The 12 week trial of Ottawa police officer, Danial Montsion resumes at 10:00 today at the Elgin Street courthouse.

The high profile case saw a packed courtroom yesterday with the crown prosecutor entering photographs and items into evidence.

Monstion is facing 3 charges…manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection to the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi.

He has plead not guilty to all 3.

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Gatineau police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing women.

56 year old Lida Toomani was last seen receiving care at Gatineau Hospital on January 31

She was expected back at the hospital later on for other treatments, but she didn’t show up.

Police say they fear for her health and safety.

Lida Toomani is described as 5 foot 2, 1 hundred and 40 pounds with short salt and pepper hair.

She was last seen wearing a long black coat, with fur around the hood and heavy winter boots.

Lida Toomani, 56, of Gatineau. Photo/ Gatineau Police Service

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Students across the province rallied yesterday, over the ford government’s cancellation of the program aimed at reducing, or eliminating college tuition for some.

 

In Ottawa, students protested at Parliament Hill at noon.

93 hundred students at Algonquin College are covered for free tuition under this program, according to the CBC.

That’s about 57 per cent of all Algonquin students.

The number of Loyalist students receiving funding is 73 per cent – the highest of any post-secondary institution in Ontario.

Province wide, there were 2 hundred and 34 thousand students that qualified for tuition reduction.

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The NCC has temporarily closed the Rideau Canal skateway.

The entire 7 point 8 kilometer stretch was shut down at 10 o’clock.

Crews will be on-site preserving the ice until weather is cold enough to reopen the skakeway.

The canal opened the 2018/19 season on December 30th, but has seen a few shut-downs due to weather.

Last season, the canal was open for 35 days between Jan. 5 and Feb. 21.

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A sentencing hearing continues today for Bruce McArthur, a serial killer who preyed on men from Toronto’s gay village for years before he was arrested.

Friends and relatives of McArthur’s eight victims are expected to continue reading their victim impact statements.

Many wept in court yesterday as prosecutors provided previously unheard details of the killings, which took place between 2010 and 2017.

Police arrested McArthur in January 2018 and he pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder.

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Bruce McArthur was likely moments away from murdering a ninth man from Toronto’s gay community when police moved in to arrest the serial killer.

A sentencing hearing for the 67-year-old revealed officers who stormed his apartment found a man lying bound to McArthur’s bed.

Prosecutor Michael Cantlon, reading from an agreed statement of facts, says when police searched McArthur’s computer, they found folders with images of his eight previous victims.

He says a ninth folder was entitled “John” and appears to have contained photographs of the man who was found handcuffed to McArthur’s bed.

Cantlon says McArthur had met John through an online dating app in the summer of 2017, roughly five years after the man had immigrated to Canada from an unspecified Middle-Eastern country.

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Ontario’s health minister says long-term care inspections and the province’s air ambulance service will not be privatized, as leaked documents appear to peg those services for “outsourcing.”

Christine Elliott’s comments came after the N-D-P released a second set of confidential government documents following the release last week of a draft version of the government’s upcoming health-care transformation legislation.

Both sets of leaked documents show the government is creating a health “super agency” that would be in charge of managing health services, quality improvement, patient relations, digital health and tissue donation and transplants — among other responsibilities.

Elliott says the plan is not final and consultations are ongoing.

But the N-D-P say the documents they revealed yesterday include references to cabinet already approving the overall plan and appointing super agency board members.

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The president and C-E-O of Canadian Pacific Railway says he is deeply saddened by the deaths of three crewmembers in his company’s freight-train derailment in southeastern B-C.

Keith Creel says the tragedy that killed an engineer, a conductor and a conductor-trainee will have a long-lasting effect on CP’s family of railroaders.

The grain-hauling freight train was bound for Vancouver early yesterday when it jumped the tracks near Field and plunged 60 metres from a bridge into the Kicking Horse River.

As many as 40 rail cars left the tracks.

Creel says recovery will be complex and challenging, given the remote location and extreme weather where the combined temperature and wind chill is making it feel like Minus-33.

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Venezuela’s pro-democracy movement has welcomed the decision by Canada and its allies to urge Venezuela’s military to support the political opposition to Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

The declaration in the final Lima Group communique from yesterday’s emergency meeting in Ottawa came two days after the defection of a top air-force general, once loyal to Maduro and amid massive protests in Venezuela pressing Maduro to go.

The representative in Ottawa for opposition leader and interim president Juan Guaido said the decision was a key step in freeing his country from its economic and political crisis.

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U-S President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his delayed State of the Union address tonight, but skeptics are likely to question whether he can be successful in pursuing such a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to hear a commitment from Trump on issues with bipartisan support, such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

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