A 33 year old man has appeared in court charged with second degree murder after a Byward Market stabbing.

Ignace Kayiranga, was arrested over the weekend in the death of Austin Simon.

The man charged will remain in custody until his next court appearance on November 18th.

The 39 year old victim was stabbed near the Shepherds of Good Hope on Murray Street, Thursday night.

He died the following day in hospital.

His sister heather tells the Citizen, she has no idea why her brother was in the Market.

Austin worked every day and didn’t live downtown.

He was a carpenter and father of two children, 6 year old daughter Avery and 4 year old son Anthony.


Ottawa Police also have a 44 year old woman in custody after a stabbing death on Sidney Street.

Police were called to a Little Italy apartment building on Friday afternoon.

62 year old Brian Blondin was found dead at the scene.

44 year old Nichole Hover was charged with second degree murder, she remains in custody until her next court appearance.


A man in his 30’s was taken to hospital after an early morning hit and run in Sandy Hill.

The man was struck near the intersection of King Edward and Somerset, around 2:30 yesterday morning.

The driver of the suspect vehicle did not remain on the scene.

The victim’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police are continuing to search for the suspect.


A new study recommends that hospitals across Canada provide professional interpreters, to fill gaps in health care for patients with limited English skills.

Researchers looked at data from all patients discharged from two hospitals in Toronto with either the acute conditions pneumonia and hip fracture, or heart failure and chronic obstructive lung disease.

It found that patients with limited English proficiency are more likely to return to the emergency room or be readmitted to hospital because they may not have understood medical instructions.


A big morning for those represented by CUPE across the province…as the results of their ratification votes are released.

The 55-thousand members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and government reached a tentative central agreement a month ago…after much debate and threats of a strike.

Under the deal, the custodians, early childhood educators and clerical staff will get a one per cent wage increase. The agreement also calls for millions of dollars in government funding to restore as many as 1,500 jobs the ford government cut.

Education workers represented by CUPE will appear at a news conference today at 9 o’clock  to announce the results of the province-wide ratification votes on the tentative central agreement reached on oct. 6.


Power outages remains an issue for several thousand Hydro Quebec customers.

The lights have been out since a big storm blew through the region on Friday, knocking down power lines and raising floodwaters.

At the height of the storm nearly one million customers lost their electricity, but by early this morning that number had been reduced to just under 62-thousand.

On Sunday Quebec Hydro president Eric Martel said he expected everyone to be back on the grid by sometime Tuesday, and he thanked Quebecers for their patience in dealing with the difficult situation.


Memorials and condolences continue to pour in for a three-year-old Winnipeg boy who died days after being stabbed while he slept last week.

Hunter Haze Straight-Smith’s family says the boy suffered severe brain damage during the incident on Wednesday, and died shortly after he was taken off life support on Saturday afternoon.

A vigil was held last night outside the family’s home.

A suspect — who police say had been in a relationship with Hunter’s mother — was charged with attempted murder on Thursday, however, the charge could soon be upgraded.


A long-awaited legal look into whether the U-S remains a safe country for refugees begins today at a Federal Court in Toronto.

At issue is an international agreement that prohibits people from crossing into Canada from the U-S at formal crossings and asking for asylum.

It’s called the Safe Third Country Agreement and was signed 17 years ago by Canada and the U-S, but recently has come under intense scrutiny as the Trump administration has tightened its asylum rules and regulations.

Refugee advocacy groups say the new American regime effectively cancels out the idea that the U-S is safe for refugees, and therefore the agreement violates people’s charter and other rights.


Athletes and celebrities are rallying around an 11-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs fan in Corner Brook Newfoundland, who had a disappointing turn out to his birthday party.

Leafs forwards Mitch Marner and John Tavares are among those tweeting birthday wishes to Kade Foster after the boy’s dad shared his son’s story on social media.

By Sunday evening, Foster’s post had garnered at least 25-thousand replies, including messages from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Luke Skywalker himself — Mark Hamill.


Lawyers for the whistleblower who raised alarms about U-S President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and touched off the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry say their client has offered to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.

The proposal is aimed, in part, at fending off escalating attacks by Trump and his Republican allies who are demanding the whistleblower’s identity be revealed.

Trump claims the whistleblower’s accounting of events is incorrect, even though it has been corroborated by testimony on Capitol Hill.


Authorities have lifted all evacuations as firefighters make progress against a wildfire that sent thousands fleeing homes northwest of Los Angeles.

Ventura County Fire Captain Steve Kaufmann says crews are still battling hotspots and keeping an eye on lingering winds.

In northern California, a 313-square-kilometre fire in Sonoma County is 76 per cent contained.

Meanwhile, U-S President Donald Trump is again criticizing California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom over the fires.


Investigators in Vietnam have arrested eight more suspects in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who died in a refrigerated truck container in southeastern England.

The eight — who were arrested Sunday — are facing charges of organizing people smuggling overseas.

British police have already charged a 25-year-old Northern Ireland man with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.

Another man was arrested Friday in Ireland, and two others in Vietnam.


Iran has begun commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the U-S Embassy in Tehran and the subsequent 444-day hostage crisis.

Among the events planned in Tehran today is a rally by hard-liners at the former embassy and an address by Iran’s top army commander.

Demonstrators at today’s rallies cried — “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” — while burning U-S flag replicas and waving signs mocking Trump and America.

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