Tori Stafford would be turning 19 this year.

It was 10 years to the day the eight year old Woodstock girl was kidnapped and brutally murdered.

Today her father, Rodney Stafford, will be making his way to parliament hill to push for changes to the justice system so the people who killed Victoria will stay behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Last year, Tori’s killers made headlines when Michael Rafferty was transferred to a medium-security facility, while his accomplice, Terri-Lynne McClintic, was moved to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.

Mcclintic was later sent back to prison.

Today’s demonstration on parliament hill is scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Ottawa police have charged a 29 year old man with second degree murder, relating to the death of his mother.

54 year old Abigail Ootoova was found in an apartment on Jolliet Avenue in Vanier on Saturday night.

Police say they responded to a call around 5 o’clock, when they discovered the women’s body.

Jed Ootoova appeared in court yesterday, and will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Wednesday.

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Another case of measles has been confirmed in Ottawa, but this one is not connected to the first measles case, announced last week.

Ottawa Public Health says this latest case of measles is connected to international travel. The person was in multiple locations in late March and early April while contagious:

 

March 29, 2019, 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Loblaws, 100 McArthur Ave.

March 29, 2019, 9:15 p.m. – 9:25 p.m., OC Transpo bus Route 12, Montreal Rd and North River Rd to Rideau St. and Sussex Dr.

March 29, 2019, 9:25 p.m. – 9:50 p.m., OC Transpo bus Route 6, Rideau St. and Sussex Dr. to Heron Rd. and Bank St.

March 29, 2019, 10 p.m. – March 30, 2019, 1:30 a.m., O’Brien’s Pub and Eatery, 1145 Heron Rd.

March 30, 2019, 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Coconut Lagoon Restaurant, 853 St. Laurent Blvd.

April 1, 2019, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Shoppers Drug Mart and Dynacare Laboratory, 150 Vanier Parkway

April 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – April 3, 2019, 7:45 p.m., The Ottawa Hospital General Campus, emergency department

April 3, 2019, 5:45 p.m. –  April 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus, 7 West.

 

People who were in these locations and are susceptible to the measles virus are at-risk of developing the illness. Those susceptible to measles include children under one year of age, the unvaccinated, those with weakened immune systems and people born in or after 1970 who never received a measles-containing vaccine.

Ottawa Public Health says if you feel unwell and think you have measles, to call ahead before going to the doctor or hospital so that they can take precautions to protect other patients.

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One person injured after a house fire in Arlington Woods

The person was treated by Ottawa paramedics on the scene.

A passerby called 911 Sunday night to report smoke and flames coming from the second floor of a home at 21 Midland Crescent.

Upon arrival, crews confirmed smoke was visible from the basement and the second floor of the home near Greenbank Road and West Hunt Club Road.

Everyone was out of the home when crews arrived, but one person was treated on the scene by Ottawa paramedics.

The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

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Multiple units of fire police and paramedics were called to the Ottawa River for a water rescue.

Around five in the afternoon, a surfer went under the water at the Remic Rapids.

Ottawa fire police and paramedics teams along with Gatineau police and fire crews all went to the scene near the Champlain Bridge.

The surfer managed to make it to shore on the Gatineau side.

He was reported in good condition.

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A new report suggests some students may be ill equipped to deal with the online courses that will soon be mandatory for high schoolers across the province.

The report from People for Education says just five per cent of students on average per high school in Ontario are currently enrolled in online courses — and the education advocacy group says some have trouble learning so independently.

The Ford government recently announced that all high school students will have to take four e-learning credits — out of the 30 credits needed for a diploma — starting in the 2020 to 2021 school year.

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Ontario’s realtors are calling on the government to ban so-called “bully” offers.

Such offers are submitted by a buyer ahead of a seller’s established offer date — usually to avoid competing with other buyers and pressure the seller into accepting the bid.

Ontario Real Estate Association President Karen Cox says the government should use its current review of the act that governs realtors in the province to bar the practice.

Cox says banning the practice will ensure all interested buyers are able to make a fair offer on a home and allow sellers to carefully consider all bids.

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Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him for libel over his assertion that the prime minister politically interfered with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant S-N-C-Lavalin.

The Conservative leader has revealed he received a letter on March 31st from Trudeau’s lawyer threatening a libel lawsuit.

Scheer calls it “an intimidation tactic” aimed at silencing critics.

But he is urging Trudeau to go ahead with it anyway, so the S-N-C-Lavalin scandal can be investigated under oath and in court where the Liberals don’t control the proceedings.

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It’s a big day for a Canadian high beyond the sky.

Just after 8 a-m Eastern Time, Quebec astronaut David Saint-Jacques will become the first Canadian spacewalker in 12 years when he embarks on a planned seven-hour trip outside the International Space Station today with NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

The mission involves several tasks, including relocating a battery adaptor plate, upgrading the station’s wireless communication system and connecting jumper cables along the midpoint of the station’s main truss to give Canadarm2 an alternative power source.

Saint-Jacques will be supported by Canadian Space Agency robotics flight controllers.

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal yesterday — including members of the Muslim, Sikh and Jewish communities — to denounce Premier Francois Legault, and his C-A-Q government’s proposed secularism bill.

Bill 21 would ban the wearing of religious symbols at work for public-sector employees in positions of authority, including teachers and police officers.

Protesters included Aymen Derbali, who was wounded in the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting where six Muslim men were killed.

Derbali said rather than working to reduce stigma and Islamophobia, the government is tabling discriminatory legislation that targets Muslim women.

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Leading a Canadian delegation on a four-day visit to Rwanda, Governor-General Julie Payette has laid a wreath at a memorial in the east African country’s capital.

Yesterday’s tribute at the Kigali Genocide Memorial marked the 25th anniversary of the start of the 100-day genocide that left an estimated 800-thousand people dead.

The Kigali memorial is the final resting place of roughly 250-thousand of those victims.

Canada had a peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the mass ethnic slaughter.

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Amid growing frustration over border policies, Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as U-S President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security secretary.

The source of tension is the growing number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

Trump tweeted Sunday that U-S Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will take over as acting department head.

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The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “foreign terrorist organization.”

Today’s expected announcement would be an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for American personnel and policy in the Mideast and elsewhere.

The move would be the first such designation by any U-S administration of an entire foreign government entity.

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