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Top five stories in Ottawa this week

Top five stories in Ottawa this week

Homeowners in Ottawa lose thousands to an absent contractor and a driver blames the car for speeding at 75mph.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at the top five stories on our website this week.

A number of homeowners in Ottawa are calling for quick action after alleging that a man they hired to do major heating and cooling jobs stole their money months ago without finishing the job or — in some cases — even starting it. .

“He did half the job, got out in the middle, installed a hot water heater that was uncoded and stopped working after a few days,” Dan Cockerham said.

Cockerham hired Mahmoud El Sharafah and his company Comfort Level One Heating and Cooling earlier this year. He says that after months of apologies, he is going to small claims court to get money back.

This week, Cockerham met strangers he met online who had similar experiences at the Ottawa Police Station. They had filed a report, but wanted to visit in person to try to speed up the response.

The Ottawa Police Department would not comment on this particular case, but say they are investigating complaints as soon as they come in.

Strangers who hired the same man for work they say was not completed met for the first time this week at the Ottawa Police Department. (Katie Griffin/CTV Ottawa)

The acting director of the Parliamentary Defense Service says Mayor Jim Watson’s office would not call back during the height of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ last winter.

Larry Brookson told MPs and senators he was trying to contact Watson and city manager Steve Kanellakos during the protests that occupied the streets around the parliamentary district for three weeks.

But he said he got replies from both offices saying they weren’t available to talk.

Brookson added that the mayor’s office has not communicated with the protective service, which is responsible for security on Parliament Hill, about a failed deal between the city and the organizers of the convoy to bring the protest to an end during its height. to bring.

Both Watson’s office and Kanellakos told CTV News Ottawa that they would appear before the committee this fall.

Strangers who hired the same man for work they say was not completed met for the first time this week at the Ottawa Police Department. (Katie Griffin/CTV Ottawa)

Parking fees, increased transparency at City Hall, making Ottawa a “music city,” and economic development plans marked the week in the race for Ottawa’s mayor.

Candidates Catherine McKenney, Mark Sutcliffe, Bob Chiarelli, Mike Maguire and others released new parts of their platform this week.

Promised to bring greater transparency to Ottawa’s City Hall and “end the influence of money” in city politics, McKenney outlined an economic platform that included expanding tax credits for small businesses and attracting a large employer to Ottawa. Sutcliffe outlined a plan to make Ottawa a “music city,” including revising its bylaws to help support musicians and establishing a music agency.

The issue of parking fees came up during the eco-debate on Wednesday, when candidates were asked about a possible congestion charge to reduce car traffic into the inner city.

Candidate Brandon Bay said that if he were elected mayor, he would raise parking fees to “discourage driving and use that money to better maintain the roads and pay for public transport.”

“With the numbers I’ve calculated, if we increase the parking rates from an average of $3.12 per hour to about $9 per hour, and include some shops and vending machines in the station, we can cover about 75 percent of all transit fares and get rides down to about $1 each.”

McKenney told the debate that “the best way to offer congestion charges, I think, is to raise parking fees in your downtown area.”

In a statement on Twitter Friday afternoon, McKenney said: their transportation plan for the 2022 election campaign “does not include an increase in parking fees.”

On Tuesday, Sutcliffe made a call for civility on the campaign trail, saying that community members and elected officials who attacked him are contributing to a “toxic environment” at City Hall.

The Ottawa Police Department investigates the discovery of human remains in an apartment building in Vanier.

Construction workers of a three-story building on Deschamps Avenue discovered the remains at the site on Wednesday.

“Excavations at the site allegedly uncovered human remains,” the police said in a statement.

Police said Thursday that the Homicide Division has taken over the investigation, including forensic identification processes.

Ottawa police remained at a Vanier apartment building on Thursday, September 29, 2022 after construction workers discovered apparent human remains. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

A driver charged with stunt driving told officers it was the car’s fault, police said.

An Ontario Provincial Police officer arrested a driver on Loyalist Parkway in Prince Edward County on Sept. 24, who was reportedly traveling 200 km/h.

The maximum speed is 80 km/h.

“Their apology? The car is too fast,” OPP said of the 41-year-old from Brighton who was arrested.

The driver is charged with stunt driving, which includes an automatic 14-day seizure of the vehicle and a 30-day license suspension.

With files from The Canadian Press