Strikes and work slowdowns: A day-by-day guide to what to expect in Ottawa schools this week
The conflict between Ontario’s education workers and the province ratcheted up another notch Tuesday when the union representing teachers in French-language school boards announced that members would begin withdrawing some services on Thursday. Four unions representing 200,000 employees in school boards across the province are now engaged in job actions that range from work slowdowns to one-day strikes. Unless progress is made in negotiations, the consequences will ripple across the province this week and next as parents scramble to find child care during school closures and elementary students face the cancellation of field trips, sports tournaments and extr
" OC Transpo is cooperating fully with the investigation," wrote Jim Greer, acting Boyd said Bayshore station is often busy with pedestrian traffic and he 'd witnessed several close calls before, but nothing like this. "But I think that's just how it is with the way that the station is set up. There's just a lot of
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Claude Levesque, 67, was heading downtown for breakfast on Sept. 24 when he was hit by an OC Transpo bus. He walked slowly, with a cane — too stubborn to use a walker, despite his heart problems and spells of vertigo.
A passerby’s attempts at resuscitation and “aggressive” measures by paramedics weren’t enough to save him. Levesque died some 100 metres from the front door of his Russell Road apartment.
The street reopened, the victim went unnamed by officials, and Ottawa moved on. But Levesque’s family didn’t.
'Not the level of service our customers are expecting': Apologies once again offered after latest LRT issue
LRT maintenance workers are double-checking parts of the overhead catenary system along the 12.5-kilometre transit system after Thursday’s wire break near St. Laurent Station. It wasn’t a good day for OC Transpo or Rideau Transit Maintenance, the affiliate of the Rideau Transit Group contracted to maintain and repair the $2.1-billion rail system. First the overhead wire snapped around 10:50 a.m., stopping an eastbound train and shutting down the LRT line east of Hurdman Station in both directions. The outage lasted for the rest of the day. Transpo redirected 70 buses to run replacement transit service between Hurdman and Blair stations.
" OC Transpo is cooperating fully with the investigation," wrote Jim Greer, acting director of Boyd said Bayshore station is often busy with pedestrian traffic and he 'd witnessed several close calls before There's just a lot of pedestrian traffic and a lot of bus traffic. So everyone has to be careful over there."
A pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck by an OC Transpo bus on Russell Road, paramedics said. A passerby with a first-aid kit and training got out of his car and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the help of bystanders until firefighters arrived and took over.
“That day, I was calling him and calling him and calling him,” remembers his daughter, Marie-Nathalie Levesque. “How come he’s not answering? This is my dad, I know he’s going to answer me.”
Later that day, the news came: Levesque had been struck and killed by an OC Transpo bus. The city covered his funeral expenses, and Marie-Nathalie said the family received a further $10,000 in compensation.
But unanswered questions continue to plague Marie-Nathalie and her brother, Gilles Levesque. What were the circumstances that led to their father’s death? Will someone be held accountable? Does something need to change to prevent this from happening to another pedestrian?
City acknowledges responsibility to compensate victims of Westboro bus crash
The City of Ottawa on Tuesday publicly acknowledged its responsibility for compensating victims of the fatal bus crash at Westboro Station, four days before the first anniversary of the tragedy. Over the past year, the city has been served with more than a dozen lawsuits, totalling more than $120 million, and notices of another 18 claims to be filed. The lawsuits reviewed by this newspaper document the grief and severe emotional and physical trauma experienced by the crash’s victims. Three people were killed in the Jan. 11 crash and dozens more were injured.
Ottawa Police confirm an 87-year-old woman has died after being struck by an OC Transpo What happened here is still under investigation; who had the right of way and how the 87-year-old woman But others who live in the area say this was an accident waiting to happen because pedestrians
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They’ve tried to follow up with the Ottawa police and OC Transpo, but say they’ve never heard back.
“It’s just like it never even happened. That’s how it feels,” said Gilles. “L ike it didn’t even matter.”
In a statement, the Ottawa Police Service collisions unit said its investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“Our investigators have been in contact with the most appropriate members of this victim’s large family … offering available support services,” the statement reads. “Other family members who need support can contact our victims crisis unit at 613-236-1222 or other available community services.”
The city provided a statement from Jim Hopkins, OC Transpo’s chief safety officer. “Our thoughts remain with the Levesque family after this tragic incident,” he said, explaining that when the OPS is involved in an investigation, its victim services unit takes the lead in providing support.
