Dr. Brian Nadler acquitted on all charges

Facing murder and negligence charges, the Hawkesbury doctor was cleared on Tuesday.

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Dr. Brian Nadler acquitted of murder

What happened: After a judge ruled much of the prosecution’s evidence inadmissible last week, Dr. Brian Nadler was acquitted of murder and negligence charges Tuesday, CBC reported. Nadler was a physician at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital and was charged in the deaths of four elderly patients.

The charges: Nadler was facing four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of criminal negligence in the deaths of 80-year-old Claire Brière; 79-year-old Lorraine Lalande, 93-year-old Judith Lungulescu, and 89-year-old Albert Poidinger.

  • Police were called to the hospital after Poidinger’s death and charged Nadler soon after. The deaths of the three others occurred around the same time, and charges were laid several months later.

“It is tragic that Dr. Nadler's life and reputation have been clouded by the innuendo of suspicion surrounding these deaths for the past three years,” Nadler’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, told reporters. Greenspan said Nadler gave appropriate palliative care to his patients.

Inside the courtroom: Crown prosecutors declined to offer evidence or witnesses after Nadler pleaded not guilty to all eight charges Tuesday, after which the judge acquitted him. Because Nadler was arraigned, the process of reading the charges aloud and entering a plea, the Crown still has the ability to appeal, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

Last week, the judge had disqualified one of the prosecution’s witnesses and an expert, and made other evidence inadmissible.

  • “The Crown has concluded that the effect of this court’s evidentiary rulings is to exclude evidence sufficiently important to the prosecution that the Crown is unable to continue,” one of the prosecutors told CBC.

Medical licence: Nadler’s medical licence was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons when he was first charged. The regulatory body is assessing its next steps after Tuesday’s acquittal, according to CBC.

Canada vs Scotland world class men's rugby this Saturday

Love sports? Then this is the game for you.

Scotland, the 6th best team in world rugby are coming to Ottawa on July 6th at TD Place. Secure your tickets today.

Their heavy-hitting forward pack and world-class backs, such as Duhan van der Merwe make this team such an exciting spectacle. With the Scots coming off big wins in the Six Nations against England and Wales, fans are travelling from all over the East Coast to see this powerhouse play.

This battle will be mouth-watering for any sports fan, seeing world-class rugby on the big stage. Tickets start as low at $35, kick-off is at 5pm EST. TSN will have full coverage of this game.

Canada are building towards the 2027 World Cup and have exciting new players coming through the ranks.

Grab your tickets today for this exciting event before they run out.


🎇 107: The number of complaints for noise and fireworks bylaw responded to on Canada Day. Three people were charged for setting off fireworks in a forbidden location, and one person got a noise disturbance charge. [CTV]

🏗️ $410 million: The amount the provincial government said its changes to regulations are saving developers every year. [CBC]


🌊 A woman and a child were rescued from the Rideau River at Hog’s Back Falls. The two had fallen into the water and were able to find safety on a rock at the start of the rapids. [CTV]

🏥 The province appointed a special administrator to take over the Renfrew Victoria Hospital, after financial irregularities were discovered by a group of citizens. [CTV]

🩻 A new bonus system in Quebec offered to medical technologists may be drawing healthcare workers to urban hospitals. Hospitals in Gatineau are offering $22,000, while in Maniwaki the bonus is only $18,000. [CBC]

🚗 Drivers for a mysterious delivery company based out of a warehouse near the airport have spent weeks chasing their employer for payment. [CBC]

🚨 An Indian restaurant in Elmvale had all of its electronics and cash stolen in a long-weekend break-in. The restaurant was able to stay open. Police are investigating. [CTV]


Your guide to Ottawa breweries this summer

Braumeister Bierhalle. Ralf Joneikies/Ottawa Lookout

Capital Eats is written by our food editor, Ralf Joneikies.

With summer here and in full swing, Capital Eats brings you a guide to some of the city’s best breweries where you can get a great pint and a bite. Here’s one of our recommendations for your beer drinking pleasure.

Braumeister Bierhalle

Braumeister Bierhalle may be my favourite spot to catch this year's Euro Cup. The all-wood interior is a more contemporary take on the classic German/Austrian beer halls and it does evoke positive memories of the homeland.

They are showing the Euro Cup matches (other than on days when they’re closed) and along with their very good German-style beers you can enjoy a menu of traditional foods.  

