Some of the people whose homes were damaged in last year’s Ottawa River flood have started a petition asking the government to allow disaster victims to withdraw funds from their RRSPs without penalty, to help pay for damage. There has been government assistance for the victims of the Ottawa River floods, but Ontario only covers 90 per cent of some costs, and there are various caps on payouts — leaving flood victims to come up with the rest of the money on their own. As well, government assistance can take some time to be paid out, during which time homeowners need to free up funds to pay the contractors fixing their homes. The petition is being sponsored by Gatineau MP Steven MacKinnon. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, it has collected more than 600 signatures — most from Ontario and Quebec.
Police in Ottawa are asking for help in locating missing 27 year old Caroline “Carrie” Babbitt from Ottawa. She was last seen on Sunday at 4 p.m., in the Alta Vista area. Babbitt is described as white 5′ 7″, 135-140 lbs with long wavy blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a long black North Face coat and grey Roots boots. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police.
Construction on the Trillium and Confederation Line extensions is still expected to begin in 2019, but contracts for the projects will now be awarded at the end of this year, instead of this spring. The companies bidding to build the Confederation Line East and West extensions, as well the Trillium Line extension, asked for the schedule adjustment in order to take a more detailed look at some project elements in order to refine their proposals.