Floodwaters are still rising in Ottawa, as rain and ice pellets began falling yesterday to bring the already swollen Ottawa River near its predicted peak today.

The last 24 hours have seen river levels and flows at Britannia and the Chaudière Falls hold fairly steady.

The latest flood forecast predicts the river will rise 10-20 centimetres before peaking, today.

In Ottawa about 150 homes in Constance Bay remain under voluntary evacuation.

Today all sandbagging efforts will concentrate on that area.

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As tens of thousands of residents in central and eastern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick continue to deal with record spring flooding, federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is thinking long-term.

He says he and his provincial counterparts must soon turn their attention to preventing future flood damage and perhaps how and where flood victims can rebuild.

He says the probing question is whether to invest in adaptation to climate change, or spend on remediation year after year.

The federal government is planning to spend two-billion dollars over the next decade on projects to help mitigate or prevent damage from disasters.

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The Upper Canada District School Board has sent 104 notices to, mostly high school teachers, advising them they are surplus.

The board tells the Citizen the notices were sent earlier this week.

The board tells the paper there are two main factors, the provincially mandated increase in high school class size to 28 from 22 students, as well as a transportation cost.

An arbitrator awarded the school bus companies in that district 18 million dollars for back pay and there is a deficit of between 5 and 6 million from this year.

While the teachers union calls it devastating, the board says the notice doesn’t necessarily mean layoff.

Out of 40 notices given before the start of last school year only three didn’t have jobs in September.

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Alberta’s new premier will meet face-to-face today with the man he attacked relentlessly enroute to his new job.

Jason Kenney will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this afternoon in Ottawa, just hours after Kenney is to testify before a Senate committee studying the government’s bill to re-write the rules for environmental assessments of energy projects.

A former federal Conservative cabinet minister, Kenney calls the bill the “No Pipelines Act” and wants it scrapped.

He has also promised to fight the Liberals in court over the imposition of a carbon tax.

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Saskatchewan’s premier is grateful that the Trudeau government is showing it is supportive of Western Canadian agriculture.

Ottawa yesterday announced help for canola farmers by increasing money available for loans and boosting the interest-free portion to offset the financial hurt caused by China’s recent decision to ban Canadian canola imports.

Premier Scott Moe notes Canada imports far more from China than it exports, so there are conversations to be had concerning other commodities.

China cites pest problems in rejecting Canadian canola, but the move is widely blamed on a diplomatic dustup over Canada’s detention of a Huawei (WAH’-way) tech executive in Vancouver on a U-S warrant.

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One of the two college students killed in Tuesday’s shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte is being remembered as a hero.

Police say 21-year-old Riley Howell died while attacking the man who shot up an anthropology class.

Police say Howell’s sacrifice saved lives because the gunman had plenty of ammunition.

The alleged shooter is charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder.

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U-S Attorney General William Barr has informed lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that he will skip today’s hearing called to review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Barr’s decision to be a no-show came the same day the department missed the Democrat-led committee’s deadline to provide a full, unredacted version of Mueller’s Russia report and its underlying evidence.

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Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaido’s (gwy-DOHZ’) call to fill the nation’s streets for a second day, but state security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising.

Instead, they dispersed crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets, and protesters threw rocks as the political crisis threatens to drag on.

Thousands cheered the Canadian-backed Guaido in Caracas.

But his push to win military backing against President Nicolas Maduro has failed to tilt the balance of power.

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WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is facing another court hearing today in London — this time, by videolink from prison concerning a U-S request to extradite him for allegedly trying to hack into a Pentagon computer system.

The 47-year-old Australian was given a 50-week sentence yesterday for jumping bail in 2012 and holing up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

At the time, he was facing extradition to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

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Indian authorities have evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from the country’s eastern coast ahead of a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal.

Meteorologists say Cyclone Fani could bring “extremely severe” wind and rain when it hits the Indian state of Odisha on Friday.

Tourists have been asked to leave the popular beach town of Puri by Thursday night.

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