A severe storm ripped through the region yesterday afternoon, knocking out power and downing trees. Reports from Russell were that a tree was ripped from its roots and a shed lost its roof. An ESSO station canopy fell on a transport truck in St-Isidore. Nearly 8,000 people were without electricity in the Embrun-Casselman area. A woman in Smiths Falls says two barns across the road from her were completely destroyed by what seemed to be a tornado just after 2 o’clock. However, Environment Canada has no reports of a tornado for the area and mark up the damage to strong winds. Witnesses say one of the barns had cattle in it, but all animals escaped in time.
NAFTA negotiators are racing toward a Friday deadline imposed by U-S President Donald Trump to come to a deal. Canada’s top negotiator Chrystia Freeland told reporters Wednesday evening that officials will be working right through the night if necessary. The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.
The company Capital Controls and Instruments Inc. received approval from the Champlain Township council for a radio communication system for the public works department, with the wastewater treatment plants in the villages of L’Orignal and Vankleek Hill. The original contract value is $184,548 but may be reduced, as needed.
Facebook and Instagram say they will charge the goods and services tax on online advertisements purchased through their
Canadian operations. The U-S-based social media networks say they’ve decided to apply the tax by mid-2019 in an effort to “provide more transparency to governments and policy makers.” The federal government has long faced pressure to force foreign online services to apply sales taxes to their work, but has so far shied away from such measures. The decision to charge the taxes could create a windfall for the federal government, even though other tech giants such as Twitter say they’re not ready to follow suit.