Ontario’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate a deadly crash that happened during a police chase west of Kingston. Provincial police were called yesterday afternoon about an S-U-V speeding through Napanee — and while officers tried to stop the vehicle, it was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The Special Investigations Unit says an 88-year-old woman who was driving the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 42-year-old man who drove the S-U-V was seriously injured.
The father of an Ottawa teen who died of concussion-related injuries says he hopes new legislation passed in Ontario will lead to reform in other provinces. The bill — named Rowan’s Law in memory of 17-year-old Rowan Stringer — passed yesterday in the legislature with rare all-party support. The law establishes protocols for players to ensure they are taken out of a game if they are suspected of having a concussion.
It also includes a code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sports. Rowan’s father, Gordon Stringer, says concussion safety needs to be addressed across Canada.
Three downtown Ottawa shelters have put out a joint statement after a petition was posted online calling for the shelters to be closed. The petition claims business and tourism has been negatively affected by having the three shelters in the ByWard Market. The Ottawa Mission, the Salvation Army and the Shepherds of Good Hope use their statement to list the services they provide to the city’s most vulnerable. The statement makes no mention of the petition, but says the three shelters are proud of the role they play in the neighbourhood.