You can expect a slow and slippery commute this morning.

 

The area remains under a special weather statement this morning with periods of freezing rain continuing through the morning and then changing to rain later in the day.

 

It will continue to be windy and that could cause fallen tree limbs and downed power lines.

 

Police are reminding you to slow down on the roads

 

Ottawa student transportation authority has cancelled all school buses in Ottawa due to freezing rain. Schools are open

 

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Tens of thousands of people across southern and central Ontario remain without power this morning as the provinces’ massive ice storm transitioned to drenching rain.

 

Provincial power utility hydro one said early today that its crews were working to reconnect nearly 68,000 customers, while Toronto hydro reported approximately 44,000 customers in the dark.

 

In most cases the crews were dealing with power lines and poles downed by high winds or ice coated trees that snapped in the onslaught.

 

The mix of snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, rain and powerful winds that battered the region Saturday and Sunday made driving treacherous, with provincial police reporting more than 1,450 non-fatal crashes over the two days.

 

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Firefighters were called to the area of Island Park and Wellington just after midnight.

 

They received several calls from area residents reporting sparking and arching wires.

 

When they arrived they had multiple people come up to them to say there was a haze in their home and power surges affecting their appliances.

 

A working fire was also declared at 379 Island Park.

 

Both Ottawa Hydro and fire crews remain on the scene.

 

The fire service says there were no injuries and no significant fire losses.

 

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Just before midnight (11:23) firefighters were called to Tenth Line and Wall Road.  A 9-1-1 call reporting fire was updated moments later by a police officer who arrived on the scene saying the house was fully engulfed.

 

Due to the fire conditions the department took a defensive approach.  Making matters worse, hydro lines were burnt through.

 

No injuries were reported and an investigator has been called in to  determine the cause and  dollar loss.

 

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Ottawa police are looking for suspects in a shooting Saturday night.

 

It was around 11:30 at the Southgate Plaza, at the corner of Bank and Hunt Club, a man was shot.

 

Police say he has non-life threatening injuries.

 

That is the 29th shooting of the year in the city.

 

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Ontario New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath will be unveiling her party’s platform this afternoon.

 

Horwath will announce it at a Toronto hospital.

 

She has already said she’ll be offering universal dental and pharmacare, and will convert student loans into grants.

 

Ontarians go to the polls on June 7th.

 

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Prime Minister Trudeau left for Paris after Sunday’s emergency meeting in Ottawa with the BC and Alberta premiers about a pipeline problem.

 

Trudeau says the federal government is in consultations with Kinder Morgan to find a way to get the 7.4-billion-dollar trans mountain pipeline expansion back on track amid mounting opposition from the BC government.

 

Trudeau is promising to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the project can proceed, while conceding there’s more his government is willing to do to protect the b-c coastline from a possible oil spill.

 

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Memorials have been held for two more junior hockey players killed in the April 6th bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus and a transport truck.

 

Eighteen-year-old Parker Tobin was laid to rest Sunday after a service in Stony Plain, Alberta.

 

A celebration of life was also held for the Broncos 20-year-old captain Logan Schatz in Allan, Saskatchewan.

 

So far, funerals have been held for seven of the 16 players, coaches and team staff killed in the crash, while 10 of the 13 injured survivors remain in hospital.

 

A funeral will be held today in Saskatoon for 18-year-old player Evan Thomas.

 

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Former FBI director James Comey says Donald Trump is morally unfit to be US President.

 

In an interview with ABC news that aired last night, Comey says he doesn’t think Trump is medically unfit, dismissing those who question his mental state.

 

Instead, Comey says he feels Trump is morally unfit for what he calls treating women “like pieces of meat,” lying constantly about matters big and small, and seeing a moral equivalence of demonstrators and counter-protesters at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

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An attorney for U-S President Donald Trump has told a federal judge that prosecutors should not get to study evidence seized from his personal lawyer until they’ve had a chance to review the material and identify items that might be subject to attorney-client privilege.

 

Federal officials raided Michael Cohen’s homes, office and safety deposit box last week, taking records, cell phones and electronic devices, as prosecutors investigate the Trump attorney’s personal business activities.

 

Cohen is to appear today in federal court in New York for arguments over that raid.

 

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Hundreds of Syrians have gathered in a landmark square in Damascus in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the Friday’s U-S-led airstrikes.

 

Today’s rally is being broadcast live on Syrian state media.

 

America’s U-N Ambassador, Nikki Haley, has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced today against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in its use of chemical weapons.

 

She says Russia has blocked six attempts by the U-N Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

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