Flood clean-up continues, in Gatineau this weekend.

Any sandbags left over from the blitz last weekend, have to be put at the roadside tonight.

Gatineau crews will be collecting them through the day Saturday and Sunday.

Gatineau reminds people there are parking restrictions.  Some streets may also be closed temporarily for the collection.

In Gatineau alone almost 900,000 sandbags were used, that is three times more than needed in the floods of 2017.


Three families affected by one of last fall’s tornados are suing their insurance company.

The trio claim that the amount of money being paid to replace or rebuild their homes was low-balled by their insurer.

The 7-million dollar lawsuit alleges that Desjardins Insurance and its agent conspired with a contractor to purposely low-ball the policyholders’ settlements for their damaged homes.

Postmedia reports that, the payouts are alleged to have been up to 250-thousand dollars below market value to replace or rebuild their homes.

The lawsuit was jointly filed by three families. Each wants two to three hundred thousand in damages, plus 100-thousand each for aggravated damages plus 2 million each for punitive damages.

One of the families tells the paper that it’s a justice issue.

The allegations have not been proven in court.


A former personal support worker has been sentenced to an additional two and a half years in jail.  The sentencing for 56 year old Tim Sample is laid out in the citizen this morning.

Sample is already serving time for two sex assault convictions on an 11 year old girl and a disabled woman in her 60’s

In this case court heard sample started grooming a girl when she was just 8, and continued until she was 12

A sex-behaviour assessment filed in court says sample is attracted to prepubescent girls.

In a victim impact statement read by the victims mother, she said: “I was a bright young girl, brimming with confidence. Because of you, I grew up with diminished boundaries and a blurred understanding of self-worth.”


Ottawa police say a 23-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly pointed a firearm at people on a path in Herongate.

Officers say the man was waving the gun around early yesterday morning.

They say that police chased the man, and learned that the weapon was actually a B-B gun.

The accused –  Fethi Abdalla Muhyadin -is facing six charges that include assault with a weapon and two counts of uttering threats.


Ontario’s elected representatives won’t return to the legislature until after October’s federal election.

The legislature normally rises in early June and resumes shortly after Labour Day, but Premier Doug Ford’s government adjourned the house until October 28th.

N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath thinks the election is the reason for the long break.

Some polls suggest that Ford is unpopular and that may be hurting Andrew Scheer’s chances in Ontario ahead of the October 21st election.

A spokesman for Scheer denied Horwath’s suggestion that the long break came at the federal leader’s request.


A report penned by a United Nations human-rights expert says the mercury contamination case of a northern Ontario First Nation is “emblematic” of an overall pattern of inaction when it comes to the health of Indigenous Peoples.

Over a two week period, Baskut Tuncak toured Canadian communities affected by toxins, and he says addressing the contamination in Grassy Narrows should be one of the highest of priorities.

Ottawa and Grassy Narrows continue to negotiate a multimillion dollar deal that would see a specialized health facility built to help contamination affected residents.


Ontario is expanding the sale of beer, wine and cider to almost 300 more stores this summer as part of Premier Doug Ford’s push to liberalize liquor rules in the province.

The government announced yesterday that it would permit more L-C-B-O agency stores in underserviced areas and allow more grocery stores to sell booze.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says some of the stores will open as soon as August.


The ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and China has the Prime Minister worried.

Speaking from D-Day ceremonies in France, Justin Trudeau told reporters that his government’s top concern is the release of detained Canadians.

He also said agricultural officials are worried that more Canadian farm products could be targeted with blockades and bans.

Trudeau is expected to press Chinese President Xi Jinping on a number of thorny issues later this month at the G-20 summit in Japan.


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is urging the Senate to reconsider its decision to not kill the Trudeau government’s legislation that would ban oil tanker traffic off the northern B-C coast.

The Senate voted 53-38 to reject a committee report that recommended that Bill C-48 be scrapped, passing up a chance to kill the bill.

The committee suggested that the legislation was a veiled attack on Western Canada’s economy — particularly Alberta.

Kenney also vowed to launch an immediate constitutional challenge if the law is passed.


Both sides say they are making progress, but talks between Mexican and the American officials hoping to avert import tariffs continue to crawl along.

U-S President Donald Trump is still threatening to impose an initial tariff of five per cent, which would bump-up another five per cent for each month that Mexico fails to contain the flow of Central American migrants bound for the U-S border.

Even if a deal is struck, U-S Vice President Mike Pence says it would be “for the president to decide” whether Mexico was doing enough.


International investigators believe last month’s attacks on oil tankers in a United Arab Emirates port were led by a foreign state using divers on speed boats who planted mines on the vessels.

That’s what United Nations ambassadors from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway are telling the U-N Security Council.

Four tankers from those countries were hit on May 12th.

U-S national security adviser John Bolton has publicly said Iran is responsible for the attacks — a sentiment echoed by the Saudi ambassador to the U-N.

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