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Closures and delays affecting both the Confederation Line and transit system as a whole should be done this morning. The inspections and testing necessary to get full service back on the Confederation Line are done, said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi in an email early Friday morning.East-end LRT riders had to rely on bus service through the afternoon rush hour after a wire broke around 10:50 a.m. and fell onto a train as it entered St-Laurent station, said Troy Charter, the City of Ottawa's director of transit operations, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
I’m still under the bus ,’ ” Giama said from her hospital bed at The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus on Sunday. Giama said another pedestrian was ahead of In a statement, OC Transpo director of transit operation Troy Charter said OC Transit has since reached out to Giama. “We do not normally contact
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“In addition to fully cooperating with police, OC Transpo conducts internal investigations. OC Transpo is committed to providing a safe environment for residents, passengers and operators,” said Hopkins.
Claude’s sister, Suzanne Roussy, was his designated emergency contact and the first to learn about his death. She’s been in touch with police, and said they prepared her for an investigation that could take a while. They promised to call when they have some answers, Roussy said.
“It’s been a long time yes,” she acknowledged. “But they told us it would take time.
“It won’t bring my brother back if we have answers tomorrow, or a month ago. We can’t do anything for him, I just want him to be at peace.”
But for Marie-Nathalie and Gilles, learning exactly what led to their father’s death is about more than being able to move on.
Levesque was one of at least two pedestrians killed in OC Transpo bus collisions in 2019. The second fatality occurred Dec. 27 at Bayshore Station, when a 53-year-old man was hit by an eastbound bus.
If pedestrians can be better protected, then OC Transpo needs to take action, the Levesques said. Or maybe the city’s already done so — but without communication, they can’t know that.
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Samira Bashiri was a researcher at the university, while her husband Hamid Setarah Kokab was a PhD student in mechanical engineering. Lisa Porter, a University of Windsor cancer researcher who supervised Bashiri, described her as "incredibly talented, driven and a beautiful person.""She had a bright future ahead of her," Porter said. Porter said Bashiri was trained as a veterinarian in Iran, and had aspirations to begin graduate school in Windsor in September. "This is a tragic loss for all of us and we are so devastated for her family and friends back home," said Porter.
Giama, 26, was struck by an OC Transpo bus while crossing an intersection late Saturday. Giama said another pedestrian was ahead of her in the intersection and they had the right of way . According to Giama, the middle tires of the bus were atop her left foot when the vehicle stopped.
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“It’s like talking to a wall. It’s like nobody’s there,” said Gilles.
In a statement, the city’s director of traffic services, Phil Landry, explained that since 2017 all fatal collisions in Ottawa are reviewed by a committee comprised of OPS members, the coroner’s office and transportation services staff.
“The purpose of the review is to provide a better understanding of the contributing factors to each fatal collision,” he said. “That information is used to identify any engineering, enforcement or education countermeasures that could be implemented to help mitigate the collision’s contributing factors.”
Additional work kicks in when the collision involves an OC Transpo vehicle, he said. City staff “review the accident data to identify trends and opportunities for improvement to transit operations and affected infrastructure.”
These reviews often consider the city and other transit authorities’ past experiences, and everyone works together “to identify collisions that warrant further investigation and action,” said Landry.
One year after the Westboro bus crash, the question remains: Could it happen again?
Some desiccated flowers, a weathered wreath, and an assortment of votive candles mark the spot of a searing and senseless tragedy: the crash at Westboro Station. It has been one year since a westbound double-decker bus, OC Transpo 8155, smashed into the station’s steel awning on a cold, clear day in January. The leading edge of that awning sliced into the second floor of the bus, crushing those in its path. Seats on the passenger side of the bus were bulldozed; the legs of trapped passengers were squeezed as if in a vise. “There was glass and metal and screaming and heat,” passenger Jessica Service said in describing the moment of impact.
He said he understands the family has been looking for answers , but that the typical procedure is to have Ottawa police communicate with a victim's family in situations like this. Danjaw said the family still hasn' t heard anything substantial from either the Ottawa police or OC Transpo about what
According to the Ottawa Sun , OC Transpo has been sued by a couple of local seniors for bus ride-related injuries. From the report: Two seniors are each suing OC Transpo for .1 million for injuries they received after falling while riding the bus , allegedly because of bad driving.
The results of the reviews are not made public.
The Levesques remember their father as a man who loved family, music and working with his hands.
“He loved to cook … he taught me how to make the best mashed potatoes. I (kid) you not, I’m the star of the family for my mashed potatoes,” Gilles said. “He loved fishing, he loved singing.”
A former dry cleaner, Levesque could no longer work and was living alone after the death of his wife almost a decade ago. He was particularly close with Marie-Nathalie, who took on a care-taking role.
“I’m very frustrated. He was a big part of my life,” she said. “He shouldn’t have died that way. Why are people not paying attention?”
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