A third victim with Ottawa ties has been identified from the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people on board….18 of them Canadian.

Stephanie Lacroix graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2015 with a degree in international development and globalization.

Uottawa has sent out a tweet saying their thoughts go out to the family and friends after the loss of one of their faculty of social science alumni.

The 25-year-old grew up in Timmins but made Ottawa her new home after graduating.

Lacroix was a staffer for the Ottawa-based United Nations Association and was joining three volunteers for the fourth session of the UN environment assembly in Nairobi.

Carleton University professor, Pius Adesanmi and United Nations official, Jessica Hyba were the other two Ottawa residents who died in the plane crash.


Paramedic  testimony  was the focus  in the trial of Ottawa police officer Daniel Montsion. He is charged with crimes including manslaughter in the death of Abdi-Rahman Abdi in July 2016.

According to the Citizen, paramedics were captured on video arriving at the scene and casually talking to the police officer in charge before going to Abdi’s aid.

The two testified they were told at the scene a suspect has been detained and was pepper sprayed.

That’s what they thought they were there to treat.

Yannick Roussel testified when he got to Abdi he started considering Abdi’s condition a traumatic cardiac arrest not a medical one.

In the ambulance, after about 40 minutes of life saving techniques Abdi regained a pulse.

The paramedic told court when he left hospital the patient had a beating heart and was still alive.

Abdi later died in hospital.


A youth facing terrorism charges in Kingston is due in court today for a bail hearing.

He was charged in late January after a Canadian police investigation sparked by a tip from the F-B-I and has been in custody ever since.

His identity can’t be revealed under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The RCMP said the youth knowingly facilitated a terrorist activity and counselled another person to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place.


An objection has been filed over the name of a pot shop set to open in the Byward Market.

The owners want to use “Byward Market Cannabis. ”

The Market has objected to that to the alcohol and gaming commission.

They say the market is a 200 year old agricultural and family oriented brand.

The owners of the shop tell the Citizen they did not expect any concern over the name.

The shop, along with 24 others province wide, are scheduled to open in twenty days.


Ottawa police caught two drivers travelling way over the speed limit last night.

One of the drivers was going 1 hundred and 2 in a 50, and the other was going 1 hundred and 41 in an 80 zone.

Both have had their licenses suspended for 7 days, and their cars seized for 7 days.

The names of the drivers have not yet been released.


A petition has been started to get more information on LRT Phase Two from the city.

That phase passed council last week, but there were things that were not revealed during the process.

One that stood out, upsetting councillor Diane Deans in particular, was the scoring on the various bids.

Deans asked city staff is SNC Lavalin, which won a  piece of that contract, worth 660 million,  actually reached the score of 70 the city has set.

Staff refused to answer, citing confidentiality.

Now a petition has been started by John Redins, who has run for council in the past.

The petition calls on the city to make the bidding process public.


An inquest into the death of a Lakefield man who died while operating an excavator has been announced.

77 year old Clifford Raymond Lloyd died in the summer of 2017, at the quarry in Prescott.

The inquest will look into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Lloyd’s death and make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.

Dates for the inquest have not yet been set.


The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is set to announce this week that cellphones will be banned in classrooms, starting in the next school year.

Some schools already have similar policies, but the province will issue a directive to all public schools.

The Progressive Conservatives had proposed such a ban in their platform during last year’s election campaign.

Government sources who were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement say exceptions would be made for when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.


Canada’s transport minister says he has been in touch with his American counterpart and is working with aviation authorities in the U-S in the wake of Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The fatal crash involved a Boeing 7-37 Max 8, which was also involved in a crash in Indonesia in October.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau is advising Canadians to stand by and wait for the investigation into the jet crash in Ethiopia to bring results, adding it’s too soon to consider grounding Max 8 planes flying in Canada.


The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health says J-T-I-Macdonald being granted protection from its creditors amounts to a denial of justice for smokers who won a recent court victory.

JTI-Macdonald was among three companies that lost in the Quebec Court of Appeal March 1st, a ruling which upheld a landmark judgment ordering them to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers.

However, since the Ontario Superior Court decision, legal proceedings against J-T-I-Macdonald, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco have been suspended.


The Islamic State’s last stand is underway in Syria.

The U-S backed Kurdish-led forces vowed in a statement yesterday that operations against the Islamic State “will continue until we totally wipe them out.”

There are 15-hundred I-SIL fighters left and suicide bombings are a last-ditch tactic.

U-S-backed Syrian forces have been battling militants holed up in underground tunnels.


The British government says it has secured “legally binding changes” from the European Union to overcome a key stumbling block on the Brexit deal.

Speaking after last-minute Brexit talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in France, E-U chief Jean-Claude Juncker (YUN’-kur), says the new agreement over a backstop for Northern Ireland ends the lengthy and painful Brexit negotiations.

Juncker adds there will be no new negotiations.

Concerns over the border measure were the main reason Britain’s Parliament rejected the deal in January.


A South Korean presidential adviser says a possible North Korean rocket launch would be “catastrophic” for diplomacy on the North’s nuclear program.

Recently released satellite photographs appear to indicate that North Korea has restored structures at its long-range rocket launch facility that it dismantled last year.

The satellite images were released days after the second U-S-North Korea summit in Vietnam ended without any agreement.

The adviser to President Moon Jae-in, told a panel discussion that North Korea using a rocket launch as leverage in negotiations would be a “bad move.”


A U-S envoy on religion has described China’s internment of an estimated one-million Muslims as a “horrific situation.”

Sam Brownback, U-S ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, called for an independent investigation into the detentions and the release of those being held.

China at first denied the existence of the internment camps in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, but now says they are vocational training facilities.

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