Police say an Ottawa man is to appear in court today facing child pornography charges.

Ottawa police say they began a proactive investigation on a peer-to-peer network used for sharing files in mid April.

It’s alleged investigators discovered an internet address in the Ottawa area that was sharing hundreds of files of suspected child pornography.

They say 43-year-old Vazrick Nazari of Kanata was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of accessing child pornography.

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The provincial government says another 100-million dollars will be available to fight forest fires in the province.

The new money announced yesterday by the Progressive Conservative government is on top of almost 70 million dollars in base funding to battle the blazes.

The Ministry of Natural Resources says there are 116 active fires — 73 in the northwest region and 43 across the northeast.

Almost one thousand Ontario firefighters are being assisted by about 480 firefighters and support staff from other provinces, Parks Canada, American states and Mexico.

The ministry says firefighters are getting some help from recent rain.

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The Progressive Conservative government is defending its decision to wind down the basic income pilot project.

The government says many participants have dropped out of the project aimed at reducing poverty in the province.

Anti-poverty advocates for the basic income project visited Queen’s Park yesterday to urge the government not to cancel the program.

Tom Cooper of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction says the government should release reports and documentation to back up claims that the pilot wasn’t working.

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Many craft beer brewers says they won’t sacrifice quality and lower their prices to a loonie per can despite the new Progressive Conservative buck-a-beer plan.

Matt Gibson of Burlington-based Nickel Brook Brewing says he thinks no one in the Ontario craft brewing market can possibly afford to sell their beer at that price and make any money.

Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday the government would lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer with an alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent by 25 cents to one dollar.

Muskoka Brewery president Todd Lewin says the Bracebridge company can’t lower its prices while maintaining beer quality and paying their employees a living wage.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is continuing to engage directly with the Saudi government regarding a growing diplomatic row, but is not rescinding its criticism of the kingdom over the recent arrests of social activists.

The spat began last week after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted concerns about news that several social activists had been arrested in Saudi Arabia, and called for their release.

A day later, her department tweeted further criticism and called for the “immediate release” of all peaceful human rights activists.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Ottawa, expelled ours from Riyadh, and nixed any new trade.

It has since recalled thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada, moved to transfer Saudi patients out of Canadian hospitals, and barred the import of Canadian wheat.

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Prime Minister Trudeau’s new minister of border security and reducing organized crime says the government will consider more restrictions on handguns in certain parts of the country, along with any other measures to help reduce gun violence.

Bill Blair says handgun laws are effective, but acknowledges to The Canadian Press that the latest rash of shootings — most recently in Toronto — has touched off a sense of urgency among the public for Ottawa to do more to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands.

Trudeau has tasked the former Toronto police chief with conducting a “deep analysis” into what additional steps could be taken to tackle gun violence.

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The U-S has determined that Russia used a nerve agent to poison two people in Britain last March — and in retaliation, will impose new sanctions later this month.

The State Department says its determination of Russia’s illegal use of a chemical weapon came in the case of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Both were poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury, England.

The Kremlin has denied involvement.

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A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok where tens of thousands are homeless after Sunday’s deadly earthquake.

The U-S Geological Survey says the afternoon temblor had a magnitude of 5.9.

It’s the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week, including Sunday’s magnitude-7 that killed at least 131 people and a 6.4 quake July 29th that killed 16.

A provincial search and rescue agency claims the death toll from Sunday’s quake is now 227.

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An offshore typhoon is bringing rain and high winds to Japan’s northeast coast as it tracks north after giving Tokyo a good soak overnight.

Airlines cancelled dozens of flights to and from Tokyo Thursday, but no major damage has been reported and the storm has not made landfall.

Japanese media report five people have been hurt.

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