Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is asking the owners of the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa to go back to the drawing board for an addition to the historic hotel, even though Ottawa’s city council has approved the controversial expansion.

McKenna, who is the senior minister for the Ottawa area, says there’s still time for common sense to prevail when it comes to the national historic site near Parliament Hill.

Although she is the minister for Parks Canada, which oversees historic properties, McKenna doesn’t have direct authority over the privately owned building.

Critics say the contemporary design of the addition clashes with the French-castle look of the existing building, resembling a radiator or a shipping container.


A man who was just acquitted of two sexual assault charges against him and awaiting trial next year on three similar charges, is now facing four more accusers.

According to the Citizen four women have come forward to Ottawa police since Paul Batchelors acquittal June 21st.

The paper says the four women, who do not know each other, have filed complaints with police


Some good news for drivers in the valley.

The province has announced the twinning of Highway 17

The highway will be widened to four lanes from Arnprior to Renfrew over the next decade.

The announcement was made by the local MPP, John Yakabuski.

The project will cover 22-and-a-half kilometres of highway and will include the building of four new interchanges, beginning in two years.


A preliminary hearing resumes in Toronto today in the sex assault case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference.

He has asked to be tried before a jury if the case goes to trial.

The preliminary hearing, which began yesterday, will determine whether a trial is held.


Two-hundred and 84 passengers and crew on an Air Canada flight bound for Sydney, Australia will be back on their way later today, after the plane was forced to turn back to Hawaii after coming across intense turbulence.

The turbulence sent those moving about the cabin flying into the ceiling, injuring 37 people — 30 of whom were taken to hospital upon landing in Honolulu.

Flight AC-33 was travelling from Toronto to Australia with a stop in Vancouver.


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says provincial and territorial leaders at the Council of the Federation meeting in Saskatoon this week found there was more agreement than disagreement, but still warns of issues threatening national unity.

Moe repeated his belief that Ottawa’s energy policies are causing divides between the provinces, a sentiment echoed by Alberta’s Jason Kenney, who says his citizens are frustrated by the inability to get their oil to market.

The premiers did agree to press Ottawa to seek exemptions from Buy American rules in the U-S.


A teacher who spent the past five years in an Indonesian prison on child sex abuse charges he’s long denied has returned to Canada after being granted clemency.

Neil Bantleman issued a brief statement saying the government of Indonesia, where he once worked and had expected to spend more than a decade in prison, had recently allowed him to go free.

Bantleman, who is from Burlington, did not immediately provide details on his current location or the circumstances of his release, and requested privacy.

Global Affairs declined to comment on Bantleman’s release, but he offered thanks to the government for what he described as its “steadfast commitment” to seeing him get home.


The lawyer for the man accused in last year’s deadly van attack in Toronto says the publication of his client’s statement to police would taint potential witnesses at trial.

Boris Bytensky is arguing to have Alek Minassian’s statement placed under a publication ban until the man’s trial is complete, even if it comes up during the proceedings.

Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy describes the request as asking to hold a secret trial.

Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.


American presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will be heading to Ontario later this month with a group of diabetics seeking cheaper insulin.

The Democratic candidate says in a tweet that Americans need relief from high drug prices.

Typically, a vial of insulin Type 1 diabetics need to regulate their blood sugar costs about 340 dollars U-S in the States, roughly 10 times the price in Canada.

Late last month, a group of Type 1 diabetics from Minnesota crossed the border to buy insulin in London.


U-S President Donald Trump has blasted former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Twitter, calling him a — quote — “lame duck failure.”

In the new book “American Carnage” by Tim Alberta of Politico, Ryan is very critical of Trump, and is quoted as saying “I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government. I wanted to scold him all the time.”

The Washington Post reports the book — which hits shelves next Tuesday — claims Ryan couldn’t stand the idea of another two years with Trump, and saw retirement as an escape hatch.

Trump tweeted late Thursday that Ryan’s poor leadership and bad timing cost the Republican’s their majority in 2018, posting — quote — “ Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”


Marking the one-month anniversary of the start of major extradition legislation demonstrations in Hong Kong, a small group of protesters paraded around government headquarters with a mock coffin of city leader Carrie Lam.

Lam says the controversial bill to allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial is dead, but protesters want her government to withdraw the bill formally among other demands.

Protest organizers say Lam should apologize and step down.


India’s space agency says its second unmanned mission to the moon, will – quote — “boldly go where no country has ever gone before.”

The Indian Space Research Organization plans to launch a spacecraft using homegrown technology on Monday, with the goal of landing a rover near the unexplored south pole on September 6th or 7th.

The 141-million-dollar Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyse minerals, map the moon’s surface and search for water.


A Canadian physician who served as flight surgeon for the Apollo 11 mission says next week’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing is a milestone that he and the other Apollo crew members likely won’t see again.

Doctor William Carpentier says it feels like the last hurrah.

He appears in the Canadian special “Make It To The Moon,” airing Sunday on Discovery and Discovery Science.

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