An Ottawa judge says a man who beat his girlfriend and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women must stay behind bars indefinitely in order to protect the public.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland says 34-year-old Philip Wilson shows a high risk of reoffending and would be hard to supervise in the community.

Wilson was convicted two years ago of 39 charges related to the physical and sexual abuse of his girlfriend and the sexual assault of 13 women.

Court heard Wilson would bring women to his home, then slip drugs into their drink and sexually assault them.


Two youths have been charged in relation to a shooting that took place last Wednesday on Pere Charlebois Avenue in Overbrook.

The two cannot be named under the youth criminal justice act.

Both are facing a number of drug and weapons charges.

Last week, police were called to an apartment, after reports of a shooting and located a teen with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Ottawa city officials will be looking for answers – when they meet with the provincial flooding taskforce today.

Natural resources and forestry minister John Yakabuski is expected to be at the meeting along with the Ottawa River regulator… Mayor Jim Watson and councillor Eli El-Chantiry.

This week El-Chantiry introduced a motion in council asking that the province and the feds investigate the cause of the floods.

El-Chantiry represents one of the worst hit areas – and he says there needs to be a long term solution going forward.

Mayor Jim Watson is expected to speak – after this morning’s meeting – at city hall.


A 41 year old man is facing a litany of charges after a car-jacking late Wednesday night.

Police were called to Hazeldean Road just before midnight.

A man had stolen a drivers keys and fled in his vehicle.

Officers located the car after several 9-1-1 calls reported an erratic driver in the area.

41 year old Eric Schuhknecht, of no fixed address,  has been charged with offences  like  robbery,  resisting arrest,  theft over  5,000 dollars, impaired driving  and dangerous operation of a vehicle.


There’s a new cop in town, and he’s made of metal.

Ottawa police are unveiling their newest recruit today, a metal cutout dubbed “Constable Scarecrow.”

They say the cutout, which is based on an actual officer in the force, is meant as a deterrent for speeding.

Constable Scarecrow will be posted at two different locations where speeding is a chronic problem.

Police say a pilot project in B-C found there was a significant drop in speeding when a cutout was installed.


Alberta Wildfire’s incident commander says the Chuckegg Creek fire threatening the northwestern town of High Level has grown.

Scott Elliot puts the fire at 976 square kilometres now, up from 920 square kilometres on Wednesday.

Cautiously optimistic, Eliot says that wind conditions are expected to be favourable over the next three days, but he warns a shift in the forecast could push the blaze toward the town again.

Meantime, High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer is urging the province to approve funding to help evacuees.


A ruling is expected today to determine if a proposed British Columbia law that restricts diluted-bitumen shipments through its borders is constitutional.

The outcome is expected to be crucial for the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get oilsands crude to overseas markets.

B-C is arguing the proposed law is aimed at protecting its lands, rivers and lakes from a hazardous substance.

But Alberta and the federal government say the goal is to delay or block the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.


The federal Conservatives are saying frustrated canola producers are reaching out to them to say they can’t hold out much longer for federally promised financial relief.

A letter to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, penned by Tory shadow minister for agriculture Luc Berthold, says the wait period for help is feeling like an eternity for canola producers, and the government needs to fix the situation immediately.

While not specifically referencing the loan program delays Bibeau stressed the government is working hard to address the canola issue along with farmers and industry.


U-S President Donald Trump says he has enough support from Democrats to ratify the new North American free-trade pact — that is despite his ongoing feud with U-S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government is looking forward to getting an update on U-S efforts to ratify the trade deal when Vice-President Mike Pence visits Ottawa.

Canada has yet to table legislation in Parliament to ratify the new version of the 25-year-old NAFTA.


U-S President Donald Trump is trying to turn the tables on those who investigated him in the Russia election probe.

He is directing the U-S intelligence community to “quickly and fully co-operate” with U-S Attorney General William Barr’s investigation on the origins of the multi-year probe into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.

The move marks an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators.”


After two previous attempts were scrubbed, Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket had a picture perfect launch from the Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida.

Lighting up the dark sky, the flaming rocket carried 60 so-called Starlink satellites weighing more than 13-thousand kilograms into orbit.

C-E-O Elon Musk says the goal is to create a constellation of Satellites, possibly as many as one thousand that would provide high speed Internet access to anywhere in the world.


Theresa May says she will step down as U-K Conservative Party leader on June 7th, sparking a contest to become Britain’s next prime minister.

May says she will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks.

The early front-runner to replace May is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary and strong champion of Brexit.

Britain is currently due to leave the E-U on October 31st, but Parliament has yet to approve divorce terms.


Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are rushing to get married on the first day a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage takes effect.

One household registration office in Taipei was packed Friday as couples seized the earliest opportunity to tie the knot.

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage last week, following a legislative vote on a cause that L-G-B-T rights activists on the island have championed for two decades.

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