skill, grit, and determination to get here. But as we inch closer and closer to the finish line, they will have to battle through time zone changes and a lot of air travel to win the holy grail. CFRA Live technical producer Stephen Ellsworth joins Andrew Pinsent to preview t...

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Donald Trump’s objective to re-enter the White House has hit a snag. Last Thursday, the former U.S. President was found guilty on all 34 charges in the hush money trial, which includes a felony conviction. Prior to this verdict, no active or former U.S. President had ever been convicted of a felony. But with Trump being labeled as the clear-cut favourite to represent the Republicans in November, do these criminal convictions actual...

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In his latest column, Kingston Whig-Standard journalist Geoffrey Johnston explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is eroding child and maternal health gains.

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Canada’s Department of National Defense says roughly 1,000 employees will be vacating one of its Downtown buildings, located at the corner of Rideau and Cumberland. They are citing public safety concerns as one of the primary reasons behind this decision. In the hours that followed, Rideau-Vanier councillor Stephanie Plante was pretty vocal on social media, saying this decision by the DND highlights the lack of federal and provinci...

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The Parkdale Night Market is officially open for business this year, operating every single Wednesday all the way to October 9th. CFRA’s Andrew Pinsent chats with Zach Dayler, the Executive Director of the Parkdale Market and the ByWard Market District Authority.

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Canada’s Capital has been inundated with LRT news this week. Some of it is good news, while other headlines are a bit concerning for daily commuters. It appears, if all goes according to plan, that the Trillium Line will be ready to go later this year, and hopefully before Labour Day. However, questions still remain about the axles’ root problems, not to mention if the actual problems are linked to the train tracks or the train’s w...

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The federal NDP wants the Trudeau Liberals to scrap a proposed election date change, as these alterations could secure pensions for dozens of MPs. In fact, 80 MPs would stand to benefit, due to their 6 years of pension-eligible service. For some, if they were defeated in late-October 2025, they would miss the 6-year mark and only qualify for a one-time severance. Is this a good political move by Jagmeet Singh? Andrew Pinsent welcom...

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