Police say a search is underway for two teenage girls who were last seen on a camping trip in Algonquin Provincial Park on Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police say officers and volunteers are searching the western area of the provincial park for the two 16-year-old girls.

Police say the two campers were reported missing around 10 p.m. on Friday, but they were last seen on Thursday on the western uplands trail between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake.

They say the girls, who are both from Kitchener, were part of a camping group, and the pair had a tent but limited camping supplies.

Police say the air and ground search began on Saturday.

One of the girls is described as five-feet tall with a thin build and long auburn hair.

The other girl is described as six-feet tall with an average build, shoulder-length dirty blonde hair and glasses.


One man has life threatening injuries, after a head on crash in Cardinal.

Just before two in the afternoon, the OPP were called to County Road Two between marine Station and Binion Road.

Police say an eastbound vehicle collided with a westbound SUV.

One person was airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV and three passengers were taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


A family pet died as the result of a fire in Hintonburg.

Fire crews were called to 255 Hinchey Avenue just before noon Sunday. A family of five has been displaced in the single family home fire.

Fire fighters say no one was home when fire broke out in the kitchen.

Neighbours tried to rescue the family dog from a window in the home but the dog did not survive.

Damage is estimated at 300,000 dollars.


Parts of the air passenger bill of rights take effect today.

Airlines will have to compensate anyone who is denied boarding for situations within an airline’s control, such as over-booking.

Delays of up to six hours will cost 900-hundred dollars — it’s 24-hundred if the delay is longer than nine hours and airlines will have to pay up to 21-hundred dollars for lost or damaged luggage.

Some other measures will begin in December.

Earlier this year the federal government introduced the bill of rights to strike a balance between being fair to passengers and to air carriers.


There is cautious optimism in Pikangikum First Nation.

A wildfire threatening the community shrank over the weekend and evacuations have been put on hold.

More than half of the community of 38-hundred has so far been evacuated to host cities in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Officials are closely watching the wildfire — which was about 447 square kilometres yesterday — to determine whether they should continue ferrying evacuees to Regina.


International concern is growing in medical and development circles that the Trudeau government is about to step back from its much-publicized global leadership on eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Stuart Hickox, executive director of the Canadian branch of the One Campaign, says no funding increase in Canada’s contribution to fight diseases now widely seen as preventable would amount to a retreat.

Canada’s last Global Fund pledge of 804-million dollars in 2016 came at an international conference that Prime Minister Trudeau hosted in Montreal.


Canadian food inspectors have been rejecting scores of products from China as the world’s number-two economy continues to ban Canadian pork and canola, alleging contamination and forbidden feed additives.

Internal federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under Access-to-information laws show Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China between 2017 and this past February over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants.

Our inspectors rejected Chinese gumballs for allegedly containing metal, and chow mein, citing insect contamination.

A diplomatic spat with China and its subsequent banning of Canadian canola and pork exports began soon after the December arrest in Vancouver of a Chinese tech executive to face fraud charges in the U-S.


A diving mission gets underway Monday to remove Second World War explosives from freighters off Newfoundland that were sunk by U-boats in 1942.

Bell Island was one of the few places in North America to be attacked by German forces.

Divers will set out from Conception Bay South and spend the next 10 days retrieving perhaps 200 undetonated explosives thought to be in the rusting wrecks of four iron-ore carriers — two of them Canadian.


U-S President Donald Trump is shrugging off sharp criticism for a Sunday tweet-storm that was branded as racist.

In his posts, Trump says four outspoken liberal congresswomen of colour should go back to their “broken and crime infested” countries.

All are actually U-S citizens and only one was foreign-born.

While Democrats have condemned Trump’s remarks, Republicans have remained largely silent.

In a tweet Sunday night, Trump said it is “so sad” to see Democrats sticking up for the women.


U-S federal prosecutors preparing for a bail fight today in New York say evidence against billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein is growing “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them in recent days to report he abused them when they were underage.

Epstein has been behind bars since his arrest on federal charges last weekend, accused of overseeing an operation that recruited vulnerable underage girls in New York and Florida to have sex with him.

Prosecutors say he is a flight risk, but his lawyers say he hasn’t committed crimes since pleading guilty in Florida to soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.

That secret plea deal was overseen by President Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who resigned amid the scandal last week.


U-S federal judges will decide how to proceed with bond hearings in two separate federal indictments against singer R. Kelly.

The 52-year-old was arrested while walking his dog Thursday night on a 13-count indictment that includes sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

A New York federal indictment was also unsealed Friday that charges him with racketeering and sex-related crimes.

Kelly’s lawyer denied the allegations and Kelly was held in federal custody over the weekend.

A case status hearing today in Chicago will determine if a federal judge on Tuesday will rule on Kelly’s bail in both federal criminal cases.

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