Air Transat has apologized for the discomfort 336 passengers endured for hours Monday on a runway in Ottawa, but isn’t taking all of the blame. The flight from Belgium to Montreal was diverted to Ottawa because of storms and passengers were forced to stay onboard for six hours in uncomfortably hot conditions. Power was out for a time, there was no air conditioning, food and water ran out — water didn’t arrive until one person with breathing issues called 9-1-1. Air Transat claims storms caused more than two-dozen planes from several airlines to divert to Ottawa, leaving a fuel shortage and airport ground crews unable to replenish water or provide stairs for passengers to disembark. But an Ottawa airport spokeswoman says the flight crew never gave the order to deplane.
The Ottawa fire Service responded to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre around 6 p.m. yesterday, after a call from EMS reporting a suspicious package in the jail yard. One man was found unconscious and foaming at the mouth. When the Hazmat team arrived, there was no package to assess, and the scene was cleared. 15 other inmates were possibly contaminated.
Ottawa Fire Firefighters were called to Frank Bender Street in Orleans a bit before 5:00 yesterday afternoon where an air conditioner in the window had caught fire. No one has was hurt, however, the fire did $85,000 in damage.
Dozens of boaters have finally headed south through the locks at Kingston Mills after being stuck for days at three different locks on the Rideau Canal system. Parks Canada made the decision to close the locks amid concern about the water flow and currents through the locks after about 100 millimetres of rain fell over the course of about a week. All 27 locks between Ottawa and Kingston are now open but officials are reminding boaters to be cautious around high flowing water. Parks Canada says it’s continuing to monitor levels along the Rideau and Trent Severn Waterways and boaters are being told to reduce speed so they don’t cause high waves.