Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and Cumberland councillor Stephen Blais are set to make what they term a major economic announcement this morning.

This is expected to be the confirmation Amazon is bringing a warehouse to a piece of land that borders boundary road and the 417.

It was in May this year the story first broke of the plan for a one million square foot facility east of the city.

Mayor Watson is expected to make the formal  announcement at nine this morning at city hall.


Four people have been left without a place to stay after a roof fire in the Byward Market.

Around 6:30 last night, fire crews received multiple 911 calls reporting flames coming from the roof of 304 Cumberland St.

A working fire was declared, and quickly upgraded to a third alarm.

The fire was contained to a large deck on the roof, and there was no extension to the building itself.

The three-story building is partly commercial and partly residential.

There was a significant amount of water damage to some of the units.

There are no reported injuries and no word yet on a cause.


A transport truck driver who was arrested last week in connection with a crash that killed 16 people on the Humboldt Broncos team bus will appear in court in Saskatchewan today.

Jaskirat Sidhu, who is 29, is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.

Sidhu was not injured in the crash, which happened at a rural Saskatchewan intersection on April 6 as the hockey team was headed to a playoff game.

He was taken into custody after the collision, but was released the same night, and was arrested on Friday at his home in Calgary.

Sidhu is to be in provincial court in Melfort at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP have said they will not release any details of the investigation or what they believe happened.


Officials in Quebec now say as many as 70 people have died in connection with last week’s heat wave.

Most of the heat-related deaths happened in Montreal, with 34 cases reported.

The heat wave saw temperatures climb to more than 40 degrees, with oppressive humidity over several days.

Temperatures have since cooled off across the province.


Former Ottawa Senator Dion Phanuef is suing the numbered company that sold him his Ottawa home and the company that did renovations.

Phanuef now plays for the LA Kings

While a Senator, he bought a home in the Carlingwood area.

That home was flooded four times, after preventative work was done.

According to Postmedia, Phanuef is suing for almost 50,000 dollars.


A education advocacy group says a move by the new Ontario government will hurt schools and students across the province.

Stephen Seaborn of the Campaign for Public Education says school budgets were never considered before the Tory government cancelled a 100-million-dollar fund for school repairs.

The cut is a result of Premier Doug Ford’s campaign promise to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system.

School boards were notified last week that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is extending its NATO commitment in Latvia by another four years — to March 2023 — and will also boost the number of troops there from the current 455 to 540.

Trudeau made the announcement Tuesday in Riga following a meeting with Latvia’s prime minister, considering it a show of ongoing solidarity with the military alliance.

Canada is part of a NATO battle group in Latvia, which was created as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.

The Canadian-led group is one of four in the region, and includes troops from seven NATO allies.

Trudeau’s announcement comes a day ahead of a NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels, where U-S President Trump is expected to complain again that fellow NATO members aren’t paying their fair share


An ambulance has been seen leaving the site of the Thai cave where divers are carrying out what they hope is a final mission to bring out four boys and their soccer coach still trapped deep inside.

At least nine ambulances have been waiting at the site since officials announced that today’s goal was to bring out all five, as well as a medic and three Thai Navy SEALS who have been tending to the trapped boys.

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward where medical experts have said they are in high spirits and generally healthy.


Tropical Storm Chris is parked about 350 kilometres off the coast of the Carolinas with top winds of 110 kilometres an hour.

The system is expected become better organized later today before moving northeast as a hurricane and gaining such status tonight.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Chris is far enough out to sea that no coastal watches or warnings are in effect at this point, but could approach Nova Scotia in a weakened state on Thursday.

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