Joshua Boyle who spent five years as a hostage of a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan is to appear in an Ottawa court today for a bail hearing. He was arrested in Ottawa last month on eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious substance. The charges relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any identifying details. The charges stem from offences that allegedly occurred after Boyle, his wife and their three kids were freed by Pakistani forces and returned to Canada last October.
The municipal council of Clarence-Rockland has made changes to the residential and commercial rates for weekly garbage bag and pickup. This decision is to accommodate home-based businesses that were paying a higher commercial rate, as well as the residential rate. Council has also decided to reimburse those who were affected last year. The residential rate for garbage pickup will remain at $187.50 a year, with commercial properties with bags receiving a 30 per cent reduction, for a fixed rate of $400 a year. Ten home-based businesses in Clarence-Rockland will be receiving a refund of $358.50 for the additional cost they paid last year.
Final costs for the reconstruction and extension work done on St-Joseph Street in Rockland exceeded the forcast budget by $ 75 000, and took twice time estimated to complete. The cost of the work at the intersection of St-Joseph Street and Laurier Street was budgeted at $2,470,000. The City has says the final cost is 2,544,990. To compensate for going over budget, the City will reallocate $75,000 from the 2017 Capital Program for Clark Road Easements, which had an initial budget of $100,000.