The search continues for a scuba diver who went missing in the St. Lawrence River yesterday morning.

Police say a diver returned to shore on MacDonell Island in South Stormont Township just before 9 a-m yesterday, but his diving partner didn’t surface.

Rescue teams from Canada and the US are searching in boats and a helicopter, and an underwater search and recovery unit is expected to join this morning.

The public is asked to avoid the area.

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The royal swans may be spending their last summer along the Rideau River as Ottawa is considering gifting the birds to Parc Safari.

Six pairs of mute swans were given to the city by the Queen in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centennial and then in 1974 the city added a pair of Australian black swans.

But over the years – with the predators along the Rideau River – the flock size has shrunk.

To give the aging birds a break – the city will consider just letting them stay at their winter home – at Parc Safari.

The report will come to committee at city hall on June 20th.

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The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled Joshua Boyle’s lawyer can introduce evidence of his client’s estranged wife’s past sexual history at trial.

Boyle — a former Afghanistan hostage from Ottawa — has pleaded not guilty to offences against his American wife, Caitlan Coleman.

The charges include assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

The Superior Court judgment upholds a decision last month that was the subject of a review requested by Coleman’s lawyer.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia

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Ontario’s minister of economic development is making an announcement this morning on cutting red tape in the auto sector.

Todd Smith is expected to speak at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Windsor.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a-m.

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The Trudeau Liberals are expected to say as early as today what they want to do with the 187 amendments the Senate made to Bill C-69 last week.

The legislation aims to revamp the way the federal government evaluates major infrastructure projects, from pipelines to interprovincial highways.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will accept some of the changes that improve the bill, but won’t bend to a group of six conservative premiers who are demanding that Ottawa accept all of the amendments or risk breaking up the country.

Trudeau noted at least one of the Senate’s amendments, which he says makes Indigenous consultation “optional,” is a no-go

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About four-thousand oil and gas industry workers and supporters gathered at the Calgary Stampede grounds yesterday and cheered as speakers blasted the federal Liberal government and its energy policies.

The crowd chanted “Build that pipe” as Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe called for a national conversation about federal decisions that affect the national economy.

He also complained about the federal carbon tax.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney addressed the rally earlier before leaving for Quebec and Atlantic Canada to sell Alberta’s virtues to investors.

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The minister responsible for replacing the federal government’s disastrous civil-service pay system says Phoenix will likely be around and running for another few years while a series of pay “experiments” with several potential providers are tested alongside it.

Treasury Board President Joyce Murray will today announce the next phase in creating a new pay system for 300-thousand federal employees.

Phoenix has improperly paid more than half the federal payroll by either depositing too much money in their bank accounts, short-changing them, or not paying them at all for long periods of time.

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A Canadian aid worker has been found guilty in Nepal of sexually abusing two boys who were found at his mountain home last year.

A court official says a judge outside Kathmandu issued a guilty verdict this week against Peter Dalglish, just over a year after he was arrested with the 12- and 14-year-old boys.

Dalglish helped found the charity Street Kids International.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 8th, and he faces up to 13 years in prison.

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Some good news is coming out of West Africa this morning, with authorities saying two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued.

Ghana’s information ministry has only said the rescue operation was completed early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region.

The unidentified Canadians had been on an exchange program and attending Kumasi Technical University.

This was the second time in less than a month that foreigners were targeted in the city of Kumasi — an Indian citizen was also rescued.

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There is one winning ticket out there from last night’s rich Lotto Max lottery draw.

Atlantic lottery officials report the lone winning ticket was purchased somewhere in Quebec, and is worth 65-million dollars.

Last night’s draw also featured 10 MaxMillions draws, but only produced a single one-million-dollar winner somewhere in Western Canada.

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U-S President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden laid into each other with many verbal attacks at separate events while travelling in the battleground state of Iowa.

Biden still has to overcome more than 20 of his fellow Democrats to secure his party’s presidential nomination for an election that is still 17 months away.

He called Trump an “existential threat” to America, and said he is crude, embarrassing, is deliberately exceeding the powers of the White House.

Trump suggested Biden is not respected and is “weak mentally,” and added Democrats are getting more “unhinged” every day.

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America’s Independence Day is just over three weeks away, and nobody in Washington seems to know exactly what the July 4th celebrations in the nation’s capital will look like.

U-S President Donald Trump has said he wants to reshape the annual event into a “Salute to America” that would feature Trump himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Neither the White House nor the National Park Service is talking.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington D-C’s representative in Congress, says the lack of advance planning is striking.

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The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says 26 people have been wounded as Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted an airport in the kingdom’s southwestern town of Abha.

Today’s attack comes as Japan’s prime minister is expected in Iran to mediate between Tehran and Washington amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf regions.

A coalition spokesman says a projectile struck the arrival hall of Abha’s airport, where the Houthis earlier claimed they’d launched a cruise missile.

Saudi Arabia has been at war against the Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen since 2015, and accuses Iran of arming the rebels, which Iran denies.

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Hong Kong police have used tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who are blocking government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill.

Thousands of demonstrators blocked entry to Hong Kong’s government headquarters today, delaying a legislative session on a proposal to allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The bill has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory.

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