March 14, 2016

Metcalfe man greets kidney donor nephew who will save his life

As a Metcalfe family waited and waited outside the arrivals gate at the Ottawa airport Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t just for a long hoped-for hug. It was for the gift of life. Finally, Colin Jayantha Perera spotted Lasantha Bandara, who had travelled across the world from Sri Lanka to help a man he hadn’t seen since he was a little …

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March 7, 2016

Poilievre: Cuts to Cenotaph Fund insult veterans

Veterans and legionnaires working to build and improve community cenotaphs will be disappointed if they go to the Veterans Affairs website looking for help. “Thank you for your interest in the Community War Memorial Program. We are no longer accepting new applications,” it says. That is right: A program that has helped build at least 99 veterans’ monuments in communities …

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March 6, 2016

O’Toole & Poilievre Urge Government to Go Ahead with Afghan Veterans Monument

OTTAWA, ON – Today the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, and the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton, called on the government to go ahead with the planned Memorial to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. O’Toole and Poilievre were the ministers of Veterans Affairs and of the National Capital Commission, respectively, who announced the site and …

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March 4, 2016

Second chance for Ottawa man with kidney failure

An Ottawa restaurant owner is getting a second chance at life, thanks to a little help from the federal government. Colin Perera, who owns Mike’s restaurant in Metcalfe, suffers from end-stage kidney failure. His nephew Lasantha in Sri Lanka is a donor match. The only problem? Lasantha’s visitor visa to Canada was denied. “I was so frustrated,” he said. “I …

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February 22, 2016

Liberal plan to tax stock options a ‘job killer’, says Tory MP

The Liberals’ proposal to increase taxation of stock options will hurt Canada’s high-tech sector, including in Ottawa, by discouraging talented entrepreneurs from investing in startup firms, says an opposition MP. “If the Liberal government taxes stock options out of existence, promising startup enterprises will lose one of their best tools to attract bright young people to work in Ottawa,” Pierre …

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