The City of Ottawa must pay a 25-thousand-dollar penalty to the Canadian Transportation Agency for not calling out bus stops on routes. The city says in a memo that a review found there were issues with O-C Transpo’s automated call system on four out of 26 trips back in November. O-C Transpo says it has a number of ongoing processes in place to monitor the performance of the system. It’s encouraging riders to speak up if they notice the announcement system isn’t working.
A cat rescue organization in the Ottawa area says hundreds of unwanted cats are being dumped on farmers who just don’t want them. Sandi Lawson of the Adopt Me Cat Rescue says people leaving cats outside barns think they’re giving them a nice country life catching mice but in fact the vast majority will die either through disease or starvation. Lawson says she rounded up close to 60 cats at one barn in Kemptville alone and some were too ill to survive. She is now trying to find homes for the cats who now live at her home but her other aim is to educate owners not to dump unwanted cats at a farm because it isn’t fair to the pet or the farmer.
A Quebec-wide Amber Alert for a missing boy from Montreal has been lifted, but the search continues for the 10-year-old. Police say the alert concerning Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou was cancelled because it no longer met certain criteria. Residents in the city’s Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood are being asked to “stay vigilant and report any information regarding Ariel to 9-1-1.” The boy has not been since around noon on Monday, when he left his home to go to a friend’s house.