Cleanup continues today from the Orleans tornado.

But questions about alerts and the fact that not everyone got one on their mobile device also continue to swirl.

Pelmorex is the company that operates the Alertready system.

In a statement Pelmorex confirms that alert messages were transmitted to broadcasters and wireless service providers. It says it’s aware not everyone received them and says that it is in the process of reviewing why some people received alerts while their neighbours did not.

The company also points out, a mobile device must be new enough to receive alerts, be on an LTE network at the time and have its operating software up to date.

Environment Canada issued tornado warnings for Gatineau and other areas of Quebec as well as the United Counties of Prescott and Russell but not Ottawa.

In its defence, Environment Canada has said that the storm developed quickly, without any of the usual indicators that a tornado was likely.

The cleanup from the tornado continues in Orleans. The city will be back out with its emergency mobile command centre from 9 this morning until 7 this evening.


A teenager has been sentenced to seven years for the murder of a man who was described as in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Four of those years in youth jail, and three under supervision.

The thrill seeking teen expressed deep regret, according to the citizen, for the botched robbery on December 23rd 2017.

The teen was 15 at the time, and told court of wanted to experience the rush of robbing someone.

He spied 49 year old Keith Fitzsimmons walking down a Vanier street.

That man was heading to a neighbours to borrow some Gravol.

The teen demanded Fitzsimmons wallet or he would shoot.

Fitzsimmons was shot in the back with the bullet lodging in his heart.


Ottawa Police are still looking for a man wanted in connection to home renovation scams.

40 year old Roger Decarie posted ads on social media offering reno services like  drywall or fence building.

Police say a complaint filed with them alleged Decarie offered a quote and asked for a deposit of between 10 to 50 per cent of the job  and then fail to show up to do the work.

Decarie also goes by Roger Williams.

He is described as white 5’11” with blue eyes.

Anyone with information about him is asked to contact Ottawa police.\

Richard William Decarie is wanted by Ottawa Police for alleged home renovation scams.


The Chateau Laurier expansion will be on the table at the next planning committee meeting.

The built heritage subcommittee met yesterday and voted in favour of a recommendation the planning committee reject the fifth expansion design.

The hotel tore down its old parking garage and are planning a 147 room expansion and a new parking garage.

So far the designs have been met with lots of criticism and public backlash.

The planning committee meets June 13th.

Meantime…..the Chateau Laurier has chosen a new replacement for its retired general manager.

According to the Ottawa business journal, Rick Corcoran, will leave his job as GM of the Ritz Carleton in San Francisco to take the role at the Chateau.


Officials say a wildfire that has forced about two-thousand people from their homes in northwestern Ontario has begun to slow its spread.

The forest fire near Pikangikum First Nation started on Wednesday and, by Saturday, it had grown to 36 square kilometres.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Resources and Forestry said that on Monday it covered 38 square kilometres.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement yesterday that the winds could sweep the smoke from Red Lake 14, as it’s officially known, into the nearby First Nation.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford will not march in this year’s Toronto Pride parade.

A spokesperson tells Global News that the premier has always said he will attend the parade when organizers allow front-line police officers to participate again in uniform.

Uniformed officers were banned from marching in the parade in 2017 after concerns of racial profiling, and Pride members narrowly voted in January to keep the ban in place this year.

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser and Green leader Mike Schreiner say they will both be participating in the parade, with Schreiner saying attendance should be an “absolute no-brainer” for any leader in 2019.


The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has released its final report and 231 recommendations framed as “calls for justice.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the report at an Indigenous ceremony yesterday in Gatineau, Quebec and said his government will thoroughly review it.

Recommendations include developing an effective response to human-trafficking cases and sexual exploitation and violence, including in the sex industry.

Missing and murdered Indigenous women are believed to number in the thousands in Canada, but the report says no one really knows an exact number.


Prime Minister Trudeau was in Vancouver last night, addressing the large Women Deliver conference on gender equality, where he said women are losing ground in that fight.

He said the history of women’s rights shows that every step forward is met by another push back, and women are still routinely facing misogyny, racism and hatred.

Trudeau said progress is backsliding, with interest groups trying to roll back women’s rights and politicians giving into the pressure.


There are calls for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to eject Michael Cooper from the Tory caucus over the M-P’s recent comments about online hate.

Scheer pulled Cooper from the Commons justice committee that held a hearing last week at which Cooper had quoted from the manifesto of the man charged with the March mass murder on two New Zealand mosques.

Cooper apologized for the remarks, and Scheer accepted his apology and said he considered the matter closed.

Liberal M-P Randy Boissonnault says Scheer’s decision not to toss Cooper from caucus shows there’s a “revolving door” for bigots in the Conservative party.


Some Canadian employers are reporting significant delays in hiring temporary foreign workers due to an increase in demand this year.

The federal government says the volume of applications is up 25 per cent over last year, which it blames in part on Canada’s low unemployment rates.

Some employers are waiting more than 100 days to find out if they can bring in migrant workers after proving no Canadian workers are available for the jobs.

Employment and Social Development Canada says it is hiring more staff to process applications.


U-S President Donald Trump will turn from pageantry to policy today as he joins British Prime Minister Theresa May for a day of talks.

The two will meet with corporate executives from the U-S and United Kingdom on the second day of Trump’s state visit to Britain.

The top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once the U-K leaves the European Union.


China is keeping up its practice of removing dissidents from contact around sensitive political dates on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

A half-dozen activists could not be reached today, and one who did answer the phone said security agents had taken him to a coastal city last week.

China has stepped up security around the Beijing square where the government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests early on June 4th, 1989 is believed to have killed hundreds and possibly thousands of people.


China has issued a travel warning for the U-S, saying Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by American law enforcement agencies.

The warning issued today urges Chinese citizens and Chinese-funded bodies in the U-S to step up their safety awareness and preventative measures.

And China’s tourism ministry issued its own travel alert for the U-S, noting the high frequency of shootings, robberies and theft in the country.

The warnings come amid an increasingly bitter trade dispute and tougher immigration enforcement by the Trump administration.

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