Flood efforts continue this morning as residents of several local communities continue to sandbag properties.

Due to the high water levels on the Mississippi River, the town of Carleton Place has closed two bridges as a precaution.

The Gillies and Mill Street bridges are closed for safety reason.

Detours are in place.

The flood warning remains in place for the Mississippi River watershed as water levels in rivers and lakes higher than normal.

Levels are expected to peak this week.

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The Ottawa River planning board is expecting to see water rise past flood levels in 2017.

Lac  Deschenes near Britannia is expected to rise by 53 centimetres by Sunday….while Gatineau/Hull marine is suppose to increase by 35 centimetres by Monday.

The city of Ottawa now has an increased potential for flooding and a greater need for flooding coordination  so it has elevated its emergency operations to activated operations.

These estimates are done by the Ottawa River regulation committee are forecasts, they will depend on temperatures and precipitation over the next few days.

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The justice for Abdi-Rahman Abdi Coaltion is asking for it’s members and supporters to head to the Elgin Street court this morning.

The trial for constable Daniel Montsion continues with a video expert scheduled to be on the stand.

The group says this will be a crucial day in the trial and they want to make sure the courtroom is packed.

They encourage members to tell friends, bring friends and show support for Abdi.

Defence is challenging some of the video evidence, which is says was edited.

Abdi died after a confrontation with police in July 2016.

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The director of o-train planning is leaving his job at the city of Ottawa.

A memo dated March 27th that was sent to city staff by transportation boss John Manconi, which says Chris Swail is leaving.

Manconi’s memo says Swail has been with the city for “ten highly successful years.”

The memo, to the mayor, council, and the transit commission says Swail will be spending more time with his family, before deciding what is next with his career.

Swail’s last day with the city is tomorrow.

Swail was the city staff member peppered by some councillors to reveal the scores of companies bidding on the Phase Two LRT project.

That portion of the LRT contract is being reviewed now by the city auditor general.

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Ontario is cancelling a tree planting program in order to cut costs.

Those involved are warning that the move will lead to the loss of jobs and environmental benefits that forests provide.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told Forests Ontario that the 50 Million Tree Program is being eliminated the day after the P-Cs delivered their budget.

Forests Ontario C-E-O Rob Keen says the program was started to remove carbon dioxide, but planting that many trees also helps clean the air and water.

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The Official Opposition says that if the province eliminates its travel health insurance program, it will hurt snowbirds and frequent travellers.

The parliamentary assistant to Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government is reviewing OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program in order to cut costs.

The Tories posted the proposed change on the province’s regulatory website yesterday and offered the public six days to comment on it.

N-D-P legislator Marit Stiles is accusing the government of trying to sneak the change past Ontario residents without proper consultation.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Liberal government made promises on Indigenous issues but backtracked on reconciliation and resolving long-standing problems after rising to power in 2015.

The former justice minister made the comments in a speech to the First Nations Justice Council in B-C, saying she went to Ottawa when the Liberals were keen to recruit Indigenous candidates but she faced resistance.

She claims she issued a directive over how federal lawyers should handle civil cases with Indigenous people and was quickly shuffled to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.

Wilson-Raybould and former Indigenous services minister Jane Philpott were kicked out of the Liberal caucus weeks ago after they spoke out about alleged political pressure faced by the ex-attorney general to drop a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering firm S-N-C-Lavalin.

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Scientists with French police units and other expert investigators are starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral for the first time since last week’s devastating fire.

Teams from three different police agencies are entering the monument today to take samples and search for clues as to what caused the blaze.

Officials believe it might have been sparked by a short circuit linked to renovation work that was under way.

The cathedral will remain closed to the public for years after flames destroyed its roof and knocked over its spire.

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The leaders of Russia and North Korean say they had good talks today about their joint efforts to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Their Russian summit comes amid stalled negotiations with the United States.

Vladimir Putin voiced confidence that Kim Jong Un’s visit will — quote — “help better understand what should be done to settle the situation on the Korean Peninsula, what we can do together, what Russia can do to support the positive processes going on now.”

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