The jury in the Ian Bush trial is deliberating.

Bush is charged with attempted murder in the home invasion and beating of retired war veteran 101 year old Ernest Cote.

As outlined in Postmedia today, court heard the 61 year old accused had two hit lists, one short and one long.

Former premier Dalton McGuinty, journalist Carol Off, and several officials ranging from the tax department to human rights groups were on that list.

The jury heard Bush was not targeting Cote, but a neighbour, when the crown says Bush, using a fake city of Ottawa id, gained access to Cotes condo.

The senior was left for dead, bound with a bag over his head, but he managed to get free.

Cote has since died of causes not related to the attack in December 2014.


There are no injuries after a fire at a business in the Carlington area.

Just after 2 a.m. this morning, fire crews responded to a call from police reporting visible smoke in front of 1562 Laperriere Ave.

While on route, the Ottawa fire service received another call from police reporting a gas can on fire in front of the building, spreading to the structure.

A working fire was declared when crews arrived on scene.

The fire was under control by 2:25 a.m. and damage is pegged at $100,000.

The building is a commercial workspace that had been converted from a small, one-storey bungalow.


Former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun has been fired at Sportsnet for what the network’s parent company calls “inappropriate behaviour and comments.”

Rogers Media president Rick Brace says in a statement that the company is terminating Zaun’s contract as a baseball analyst, effective immediately.

Brace says the company received complaints from several female employees this week about Zaun’s behaviour. reports there are no allegations of physical or sexual assault.

Sportsnet and this radio station are both owned by Rogers communications.


Quebec’s legislature unanimously adopted a motion calling on store clerks to stick with a simple bonjour when addressing customers instead of the hybrid bonjour- hi often heard in Montreal.

The national assembly members voted 111-0 in favour of the motion.

The PQ says too many people are speaking both French and English to customers and notes that ‘bonjour’ is one of the most recognized words in the French language.

The “bonjour/hi” debate in the national assembly was triggered by census numbers that day suggesting a slight drop in the use of French in the workplace.

Premier Philippe Couillard called the debate ridiculous but admitted his preference for a French-only greeting.


Canada’s top soldier says there have been no talks with his American counterparts about Canada joining the country’s ballistic-missile shield program.

General Jonathan Vance says military officials are preparing for in-depth talks with the U-S about upgrading the continent’s aging defences.

He says ballistic missiles will be one threat that is considered, but as of yet there have been no talks about joining the current U-S defence system.

The deputy commander of Norad revealed in September that current U-S policy is not to intervene in the event of a ballistic-missile attack on Canada.


Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is likely to be under fire again today from the Opposition, after a particularly turbulent question period on Thursday.

Yesterday’s debate became so heated that a Conservative M-P was booted from the chamber.

All week, the Tories and N-D-P have been grilling the Liberals about Morneau’s sale of millions of shares in his family’s company in 2015.

They insist the sale — which came days before a major tax announcement — led to half a million dollars in savings.


Republican senators are moving quickly to meet the competing demands of holdouts within the party for changes to a major tax bill.

Leaders have been making big changes to the legislation ahead of a crucial vote in the U-S Senate later today.

The 1.4-trillion-dollar Senate bill carries the hopes of President Donald Trump and a Republican Party hoping to preserve its majorities in next year’s elections.

It would slash the corporate tax rate, offer modest cuts to families and eliminate several popular deductions.


Pope Francis ordained 16 priests during a Mass in Bangladesh this morning in front of an estimated 100-thousand people.

It was the start of a busy day that will also bring the pontiff face-to-face with Rohingya Muslim refugees from neighbouring Myanmar.

The Vatican says 18 refugees will be on hand to greet the pope at an interfaith service with Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders.

Upon his arrival in Dhaka yesterday, Francis demanded the international community intervene to resolve the Rohingya crisis.


American actress Meghan Markle is making her first official trip as a British royal-to-be.

She and her fiancee, Prince Harry, are visiting a youth project in central England to raise awareness of H-I-V/AIDS.

The trip to Nottingham is the first for the couple since they announced their engagement earlier this week.

They plan to tour Britain over the next six months to give Markle an opportunity to learn about the country.

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