Experts say the dizzying weather extremes gripping Canada this winter are likely here to stay.

Millions of Canadians have been hiding out this week, finding comfort in all warmth, amid extreme-cold warnings and wind chills between Minus-20 and Minus-50 — while in Victoria, cherry blossoms are blooming.

Konrad Gajewski, a professor of geography and environment at the University of Ottawa, says central Canada’s cold snap comes from the oscillating upper wind patterns of the jet stream, pushing cold air down from the north with the polar vortex.

At the same time, the large “waves” in the wind patterns push some warm air north, explaining comparatively warm temperatures on the coasts.

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The trial in the death of Abdi-Rahman Abdi begins on Monday.

Abdi died after a confrontation with police, who were called to a disturbance at a coffee shop in July 2016.

Constable Daniel Montsion has been charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon in the death of Abdi.

The trial is expected to last for 12 weeks.

The Justice for Rahman-Abdi group is holding a vigil tomorrow night at Somerset Square Park in Hintonberg from 7-9.

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Ottawa police say a 41-year-old man is due to appear in court Thursday on numerous child pornography charges.

 

Police say they received a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipLine earlier this month.

 

They allege the report identified an I-P address in Ottawa was being used to upload images and videos of what the police call “pre-pubescent child pornography.”

 

The force’s internet child exploitation unit executed a search warrant at a home in the Rockcliffe-Manor Park area yesterday.

 

Police are concerned there could be more victims in the Ottawa area. Additional charges are expected to be laid.

 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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A 34 year old man has been charged with theft and break and enter, after allegedly drugging and robbing two men he met online.

Gatineau police say Daniel MacKay used the Grindr and gay411 dating apps to orchestrate the thefts.

Once gaining access to the homes, police say the suspect possibly used the date rape drug – GHB- to incapacitate the victims.

Its alleged MacKay stole jewelry, electronic equipment, id, and credit cards.

Gatineau police say there may be more victims – both men and women – who were robbed by MacKay.

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have been a victim are being asked to call police.

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A local woman is out with a warning today concerning gift cards after purchasing three Canadian Tire gift cards at an Orleans grocery store.

Carole Maissoneuve tells the Citizen she bought three cards, taking them from a rack in the store, and loading 50 dollar on each, at the cash.

The cards were drained of that cash by the time the Christmas “thank you gifts” were used.

 

Police say thieves pocket a number of cards that are worthless until loaded, copy the serial number and replace the cards at the store.

When they are loaded the thieves take that cash.

Two of the cards were drained three days after they were purchased.

Police tell the paper one way to avoid the scam is to have the gift cards on display behind the counter.

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After three days of delivering heart-wrenching victim impact statements, grieving families of those killed or injured in the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash are looking forward to seeing the end of the sentencing hearing for the Calgary truck driver blamed in the tragedy.

Former N-H-L player Chris Joseph and his wife, Andrea, who lost their son Jaxon in the crash, visited a memorial at the crash site north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan yesterday.

He said the last few days have been extremely tough, and the visit made him feel like he was closer to the 16 people lost in the high-speed crash.

There were 90 victim impact statements read at the hearing.

Final sentencing arguments are scheduled for today.

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NATO’s chief has waded into the diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, and is calling on China to treat two detained Canadians “fairly and with due process.”

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today he was following the situation of the Canadians detained in China since early December “with concern” and called on Beijing to address Canada’s concerns that the pair be released immediately.

Diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor are being held on allegations of undermining Chinese national security — but many see it as apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese Huawei executive at the request of the U-S.

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While the U-S federal government is back open, President Donald Trump is largely behind closed doors.

He’s been hanging back as legislators try to work out a deal to keep the government open and resolve a standoff over funding for Trump’s long-sought wall at the Mexican border.

For five days now, Trump has had no public events.

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