Be prepared for a messy drive this afternoon.

 

We are under a special weather statement for rain and for this morning, icy conditions this afternoon as the temperature drops, we could have a brief period of freezing rain followed by accumulating snow.

 

We are also under flash freeze warning – temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly so that means all pools of water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops.

 

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy and slippery. Extra care should be taken when walking or driving in affected areas.

 

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An overdose is presumed to be the cause of death in an incident at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre this week.

 

On Monday, a young woman collapsed in a bathroom. She was given naloxone, but didn’t respond to the overdose reversing drug and later died in hospital.

 

The director of the centre’s harm reduction program, Rob Boyd, tells the Citizen if this overdose had happened in a supervised environment, the woman would’ve survived.

 

Sandy Hill has been trying to open a supervised injection site at their centre for years and while they’ve received approval from the feds, they’re still waiting for funding to renovate their building — and Boyd says he doesn’t even talk about a possible opening date anymore.

 

Drug users in Ottawa do have two places to inject safely right now … One operated by Ottawa public health on Clarence Street, and the other out of the Shepherds of Good Hope on Murray.

 

Both of those facilities are less than 5 blocks away from Sandy Hill.

 

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A restaurant owner in Barrhaven has their sprinkler system to thank after a late night fire.

 

Ottawa fire crews were called to a restaurant on Strandherd Drive just before 11 last night.

 

Once they arrived, alarms could be heard from the building … And an odour of smoke was coming from the kitchen area.

 

Crews later found a sprinkler had been activated and put out a fire that originated from an appliance motor.

 

There were no injuries reported … And there’s yet to be any word on the cost of damages.

 

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Mayor Jim Watson says the city of Ottawa won’t be shelling out money to the Ottawa Senators in effort to keep them around.

 

In a interview with 1310 News yesterday, Watson told the Rick Gibbons Show his reaction to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk’s comments about moving the team just before the NHL 100 classic at TD Place and talked about the team’s potential future downtown home.

 

But speaking on Melnyk, Watson says his comments were unnecessary and came at the wrong time.

 

Watson also tells the Citizen his administration won’t get into the heated financial debate other Canadian cities have over trying to keep them around.

 

In Alberta, both the cities of Edmonton and Calgary have put big money on the table to help build new arenas.

 

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Energy minister Glenn Thibeault says the redesign of Hydro One’s bills is necessary, although the Ontario Energy Board has yet to decide on the expense.

 

The NDP is raising concerns with the 15-million-dollar redesign expense, which appears in a rate application from the formerly public utility.

 

Hydro One says it has spent nine-million dollars to redesign the bills and is proposing to spend an additional six-million on the project.

 

The utility says a 2016 survey of its customers suggested about 40 per cent had trouble understanding their bills, and the redesign is meant to provide a simpler document.

 

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Day two of deliberations will begin in the morning in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster case.

 

Jurors in Sherbrooke, Quebec deliberated Thursday without reaching a verdict or emerging to ask questions.

 

Three men are accused of criminal negligence after a parked train broke free in July 2013 and barrelled uncontrollably into the village’s core before exploding and killing 47 people.

 

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Modernizing auto-parts rules in any new NAFTA agreement will be one of the top priorities — that is according to a source familiar with the run-up to talks picking up in Montreal later this month.

 

Canada is hoping to win American support for an idea that might achieve its key goal of ensuring U-S content in cars while limiting disruptions to current supply chains.

 

The idea suggests that rules for calculating domestic content need a revamp, with research into new fuel sources, batteries, lightweight materials, cameras and wireless technology taking up an ever-larger share of a car’s value.

 

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U-S State Department officials are confirming both China and Russia were not invited to a meeting next week in Vancouver to discuss relations with North Korea.

 

The get-together will focus on different ways to tighten the screws on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

 

Despite being a co-host with the U-S, the Trudeau government has provided little information ahead of the summit.

 

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Speaking in bluntly vulgar language, US President Donald Trump has reportedly questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and what he termed — quote — “s- hole countries” — in Africa rather than places like Norway.

 

Trump was rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal when his off-colour description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting.

 

The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.”

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