There is no telling what is in store today on Parliament Hill following the conclusion of a marathon voting session launched by the Opposition Conservatives.

The filibuster protest, which continued until almost one in the morning, was sparked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rejection of an opposition request for a broader waiver covering former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

They wanted to hear more about the run-up to her decision to quit the cabinet.

The Conservatives periodically offered to end the vote marathon, if Trudeau would agree to waive confidentiality and let Wilson-Raybould and all others involved in the SNC-Lavalin affair testify fully — how the Liberals rejected each offer and the voting resumed.


A Kanata detachment OPP officer has died by suicide.

The OPP media relations coordinator confirming the death of the unnamed constable to the CBC.

That officer is the 13th member of the OPP, either active or retired, to die by suicide since 2012.

The OPP rank and file were told of the death in a memo sent by the interim commissioner on Wednesday.


A man accused of taking a stolen van on a rampage in and around the u of o campus remains in lockup until his next court appearance.

38 year old Marc-Andre Fournier was arrested by police with the help of an 18 year old police foundations Algonquin student.

Jamal Hines found him hiding behind a structure.

According to the Citizen, police, with guns drawn, arrested the man as he pleaded with them to shoot him, telling officers he just wanted to die.

The good samaritan told the paper several police officer praised him for his help.

Fournier is due in court again on Monday.

He is facing several charges, including theft of a motor vehicle,  dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a crash,  and resisting arrest.


The owner of a cannabis-themed golf course set to open this spring says he hopes to bring the “fun” back to the newly legal drug.

The Rolling Greens Golf Club in Smiths Falls is set to open on April 20th with the hopes it will eventually evolve into an entertainment destination as well. .

Smiths Falls is the home of the Canopy Growth Corporation, and Weiske says he hopes rolling greens will add to the town’s cannabis tourism appeal.


Sparks Street may be getting a new look.

The city is proposing a multi-million dollar makeover that would include 50 new trees, wifi, outdoor heating and flexible performance spaces.

The proposed idea also wants the pedestrian mall to be more accessible and green.

Mayor Jim Watson says the redevelopment and the LRT would help to alleviate parking issues around Sparks Street.

The public can give feedback on the proposed plan until May 1.

The earliest start date for the project would be spring of 2022.


The Progressive Conservative government says its plan to fix what it calls the “hydro mess” left behind by the Liberals would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Tories introduced the so-called Fixing the Hydro Mess Act yesterday.

The legislation would bring an end to the previous administration’s hydro plan, upload local electricity conservation programs to the corporation that manages the system and overhaul the energy sector watchdog.

The Liberals brought in their Fair Hydro Plan in 2017 to address a public outcry over soaring hydro rates, particularly in rural areas.


The man who was behind the wheel of the semi-truck involved in the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash is due to be sentenced today in a Melfort, Saskatchewan courtroom.

The Crown is asking that Jaskirat Singh Sidhu be handed a sentence of 10 years for his role in the deaths of 16 people.

Sidhu’s lawyer says his client is remorseful and any sentence over six months would result in his being deported.


Even as Ottawa takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country through irregular means, the Prime Minister insists Canada remains welcoming to newcomers.

Justin Trudeau told a crowd in Mississauga yesterday that Canadians continue to be overwhelmingly in favour of immigration and have confidence in the country’s immigration system.

Trudeau’s comments come days after his government presented a budget that includes a new border-enforcement strategy.


The Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico will face scrutiny from a U-S judge in San Francisco.

Judge Richard Seeborg has scheduled a hearing today to help him decide whether to block the policy while a lawsuit moves forward.

Civil liberties groups claim the practice violates U-S law.

The administration says it’s in response to a crisis at the southern border.


South Korean officials say the North has withdrawn its staff from an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea.

The development comes a month after the second U-S-North Korea summit talks — held in Vietnam — collapsed due to disputes over American-led sanctions on the country.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry calls the pull-back is “regrettable,” adding that the North gave no specific reason for its move.


Britain’s divorce deal with the E-U was given a brief reprieve, with European officials greenlighting a postponement from the March 29th deadline to May 22nd.

But the extension is only good if the U-K Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the bloc next week — something May says is of great importance.

If the vote fails, Britain has until April 12th to come up with a new plan to present to the E-U.


The aftermath of a deadly cyclone that swept through the southern part of Africa is still putting many in danger.

Officials say the biggest challenge for aide workers is getting the much needed water and supplies out to those who have been directly effected.

Reports from the United Nations and African governments say Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen to over 550 people.


A pair of powerful cyclones are bearing down on Australia’s sparsely populated north coast.

Some two-thousands people have been evacuated from the east coast of the Northern Territory ahead of strong winds, mountainous waves and flooding rain that are forecast.

Cyclones are frequent in Australia’s tropical north and rarely claim lives, but Cyclones Trevor and Veronica crossing land on the same weekend is a rare event.

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