The SIU has been called in to investigate, after a man died during an interaction with Ottawa police.

Just before 8am yesterday, police responded to a call about an armed man at the Elmvale Mall.

In a release the SIU says, the two officers encountered the man and there was an interaction.

At least one of the officers discharged their firearm, hitting the man.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

One of the officers involved had minor injuries and was also taken to hospital.

Six investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this investigation.


One person is recovering after a shooting last night in Cyrville.

Police were called to Cummings Avenue, near St Laurent and Ogilvie, just after 8 o’clock.

There’s no word yet on the person’s identity, or the age of the victim.

The Ottawa police guns ang gangs unit are investigating.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police.


Winterlude is about to officially get under way!

But tonight’s ceremony and quite a few of the three-week festival… Is on the move.

Normally a lot of activities are in confederation park, but this year, tonight’s opening ceremony will be in the byward market.

Tonight’s official launch includes a DJ dance party in the market, featuring Canadian rapper KHAOS.

The Snowflake Kingdom will remain in Jacques Cartier Park

But the Crystal Garden and its ice sculptures will be in the Byward Market.

Winterlude runs through the 18th.


Four months after tornadoes devastated several Ottawa communities, the United Way says it has doled out $282,000 to help victims still recovering from the disaster.

United Way Ottawa president and CEO Michael Allen said a good portion of the money covered victims’ immediate needs.

“Things that they needed just in their day-to-day lives in the early part of the crisis, so gift cards for gas and food,” Allen said.

Now the focus is turning to longer-term aid, he said.

Some of the community organizations receiving the funding include the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre and South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre.

Allen said many victims have had to put repairs to their homes on hold due to the cold weather.

“That takes its toll emotionally and on their mental health,” he said. “So we really wanted to make sure they had the supports on the ground, at least for the better part of this year, so our investments will continue through the better part of 2019.”

The money dispensed so far accounts for about half of the $540,000 the charity says donors pledged for tornado relief in Ottawa.


Police in Kingston say they’ve traced the source of a number of threats to local schools to a young person in the U-K.

Several schools in the Kingston area were placed into lockdown protocols on December 5th and 6th after receiving phone threats.

Police say no actual danger was discovered, but the threats caused major disruptions to school operations.

They’re now seeking warrants to arrest the British youth should they travel to Canada.


Health Minister Christine Elliott says the Tory government is committed to the province’s public health-care system — but she’s refusing to rule out further privatization.

In a hastily called news conference yesterday afternoon, Elliott accused N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath of misinterpreting a leak draft of legislation to create a so-called “super agency” to manage health-care services.

Horwath warned that part of the draft bill could open the door to privatization and promised — quote — “one hell of a fight” if the Ford government “plows ahead” with the legislation.

Elliott says Horwath’s interpretation of a key section of the bill was incorrect, but she would not say what it is actually intended to do.


Ontario’s cannabis retail regulator says private pot retailers won’t be allowed to offer a service that sees customers buy their weed online and pick it up in person.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says customers will have to order and purchase pot products at physical stores.

Currently, recreational pot can only be bought online from the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Earlier this month, 25 entities were selected through a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail licences to open stores in April.


The father of a player killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says meeting face-to-face with the truck driver who caused the collision was a powerful moment in both of their lives.

Scott Thomas, whose son Evan died in the April 6th crash, said he and Jakirat Singh Sidhu cried when the two met privately at Sidhu’s sentencing hearing this week.

Thomas says Sidhu has done everything he can for the families by pleading guilty and taking away the possibility of a drawn-out trial.

Thomas adds he accepted Sidhu’s apology.


The U-S is set to announce it is withdrawing from a nuclear arms treaty that has been a centrepiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War.

The withdrawal would follow years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or I-N-F, treaty.

The State Department said Secretary Mike Pompeo would make a public statement this morning, but it did not mention the topic.


U-S Customs and Border Protection officials have captured nearly 114-kilograms of fentanyl from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.

It was the agency’s biggest fentanyl bust ever.

Most of the seized fentanyl with an overall street value of about 3.5-million dollars was in white powder form, while about a kilogram was contained in pills.

Agents also seized nearly 179-kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of 1.18-million dollars.


Catholic leaders in Texas have identified nearly 300 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children.

That number represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.

Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly accused of abuse.

Of the 286 men named in Texas, 172 have died, a percentage comparable with the national U-S tally.


Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as prosecutors say that they’ve recovered “voluminous” material in the case.

Stone faces a status conference in U-S federal court in Washington today, just three days after he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements.

Stone has been outspoken since his indictment last week, repeatedly asserting his innocence and criticizing Mueller’s team for having him arrested before dawn.


U-S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leaving the door open for some physical barriers along the country’s southern border with Mexico — but says there will be no “wall money.”

Comments by Pelosi and President Donald Trump suggest that congressional negotiators may never satisfy Trump’s demands for money to build a Southwest border wall.

Trump, meanwhile, is clinging with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra, declaring yesterday that “a wall is a wall.”


An advisor to Turkey’s president says a United Nations human rights expert will listen to the audio recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as part of an investigation.

Agnes Callamard and her team of experts met with advisor Yasin Aktay, a friend of Khashoggi’s, and he told reporters the team would have access to the audio.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd.

His remains have not been found.

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