Area residents dealing with the flooded properties are at their wits end as water levels are expected to remain high for the next two to three weeks before receding.

As fatigue continues to grow flood victims say local flood waters present new challenges every day.

Cumberland resident Genevieve Landry says it’s been very tiring on their bodies and their mental strength.

Meantime….residents also have lots of questions regarding dam operations, disaster relief and buyouts from the province.

Those concerns will be looked at by the province.

They have created a task force on improving its flood plan that will hold consultations on how to better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen.

An engagement session will be held in Ottawa on May 24.


The investigation into a teens death in Petawawa remains under investigation as friends and family gather last night at a vigil.

16 year old Trinity Poil’s body was pulled from the Ottawa River last week, her mother and step father were informed, but had to wait five days according to the Citizen for positive identification.

Last night a vigil was held by the grade 11 students school in Petawawa.

About 75 people turned out for the remembrance of the person who lived, as the paper says, unapologetically as a trans-gender teen.

A military police spokesperson tells the paper they are exploring every lead.


A woman serving a life sentence for the murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford is challenging her move from a healing lodge back to prison.

Terri-Lynn McClintic says the decision was unfair and her lawyers are fighting it in an Edmonton court.

McClintic was returned to prison last year after her move to a minimum-security Saskatchewan healing lodge sparked public outcry.

She and her then-boyfriend, Michael rafter, were convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Victoria Stafford, who was kidnapped while walking home from school in Woodstock in 2009.


A justice on the country’s highest court is sharing what led to him going missing in Ottawa and causing his family alarm last week.

Supreme Court justice Clement Gascon says he suffered a panic attack.

The 58-year-old judge, who announced plans last month to retire in September, said he has long dealt with what the “insidious illness” of depression and anxiety, which he has generally been able to manage.

But he said his emotions and a change in medication led him to a crisis Wednesday afternoon and he went out and stayed out of touch for several hours.

Gascon said he has been given the medical support he needed, and is back in good health and fully capable of performing his duties as a judge.


A serial rapist who preyed on young bar staff in the Byward Market has been declared a dangerous offender.

According to the Citizen the ruling came down yesterday.

It means Philip Wilson, who has been in jail since 2015, will now serve an indefinite sentence.

His case will be reviewed after seven years and then every two years after.

On eventual release, he will have to undergo a strict set of conditions.

Wilson was found guilty of drugging bar staff he had invited back to the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, drugged, raped and taped the crimes.


25 hundred student athletes and their families will be in the Toronto area this week for the first ever ‘Special Olympics Ontario invitational youth games’.

Until May 17th, the games will bring together athletes between the ages of 13 to 21 to compete against teams from around the world.

Basketball, bocce, floor hockey and soccer will be played at the event.

The ‘Ontario invitational youth games’ is one of many global celebrations this year to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.


Ontario’s Court of Appeal will weigh in today on whether doctors have to give referrals for medical services they oppose due to moral or religious reasons — such as assisted dying, contraception or abortion.

A divisional court last year upheld the requirement for a referral, which is part of a policy issued by Ontario’s medical regulator.

The court said that while the policy does limit doctors’ freedom of religion, it’s justified because the benefit to the public outweighs the cost to physicians.

A group of doctors and professional associations appealed that ruling, saying there’s no proof it would harm patients if they didn’t get a referral.


Six people died in Monday’s midair crash of two sightseeing floatplanes in southeast Alaska — including a Canadian woman and an Australian man.

The bodies of the two missing foreign passengers were recovered from the crash site Tuesday night.

Alaska State Troopers identified the Canadian as 37-year-old Elsa Wilk from Richmond, B-C.

She, along with the Australian victim, were aboard the smaller de Havilland Beaver plane that collided with another larger floatplane.

Both were carrying two pilots and 14 passengers — all tourists from the Royal Princess cruise ship — when the planes collided near Ketchikan.

The cruise ship left Vancouver last Saturday bound for Anchorage, and is scheduled to return May 25th.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to France to make a joint push to eliminate acts of violent extremism from being shown online.

Today’s Paris meeting of several world leaders and internet tech officials is called the Christchurch Call to Action event.

It was arranged after a gunman’s Facebook-streamed attack on two mosques in New Zealand hat claimed 51 lives in March.

During his two days in Paris, Trudeau will also meet with summit hosts French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, and possibly visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, which suffered a devastating fire one-month ago today.


Both the federal Liberals and the New Democrats are pushing motions this week to declare climate change a national emergency.

The Liberal motion to be debated tomorrow asks M-Ps to recommit to the Paris accord by meeting and toughening the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.

The N-D-P motion to be debated today also seeks those targets and calls for Ottawa to end fossil-fuel subsidies and scrub the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.


Asian stocks have followed Wall Street higher today after U-S President Donald Trump downplayed his tariff war with Beijing, says a resolution is possible.

Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced as investors study the potential damage to the global economy from tariff hikes and deepening rancour over trade between the two largest economies.

U-S and Canadian markets rallied after Trump said on Twitter the conflict was a ‘little squabble’ between friends.


The U-S Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran.

The alert, published on the embassy’s website this morning, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests.


Iran’s supreme leader claims enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels would not be a difficult task for the country.

It is the latest threat from Tehran as tensions roil the region amid the unravelling of the nuclear deal with world powers.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is quoted as telling a meeting Tuesday night that “achieving 20 per cent enrichment is the most difficult part.”


Pope Francis has given a thrill to eight migrant children in Vatican City, by giving them a joyride in his popemobile.

The kids who recently arrived in Italy from Libya and hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo.

The pontiff picked them up at the start of his weekly general audience today and zoomed around St. Peter’s Square with them in the backseat.

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