A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Ottawa’s west end overnight.

Shortly after midnight, emergency crews responded to Strandherd Drive at the intersection with Greenbank Road.

The westbound lanes of Strandherd Drive are closed between the Rio Can Mall entrance and Greenbank Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call police


Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says the province could take steps to better to alert the public about heat-related dangers.

Dr. David Williams says he’ll be consulting with public health officials on what the province should do to help municipalities respond with more targeted programs.

He spoke after the province’s chief coroner reported three deaths that may have been related to a recent heat wave.

Williams says Ontario’s heat warning and information system collects heat-related data, but it does not collect statistics on deaths


An NDP legislator says it’s unlikely his party will support any of the bills the new Tory government plans to bring forward during a rare summer session at Queen’s Park to begin this week.

Peter Tabuns says the New Democrats are not getting behind the PC’s plans for back-to-work legislation to end the York University strike.

Tabuns also criticized Premier Doug Ford’s plan to scrap Ontario’s cap-and-trade system.

Progressive Conservative house leader Todd Smith says proposed legislation to scrap cap and trade will also prevent a future government from imposing a carbon price.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a big announcement to kick off his trip to the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trudeau says Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq.

This will include up to 250 Canadian armed forces personnel going to Baghdad and the surrounding vicinity for a year, starting this fall.

The effort will also include up to four Griffon helicopters to support NATO activities.

US President Donald trump is expected to use the NATO summit to continue slamming Canada and other NATO allies for not meeting a two-per-cent spending target on defence that was agreed to in 2014.


Economists are watching the Bank of Canada today, with an expectation it will raise its trend-setting interest rate for the first time in six months.

Most experts think the rate will rise by a quarter-point from 1.25 per cent, largely based on strong economic data of late, including yesterday’s news of a steep increase in June housing starts.

But other experts aren’t convinced a rate hike is imminent, predicting ongoing trade uncertainty will give the central bank an excuse to remain on the sidelines.


Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is calling on business leaders to get involved when she and most of her G-7 counterparts gather in Halifax this fall to discuss ways of reducing plastic waste in the oceans.

She says Canadians throw out up to 150-billion-dollars worth of plastic each year, much of which ends up in the water.

McKenna wants to work with provinces and municipalities to draft a strategy to combat the problem, but also wants plastics producers part of the talks when she meets in September in Halifax with her counterparts from Italy, France, the U-K, the European Union and Germany.

The U-S and Japan didn’t sign the Oceans Plastics Charter tabled at June’s G-7 meetings in Quebec.


A new University of Waterloo study suggest that a bad mood can help some people handle everyday tasks.

The researchers looked at how mood can influence thinking skills that people need to navigate the demands of everyday life.

They found that a bad mood can help some people’s executive functioning — such as their ability to focus attention, manage time and prioritize tasks.

The research is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.


U-S President Donald Trump is asserting that Germany is “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” over a pipeline project.

Trump made the claim during a testy breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump is taking issue with the U-S protecting Germany when the European nation is making energy deals with Russia.


China’s government today criticized the latest U-S threat of a tariff hike as “totally unacceptable” and vowed to retaliate in their escalating trade war.

Beijing gave no details, but responded to Friday’s U-S tariff hike on 34-billion dollars worth of Chinese imports by increasing its own duties on the same amount of American goods.

The U-S early today announced a 200-billion-dollar list of Chinese goods for possible 10-per-cent tariffs including fish, apples and burglar alarms.

China says it is totally unacceptable for America to publish a tariff list in a way it says is “escalating.”


A Thai health official says the soccer teammates rescued from deep inside a flooded cave lost about four or five pounds during their 18-day ordeal, but had water while they were trapped and are in good health.

The public health inspector says the 12 boys and their coach who were rescued during three days of high-risk missions “took care of themselves well in the cave.”

He said one member of the final rescued group had a slight lung infection, as did two boys in the first group.

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