The lawyers representing Daniel Montsion have requested the court be adjourned until February 25, as they considering filing a charter challenge which could have the entire case dismissed.

Defence counsel Michael Edelson told the court yesterday, they received a “bombshell” email from the crown prosecutor about a second video that wasn’t disclosed until a day before the case, and that the footage had been “slowed-down.”

The defence is claiming that the, forensic pathologist, had seen the original surveillance tape of the 2016 incident and deemed Abdi’s death accidental, but was then presented with the “slowed-down” version and deemed it homicide.

The video evidence is a centrepiece in the case as it shows the events leading up to the arrest of Abdi in the lobby of 55 Hilda Street.

The adjournment request will allow the defence to review the footage and determine what steps will be taken next.


World number one ranked curling team, Rachel Homan of Ottawa, is seeking an apology over incidents at last weeks provincial playdowns.

The three time national champion and former world champion did advance to another national tournament but was subjected to hurtful and disrespectful comments according to a statement Rachel posted on Facebook.

Some were questioning the eligibility of the players on Team Homan.

Rules state one player can be brought in from another province.

In this case Joanne Courtney, the team second, who is based in Alberta.

But the rules also states a full time college student who studies outside her home province can still compete.

Some feel Homan is a full time curler not a full time student in Edmonton.

She does also maintain a home on Ottawa.

The national championship begins on February 15th.


Serial killer Bruce McArthur didn’t speak as victim impact statements continued yesterday in court.

Family and friends of men murdered by McArthur walked to the front of a crowded Toronto courtroom and spoke of the devastation, anger and personal struggles they experienced as a result of his crimes.

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder — all his victims had ties to the city’s L-G-B-T-Q community.

Justice John McMahon is expected to deliver McArthur’s sentence Friday.


The renovation of centre block on Parliament Hill threatens a historic elm tree.

In an attempt to preserve the tree, the Greenspace Alliance of Ottawa is urging the federal government to make sure the 100 year old tree stays on Parliament Hill.

Public services and procurement Canada has submitted a tree and monument relocation plan to the NCC, but greenspace alliance says this would entail the removal of several trees from the hill.

The chair of Greenspace Alliance said in a letter to the NCC, that the white elm should be listed as a heritage tree under a forests Ontario program.

Six heritage trees already exist in Ottawa, but none of them are on federal property.

The NCC is currently reviewing the relocation strategy for the centre block renovation.


The Trillium Gift of Life Network says the number of organ and tissue donations in Ontario are increasing, though the transplant waiting list also grew last year.

The province’s organ and tissue donation and transplant agency says there were more than 24-hundred tissue donors in 2018, an increase of 85 per cent over the last decade.

Trillium says requiring hospitals to notify them when a patient has died has helped.

Trillium says heart transplant patients waited fewer average days than ever before last year — at 120 days.

There were an “unprecedented” 195 lung transplants, a figure up 75 per cent in the last five years.


After spending nearly two decades considering all of the options, the Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to move ahead with the purchase of new drones within six years.

The military has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada’s vast territory and support overseas missions.

Yet aside from purchasing a few temporary, unarmed drones for the war in Afghanistan, the military hasn’t made progress on a permanent fleet.

Air Force commander Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger believes that is about to change after the Trudeau government became the first to officially authorize the acquisition of a fleet of armed U-A-Vs through its defence policy, and the air force will soon present its proposals to procurement officials.


Canadian Pacific says it has started its own investigation into Monday’s train derailment that killed three workers and sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives hurling off the track near Field, B-C.

The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade with its air brakes applied for two hours when it started rolling for three kilometres and derailed at a curve before a bridge over a river in Yoho National Park.

C-P Rail says crews are working to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment, and that it will take “a number of days.”


Canada’s largest crypto-currency exchange is dealing with the fallout from its founder’s death.

A Halifax court heard yesterday about difficulties accessing 180-million dollars in digital assets believed to be locked in Gerald Cotten’s laptop.

The sole director of the trading platform Quadriga C-X was travelling in India December 9th when he died suddenly from Crohn’s disease complications.

His wife says she has searched their home in Fall River, Nova Scotia and has been unable to find any passwords or business records.


U-S President Donald Trump called for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address to Congress last night, but he also stuck with his hard-line immigration policies.

That stance drew cheers from Republican lawmakers and silence from Democrats.

Trump’s speech sought to shore up Republican support that had eroded slightly during the recent partial government shutdown over his push for funding for his promised border wall.

His February 15th deadline still looms for achieving a budget agreement to avert another shutdown.

In the Democratic response, Georgia’s Stacey Abrams called the record 35-day government closure a political stunt that “defied every tenet of fairness.”


Various explanations are surfacing from ex-classmates of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam about a racist photo that appeared on Northam’s page in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

A physician practising in Connecticut says his yearbook page was changed without his knowledge.

Another classmate says the photo of a Klansman and a man in blackface may have been taken at a party.

Northam is refusing calls within his own Democratic party to resign.

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