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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

By Ryan Saxby Hill on October 15, 2012

City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a vote of 19 to 5.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is working to reunite a mother and her child after she gave birth in an Ottawa jail cell. The shocking story has been raising raising questions about how the birth happened behind bars and whether appropriate procedures were followed.

Shoppers in Ottawa can look forward to an expanded Rideau Centre, with clothing retailer H&M as a key tenant. The popular brand’s logo was present on artist’s renderings shown at the Ottawa Real Estate Forum this past Thursday.

A few local restaurants, including Pressed Cafe, Murray Street and Edgar, played host to TV crews from the Food Network Canada show “You Gotta Eat Here” this week. We can’t wait to see these local favourites featured on the small screen.

It was one year ago this week that Jamie Hubley took his own life. The Ottawa Citizen reflects on the events that followed and the resulting discussion of teen suicide and the safety of LGBT youth.