It’s another week of rolling strikes for elementary schools across the province.

Different boards are hitting the picket lines on different days, but the first to go will be the Upper Canada district school board who will walk off the job today.

A province wide strike goes for Tuesday as all of ETFO’s 83-thousand members protest proposed changes and cuts at the hands of the Ford government.

On Thursday high school teachers in Renfrew County will tow the picket line.


Passenger train services between Toronto and Ottawa and Montreal are still closed in both directions because of protesters.

In a recent tweet by Via Rail, the company is advisory travellers that the closures are still in effect and that trains for today between the three cities has been cancelled.

Via rail says they will be automatically refunding all segments affected by the service disruption.

For passengers, the refund may take up to 10 days to process.

The protests are being held to support hereditary chiefs of BC’s Wet’suwet’en nation in their bid to halt construction of a coastal Gaslink natural gas pipeline on their traditional territory.


Ottawa fire crews battled an early morning fire in Metcalfe.

Emergency crews were called to Main Street Grill and Pizzeria on Victoria Street after reports of a blaze.

A three alarm fire was declared on scene.

No injuries were reported.

No word on the cause and a fire investigator been called.


One person had to be extricated by fire fighters after a crash in Ottawa’s east end.

Crews were called around 10:30 last night after a vehicle crashed into a hydro pole on Montreal Road.

Firefighters extricated one person who was taken into care by paramedics.

Montreal road is down to one lane westbound between Bathgate and Hochlelaga.

Ottawa police say the road isn’t expected to fully open until 10 this morning as repairs to the hydro pole are being completed.


A day of action protest against the rollout of Ottawa’s LRT has been planned for Wednesday.

A Facebook group has been set up calling for people, upset with the rollout, to join them at city hall Wednesday morning 11:30.

The group calls for the protest to be peaceful in the demand answers, accountability and action to fix the LRT Confederation line.


Police west of Toronto say searchers have found the bodies of an adult male and a female child.

An extensive search was launched last night after a man and his young daughter did not return from a Sunday afternoon hike at conservation park in Milton, Ontario.

The bodies were located in the conservation area late Sunday night.

Investigators say the next of kin have been notified, but no names or other information — about what police are calling an “unimaginable tragedy” — is being immediately released.


Another Canadian has been confirmed as having contracted the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of Canadians sickened by the bug to 15.

The latest infection was announced by Princess Cruises.

The company says the unidentified Canadian was among the 66 newly confirmed cases aboard its Diamond Princess cruise ship which is already quarantined in the Japanese port city of Yokohama.

Last night, Ottawa said it was monitoring the well-being of all 285 Canadians stuck on the Diamond Princess and another ship anchored near Hong Kong until at least February 19th.

Meanwhile, Ottawa has dispatched a second plane to evacuate the remaining Canadians who have asked to return from Wuhan, China — the epicentre of the outbreak.


China is reporting a rise in new virus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures which isolated major cities might be working.

The official death toll on the Chinese mainland has hit 908, with the number of infected pushing past the 41-thousand mark.

More than 360 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, including two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.


New numbers from Veterans Affairs Canada show that more vets than ever are waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits from the federal government.

Under fire for the ever-increasing backlog, the department has — for the first time — detailed the number of files it says it couldn’t process because they were filed incompletely.

More than 44-thousand applications were sitting in the queue at the end of September, which was a 10 per cent increase from only six months earlier.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to visit with Canadian troops in Kuwait today, as part of his week long overseas trip.

The trip to the Middle Eastern country was planned, but was not made public until now because of security concerns.

About a month ago the troops were shifted out of Iraq due to heightened tensions between the U-S and Iran.

Trudeau is scheduled to travel to Senegal and Munich following the stop in Kuwait.


Europe and NASA’s Solar Orbiter has blasted off on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun’s poles.

The 1.5-billion-dollar spacecraft will join NASA’s Parker Solar Probe in coming perilously close to the sun to try to unveil its secrets.

Nearly one-thousand scientists and engineers from across Europe gathered under a full moon to watch Solar Orbiter depart.

The spacecraft will fly past Venus to manoeuvre into a unique out-of-plane orbit that will take it over both poles.


The bodies of the 29 victims of Thailand’s worst mass shooting are starting to be released to their grieving families.

Officials say a disgruntled soldier, angry over a land deal brokered by his commander’s mother-in-law, launched his rampage over the weekend.

He was eventually shot dead after the hours-long siege at a shopping mall.

Thailand’s last major attack on civilians, a 2015 bombing at a shrine in Bangkok, was allegedly carried out by human traffickers.


A fierce winter storm that battered the British Isles and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains is now slogging its way eastward.

In Germany, utility companies are scrambling to restore power to some 50-thousand homes in northern Bavaria.

Train travel across Europe’s biggest economy remains severely disrupted, leaving many commuters unable to get to work.

Several people are reported to have been injured by falling branches and toppling trees in the country’s north.

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