The Nicholas on ramp to the eastbound Queensway was closed after an early morning crash. Two people in their 20s were taken to hospital, one of them in critical condition. Paramedics say one of the injured suffered head and facial injuries and is in stable condition. The other suffered multi-system trauma and is in critical condition.
The Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered Air Transat to explain the circumstances surrounding a delay of two of its flights, including one in which a plane spent about six hours on the tarmac at the Ottawa airport. The agency wants to know whether the airline respected the rules for international flights with respect to the treatment of passengers. Complaints have been filed regarding Monday’s incidents.
A Trudeau government official says a bill of rights for Canadian travellers would prevent troubles like those Air Transat passengers endured Monday night in Ottawa. Karen McCrimmon, the parliamentary secretary to the transport minister, says Bill C-49 could become a reality next year, and would give consumers a legitimate way to hold airlines accountable in cases of mistreatment. She says the bill would lay out the basic standards airlines must adhere to, as well as the compensation passengers are entitled to if airlines ignore the rules.
Due to a spike in the number of asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the U-S, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has been opened to temporarily house them. The first groups were bused to the Big O yesterday, with cots set up in the domed facility. Most new arrivals are Haitians who fear deportation as the Trump administration considers rolling back their “temporary protected status” granted to thousands after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.