Rain in the forecast will not help with the flood situation.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning that stretches from Smiths Falls and Perth up to Petawawa.

There could be 25 to 40 millimetres by late tonight and local amounts exceeding 50 mm.

The Ottawa area under a special weather statement for 20-35 mm possible by tomorrow morning.

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Flood warnings remain in the region and flooding in the nation’s capital has prompted the declaration of a state of emergency.

 

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson announced the declaration, noting the combination of already high water levels and further forecasted rainfall.

 

Watson says the conditions along the Ottawa River and other waterways constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm

 

Troops from Petawawa arrived in the region last night to help the sandbag efforts and Premier Doug Ford will visit the Constance Bay area this morning.

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Russell County OPP have released more information in an effort to identify human remains found in the Ottawa river a week ago near Wendover, about 50 kilometres east of Ottawa.

According to police, the body is that of a man, between 50-75 years of age, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-9 in height, and about 167 pounds, balding with some grey brown hair, his face unshaven, and visible fillings in his teeth.

Provincial police have released images of what the man was wearing when the body was found.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity should contact Russell County OPP, or Crimestoppers.

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The city of Gatineau will be laying a rockfill dam on Boulevard Fournier to help with potential rising water levels.

The dam will be set near Point Alonzo.

Traffic in hull is going to be reduced to a one way until 9:30 this morning while crews work.

Approximately 20 navy personnel are supporting Gatineau firefighters in evacuations by water.

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The hydroelectric dam at Bell Falls in Quebec’s western Laurentians is at risk of failing.

That province’s public security ministry says the water level in the rouge river is higher then ever seen before, which forced a mandatory evacuation of houses downstream.

Quebec’s public security minister and provincial police were canvassing the area last night to make sure residents left the affected area.

Some people had to be evacuated by helicopter.

Hydro-Quebec is confident the dam will *not* break, but they aren’t taking any chances.

The largely rural section of river affected is about 140 kilometres west of Montreal, stretching about 18 kilometres south to the Ottawa River.

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Parents and health providers are adjusting to the new autism program announced by the province.

At 13 public providers, like CHEO, across the province changes are being made.

The CHEO CEO Alex Munter says a spring summer guide is being given to parents, to access the various types of service being offered at the hospital.

Munter says the province now gives parents a lump sum of cash they can use for autism services they choose.

The province is holding consultations this summer on the autism program. Munster says cheo will do the same with local parents once the province reports back.

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The Canadian Press has learned that the education minister is set to issue a directive to school boards today saying they’ll get an infusion of cash so they won’t have to lay off any teachers.

The boards had been afraid they would need to lay off teachers because the province increased the average class size as a cost-cutting measure.

But Education Minister Lisa Thompson has insisted the reduction in teachers will be through attrition, and no jobs will be lost involuntarily.

Thompson is expected to lay out today that the government has set aside 1.6 billion dollars in attrition protection to ensure there are no layoffs.

If not enough teachers retire, boards can use that money to pay the teachers they otherwise would have had to lay off.

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The five-year-old boy at the centre of yesterday’s Amber Alert was found safe nearly 300 kilometres from where he and his mom were last seen.

Peel regional police say the child was last seen in Mississauga on Wednesday, and he was found in Tilbury, near Windsor, last evening.

Officers say he was found as a direct result of the Amber Alert.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has wrapped up a visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin.

Kim left for Pyongyang on Friday afternoon by his private train about four-and-a-half hours earlier than planned.

During Thursday’s talks, Putin indicated that he might be willing to play a bigger role in breaking the stalemate over Washington’s push for denuclearization and Kim’s demands for sanctions relief.

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A number of countries are advising against travelling to Sri Lanka in the wake of a series of bomb attacks targeting churches and hotels.

Canada is suggesting Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to the South Asian country, noting that the situation remains volatile.

Australia has warned travellers that “terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka.”

The U-S Embassy has also warned Americans to avoid places of worship due to potential for more attacks.

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The National Rifle Association is diminished from the powerful role it played in support of Donald Trump in the 2016 U-S presidential election.

Three years later, the N-R-A is headed toward the next election not just diminished, but divided.

It’s a reversal that is raising questions about the group’s potential firepower heading into 2020.

U-S President Donald Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence will both be headlining the gun lobby’s annual convention in Indianapolis today.

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