There is a flash freeze warning in effect for the region. For that reason school buses are cancelled in areas served by the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario – schools remain open.
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Fire officials responded after flames were spotted at the base of a pole for the new Light Rail Transit line yesterday afternoon in Gloucester outside a building on Labelle Street. Smoke could be seen from the 417 which runs parallel to the rail line. Extra crews were sent to the scene out of concern for the live elecrtricity lines in the area, but they were not needed. The flames were extinguished by a crew working on the LRT line. There were no injuries. The extent of damage done to the LRT line is not known.
Ottawa Police are investigating after shots were fired in Ottawa on Claremont Drive, just off of St. Laurent Boulevard, Wednesday evening. Three houses in the 30 block were struck just after 7:00 pm. Two of them were occupied at the time, but no one was injured. No arrests have been made.
Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the redesign of Hydro One’s bills is necessary, although the Ontario Energy Board has yet to decide on the expense. The N-D-P is raising concerns with the 15-million-dollar redesign expense, which appears in a rate application from the formerly public utility. Hydro One says it has spent nine-million dollars to redesign the bills and is proposing to spend an additional six-million on the project. The utility says a 2016 survey of its customers suggested about 40 per cent had trouble understanding their bills, and the redesign is meant to provide a simpler document.