I particularly enjoyed the garlic and herb pretzel with a very nice warm cheese sauce. I followed that with a leberkase (translation: liver cheese) sandwich that is simply a kind of meatloaf with no liver or cheese involved. You will also enjoy their frankfurters and both these meats are made by the excellent Ulrich’s in Pembroke, one of the few German delis left in this part of Ontario.



Okay, we’ll be up front. Today’s house is not for most people. The price is…a lot. The photo isn’t even of the house itself, that’s the pool house (look at that slide!) that also has a sauna. There is a basketball court there too. The house, on a 7.4 acre property, has plenty of high end features.

House of The Week is a home selected by the Lookout team and is not a paid advertisement. All ads are labelled as such. If you’re a realtor who wishes to feature your home in our newsletter, please contact our sales team.


Listings are provided by OttawaGigs.ca, the best place to discover live music in Ottawa. Check out Ottawagigs.ca for full listings across the city.

Lawrence Maxwell, Wednesday, 8 pm: Canadian alt-country with neo-traditional production, and comparisons to John Prine and Merle Haggard. Live! on Elgin, 220 Elgin St. Tickets $15. 

Sitting on the Outside, from Thursday, 7 pm: Ottawa’s four-day DIY punk festival returns, headlined on night one by Spanish post-punks Belgrado. At the Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St.  Tickets $25.

Leeroy Stagger, Thursday 8 pm: Blends gratitude, struggle, humor, and compassion, similar to the work of Jason Isbell and Steve Earle. At Red Bird, 1165 Bank St. Tickets $27.

Miguel De Armas, Saturday 4:30 pm: See one of the great Cuban masters of Afro-jazz for free as part of the NAC’s Music on the Canal program. On the Rideau Canal from the NAC. Free.

Ness Nöst, Saturday 9pm: Passionate and multi-faceted musician known for seamlessly blending diverse elements into captivating compositions across genres. At Irene’s, 885 Bank St. Tickets $15.

  1. Farm volunteer at the Ottawa Food Bank

  2. Ongoing opportunities at IODE Laurentian

  3. Companion for outings at Ottawa Foyers Partage

  4. Event volunteers for Second Harvest’s Mud Hero Event

  5. Perley Health choir at Perley Health

Have a volunteer listing you’d like to share? Send it to [email protected] with “Volunteering” in the subject line.


🇨🇦 A member of the military’s skydiving team, the Skyhawks, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a Canada Day jump during the festivities at LeBreton Flats. [CBC]

🛝 The Calypso Waterpark unexpectedly closed for the day for unspecified “technical issues.” It’s not clear when the park might reopen. [CTV]

🛬 The WestJet mechanics’ strike saw the airline cancel more than 800 flights across the country, including all outbound flights from Ottawa on Sunday. The strike ended Sunday. [CTV]

⚖️ An Ottawa judge allowed a dramatic lawsuit — alleging harassment, corruption, bullying, and other serious allegations — against the Durham Regional Police Service and several officers including former Ottawa Police Service deputy chief Uday Jaswal. (This is one story you’ll want to be extra sure click through to read. Remarkable twists and turns.) [CBC]

🚙 New rules requiring tow truck operators to have provincial certification went into effect this week. The rules are intended to crack down on bad actors in the sector. [CBC]

🚨 Two people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting in the ByWard Market overnight Tuesday. [CBC]

  • The GST credit for people on low and modest incomes will be deposited later this week. [CTV]

  • The Northern Pitch is a free, five-minute newsletter summarizing the biggest soccer games across the country. Try it out for free today. [Sponsored]

  • Ever wanted a snooker table? The Rideau Club is selling their two tables, but you’ll need to move them yourself. [Facebook]

  • The fireworks show was quite something for Canada Day. [Reddit]

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(Insiders) The high cost of the Tewin development

What happened: Council approved the city’s new $2-billion infrastructure master plan, which will include the construction of more than half a billion dollars worth of water and sewer infrastructure for the new Tewin development on the eastern edge of the city.

The Tewin development was added to the city’s Official Plan very late in the process during Jim Watson’s term, despite being poorly suited for development. It is a joint project of Taggart and the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO).

Costly: To bring sewage pipes and water mains to the development, the total cost is estimated at $591 million. The Tewin development is expected to cover $313 million of that, with another $97 million coming from development charges paid by the developer.


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