Smiths Falls Police are currently involved in an ongoing investigation in the Smiths Falls area however officials have confirmed that there is no risk to public safety. According to Ottawa News Network public reports came in that it was possibly a shooting however that has not been confirmed by Smiths Falls Police.

 

No further information is available at this time but is expected to be released today regarding this incident.

 

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A man, struck by a bus at Tunney’s Pasture ended up pinned under the vehicle.

 

It happened around 8:30 last night at Tunney’s Pasture station.

 

The man suffered injuries to his lower body and was taken to hospital in critical condition.

 

No further details about the collision were provided by police.

 

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Niagara police say two Ottawa men are facing charges after an argument in the tourist district of Niagara Falls turned violent.

 

They say the incident happened early yesterday morning on Clifton Hill.

 

Police allege two groups of people were arguing, and an 18-year-old man pulled out a pellet gun.

 

They say he shot it at another person and struck him with the pellets, causing minor injuries.

 

The teen is charged with assault with a weapon, while another Ottawa man has been charged with assault in relation to the same incident.

 

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The public school boards for most counties outside Ottawa say they want to see all students back in the classroom, come September.

 

The Upper Canada District school board has planned three possible scenarios, as directed by the education minister.

 

But while it mapped out what learning from home and a hybrid model would look like, the board’s trustees will tell the minister in writing that they think a full-time return to in-class instruction is the only suitable option for students.

 

The province’s government is set to unveil their back-to-school plans today, which could include a combination of both classroom and online learning.

 

Government officials have been hemming and hawing about which direction to go.

 

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The Queensway Carleton hospital is telling people to be prepared if they visit the covid-19 care clinic in Ottawa’s west-end.

 

On Twitter, the hospital said its “experiencing significant increases in volumes” at the care clinic on Moodie Drive, resulting in wait times up to four hours.

 

It’s open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 

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A new unit has opened at the Elisabeth Bruyere hospital.

 

21 beds make up the new unit on the second floor of the hospital in the Byward Market.

 

The new beds are for patients requiring an alternate level of care and will help acute care partners in the region respond to urgent and emerging needs.

 

All new patients who are admitted to Bruyère must have a negative covid test result prior to being transferred, and then once admitted, patients will be placed on droplet and contact precautions for 14 days

 

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You’ll soon have more places to get your sweat on — and not just because of the hot weather.

 

The city of Ottawa will re-open nine of its cardio and weight rooms, next Tuesday.

 

You’ll have to  reserve your time online.

 

Change rooms will remain closed, and disinfection and distancing protocols will be in place.

 

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A 21 year old man is facing a long list of charges related to an incident earlier this week in Kanata where a man had barricaded himself in his home and threatened to burn it down

 

Police were called around 7 o’clock Monday evening to the home on Flowertree Crescent about a man armed with a knife who was threatening others and threatening self-harm

 

Officers evacuated nearby homes on information that the man threatened to set the home on fire

 

After about 8 hours of negotiating — which included the man spraying officers with what he claimed was acid, officers were able to enter the home, dodge booby-traps and take the man into custody

 

 

No one was hurt, and people were able top return to their homes

 

He  faces over 20 charges including assaulting police , uttering threats, weapons possession, and administering as noxious substance with intent.

 

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The latest draw for tourists to come visit the capital during the pandemic Involves giving them a hundred bucks!

 

Ottawa tourism has launched a promotion, where people who book two nights in an Ottawa hotel receive a 100-dollar visa gift card.

 

The hope is that the visitors will use the gift card for a dinner, tickets to an attraction or tour, or souvenirs before returning home.

 

Tourists will receive the gift card when they check into their hotel, as long as they book by the end of September and visit the capital before the end of this year.

 

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In a rare move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will testify before a House of Commons committee today, looking into the growing controversy surrounding WE Charity’s now-cancelled deal to administer a multi-million dollar student volunteer program.

 

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre says he wants the prime minister to be honest and forthcoming about the initial decision to give the organization the sole-sourced contract.

 

Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau both have familial ties to the group and are being investigated by the ethics commissioner.

 

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A top American health expert says Canada has a record to be proud of in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Thomas Bollyky of the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations says Canada set itself apart from the U-S and European countries by pushing for fair global distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, rather than succumbing to what he calls “vaccine nationalism.”

 

The praise comes even as the Liberal government is facing questions at home about whether it is doing enough to fund domestic vaccine research.

 

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A First Nations elder who led mediation circles following a social media post that called for violence against Indigenous people says she disappointed that one of the women behind the posts has faced no consequences.

 

Irene Young says one of the three women linked to the racist posts has refused to participate in mediation.

 

Mounties arrested the woman in 2018 for uttering threats and public incitement of hatred, but the case was referred to the Restorative Justice Centre.

 

Young says the clock is running out on the Crown to lay formal charges.

 

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown says federal officers who have been guarding the U-S courthouse during violent protests in Portland will start leaving in the next 24 hours.

 

But Trump administration officials say some agents would remain in the building and the entire contingent would stay in the city in case they’re needed.

 

It wasn’t clear if the agreement announced today would reduce tensions on Portland’s streets, where nightly protests have persisted for more than two months.

 

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U-S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears open to be putting in place a mask mandate for the House.

Pelosi announced the requirement just hours after Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19.

Gohmert had to cancel his plan to travel to his home state of Texas with U-S President Donald Trump.

The Lone Star state representative is at least the 10th member of Congress known to have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

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Six days of observances conclude today with a final celebration of the life of civil rights icon and long-time U-S Congressman John Lewis.

 

Lewis will be eulogized and then laid to rest today in Atlanta.

 

The ceremony is being held at the same church where the Doctor Martin Luther King Junior preached and where his own 1968 funeral was held.

 

Former U-S presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama plan to attend the funeral.

 

Lewis was 80.

 

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Tropical Storm Isaias formed in the Atlantic Ocean last evening, prompting forecasters to issue a tropical storm warning for several islands in the Caribbean.

 

The U-S National Hurricane Center said Isaias was centred about 249 kilometres south of Puerto Rico.

 

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometres-per-hour and moving west-northwest at kilometres-per-hour.

 

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The summer’s third and final mission to Mars — featuring NASA’s most elaborate life-hunting rover — is due to lift-off this morning.

 

The rover Perseverance will follow China’s rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter — both launched last week.

 

Once on the surface, Perseverance will scrounge for evidence of past microscopic life in an ancient lake- bed, and gather the most promising rock samples for future pickup and return to earth.

 

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Asian stock markets have risen after the U-S Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged to support a struggling economy.

 

Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced while Tokyo fell by one-tenth of a per cent.

 

Gold, which has been at record highs, rose again, while interest rates and investor optimism about a possible coronavirus vaccine have helped global markets recover most of this year’s losses.

 

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The German economy suffered a substantial blow as the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown businesses across the European continent.

 

Officials say output shrank by 10.1 per cent during the April-June period.

 

The country has cautiously reopened, and the economy has started bouncing back, but economists say it is far from the pre-virus level.

 

A multi-billion-euro stimulus package has been launched to cushion the impact, including emergency loans, credit guarantees and tax breaks.

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