In the wake of a local investigative piece into historic sex assaults.

The Ottawa Carleton District school board is now facing some lawsuits.

The suits were filed following a CBC report that looked into these sex assault cases involving teachers at Bell High School.

Three former teachers – all accused of sex crimes – have been named.

Two of those teachers are dead – but their estates have been named in the suits.

The public school board says they will defend themselves vigorously.


A human rights hearing into an ottawa police officer’s claim he’s been passed over for promotion.. because of the colour of his skin.

Inspector Samir Bhatnagar argues that he has been passed over for multiple promotions because he’s a brown-skinned man of east indian descent.

Postmedia reports that the police service denies Bhatnagar’s claims, and argues that he was denied promotion to superintendent because he was openly defiant of the chief.

A lawyer for police chief charles bordeleau says it’s the chief’s perogative to promote officers he feels will support him, into his “inner circle.”

Former police chief Vern White testified at the human rights tribunal… saying he fully expected that Bhatnagar would have been promoted to superintendent by now.

White had identified Bhatnagar as a possible future deputy chief or even chief back in 2011.

white testified that he also made decisions about superintendent promotions not based just on their scores.. but testified that he never decided based on whether he liked someone.

Bhatnagar is seeking a promotion and back pay retroactive to 2012 — about 110-thousand dollars.

The hearing’s not scheduled to continue until next May.


Charges have been laid in two separate incidents where Ottawa police and their vehicles were targeted.

A 32 year old is facing several charges including drug impaired after an incident early yesterday morning in the Byward Market.

Police say the driver of a car aimed his vehicle at a police car trying to pull him over at King Edward and Rideau.

A second police car arrived on scene, and that vehicle was struck by the suspect car.

The 32 year old was arrested and taken to hospital because of what police called an advanced level OS impairment.

Ronald Eby is facing a number of charges.


In a similar incident, also early yesterday morning, a man is facing 8 charges.

Police were called to a large fight on Innis Road around 3 in the morning.

The combatants scattered leaving one man by himself.

He got in a vehicle and ignored police orders to stop.


Some tongue in cheek banter is normal on social media… But not when it comes to elected officials.

Ottawa’s mayor is under fire for comments made against a critic on Twitter.

A former local talk show host questioned Jim Watson about the LRT project – and its budget.

Watson responded – noting the number of followers the former host has on twitter… Saying his former employer was right to fire him.

Those comments have been compared to that of an internet troll… Some people tweeting in response that the comments were unbecoming of an elected official.

This isn’t the first time the mayor has faced issues stemming from his behaviour on social media.

Just before the election – three activists launched a lawsuit against Watson – claiming he didn’t have the right to block them as it is a forum for discussion with a local politician.

He relented before heading to court – unblocking the complainants – and everyone else – vowing to get a thicker skin.


Toronto police have received videos of two more incidents they believe are related to an elite, private all-boys Catholic school where investigators are now probing six apparent hazing cases involving troubling student behaviour against other students.

St. Michael’s College School expelled eight boys last week and suspended another in connection with an alleged sexual assault in a locker-room and another incident that police said involved hazing.

On Monday, six students were charged with assault, gang sexual assault, and sexual assault with a weapon in connection with one of the incidents.


Health officials in Canada and the U-S are telling people to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the outbreak has sickened 15 people in Quebec and three in Ontario — with six requiring hospitalization.

The agency says the cases were reported between mid-October and early November and those affected were between the ages of five and 93.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U-S authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.


The president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the government’s threat of back-to-work legislation isn’t going to help end the crippling rotating postal strikes, now in their fifth week.

Mike Palecek says a negotiated deal is the best solution.

The federal government says it is prepared to order an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees if a deal isn’t reached soon, and has reappointed a special mediator to help get that done.


Health Canada’s latest survey on cannabis use finds most Canadians believe pot will affect your driving ability, but a good portion are doing it anyway.

Four in 10 of those polled who also use marijuana admitted to driving within two hours of consuming it, and more than one-third of those had done so in the 30 days before they answered the survey.

The survey found only three per cent of people who said they had used pot came into contact with police in relation to driving under the influence.


The Opposition Conservatives are expected to heap criticism on the Trudeau Liberals today for failing to provide a timeline for balancing the country’s books.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will outline his latest plans for the economy today when he unveils the government’s fall fiscal outlook.

In the Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deflected questions about balanced budgets by reminding the opposition what he promised to do in the last election campaign, which was committing to grow the economy by putting more money in middle-class pockets and investing in infrastructure.

The Liberals are facing loud calls from business for tax cuts to match Trump Administration moves made south of the border.


South Korean police official Kim Jong Yang has been elected as Interpol’s president today in Dubai, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services.

The White House and its European partners had lobbied against Alexander Prokopchuk’s attempts to be named president of the policing organization, concerned it could lead to further Kremlin abuses of Interpol’s red notice system to go after political opponents and fugitive dissidents.

Russia accused its critics of running a “campaign to discredit” their candidate.

Kim will serve until 2020, completing the four-year mandate of his predecessor, Meng Hongwei, who was detained in China in an anti-corruption sweep there.


Rain in the forecast starting today could aid crews fighting Northern California’s deadly wildfire, but will also raise the risk of debris flows and complicate efforts to recover human remains.

The U-S National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the decimated town of Paradise and area.

The Camp Fire, which has burned 616-square kilometres and destroyed around 13-thousand homes, is 75 per cent contained.

The death toll has reached 81 and nearly 870 people are still unaccounted for.


U-S President Trump is defying calls from U-S lawmakers to punish the Saudi crown prince for the October slaying of U-S-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Trump made clear yesterday that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.

Republican Senator Rand Paul says it’s a sign of weakness not to stand up to Saudi Arabia.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also disagreed with Trump, saying America must not lose its “moral voice” on the international stage.

U-S intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known about the plot to kill Khashoggi, but Trump says the conclusions weren’t “definitive.”


U-S President Donald Trump has returned to the “winter White House.”

All presidents have had their favourite retreats, but none has raised the ethical issues of his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump mixes work, business and pleasure in the company of dues-paying members.

Trump, his wife and youngest son arrived there yesterday for the U-S Thanksgiving holiday.

Former White House ethics lawyer Norman Eisen describes Mar-a-Lago as a place where “sky-high admissions fees” can “seem to be down payments on ambassadorships.”

Trump recently picked member Lana Marks to serve as U-S ambassador to South Africa.

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