The federal labour minister wants Canada Post and its biggest union to continue bargaining with the help of a third party after postal workers across the country voted in favour of strike action. Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action in weeks of polling that wrapped up Sunday. The two sides have been negotiating separate contracts for urban and rural employees since late last year without success. If no agreements are reached by September 26th, there could be a strike or lockout.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top trade negotiator will brief him in person today on the state of NAFTA negotiations with the U-S. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland left a day-long Washington meeting with U-S trade czar Robert Lighthizer last night to fly to a Liberal caucus retreat in Saskatoon. Freeland says the talks continue in a spirit of good faith on both sides. But she says negotiations are at a point where discussing them face-to-face with the prime minister “is absolutely essential.”
Ottawa is urging Canadians to heed the warnings about hurricane Florence and avoid travelling anywhere from South Carolina’s Edisto Beach area to the North Carolina-Virginia border. The government is also warning against non-essential travel to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica because of another Atlantic storm, named tropical storm Isaac. Air Canada and WestJet are allowing passengers to change certain flights to affected areas in the U-S southeast, Barbados and Hawaii free of charge. Toronto-based Porter Airlines is also warning that flights to Newark, New Jersey, could be cancelled too.
Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for missing 85-year-old, Hellmut Donner last seen in the area of Blair Road and Montreal Road at noon on Monday, September 10. Hellmut is described as a white man, standing 6′ 0” foot, with a thin build, grey hair, short on top longer on sides, and was last seen wearing a beige jacket, blue t-shirt and golf hat. He is known to drive a gold-coloured 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. If you have information that could assist investigators, please contact the Ottawa Police Service Missing Persons Unit.