The city of Ottawa has changed its policy on wire transfers, in the wake of a stunning e-mail fraud that bilked the city out of 97-thousand dollars.

The scam has rattled city treasurer Marian Similiuk — a widely respected civil servant.

The scam involved an e-mail that posed as a note from the city manager, asking for a 97-thousand dollar wire transfer to a supplier. Similuk sent the money, not knowing it was fake.

An investigation by the city’s auditor general, Ken Hughes, cleared both of any fraud or collusion, but says wire transfer controls were lacking.

The city manager defends the treasurer. Two other similar attempts to defraud the city were caught before any money was lost.

But city employees can no longer create and approve the same wire transfer.


Five female contractors, all from the same family, have launched a 70 million dollar lawsuit against Ottawa Community Housing and 14 of their employees.

The women say they were sexually harassed for over a decade by these employees of OCH.

According to emails obtained by the Citizen, the sisters reached out to councillor Mathieu Fleury, and mayor Jim Watson for assistance.

Officials told the women it would be inappropriate for any city officials to become involved in the dispute.

The Citizen also obtained an internal memo that was sent to all OCH employees in November 2018…in that memo the housing agency confirms an investigator found the women had been sexually harassed.

OCH was served with the statement of claim on March 28.

None of the allegations have been tested in court.


A 53 year old Ottawa man is wanted by police in connection to several incidents.

According to police there have been two accounts of the man uttering threats in recent days. .

53 year old Kevin Nieren-Hausen is described as white, with thinning grey hair.

Nieren-Hausen also has two outstanding warrants from other areas for uttering threats and assault.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to call police or Crimestoppers.


You will soon be able to grill up a burger and drink a beer outside major sports venues — like Scotiabank arena and Rogers Centre.

The Ford government is set to legalize “tailgating” in this Thursday’s budget.

Andrew Muire is the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and while he was shocked by the tailgating news – he wasn’t completely against the idea

He says  regulated tailgating was successful when the Toronto Argonauts introduced it back in 2016.

Health groups and advocacy groups are hoping to sit down with the ford government before any law is passed.


Victims of violent crime are calling for changes to the justice and corrections system.

There was a rally on Parliament Hill yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Victoria Stafford.

Rodney Stafford says the battle for longer, stricter prison sentences for violent offenders isn’t just about his daughter.

Tori Stafford was eight years old when, on April 8th, 2009, she went missing while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ontario.

Her body was found more than three months later.

She’d been sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered.


A world-renowned Canadian pioneer of heart surgery and former senator has died.

Dr. Wilbert Keon founded the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and performed Canada’s first artificial-heart implantation, which was revolutionary for the time.

The institute says Keon died Sunday at the age of 83.

On May 1st, 1986, Keon made medical history when he inserted the jarvik-7 artificial heart into Noella Leclair.

The artificial heart helped bridge Leclair, then 41, for a week until she received a human heart from a 44-year-old man who died in a car accident.

She lived another 20 years.


Hydro-Quebec is reporting more than 260-thousand homes and businesses are still without power in southern Quebec this morning after the region was hit with freezing rain and strong winds.

The storm caused heavy, ice-covered tree branches to snap and affect power lines.

The hardest-hit areas have been Laval, Lanaudiere and the Laurentians.

The utility is struggling to get the electricity restored as 15-centimetres of snow could fall on the same region today.


Immigrants and visible minorities are noticing a common theme among the significant pieces of legislation introduced by Quebec’s C-A-Q government.

They are noticing the bills disproportionately affect them.

Bill 21, which bans some public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols at work, has drawn widespread criticism with Muslim women who wear the hijab expecting to feel it the most.

And Bill 17 overhauls a taxi industry that is heavily comprised of immigrants.

The director of a Montreal taxi company says abolishing a permit system will bring many of them into bankruptcy.


Ottawa is hoping social-media giants will lend a giant virtual helping hand to stave off any foreign interference in our national election this fall.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says the federal government isn’t getting enough co-operation from the world’s biggest social-media companies to head off foreign interference, such as the election meddling the U-S experienced from Russia in 2016.

Gould says there have been discussions with Facebook and Google on how they plan to protect Canadians during the electoral process.

But she feels there’s a lot “left to be desired” in how seriously they’re taking these matters.


Facebook and Instagram have banned six Canadian individuals and groups from the social-media platforms for alleged involvement in “organized hate.”

Those banned include one-time Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy.

The far-right political commentator provided sympathetic coverage for Rebel Media of the 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Also banned are the Canadian Nationalist Front and its white nationalist chairman Kevin Goudreau, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves of Odin and Soldiers of Odin (also known as Canadian Infidels).


A senior member of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government says cross-party talks aimed at breaking the impasse over Britain’s divorce from the European Union are moving forward in a “genuine and sincere” way.

Justice Secretary David Gauke told the B-B-C today it’s too early to say whether the talks between the Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party will be successful.

But he says work is continuing to identify a compromise, two days before E-U leaders decide whether to grant a further extension to the Brexit process.

If they refuse, Britain faces a sudden and chaotic departure from the bloc on Friday.


Israeli voters began casting ballots today in parliamentary elections that will determine whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in office after a decade in power.

Clouded by a series of looming corruption indictments, Netanyahu is seeking a fourth consecutive and a fifth overall term in office, which would make him Israel’s longest-ever serving leader, surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion.

The 69-year-old faces a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose Blue and White party is ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud in polls.


The commissioner of America’s Internal Revenue Service will face off with U-S lawmakers today for the first time since House Democrats last week asked him for U-S President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Charles Rettig is sure to face questions from a House Appropriations Committee panel on the topic.

The White House has signalled it will fight the request.

Last week, the chairman of a different House panel asked Rettig by letter for Trump’s personal and business returns by Wednesday.


U-S Attorney General William Barr will face congressional lawmakers today for the first time since receiving the special counsel’s report on Russian meddling in America’s elections.

Barr will appear before a House appropriations subcommittee, where he could be grilled about the forthcoming release of Robert Mueller’s report.

The Justice Department is preparing to release within days a redacted version of Mueller’s report into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In a four-page summary of Mueller’s main conclusions, Barr said Mueller didn’t find a criminal conspiracy and did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

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