One man was arrested after shots were fired in Smiths Falls Wednesday night.

Police were called  Wednesday night after reports of shots fired toward a residence on Lorne Street near Lila

Smiths Falls police and the OPP canine unit conducted a search and arrested one man on weapons related charges.

No injures were reported.

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Ottawa police are looking for your help to find two people in connection with this week’s homicide involving a young man found dead behind an east-end school.

The body was found behind Samuel Genest high school, on Carsons Road east of the Aaviation Parkway on Monday.

Now, police have identified two people who they call “persons of interest” and have released two video clips in the hopes of speaking with them.

Images of the man and  woman are at Ottawa matters dot com.

Anyone who recognizes the pair are asked to the Ottawa police homicide unit or crime stoppers.

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CHEO is reporting a teenage patient that is currently in the ICU with covid-19,

According to spokesperson Paddy Moore, the patient is stable and doing well.

Moore says the hospital has been seeing kids with covid-19 throughout the pandemic and keeping everyone safe  is a top priority.

As of Thursday, Ottawa hasn’t reported any new cases of covid-19 in children under 9 but is reporting five new cases of kids between the ages of 10 and 19.

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Since the city of Ottawa has implemented its temporary mandatory mask by-law, only one ticket  has been issued  for non-compliance.

The by-law was enacted on July 15,  and while only one ticket has been issued, city officials say 95 verbal warnings have been given out to residents across the city.

The city’s one and only infraction so far, was issued on July 20 to the Manara Cafe on Hunt Club Road for failing to post the required signage at every public entrance.

It cost the cafe $420.

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Ottawa fire crews wrestled with a grassfire that spread to a wheat field in the west end — a blaze caused by a lightning strike.

Crews were called just after 3 o’clock to the area of Tomas Elliot Road and Highway 17.

Fire fighters had the fire under control in about an hour.

The flames consumed about 20-25 acres of wheat.

No injuries reported.

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It appears that the hot weather continues to  wreck havoc on the wear and tear of  the O-Train wheels.

In a statement the RTG says it has identified the heat as a primary source causing wheel cracks and track alignment problems.

RTG has implemented an  updated mechanical plan to inspect and change out wheels on a regular basis in order to keep O-Train schedules flowing through out the summer.

Two new mechanical issues have cropped up while conducting ongoing repairs for the O-Train.

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Kingston police are searching for a man they’ve dubbed the “porta potty pusher.”

They say a man was caught on security video purposely tipping over an outdoor portable toilet, for reasons unknown.

Police are trying to identify the man — who they say looks to be in his 20s — because this was an act of mischief.

They say the company was charged a cleaning fee because the contents of the porta potty had spilled out.

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Toronto and Peel Region are moving on to Stage 3 of reopening today, which means residents can now eat inside a restaurant and go to some sports games.

The Ontario government gave them the green light earlier this week, leaving only Windsor-Essex still in Stage 2.

That region is still grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks on farms.

Twenty-four of Ontario’s 34 public health units were allowed to enter Stage 3 on July 17th, with another seven joining them on July 24th.

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The prime minister says he did nothing to influence the government’s decision to hire WE Charity to run a student volunteer program that is now in jeopardy.

Justin Trudeau testified yesterday at the House of Commons’ finance committee.

It is probing the government’s selection of WE to run the Canada Student Service Grant.

Trudeau says he initially pushed back on the idea, fearful that his family’s connections to the group could cause a firestorm of scrutiny.

He admitted that because of his mistake __ not recusing himself from the decision on the contract __ the program will now likely die.

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Nova Scotia’s justice minister is pointing the finger at Ottawa for the initial decision against calling a public inquiry into April’s mass shooting.

Mark Furey says because of reluctance from the federal government, his province announced a less rigorous independent review last week.

The review was widely criticized, and the decision reversed days later when a joint federal-provincial public inquiry was announced.

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Canada’s environment minister is backtracking on a previous decision to keep Ottawa out of the approval process for a major coal mine expansion in Alberta.

Jonathan Wilkinson yesterday released a decision supporting a federal designation for the project.

In the statement, he admitted the expansion might cause “adverse, direct, and cumulative effects” on areas such as fish and fish habitat, species at risk, and Indigenous peoples.

In December, Wilkinson decided against ordering a federal impact assessment of the U-S owner Cline Group’s plans.

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Infectious disease specialist, Doctor Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill today.

Along with other government health experts, Fauci is testifying before a special House panel investigating the coronavirus pandemic.

His appearance comes as early progress on combating the virus seems to have been lost with hotspots spreading across the southern U-S like wildfires.

In recent days, Fauci’s simple message has been to wear masks in public, keep your distance, and avoid crowds and indoor spaces such as bars.

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The United Nations’ annual meeting of world leaders is going virtual this year, for the first time in its 75-year history, because of COVID-19.

The lone exception is the likely appearance by U-S President Donald Trump.

U-S Ambassador Kelly Craft says Trump will be speaking in person in the General Assembly.

Because of COVID-19, General Assembly members agreed this month to have each country’s leader deliver a pre-recorded speech.

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The European Union has imposed its first-ever sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, over cyberattacks.

It named six individuals and three organizations, including Russia’s military intelligence agency.

Those sanctioned include alleged Chinese cyberspies and a North Korean firm connected with the WannaCry ransomware attack.

The Russians were tagged for the NotPetya malware attack, taking down Ukraine’s power grid and trying to spy on a chemical weapons watchdog.

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Hong Kong media say the government may postpone highly anticipated legislative elections, citing a worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese city.

The reports, citing unnamed sources, suggests the elections — scheduled for September 6th — could be deferred for up to a year.

A postponement would be a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalize on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to make gains.

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