The Arson Unit is investigating after emergency crews were called to La Phare Elementary school in Gloucester early yesterday morning. A custodian had arrived at the school to find what was left of a play structure smoldering. The Ottawa Police Arson Unit is investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact them.
The Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism Department, through the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre received great news from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. As part of the Summer Company program, the number of grants to be awarded were doubled to $18,000 in the Prescott and Russell region. The target to reach was three entrepreneurs starting each a business in the region, for a total budget of $9,000. It was with hard work and determination that twice the budget was obtained, for a total of $18,000 in order to start six businesses in their respective field.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lead a delegation of federal and provincial representatives meeting with dozens of American governors in Providence, Rhode Island, today. Trudeau will deliver a keynote address, participate in a public panel, hold separate meetings with five state governors, and have a formal one-on-one session with Vice-President Mike Pence at the annual U-S governors meeting. Officials say Canada’s long-term goal of today’s meeting is to create useful relationships ahead of the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.
More than 180 wildfires are still burning across B-C, and officials are concerned strong winds forecasted for this weekend will fan the flames and worsen conditions. Since the fire season began on April 1st, more than 11-hundred square-kilometres of land have been consumed by about 680 blazes, forcing the evacuation of more than 16-thousand people from their homes. More than three-thousand people have been enlisted to fight the flames, including firefighters and support staff, nearly 400 of whom were brought from outside B-C to help.