Hydro One customers in eastern Ontario should be prepared for possible power outages late this evening and overnight as high winds rumble through the region

According to a notice posted on the Hydro One outage map — the utility is preparing for the possibility of “hundreds” of outages across central and eastern Ontario.

Environment Canada has wind warnings up to the south west of us — including the Kingston-Prince Edward County area.


A third flu death has been confirmed in Ottawa.

The details are outlined in city’s public health flu report for the week of Jan 27 to Feb 2.

All deaths related to the flu have been for people over the age of 65.

Another case of influenza outbreak was also reported in a public institution or hospital.

There have been 12 outbreaks in Ottawa since the beginning of the flu season in September 2018.

Children and those over the age of 65 are the most at risk of getting the flu.


A stabbing at Herongate Mall yesterday sends a teenager to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police were called to Heron Road just after 730 last night.

The teenager was stabbed in the upper chest.

One witness said there was a very loud commotion in the store, according to the Citizen, causing customers to run to the back of the store for safety.

A group of five were seen chasing two others into the store.

It’s not clear if the stabbing happened outside or inside the door.

Store employees and by-standers provided first aid for the  teen before paramedics arrived on scene.


The first license for a pot shop in Ottawa has been granted for a wellington west building

There is still a public consultation process.  You can go to the AGCO website and leave your comments on a pot shop at 1306 Wellington Street west.

That is a five storey office and retail building at the corner of Wellington Street west and Stafford.

The public has two weeks to send their thoughts on that pot shop location to the governing body.


Serial killer Bruce McArthur is set to be sentenced today.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years, while the defence has asked that sentences for all eight first-degree murder counts be served concurrently.

That would make McArthur eligible for parole in 25 years.


Federal New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for an ethics investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help S-N-C-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.

Singh says if the allegations are not true — as Justin Trudeau insists — the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner.

A Globe and Mail report alleges that Wilson-Raybould was demoted in a cabinet shuffle early last month because she refused to succumb to pressure from prime ministerial aides to intervene in the case of S-N-C-Lavalin.


Canada chief electoral officer says there’s not much his independent agency can do in the way of combating fake news during elections.

Stephane Perrault says there were some “minimal rules” that cover impersonation of parties, candidates or Elections Canada officials and some limited forms of disinformation.

Perrault also refused to comment specifically on an ad that falsely suggests N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is in the midst of a byelection contest in British Columbia’s Burnaby South, owns an opulent mansion.


Moody’s Investors Services is warning that three of Canada’s biggest universities would face a cash crunch if China decided to call back its foreign students.

Moody’s notes that tuition for international students is much higher than that charged to Canadians and has become a crucial source of income for schools.

China has made no moves to cut off student travel to Canada, but Moody’s says there is a risk posed by the escalating diplomatic tension between Ottawa and Beijing.


An oil leak in Missouri has forced the closure of parts of two pipelines.

The leak was discovered Wednesday near St. Charles, Missouri, about 48 kilometres northwest of St. Louis.

TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline and Enbridge’s Platte pipeline both run through the area and crews were preparing excavation work yesterday to determine which one leaked.

The Keystone pipeline is closed from Steele City, Nebraska, to Patoka, Illinois, while the Enbridge pipeline is closed from Salisbury, Missouri, to Wood River, Illinois.

Both companies are based in Calgary.


Amazon C-E-O Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer.

The billionaire says the Enquirer chief threatened to publish revealing personal photos of Bezos unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.

Bezos says the Enquirer wanted him to make a public statement that the tabloid’s coverage was not politically motivated.


The British and Irish leaders are meeting to discuss the Irish border — and mend fences — amid a tense U-K-E-U standoff over Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will dine with Irish premier Leo Varadkar in Dublin to press her case for changes to Britain’s divorce deal with the E-U.

Britain’s Parliament rejected the agreement last month, largely over concerns about a provision designed to ensure an open border between the U-K’s Northern Ireland and E-U member Ireland.


An independent U-N human rights expert says authorities in Saudi Arabia quietly held a second court hearing for 11 people facing charges over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Agnes Callamard says she learned of the hearing during her first visit to Turkey last week to investigate the murder.

Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd, and his remains have not been found.

Callamard criticized the fact that that there is — quote — “insufficient public attention placed on the proceedings” and that the media are not present at the hearings.

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