The forecast for those battling floodwaters is not encouraging.

Environment Canada is warning heavy rainfall today into tonight with a possible 20-35 by tomorrow morning.

This rainfall is associated with a Texas low and will stretch from flooded cottage country communities all the way to the Quebec border.

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The river levels forecast predicting a peak for Britannia today — another 18-centimetres rise predicted based on the flows in the river, and the precipitation in the forecast

The Ottawa River regulation planning board expects 34-centimetre increase in river levels at the Hull Marina — that peak to come tomorrow

A Thursday peak for locations on the river east of the city — a 14-centimetre rise in current levels for the Hawkesbury/Grenville area

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The provincial government has activated disaster recovery assistance for two of the communities in eastern Ontario dealing with flood conditions.

The assistance is being provided for Renfrew County and the city of Pembroke.

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Residents in 150 homes along Bayview Drive in Constance Bay are being asked by the city to evacuate as the floodwaters approach their expected peak in the next day or so.

21 homes across the city have already been evacuated.

Homes with addresses between 536 and 1062 Bayview Dr. Are being told that it is no longer considered safe for them to stay in their homes, as water levels continue to rise.

The city doesn’t have the authority to force people to evacuate, but they are urging them to leave.

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The town of Petawawa has closed the Petawawa River Bridge due to the rushing floodwaters.

Earth has washed away from the banks at the base of the bridge.

The town issued a notice this morning that they would be taking measures to close the bridge due to safety.

This is a main connector between the town and Garrison Petawawa and heavily used by military members getting to and from the base.

Detours will be set up around highway 17.

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Ottawa police say they were called to break up a fight involving more than 40 teenagers Monday afternoon.

Police were called to the area near Broadview and Nepean high schools just after 3:30.

Police tell the paper one officer was injured when a teenager standing by a bicycle was confronted.

A video shot at the scene shows the officer putting his hand on the person who then swings a fist at the officer.

The officer was slightly injured in the ensuing scuffle as a large group of students became involved.

Ottawa police say the officer tried to call for back-up, but, the emergency button on the officer’s radio did not work.

Technical issues with the new communication system are still being worked on by bell.

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A passerby alerted Ottawa fire services to a log building that was engulfed in flames yesterday afternoon in Richmond.

While en route to the area of Dobson Lane and McBean Street just after 2:30, crews declared a working fire because of an additional call to the service.

The log cabin had collapsed before Ottawa fire arrived and started spreading to an adjoining building.

Once on scene, crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby buildings.

The fire was under control an hour later.

No one was injured.

A fire investigator has been called in.

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Ottawa fire responded to a multiple calls reporting smoke and flames coming from a townhome in Gloucester.

Crews arrived at 4522 Harper Avenue, near Olgilvie and Blair Roads, at 4:10 p.m. and confirmed a 2-alarm blaze.

The 3-story unit where the fire broke out has been destroyed.

Six attached units have been heavily damaged and residents will not be able to return home for the foreseeable future.

There were no injuries.

The estimated amount of damage is $500,000 for the building, and $200,000 in lost property.

A fire investigator has been called in to determine the cause.

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Protesters rallied outside Ontario’s legislature against changes to the province’s health-care system, despite government assurances that the new measures would not lead to any form of privatization.

Yesterday’s event organized by the Ontario Health Coalition saw participants bussed in from across the province, with some carrying effigies of premier Doug Ford and finance minister Vic Fedeli, who one man dubbed “Sir Cuts-Alot.”

The advocacy group’s director said the level of the government’s health-care spending will not cover the cost of population growth and inflation, and is effectively a funding cut to hospitals.

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The mayors of more than two dozen of Ontario’s largest cities are slamming the province for what they describe as “downloading by stealth.”

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario says the provincial government is passing on costs.

They say that as a result, the municipalities are forced to consider tax hikes or service cuts.

The mayors say they’re learning of funding cuts and the province reducing its cost share in programs in “piecemeal fashion” through letters to agencies.

What’s more, they say, they’re only learning of the cuts after municipal budgets have already been passed.

Premier Doug Ford has told Toronto Mayor John Tory that there are always ways to make budgets more efficient.

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Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal will release its decision Friday on the province’s constitutional challenge of the federally imposed carbon tax.

The Saskatchewan Party government took Ottawa to court over the carbon levy and the Appeal Court held hearings in February.

Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that became subject to the federal tax April 1st in the absence of their own suitable carbon-pricing plan.

The province argued the tax is not constitutional because it is not evenly applied across all jurisdictions.

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Federal rebates take effect today in a bid to encourage Canadians to buy electric vehicles.

The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to five-thousand dollars off the cost of electric vehicles, and 25-hundred off plug-in hybrids — but they apply only to cars that cost less than 45-grand.

The price limit means the most popular electric car in Canada, the Tesla Model 3, is not going to qualify.

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American lawmakers have a new line of inquiry to pursue today when U-S Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barr has been expected to defend his actions surrounding the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

But it was learned last night that Mueller has expressed frustration to Barr in a letter with how the conclusions of his investigation have been portrayed.

The letter lays bare a simmering rift between the Justice Department and Mueller about whether Barr’s summary of the report adequately conveyed the gravity of Mueller’s findings, particularly on the key question of obstruction.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be sentenced in London this morning for jumping British bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Assange was arrested last month after the South American nation revoked his political asylum, and the 47-year-old hacker faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison.

The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual-assault allegations.

Assange faces a separate legal fight against a U-S extradition request on a charge of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.

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He called it the moment for Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy.

But as the hours dragged on Tuesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido stood alone on an overpass with the same group of soldiers with whom he launched a bold effort to spark a military uprising to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The man recognized by Canada and about 50 other nations as Venezuela’s rightful leader, Guaido is urging people to protest in the streets again today.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Emperor Naruhito and pledged his respect on the day he ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The 59-year-old Naruhito today inherited the throne, the sacred sword and jewel in succeeding his father Akihito after his abdication from a 30-year reign.

Naruhito pledged to follow his father’s example by devoting himself to peace

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