Ottawa LRT Investigation, Gas Prices, and CFL Football: Five Stories to Watch This Week in Ottawa

Public hearings in the LRT begin, the municipal election season winds up and motorists are looking at how much higher gas prices can go.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at five stories to watch this week.

Public hearings in the LRT investigation begin

The first public hearings in the Phase 1 investigation of Ottawa LRT begin Monday.

Forty-one witnesses are scheduled to testify in the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry. The public hearings will take place from June 13 to July 8 at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

Among the witnesses who will testify in the coming days are Mayor Jim Watson, former treasurer of the city of Ottawa, Marian Simulik, former transit boss John Manconi, ex-RTG head Peter Lauch, representatives of Alstom and a city panel of councilors Catherine McKenney, Allan Hubley and Diane Deans along with transit commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert.

The investigation, led by Judge William Hourigan, is mandated to investigate the commercial and technical conditions that led to Phase 1 failures and derailments. city ​​has selected for phase 1, the selection of Rideau Transit Group to build the system and the award of the contract.

Crews are slowly moving an LRT train across the track after a minor derailment earlier in the week. August 11, 2021. (Jim O’Grady/CTV News Ottawa)

Triple homicide investigation continues

The coroner’s investigation into a 2015 triple homicide in the Ottawa Valley continues this week.

The inquest investigates the deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam, who were murdered by the same man on the same day. All three had had previous relationships with their convicted murderer, Basil Borutski.

Last week, the inquest heard that a dangerous offender application was being considered for Borutski, but it was not prosecuted.

The coroner’s investigation, which began Monday at the Best Western Pembroke Inn and Conference Center, will examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths and may make recommendations to prevent further deaths. It is scheduled to last until June 24 and to hear about 30 witnesses.

Ottawa LRT Investigation, Gas Prices, and CFL Football: Five Stories to Watch This Week in Ottawa

Municipal elections seasons heat up

With the Ontario election on the books, Ottawa voters are targeting their municipal candidates.

Although the vote on October 24 is still months away, some candidates are rising early, hoping to gain support.

Mayor Candidate Earl. Catherine McKenney plans to launch their campaign this week.

Voters in College Ward also keep an eye on whether Long Coun. Rick Chiarelli will run for reelection. The councilor, who was caught twice this term for violating the council’s code of conduct for inappropriate and lewd behavior towards women – allegations he denies – said last week he “expects” to run for another term. There are already two registered candidates in Division 8, Laine Johnson and Granda Kopytko.

By Sunday, seven people had applied to become the next mayor of Ottawa: Brandon Bay, Bob Chiarelli, Bernard Couchman, Graham MacDonald, Catherine McKenney, Ade Olumide and Param Singh. Jim Watson is not seeking reelection. Ward 20 Osgoode remains without a registered candidate.

Candidates have until August 19 to register to run for mayor, city councilor or school administrator.

Ottawa LRT Investigation, Gas Prices, and CFL Football: Five Stories to Watch This Week in OttawaOttawa City Hall (File photo)

How high can they go?

The price at the gas pump continues to rise and reached a new local record this weekend.

Gas was 215.9 cents a gallon at most stations in Ottawa Saturday and Sunday.

According to Dan McTeague, the president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, prices could hit $2.25 a liter this summer.

McTeague says the weakness of the Canadian dollar is partly responsible for the rise in gas prices. There is also a tight global supply that has been exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ottawa LRT Investigation, Gas Prices, and CFL Football: Five Stories to Watch This Week in OttawaA man fills his vehicle with gasoline in Ottawa. May 17, 2021. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV News Ottawa)

Redblacks home opener

CFL football is back in the capital this week with the Redblacks home opener.

The first full season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic began on June 9. The Redblacks will play their regular season home opener against the defending Gray Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday at TD Place, hoping to get revenge for their 19-17 loss last week.

Ottawa LRT Investigation, Gas Prices, and CFL Football: Five Stories to Watch This Week in OttawaThe Ottawa Redblacks wave to fans in the stands on the north side after Saturday’s scrimmage at TD Place. (Jackie Perez/CTV News Ottawa)

Events this week

Monday:

LRT Investigation Public Hearings, 9am

Audit Committee, 9.30 am

Tuesday:

LRT Investigation Public Hearings, 9am

Ottawa Public Library Board: 5 p.m.

Wednesday:

LRT Investigation Public Hearings, 9am

Transit Committee, 9.30am

Thursday:

LRT Investigation Public Hearings, 9am

Special Joint Meeting of the Planning Committee and the Community and Protection Services Committee, 9:30 a.m.

Friday:

LRT Investigation Public Hearings, 9am

Ottawa Red Blacks vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 7:30 PM (TSN, TSN 1200)

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