Police are warning about paving scams. Complaints have been received from people who have “hired” paving contractors who come to the door, with promises of an inexpensive paving job for their lane. No paperwork is exchanged, a verbal price is agreed upon, and when the work is complete, they charge a much higher amount and pressure the purchaser to pay. Police remind the public that any contractor work should come with a signed hard copy contract, and that if any deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.
The federal government is trying to figure out how the budget for its extended employment insurance program ballooned from just over 827-million dollars to nearly 1.3-billion dollars. The program unveiled last year was designed to help support workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates. The Liberals had calculated that about 235 thousand people would use extra weeks of employment insurance benefits between April of 2016 and March of 2019. But as of last week, Employment and Social Development Canada said it had more than 317-thousand claimants.
Police in Ottawa are investigating after a teenage boy was pulled from the water at Britannia Beach on Saturday afternoon. Lifeguards performed C-P-R, but paramedics said the boy was unresponsive when he was rushed to hospital. No other details were immediately released.