The latest flood forecast says the Ottawa River has already reached its maximum height.. earlier this week.. from Fort Coulonge, all the way down through Hawkesbury.

Water’s begun to go down, but the Ottawa river regulation planning board says it expects the water to remain high over the next two weeks, minimum.

The city is providing garbage collection in areas affected by flooding, on your regular garbage day.. just not down streets that are flooded out.

Special collection days for household hazardous waste and other items will be scheduled.. with more details to come once the floodwaters recede.

If you live in a flood zone.. city workers may visit your home — but the city won’t send non-city staff.  the city says to beware of companies.. coming to your door, claiming they’ve been sent by the city.

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Even as water levels peak on the Ottawa River – the flood warning for Renfrew County has been extended until May 9th.

The county says water levels and flows in large lakes and river remains high.

They say there is still a considerable snowmelt in the north and as water is released from reservoirs, it could impact water levels on the Ottawa River.

Renfrew County will also be giving an update this morning in regards to the state of emergency.

That is set for 10:00 this morning in Pembroke.

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Provincial police in Grenville County say a 16-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly made online threats toward a local school.

They say the boy was arrested yesterday and charged with uttering threats.

His identity can’t be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He’s set to appear in court in June.

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The Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito Control Program targets mosquito larva found in wetlands to prevent hatching.

The program was approved for four years, ending this year.

From April to September 15, 2019, the GDG Environement will be applying a biological larvicide by air and ground in order to control mosquitoes that impact the residents of Kanata north and surrounding area.

The area being treated is north of the 417 to the Shirley’s Bay area, and west to about carp road.

If you’re a land owner in the affected area and don’t want to participate, you can file an online objection request.

Health Canada has approved the larvicide used in the process.

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Critics say proposed changes to a land tribunal favour developers over communities.

If the changes come to pass, the Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal will be given more powers to manage and decide cases in order to reduce delays.

It will be able to hear appeals with fresh evidence for major planning decisions and make any decision that a municipality could have made.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner says the change will force legal costs on municipalities and transfer power from elected officials to a politically appointed board.

He also notes that developers will have the right to appeal decisions, but citizens won’t be given the same opportunity.

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Doug Ford will meet with newly-elected Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at the Ontario legislature today, for the first time since Kenney’s election.

A statement from Ford’s office says the pair will discuss the federal carbon tax, pipelines and interprovincial trade.

They will also talk about a federal bill which could overhaul environmental assessments and establish a new process for reviewing major projects with a national scope.

Ford and Kenney have been vocal opponents of the federal Liberal government and its plan to impose a carbon price on province’s without their own tax.

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All eyes will be on Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court today, as it rules on whether Ottawa has the power to impose its carbon tax.

The province is challenging the constitutionality of the tax, arguing that the federal government is overreaching into provincial jurisdiction.

Law professor Dwight Newman says Manitoba and Ontario will be paying close attention, as those two governments are fighting a similar battle with Ottawa.

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Alberta’s Agriculture Minister says the province is deeply concerned by the Chinese move to block some Canadian pork products.

Devin Dreeshen is calling on Ottawa to find a resolution to diplomatic disputes that have derailed relations between the two countries.

Beijing says the suspension of export permits for two Canadian pork exporters is due to package mislabelling.

But many suspect it is just another act of retribution for December’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive at the request of the U-S.

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Cyclone Fani has made landfall on India’s eastern coast as a grade 5 storm, lashing the emptied beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 205 kilometres per hour.

The India Meterological Department says the “extremely severe” cyclone in the Bay of Bengal hit the coastal state of Odisha around 8 a.m. Friday morning.

India’s National Disaster Response Force says around 1.2-million people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of Odisha and moved to nearly four-thousand shelters.

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Last March’s attack on two New Zealand mosques has claimed another life.

A Turkish man wounded in the shooting has succumbed to his injuries, some seven weeks after the shocking assault.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the sad news is reverberating in both her country and Turkey.

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U-S Attorney General William Barr has played a central role in the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now he has emerged as one of the most divisive figures in Donald Trump’s administration.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused him of lying, a charge the Justice Department calls reckless and false.

House Democrats are poised to hold him in contempt after choosing to skip a House committee hearing on the topic.

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A supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again.

Officials for Space-X say they Falcon rocket was poised to blast off from Cape Canaveral early this morning, but a problem cropped up at the last minute with the ocean platform for recovering the first-stage booster following liftoff.

The delivery via Dragon cargo capsule is already running late because of a power shortage at the space station.

Space-X says it will try again Saturday.

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