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Weekly News Review: Presto cards arrive, Somerset House conflict almost resolved, the year in restaurants and more!

By François Levesque on January 21, 2013


10,000 free Presto cards were snapped up by eager customers looking to try out the new system. Because of the high demand, OCTranspo is making another 2,000 free cards available shortly. Yours truly picked one up, I’ll let you know how I like it over the next few weeks!

Back in September, I wrote about a petition launched by Centretown residents asking that the city and owner of Somerset House resolve the legal actions. It appears like the petition paid off. Centretown Buzz reports that in a surprise move at its meeting on December 19, Ottawa City Council voted unanimously on a motion to accept a deal that had been worked out between the City and the owner, whereby TKS would drop the appeal and the $5 million lawsuit against the City, and would pay the City $650,000 in costs. In return, the City would suspend all encroachment fees for 2013 on the property as a sign of “goodwill.” This is no guarantee we’ll see something new at the corner of Bank and Somerset, but redevelopment of the space could soon become a reality.

Following HRSDC‘s lost electronic files from a few weeks ago, we hear that a Montfort Hospital employee has lost a USB key containing personal information of approximately 25,000 patients. Alarming, to say the least although the hospital states that “that information on the key is related only to invoicing and gives no clue as to what patients were being treated or tested for.

If you’re curious about new restaurants coming to the city in 2013, the Citizen’s got you covered. Read on and salivate.