Two Ottawa city councillors are calling for a ban on handguns after a weekend shooting.

Meantime, friends and fans remember a local rapper, who was shot and killed in the Byward Market.

Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury, whose ward includes the shooting scene in the Byward Market, took to social media to call for a ban on handguns.

And Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor Rawlson King tells the Citizen, he will propose city council petition upper governments to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition.

The city has no jurisdiction over handgun laws, so even if passed, the motion could be seen as a symbolic gesture. But king tells the paper, it’s important to take a stance.

Friday night’s shooting killed 42-year-old Markland Anthony Campbell, also known as Jahiant Jahh of the Ottawa hip hop trio “Halfsizegiants.”

Last night, friends and fans of the rapper gathered at the spot where he was gunned down to remember him with a candlelight vigil.

18-year-old Donald Musselman has been arrested and charged with Campbell’s murder and remains in custody.


Sandbag clean-up continued this weekend in Ottawa.

The city says good progress was made in Cumberland and Bay wards.

However, in West Carleton…there is still a lot of work to be done.

Special garbage collection is still taking place in flood affected areas for sandbag and debris clean up.

The city of Ottawa remains under a state of emergency, as the water level in the river remains high.


Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly man.

80 year old Cedrick Williams was last seen leaving his home near Walkley and Bank Street last night at 11:30.

Williams is described as black, 5 foot 8 with a thin build.

He was last seen wearing black jeans, a blue/grey shirt with “camp towhee” on it, a brown baseball cap, green helmet, black steel toe shoes, and a reflective orange and yellow vest.

Williams was riding a new bicycle, described as matte black with red decals and saddle bags on each side of the bike.

He may also be in Gatineau.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police.


Ontario’s top court is set to thrash out the legalities of Premier Doug Ford’s unprecedented intervention in Toronto’s municipal election.

The battle, slated for today and Tuesday, pits the city against the province over legislation that cut the number of council seats to 25 from 47 partway through last fall’s municipal campaign.

In new filings, the city urges the Court of Appeal to declare the Better Local Government Act unconstitutional — but to leave things as they are until the next local elections in 2022.


The federal government will announce a plan today to ban harmful single-use plastics like drinking straws, food wrapping and water bottles by as early as 2021.

Millions of tons of plastic waste are ending up in landfills, waterways and oceans each year, and are being mistakenly eaten by fish and sea mammals.

At the last G7 summit, Canada and four other leading economies — but not the U-S or Japan — signed a charter pledging that by 2040 all plastic produced in their countries will be reused, recycled or burned to produce energy.


Police investigating the death of a Canadian after an alleged armed robbery attempt in the Caribbean are asking witnesses to come forward.

A Quebec man, identified by a family member as Sylvain Valade from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts in the Laurentians, was shot in Sint Maarten.

Yanie Valade paid tribute to her father in an emotional Facebook post, saying her dad died a hero who protected her until his last breath.

Sint Maarten police say a Canadian was walking with his daughter Wednesday night when a suspect approached and tried to steal from them, and after a brief struggle, the man was shot and the suspect took off in a vehicle.

Global Affairs Canada has only said that a Canadian died in Florida after an incident in the Caribbean nation.


Facebook will have to approve anyone who wants to buy political ads on the social networking site in the leadup to Canada’s federal election in October.

Facebook is launching its “authorization” process for political advertising today, including a number of steps to confirm that an entity or group buying an ad is real and is based in Canada.

Starting June 30th, political ads that appear on Facebook will show who paid for them and give options to view information about each ad’s reach.


With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, U-S President Donald Trump is claiming another big victory.

But some of his Democratic challengers for the White House are accusing Trump of overselling a deal that only ramps up existing efforts to stem the flow of migrants entering the U-S from Mexico.

Trump has warned that he’ll reconsider placing a five per cent tax on all Mexican goods if the flood of migrants persists.


Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry into U-S President Donald Trump, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The slate of hearings on Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U-S election means lawmakers are picking up the pace of a probe that some hope will lead to Trump’s impeachment.

Democrats are trying to draw attention to allegations and examples in Mueller’s report that Trump sought to obstruct a federal investigation.

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