Tributes are coming in for longtime former New Democrat M-P Paul Dewar, who died yesterday at age 56 after a year-long fight with brain cancer.

Dewar represented the federal riding of Ottawa Centre from 2006 to 2015, many years as N-D-P’s foreign affairs critic.

Former N-D-P leader Ed Broadbent, whose short-lived political comeback started by beating Dewar in Dewar’s first nomination battle in 2004, tells C-T-V News Channel that Dewar was a high quality M-P and a decent human being.

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Provincial police in Quebec and Ontario say they have dismantled a drug-trafficking ring in a joint investigation between the two forces.

O-P-P, in collaboration with Quebec police and other departments, say the investigation was launched last summer.

It focused on alleged cocaine and meth trafficking in and around the town of Hawkesbury, the Grenville area and in Quebec.

They say they have arrested 20 people, with one arrest still pending.

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The Ottawa police service is asking the public for help locating a missing man.

27-year-old Alexandru Huard was last seen driving a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Ontario license plate number CBBP 690

Huard was last seen near the Fallowfield transit station at 9:30 p.m. last night.

Alexandru Huard is described as a white male, 5’9″ with a slim build, 180lbs and unshaven.

 

You can see a photo of him on our website, ottawa matters dot com.

 

Meantime, the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry OPP have identified a missing person they are looking as 14 year old Hayvin Pos.

He was last seen at his home on Main Street in Winchester on Sunday.

Police say Pos could be in the Cornwall area.

Anyone with information in this case is being asked to call the OPP.

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A new report suggests parents who miss work to help children suffering from anxiety cost the Ontario economy 421-million dollars a year.

The report, released yesterday by Children’s Mental Health Ontario, looked at data collected in 2017.

That research showed that one in four parents in the province reported missing work to care for a child with anxiety issues.

The new analysis, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Canadian Centre for Health Economics, takes that data and quantifies its cost to the province’s economy.

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The OPP responded to a bingo hall to break up a brawl, among seniors.

Rideau Lakes OPP were called Tuesday to a long term care facility after a fight broke out at a bingo game between two women.

The 79 and 86 year olds apparently starting fighting over seating.

Other seniors apparently joining in the fight.

Police said no one was seriously hurt and no charges have been laid.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the health and safety of Canadian diplomats is a priority of the federal government, and those struggling with mysterious illnesses have her sincere sympathy and concern.

It was all Freeland would say yesterday while visiting Washington, when reporters asked about news the Trudeau government is being sued for 28-million dollars by five Canadian diplomats and their families who fell mysteriously ill while posted to Cuba.

The diplomats allege Ottawa failed to protect them and hid crucial information during their Havana posting.

Global Affairs acknowledges that nine adults and five children from diplomatic families developed unusual illnesses, including headaches and dizziness, as have several American diplomats posted in Cuba.

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The Canadian Institute for Health Information says doctors in Canada are seeing smaller payment increases at the same time as the number of doctors per Canadian keeps rising.

The not-for-profit says in 2016-’17, total gross clinical payments to physicians — which covers the cost of running a practice — increased 2.8 per cent to 26.4-billion dollars, making for the lowest single-year increase since it started collecting data in 2000.

The average payments to doctors remained “virtually unchanged” that year at 342-thousand dollars.

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Montreal has been tapped as one of four cities that will host a number of new United Nations’ service centres.

The streamlining project would see the international body consolidate some administrative operations in select locations around the globe.

Montreal, as well as Nairobi, Kenya; Budapest, Hungary; and Shenzhen, China were selected from 63 cities initially studied.

The four service centres are scheduled to be operational in 2020, with the Montreal location expected to take on payroll and human resources duties.

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Democrats came down hard on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo in his medical school yearbook.

But they were quieter as two more scandals rocked Virginia’s statehouse.

First, the Democrat who would succeed Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, was accused of a 2004 sexual assault in a detailed statement.

And then the Democrat who would succeed Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, admitted he’d worn blackface while in college.

If all three Democrats step down, Republicans would take over the state’s top offices.

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A new White House effort to be led by U-S President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump is looking to help 50-million women in developing countries get ahead economically.

The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative will involve the State Department, the National Security Council and other agencies.

It aims to co-ordinate current programs and develop new ones to assist women in areas of job training, financial support, and legal or regulatory reforms.

President Trump will sign the initiative today.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels in a new attempt to reopen talks with the European Union on the Brexit divorce agreement and will meet with the presidents of both the European Council and the European Commission.

With Britain’s planned departure date of March 29th closing in, May is expected to be stonewalled by E-U officials when it comes to reopening the legal withdrawal agreement, which was already endorsed in November before the U-K Parliament rejected it.

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