Ottawa police are investigating after a double stabbing in the east end overnight.

 

Around 12:20 this morning, officers responded to an area along Mayfield Street, between Montgomery and McArthur Avenue for reports of a disturbance.

 

When they arrived, they found two men in their 20’s had suffered stab wounds, one of them in the chest, but the injuries were deemed non life threatening and they were taken to hospital.

 

Police say both of them were uncooperative with them and refused to provide any information on what happened.

 

There are no suspects or witnesses to the case at this time.

 

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

 

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The heavily debated Salvation Army shelter to be built on Montreal Road is making its way into Ottawa council discussions this week.

 

Rideau Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury intends to ask for support on capping the shelter at 140 emergency beds, according to Postmedia.

 

But the Salvation Army’s spokesman tells the paper that they’re not thrilled with this subject coming up at council again.

 

In November, the hot button issue ended in a 16-7 in favour to change zoning and bylaw restrictions to allow the project to get going.

 

Glenn Van Gulik says council has already gone down this same path in those discussions … And while they’re comfortable with the regulations, it’s hard to predict what the future will bring for the shelter in Vanier.

 

Meanwhile Fleury says as part of his motion, he wants to reaffirm the shelter won’t house more than 140 emergency beds in the shelter, and wants the city to hold them to it.

 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says while it would be “completely inappropriate” to comment on the specifics of the verdict in the Colten Boushie case, much needs to be done to fix the way first nations people are treated in the justice system.

 

On Friday, a Saskatchewan jury found 56-year-old Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the young indigenous man on Stanley’s farm in 2016.

 

In the commons yesterday, Trudeau said first nations people are underrepresented on juries and over-represented in the prison population.

 

Boushie’s family is in Ottawa for meetings with Trudeau cabinet ministers about the case, noting it appeared that none of the jurors in the Stanley trial were indigenous

 

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RBC Bluesfest announced the 2018 line up this morning.

 

Confirmed acts include….Foo Fighters; Dave Matthews Band; Shawn Mendes; Bryan Adams and Beck;

 

There will be a one day presale Thursday starting at 10 a.m.

 

RBC Bluesfest runs July 5th -15th at LeBreton Flats.

 

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New research suggests that alcohol damages a person’s brain more than cannabis.

 

The University of Colorado study found that unlike alcohol, marijuana *does not* affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain, even years after exposure.

 

Grey matter helps the brain function, while white matter controls communication between nerve clusters.

 

Despite these positive findings, the scientists say research into the mental side effects of marijuana is still very limited.

 

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A decision on the sentencing of two men found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of a Toronto woman is expected by month’s end.

 

Justice Michael Code is reserving his decision until February 26th following a sentencing hearing for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich in the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock.

 

Millard and Smich were previously found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Hamilton man Tim Bosma, whose remains were burned in the same animal incinerator they had used to get rid of Babcock’s body.

 

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.

 

The judge presiding over the Babcock case will decide whether to impose consecutive or concurrent periods of parole ineligibility.

 

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Alberta has issued a deadline to Ottawa to resolve a pipeline dispute with B-C.

 

Premier Rachel Notley says if Ottawa doesn’t do something to force B-C to reverse what she says is an illegal plan to restrict oil flows through pipelines within B-C, then her government will look at further retaliatory measures.

 

The B-C move affects Kinder Morgan’s expansion plans for the Trans Mountain pipeline to get more bitumen to the Vancouver-area for export.

 

Alberta has already suspended talks to buy B-C electricity and has banned B-C wines.

 

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U-S President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some sort of international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.

 

In a chat with reporters yesterday, Trump complained about countries considered allies of the U-S and said Canada does not treat America right in terms of farming and crossing the borders.

 

Trump says he’s prepared to announce a tax on nations taking advantage of the U-S on trade, with details possibly coming this week.

 

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Some American conservatives are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a cherished pillar of the modern-day Republican Party.

 

U-S President Donald Trump’s new budget plan would order steep cuts to America’s social safety net, but push military spending much higher.

 

For the first time, it acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not “pay for itself” as Trump and his Republican allies asserted.

 

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Lost in the glare of North Korea’s missile launches and Olympic charm, a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is hearing evidence in the stunning assassination of Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother.

 

The two young Southeast Asian women on trial could be sent to the gallows for a crime they may not have known they were committing.

 

The chemical slaying attack of Kim Jong Nam at the airport in the Malaysian capital one year ago required masterminds — and those suspects are long gone.

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