A ceremony will be held this morning in Ottawa to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day and the battle of Normandy.

It will take place at the National War Memorial at 10:45 and remember those who served and sacrificed for our freedom.

Veterans, dignitaries and youth will be taking part and the public is invited to lay wreaths.

As well as the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the battle of Normandy –  2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan and the 75th anniversaries of the battle of the Scheldt and the Italian campaign during the Second World War.

You can join the conversation on social media by using #canadaremembers and #dday75.


Thousands of Canadians are gathering on a stretch of beach on the coast of Normandy in France this morning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and a key turning point in the Second World War.

It was on June 6, 1944, that 14-thousand Canadian soldiers from all walks of life stormed ashore under withering German fire to begin the long-awaited liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

By nightfall, 359 Canadians had died.

Two ceremonies will be held today on the eight-kilometre stretch of coastline known as Juno Beach, where the Canadians faced Nazi mines, artillery and gunfire in a desperate bid to establish the beachhead.

Like the attack on the beach itself, the first ceremony will be all Canadian with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to speak alongside some of the battle’s surviving veterans


The city of Clarence-Rockland has lifted it’s state of emergency, after being in place for 40 days.

In a statement on Facebook, the city says water levels have returned to normal for this time of year.

Residents who still need help with the aftermath of the flooding, are being asked to register online or in person at 1560 Laurier Street, in Rockland.

The city of Ottawa is still under a state of emergency.


The city of Ottawa is issuing another plea for volunteers to help remove sandbags from flood-affected areas.

Last weekend, volunteer turn-out was very low, but the city says there are still sandbags and debris that need to be cleared off shorelines.

Thousands of volunteers came out during the floods to help build the retaining walls to protect property from flood waters but fewer volunteers are showing up to tear them down.

The city says tens of thousands of bags still have to be removed within Ottawa city boundaries.


One person is dead after a collision in Killaloe.

The OPP responded to the crash on Round Lake Road, near Jack’s Lake around 5 last night.

Police say a pick-up truck travelling north, struck two cars that were going south on round lake road.

One person was pronounced dead on scene and two other people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police have not released the name of the victim, until next of kin is notified.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the opp.


A woman from Carleton Place has been charged with impaired driving, after a car was found in a ditch.

Last Friday, police say they located the vehicle on County Road 29 in Mississippi Mills.

39 year old Caroline Hill has been charged with impaired driving and refusal to provide a breath sample.

Hill is expected to appear in court in Perth on June 24th.


An Ottawa man who worked as a water polo coach has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

55 year old Cleso Rojas is charged with  sexual assault and sexual interference after alleged incidents over several months.

The complainant in the case, who was under 16 years old at the time, said she was assaulted several times between January and July of last year.

Investigators are concerned that there could be other victims and are asking them to contact police.


A local mother of a child with autism has admitted to threatening a local MPP over provincial changes to autism services.

The mother left voicemails and sent more than 100 e-mails, even after police told her to stop.

This all happened in February and March of this year, beginning with a voicemail and e-mail warning Nepean MPP and social services minister Lisa MacLeod about the “consequences” of the ford government’s autism plan.

Postmedia reports, the e-mails that followed escalated in their threats of violence.. Including blank e-mails with subject lines that urged MacLeod to kill herself and one note that said – quote – “it takes every ounce of my self-control not to attack Lisa with a baseball bat. I want to crush her cervical spine.”

Court heard that the e-mails left MacLeod fearing for her personal safety.

Rebecca Reid has pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and uttering threats. She’s scheduled to be sentenced, later this month.


Ottawa’s Rachel Homan is now a mom!

The Canadian curler announced the birth of her son, Ryatt Mitch Germain on Facebook.

Homan and her husband, Shawn Germain, posted a picture of the 6 pound two once baby, born Sunday.

Ryatt is the first child for the couple.

Rachel Homan is a former Canadian junior champion, a three-time national champion winner of the Scotties and the 2017 world champion.


The federal government has stepped in to save a tree planting program that Premier Doug Ford’s Tories axed.

The 50 Million Trees program — which had an annual budget of 4.7-million-dollars — was cancelled in April.

Now, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says her government will spent 15-million-dollars over four years to keep the program going.

She says it’s an important part of fighting climate change.


Doug Ford’s government is already facing union blowback for tabling legislation that would cap public sector wage increases to an average of one per cent per year for three years.

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy introduced the legislation yesterday and called it a “fair and time-limited approach” to reduce the province’s deficit.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Smokey Thomas raised the possibility of a charter challenge, saying the legislation violated unions’ ability to bargain collectively.

And the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says he has to consider if his group will even stay at the bargaining table.


Thomas Carrique is officially the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

He’ll be honoured at aa Change of Command ceremony in Aylmer West this afternoon at 1 p-m.

Carrique wasn’t the first choice for the job — Toronto Police Superintendant Ron Taverner was initially tapped for the role.

Taverner is a long-time family friend of Premier Doug Ford, and he decided not to accept the job amid accusations of nepotism.


The second trial of an Alberta couple charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son will continue for a third day today in Lethbridge.

David and Collet Stephan (STEFF’-uhn) have said they thought 19-month-old Ezekiel had croup in 2012 and treated him with natural remedies before seeking medical assistance when he stopped breathing.

He eventually died of bacterial meningitis.

Representing himself at trial, David suggested he would have been better going directly to hospital rather than meeting an ambulance halfway.

During cross-examination of a paramedic, court heard the ambulance wasn’t properly equipped with the right-sized mask or breathing tube for a patient of Ezekiel’s age.

But the paramedic also said while the defibrillation equipment onboard was the boy’s best chance of survival, he had already flatlined.


Canadians certainly care about the environmental impact of single-use plastic food packaging, but a new study finds they are averse to paying a premium for alternatives.

A survey by researchers from Halifax’s Dalhousie University shows 87 per cent of respondents consider the environmental impact of single-use plastic food packaging important, but 90 per cent believed plastic packaging should be switched to green alternatives at no additional costs.


The Canadian Pediatric Society has released new guidelines on screen time for young children and teens.

And instead of prescribing time limits, the society is emphasizing how and when screens are used based on age, and recommends parents prioritize healthy habits including face-to-face interaction, and sleep over all kinds of the screens taking up kids’ time.

London doctor Michelle Ponti, who leads the society’s digital-health task force, also says it’s important to set screen-time limits when kids are young to avoid arguments when they’re teenagers.


Mexican and American officials are claiming progress in White House talks aimed at staving off threatened U-S tariffs.

But from Europe, U-S President Donald Trump declared it was “not nearly enough” to halt the five-per-cent monthly import taxes he’s vowing to impose beginning Monday to push Mexico to stem the flow of illegal migrants at America’s southern border.

Talks are to resume today.


A former nurse who said he put patients into cardiac arrest because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them has been convicted of 85 counts of murder in a court in Oldenburg, Germany

The court today sentenced 42-year-old Niels Hoegel to life in prison.

The killings took place while Hoegel worked as a nurse at two hospitals in northwestern Germany from 2000 to 2005.

Hoegel apologized in a closing statement at the end of the seven-month trial.

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