Ottawa police are investigating two shootings last night in the city’s west end.

In the first incident, police were called to Boyce Avenue, near Carling and Bayshore yesterday at 5:45 for reports of a shooting.

The two men…aged 23 and 34…were located with gunshot wounds.

They were both taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.

Police have no suspects in custody.

Then …..around 9 o’clock, officers responded to reports of gunshots at Ramsey Crescent, near Pinecrest and the Queensway.

There are no injuries reported in this incident and also no suspects in custody.

Anyone with information on either is being asked to call police

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The OPP in Pembroke have identified the body found near river road Sunday as 17 year old Myrah Rogers-Goersh.

She had been reported missing on Saturday June 20th.

The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP says the cause of death and  other circumstances remain under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

Her death is the second  young person found dead in the past two weeks, but the detachment says  there is no public safety risk.

The investigation has found no link between the two deaths.

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Gatineau police investigating the discovery of a body at the  rear of an apartment building in Hull.

Police were called at 5:00  to the building on Mont Bleu.

The person who made the call  was taken to the police station to give his statement.

Gatineau police say, the witness and officers responding to the scene, were offered psychological counselling.

No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

If anyone witnessed events, before 5:00 yesterday afternoon, in the area of  13 Boulevard Mont-Blue, and the parking lots at 84 and 88, on Rue Richard,  are asked to call Gatineau police.

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An Ottawa school board trustee has been  barred from taking part in the board and it’s committees for a six month period.

Donna Blackburn was  the subject of a complaint filed by  fellow board member Christine Boothby.

The complaint centred around  Blackburn’s interaction with a youth playing basketball at the height of covid-19 pandemic measures which closed city parks.

When the youth refused to leave the court Blackburn told the black youth  those “who do not care about the rules end up in Innes Road.”

She posted the incident, including a picture of the youth on her Facebook page.

The board unanimously concluded she broke the code of conduct.

Blackburn has undergone racial sensitivity training and  can appeal the decision within the next 14 days.

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Ottawa public health is encouraging people to practise physical distancing tomorrow.

Canada Day celebrations are virtual this year, there are no scheduled events downtown around Parliament Hill.

Dr Vera Etches says  if people are getting together for the country’s birthday they should limit their  group to ten or less, maintain distancing, wear a  mask and wash your hands frequently.

OPH also reminds you if you are sick, to stay home.

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COVID-19 means the true north is not entirely free this Canada Day, but a new survey suggests that’s not going to change how many people mark the holiday.

Given all that’s gone on around the COVID-19 pandemic, 42 per cent of those polled say this Canada Day will be no different than previous years.

Sixteen per cent of those surveyed are feeling that true patriot love — saying they’re more likely this year to find a way to celebrate, even if it’s just a small gathering.

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A program at a Nova Scotia university supporting the leadership of Indigenous women is getting some significant support from a Hollywood couple.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating 200-thousand dollars to kick-start the Coady Institute’s goal of raising one-million-dollars for its International Centre for Women’s Leadership and its Indigenous programming.

Karri-Lynn Paul, the lead Indigenous facilitator of the program for women’s leadership, says an initial group of mentors and graduates from the past 10 years is beginning to examine the ways further to develop the program at St. Francis Xavier.

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Premier Doug Ford says the province will be sending more resources to the Windsor-Essex area to help battle the spread of COVID-19.

Regional officials requested the extra help after recording 180 new cases over the weekend, all linked to a single farm.

But Ford says he suspects outbreaks among agri-food workers extend beyond that and is pledging more support.

Outbreaks near Windsor and at a Kingston nail salon accounted for the bulk of the 257 positive tests the province reported yesterday, the highest level seen in more than a week.

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Economists are forecasting a 13 per cent slide for Canada’s G-D-P, as Statistics Canada gets set to release its latest numbers this morning.

April is expected to be the bottom for the economy with non-essential businesses shut for the full month before they started re-opening in May.

Statistics Canada’s initial estimate for April, released last month, pointed to an 11 per cent decline in G-D-P for the 30 day period.

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A 23-year-old pop singer from Brampton, Ontario, took home the most hardware at this year’s Juno Awards.

Alessia Cara captured three trophies, best artist and songwriter of the year, as well as top pop album for her 2018 effort “The Pains of Growing.”

The show was live-streamed after its planned televised broadcast from Saskatoon was cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19.

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Several countries around the world continue to struggle with spikes in COVID-19 cases — including our neighbour to the south.

Arizona’s governor is ordering some businesses to close — for 30 days — as cases of the virus skyrocket across the state.

Elsewhere, Britain re-imposed lockdown restrictions on the city of Leicester after a spike in cases.

Meantime, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says the spread of COVID-19 appears under control nationally — with any fluctuations due to localized outbreaks.

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Social media companies are starting to crack down on hate speech with the U-S election now just four months away.

Reddit, an online comment forum that is one of the internet’s most popular websites, today banned a forum that supported U-S President-Donald Trump.

It was as part of its measures against hate speech.

Also, live-streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, temporarily banned Trump’s account for violating its hateful conduct rules.

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Eight Democrats are to be briefed today about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

Republicans who attended a Monday briefing on the matter expressed alarm about Russia’s activities in Afghanistan and urged the administration to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable.

The White House insists U-S President Donald Trump had not been briefed on the findings because they hadn’t been verified.

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Iran has sentenced to death a journalist whose online work helped inspire the 2017 economic protests and who returned from exile to Tehran.

Ruhollah Zam ran a website called AmadNews that posted embarrassing videos and information about Iranian officials.

Zam had been living in Paris before being convinced into returning to Iran, where he was arrested in October 2019.

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Beijing has approved a controversial law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong.

Opponents say the law would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory.

Hong Kong’s sole representative to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, confirmed the law had passed, noting that punishments would not include the death penalty.

He did not elaborate on further details such as whether the law could be applied retroactively.

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